Simple Blood Test Shows Blood Sugar Variability Linked to Depression in Elderly

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Hemoglobin A1C is easily measured by a simple in-office test and is an effective indicator of long-term average blood sugar levels in pre-diabetic or diabetic patients. A recent study shows that uncontrolled blood glucose levels over time, measured by Hemoglobin A1C, is associated with an increased incidence of depressive symptoms. The study conducted at Sheba… Read more »

Checking Vitamin D Levels is Recommended for Patients with Bipolar or Schizophrenic Symptoms

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Several studies show an association between schizophrenia and low levels of vitamin D. To date, there are only few studies about the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in patients with bipolar disorder. The scientists responsible for this study conducted in the Netherlands aimed to show that vitamin D deficiency is more prevalent among patients with… Read more »

Hormone Pellets for Depression

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Hormone pellets are tiny solid pieces of hormones, about the size of rice grains, comprised of either estrogen or testosterone. They are inserted under the skin on the side of the buttock, under local anesthesia. They reside in the layer of fat beneath the skin, from which they are slowly absorbed. They secrete constant amounts… Read more »

Nutrient Therapies and Mental Health

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A soon-to-be-released book, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry, by Stradford, Vickar, Berger, and Cass, lists a number of nutrient therapies found to be beneficial for mental health problems. Niacinamide– for Alzheimer’s disease treatment and prevention- up to 6000 mg daily. Methylation supporters– affect dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin to impact memory, mood, concentration, and… Read more »

Serotonin and Depression

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Massive research has been undertaken to identify biological causes of mental illness.  Business enterprises exist purporting to measure neurotransmitter substances with the intent of guiding drug or nutritional therapies to alter the body’s neurochemical production.  I have long been dubious about this testing, seeing no predictable benefit.  A similar opinion was offered in JAMA, June… Read more »

Lifestyle Therapy of Emotional Illness

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Anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and other mental problems are common and often difficult to deal with.  They can create disability and impairment in family structure as serious, and expensive, as most physical illnesses.  In our current state of knowledge, therapy mainly involves prescription of sedatives and other psychiatric medications. Drugs, however, do not address cause, have… Read more »

ADD Responds to an Elimination Diet

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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects 5% pf children worldwide. It is often diagnosed by teachers who have difficulty managing certain children in class, and leads to the prescription of drugs that alter behavior, particularly stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall. These drugs are addicting, related to amphetamines, and cause physical growth retardation, as well as… Read more »

Kava For Anxiety And Stress

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Kava is a dietary supplement used to relieve stress, anxiety, tension, as well as sleep impairment and menopausal difficulties.  It grows in the South Pacific, and is commonly used by natives for social and recreational purposes.  In 2002 the FDA offered a consumer advisory that kava might be implicated in the development of liver injury. … Read more »

Will New Psych “Bible” Make Everyone Crazy?

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Is anyone normal anymore? An updated edition of the medical reference doctors use to diagnose mental illnesses could include a range of brand-new disorders, including some that describe thought patterns and behaviors that have long been considered mere quirks or examples of eccentric behavior.

Dr. Allan Sosin podcast on psychiatric drugging

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Dr. Allan Sosin recently did a podcast interview with Citizens Commission on Human Rights on psychiatric drugging. In this interview, Dr. Sosin talks about the harmful effects of and alternatives to psychiatric drugs. Click here to listen to this podcast.