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1. Key Nutrients that Prevent Hair Loss
2. Non-Drug Solutions for Depression by Dr. Mercola
3. Fungus Infection Mistaken for Cancer
4. Think Differently About Treating Neuropathy Pain (or any pain)
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"We need to shift our focus from treating disease to generating health..." Hippocrates (AMA"The Father of Medicine")
Key Nutrients that Prevent Hair Loss
Did you realize that your hair is actually dead!
The idea that using shampoo or condition will
repair hair is a myth. Hair has to be fed nutrients
from the inside out to make it grow and be
Check out this short video on the Key Nutrients That Prevent Hair Loss.
Read: Dr. Berg's Hair Formula
Non-Drug Solutions for Depression by Dr. Mercola
Addressing your nutrition is perhaps the best place to start if you're feeling depressed. Foods have an immense impact on your brain, and eating whole foods will best support your mental and physical health. Avoiding processed foods, sugar (particularly fructose) and grains is particularly important as it will help normalize your insulin and leptin levels, which is an important contributing factor to depression.
Certain nutrients are also known to cause symptoms of depression when lacking, and specific herbs and nutritional supplements may also help counteract symptoms. To suggest that depression is rooted in nutrient deficiencies and other lifestyle related factors does not detract from the fact that it's a serious problem that needs to be addressed with compassion and non-judgment.
It simply shifts the conversation about what the most appropriate answers and remedies are. The following nutrients, herbs and supplements have been shown to be particularly helpful:
Vitamin D / Sun exposure
Many studies have shown that vitamin D deficiency can predispose you to depression, and that depression can respond favorably to optimizing your vitamin D stores, ideally by getting regular, sensible sun exposure.
In one such study, people with a vitamin D level below 20 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL) had an 85 percent increased risk of depression compared to those with a level greater than 30 ng/ml.
The animal-based omega-3 fat docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is perhaps the single most important nutrient for optimal brain function, thereby preventing depression. While you can obtain DHA from krill or fish oil, it is far better to obtain it from clean fish like wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies and fish roe.
Low DHA levels have been linked to depression, memory loss, schizophrenia and Alzheimer's disease.
Folate (vitamin B9) and other B vitamins
Low dietary folate is a risk factor for severe depression, raising your risk by as much as 300 percent. If you're using a supplement, I suggest methylfolate, as this form of folic acid is the most effective.
Other B vitamin deficiencies including B1, B2, B3, B6, B8 and B12 also have the ability to produce symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders. Vitamin B12 deficiency, in particular, can contribute to depression and affects 1 in 4 people. See: B Vitamins
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables is associated with lower odds of depression and anxiety an effect ascribed to antioxidants that help combat inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation is thought to be one of the primary causes of depression.
St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
This medicinal plant has a long historical use for depression, and is thought to work similarly to antidepressants, raising brain chemicals associated with mood such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline.
S-Adenosyl methionine (SAMe)
SAMe is an amino acid derivative that occurs naturally in all cells. It plays a role in many biological reactions by transferring its methyl group to DNA, proteins, phospholipids and biogenic amines. Several scientific studies indicate that SAMe may be useful in the treatment of depression.
5-HTP is another natural alternative to traditional antidepressants. When your body sets about manufacturing serotonin, it first makes 5-HTP. Taking 5-HTP as a supplement may raise serotonin levels. Evidence suggests 5-HTP outperforms a placebo when it comes to alleviating depression, which is more than can be said about antidepressants.
This Chinese herb, available from doctors of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has been found to reduce the effects of "chronic and unpredictable stress," thereby lowering your risk of depression.
Prebiotics and probiotics
Your mental health is closely linked to your gut health. A number of studies have confirmed chronic inflammation, and especially gastrointestinal inflammation, can play a critical role in the development of depression. In fact, researchers have suggested "depression may be a neuropsychiatric manifestation of a chronic inflammatory syndrome."
Your gut is considered to be your second brain, created from the identical tissue as your brain during gestation. It's important to understand that your gut bacteria are an active and integrated part of serotonin regulation and actually produce more serotonin than your brain.
Optimizing your gut flora is a key part of the equation to optimize your serotonin levels. Gut bacteria also play a role in GABA regulation, and lower the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety and depression related behavior.
To nourish your gut microbiome, be sure to eat plenty of fresh vegetables and traditionally fermented foods. Healthy choices include fermented vegetables, lassi, kefir and natto. If you do not eat fermented foods on a regular basis, taking a high-quality probiotic supplement is recommended.
Also remember to severely limit sugars, especially fructose, as well as grains, to rebalance your gut flora. As a standard recommendation, I suggest limiting your daily fructose consumption from all sources to 25 grams per day or less.
Evaluate your salt intake
Sodium deficiency creates symptoms that are very much like those of depression. Make sure you do not use processed salt (regular table salt), however. You'll want to use an all-natural, unprocessed salt like Himalayan salt, which contains more than 80 different micronutrients.
Make sure your cholesterol levels aren't too low for optimal mental health
Low cholesterol is linked to dramatically increased rates of suicide, as well as aggression toward others. This increased expression of violence toward self and others may be due to the fact that low membrane cholesterol decreases the number of serotonin receptors in the brain, which are approximately 30 percent cholesterol by weight.
Lower serum cholesterol concentrations therefore may contribute to decreasing brain serotonin, which not only contributes to suicidal-associated depression, but prevents the suppression of aggressive behavior and violence towards self and others.
Other Lifestyle Factors That Can Greatly Impact Your Risk for Depression
The following lifestyle factors can also play a significant role in depression.
• Exercise. Studies have shown there is a strong correlation between improved mood and aerobic capacity. There's also a growing acceptance that the mind-body connection is very real, and that maintaining good physical health can significantly lower your risk of developing depression in the first place.
Exercising creates new GABA-producing neurons that help induce a natural state of calm. It also boosts your levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which help buffer the effects of stress.
Recent animal research also suggests exercise can benefit your mental health by allowing your body to eliminate kynurenine, a harmful protein associated with depression. According to Dr. James S. Gordon, a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression.
"What we're finding in the research on physical exercise is that exercise is at least as good as antidepressants for helping people who are depressed… [P]hysical exercise changes the level of serotonin in your brain. And it increases your endorphin levels, your "feel good hormones."
• Sleep. Sleep and depression are so intimately linked that a sleep disorder is actually part of the definition of the symptom complex that gives the label depression. Ideally, get eight hours of sleep each night, and address factors that impede good sleep.
• Excess EMF exposure. Studies have also linked excessive exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) to an increased risk of both depression and suicide. Powerlines and high-voltage cables appear to be particularly troublesome. Addiction to or "high engagement" with mobile devices can also trigger depression and anxiety, according to recent research from the University of Illinois.
It would be wise to limit exposure and/or shield yourself from Wi-Fi routers by turning them off at night, not carrying your cellphone on your body, and eliminating the use of portable phones. At bare minimum, do not keep portable phones, cellphones and other electric devices in your bedroom.
• Spending time outdoors has been shown to dramatically improve people's mood and significantly reduce symptoms of depression. Outdoor activities could be just about anything, from walking a nature trail to gardening or simply taking your exercise outdoors. According to a 2007 report on Ecotherapy by the British Depressionalliance.org
"[Ninety-four] percent of people taking part in a MIND survey commented that green exercise activities had benefited their mental health; and 100 percent of volunteers interviewed during an outdoor conservation project agreed that participation benefited their mental health, boosted self-esteem and improved confidence."
• Stress. I believe it's helpful to view depression as a sign that your body and life are out of balance, rather than as a disease. It's a message telling you you've veered too far off course, and you need to regain your balance. One of the key ways to do this involves addressing negative emotions that may be trapped beneath your level of awareness.
As a general rule, it would be wise to remember that your lifestyle can quite literally make or break your health well-being and may be one of the most fundamental contributors to depression. The most appropriate answer, then, is to get to the root of the problem, and not ignore it by popping pills.
You'd be well advised to address the factors discussed in this article before resorting to drug treatment — which science has shown is no more effective than placebo, while being fraught with potentially dangerous side effects.
Fungus Infection Mistaken for Cancer
As far back as the 1950's, young medical students at Johns Hopkins Medical School were trained to think "fungus" every time solid tumor cancer was discovered.
In fact, they were encouraged to think “fungus” may be the cause of virtually any serious illness.
That’s because one of their textbooks taught them to do so. It was called Fungous Diseases Of Man, written by J Walter Wilson, M.D.
The textbook shows example after example of patients who were (mis)diagnosed with cancer, but actually had massive fungal infections that merely looked like cancer.
Read the entire article: Cancer that Wasn't Cancer
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Think Differently About Treating Neuropathy Pain (or any pain)
When most people think about pain, they think about what they can take to alleviate the pain. I can’t count the number of commercials on TV talk about the different pain killers that you can buy. All in the name of attempting to stop you from hurting.
But despite the commercials, and the normal way of handling pain, there is a way to think differently about pain.
A migraine headache is one example of pain that can be debilitating. In fact, you can find all sorts of drugs designed to eliminate this type pain, there is even migraine strength over the counter compounds. Recently I found a formula proposing that you take a lot of herbs to deal with and even prevent Migraines. Taking herbs on a steady basis in order to try and ward off migraines was a scary proposition, but then when you are in pain, and you can expect to have more pain, you tend to do a lot of things you might normally not do.
I can understand this. I used to suffer from migraines. I understand taking different drugs in order to stop the pain. I remember my doctor at one point prescribed a barbiturate. If I recall, I didn’t feel the pain (or maybe I was so drugged that I didn’t care that it hurt). I do remember that I was in college and I had to tell the professor not to call on me because I was taking this drug. Luckily I could take the bus to school and not have to try and drive.…. etc. etc. That’s not the way to live life.
I did handle my migraines, but by building health – not taking drugs or herbal medications to cover up the pain. I worked on what my body was missing nutritionally that it needed so that it wouldn't create a headache. I found it and stopped the Migraines. Migraines can be the result of many things – deficiencies create problems.
Now let’s go to neuropathy pain. Neuropathy is nerve damage. The body relies on 40 nutrients to be able to function and repair itself. I needed specific nutrients to be able to get my body functioning correctly so my head wasn’t hurting every week or so. And when it comes to neuropathy, after the nerves have been injured in some way, the body needs specific nutrients to be be able to build healthy nerves.
The nice part about thinking differently about pain, is that once you fix the problem, you don’t suffer again, the problem is handled.
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More Nutritional Support for Nerve Pain
Omega-3 fatty acids can provide important nutritional support for those who have nerve pain.
Nerve pain (or neuropathic pain) is usually caused by a deterioration of the myelin sheath that surrounds and insulates pain nerves.
Then, just like an electrical circuit with exposed wiring, nerves that shouldn't be communicating directly with each other, cross paths and create a feedback loop that perpetuates pain.
The February 2010 "Clinical Journal of Pain" describes five patients with neuropathic pain that experienced lasting relief by taking high dosages of EPA and DHA. Dosages of 2,400 to 7,200 mg a day contributed to improvements that were maintained for as long as 19 months.
It then follows that the higher the Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) content of the fish oil, the more it will nutritionally support and help your body to maintain normal nerve function.
* Average fish oil has 600 mg (EPA & DHA) Omega-3s.
* Higher Quality fish oil has 800 mg (EPA & DHA) Omega-3s.
* RHP Cold Water Fish Oil has 1500 mg (EPA & DHA) Omega-3s.
Not all fish oils are the same. The highest quality fish oil comes from wild caught, cold water fish, and the best cold water fish are found in deep cold waters of the sea.
RHP Cold Water Fish Oil gel caps are also "enteric coated" so that they do not dissolve until they pass through the stomach and reach the intestines. That way there are no "fishy burps" or aftertaste.
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