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Noopept and its Benefits 

Noopept and its Benefits

“Noopept is the brand name for N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester, a Nootropic molecule similar to Piracetam. Noopept may alleviate cognitive decline.”

“Noopept is the brand name for N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester , a synthetic nootropic molecule.”

“Noopept has a similar effect to piracetam, in that it provides a mild cognitive boost after supplementation. Noopept also provides a subtle psychostimulatory effect.”

The other week, my husband bought the Noopept you see above, and told me that I should start taking it to help with my memory. He told me how it can help reverse memory loss and help with cognition. So far, I’ve been taking it for about 10 days and I can already sense that something has happened, or is happening to my memory. I have been able to recall certain memories with a much clearer view, so to say. It’s very hard to explain. I feel like I can reach certain memories in my head, but not all of them like the way I can, now that I’ve been using Noopept. I certainly recommend it for anyone at any age. Don’t wait till it’s too late to reverse damage. Help your brain today. 

“Noopept is one of the strongest nootropics available on the market today. It provides a boost to overall cognition and has a slight psychostimulatory effect. Contrary to most nootropics, Noopept’s effects start within mere minutes of ingestion making it an excellent choice right before mentally demanding tasks.”

“Noopept is a nootropic supplement that’s been getting a lot of attention lately. It has close ties to the popular racetam family of nootropics that are known for their benefits on cognitive ability as well their neuroprotective properties. What makes Noopept a unique nootropic in your toolbox is that its effects are felt almost immediately after ingestion.”

“Many nootropics can take days, weeks, or even months, for their full effects to kick in but Noopept is another story. Another nootropic that compares to Noopept’s immediate effects is phenylpiracetam.”

“Currently, Noopept is being prescribed and distributed in Russia and its surrounding countries for its nootropic properties. Its popularity has drastically increased and is now distributed worldwide.”

“Noopept as a nootropic is commonly compared to piracetam and aniracetam. It works via a similar mechanism as piracetam but is estimated to be 1,000 to 5,000 times more potent. This doesn’t imply that its effect is more profound, it just attunes itself better to the brain’s receptors. As a result, Noopept can be taken in relatively smaller doses to produce similar effects as that of Piracetam.”

What are benefits of taking Noopept? 

•Memory and Learning

“Noopept’s most emphasized benefit is how it can enhance memory and improve the learning process. Noopept, like Piracetam, assists with memory formation, but with additional benefits not present in the latter, which are memory consolidation and memory retrieval. Noopept facilitates the proper management of all forms of stimuli as they are processed by the brain, which allows for better memory retrieval. In other words, signals being processed by our senses are more streamlined as they are transported into our brains in the form of memory.”

“Through the continued use of Noopept, you will notice that you can digest more information and process it more readily for use in your daily activities. You might even recall names, places, maybe a word spoken in a chance encounter, a song title that you thought you had forgotten before, and so on. Memory lapses will be a thing of the past, or at least kept to a minimum.”


•Neuroprotective Properties

“Studies show that Noopept has high neuroprotective properties. The stimulation of the neurons caused by the health supplement prevents oxidative damage and apoptosis in the human brain. Many patients dealing with cognitive impairment regularly can benefit from a regular dosage of Noopept to prevent further dissociative cognitive functions.”


•Increased levels of NGF

“NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) is a unique protein in the body that is involved in the growth, maintenance, and survival of nerve cells, including brain cells. NGF is also considered to be a key player in neurogenesis, your body’s ability to create new cells.”


“By increasing NGF levels in the brain, we support the mechanisms involved in neurogenesis which improves the performance of neural networks within the brain, allowing for new neural connections. The result means potentially improved mental abilities in virtually all areas of cognition.”




•Increased levels of BDNF

“BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is another protein in the body that has a similar role to the NGF mentioned above. BDNF is considered one of the most important molecules involved in memory, playing a vital role in both short-term and long-term memory formation.”

•Improves Associations between Brain Hemispheres

“Both the right and left hemispheres of the brain have their own localized functions. Through the use of Noopept, each of these functions can be enhanced through the synthesis of various memories, ideas, and stimuli. There are nuances among these functions that enhance the way we think. That is why a lot of people have claimed that their quality of life had a significant improvement when taking Noopept in regular doses.”

If you want to read more about how Noopept works, its dosaging, and stacking; read the whole article. 

Source: braintropic.com

Source: Noopept

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Kids of Bipolar or Schizophrenic Parents More Likely to Face Early Mental Health Issues

Kids of Bipolar or Schizophrenic Parents More Likely to Face Early Mental Health Issues



This is a wonderful article I found and had to share it with you, my readers. It deals with something I always think about, passing the bipolar gene to your child. It’s not something I’m willing to do, but for those who do decide to have kids, good for you and good luck, with all sincerity. I cannot imagine seeing someone that I made hurt so deeply because of this disease, so that is why my husband and I have choosen to stay child-free. But to each their own. I’m going to highlight the article’s main points, but be sure to read the whole article to really understand. 


“New research shows that children born to one or both parents with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are more likely to suffer mental health problems by the age of seven.”


“Presented at the International Early Psychosis Association (IEPA) meeting in Milan, Italy, in October 2016, the Danish High Risk and Resilience Study — VIA 7 — included 522 children who were seven at the start of the study.”

“Of the children, 202 were born to at least one person diagnosed with schizophrenia (located using Danish registries), while 120 of them were born to least one parent diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The remaining 200 children were born to parents without any of these diagnoses.”


“The results show children born to parents with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder score higher than the other children using a tool called the child behavior checklist (CBCL). This is a widely used questionnaire with more than 100 questions given to parents and teachers that describes behavioral problems or signs of possible illness, the researchers said, explaining a higher score represents more problems.”

Sample CBCL: 


“Mean scores for children in the schizophrenia group were 27.2, the bipolar group 23.5, and control group 17.1.”

“There were also marked differences between the three groups concerning psychopathology, neurocognition, motor functioning and their home environment, according to the study’s findings.”


“Children born to parents with schizophrenia, and to a minor extent also bipolar disorder, were found to have increased risk for problems such as anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and stress/adjustment disorder, and were also more likely to display neurocognitive problems or delays. They also were more likely to grow up in families with a lower social status and a higher risk of adverse life events, according to the researchers.”


“She noted the researchers plan to follow the children until age 11, conducting a new assessment before puberty.”

““We do not know if the impaired children will catch up in neurocognitive areas or if their mental problems will be in remission, but since social aspects and environmental factors contribute significantly to child development — and they were quite marked already at age seven years — we are expecting similar or even worse results could be seen at age 11 years,” she said.”


Source: psychcentral.com

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Get Rid of that Migraine!

Get Rid of that Migraine!


Did you know that there are four stages to a Migraine? Yes! There are ways to tell you’re getting a migraine, in which case, you should start trying to kick it before it takes over! 

Essential Oils are my favorite way to relieve something naturally. And there are plenty of oils for a headache or migraine. 


Do you know how or where to put the essential oils?



Yoga is another natural way to get rid of your migraine.


Lastly, but probably most important is your diet. Foods can cause your migraine. And there are foods that relieve it too. Check it out! 



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Boost Your Metabolism 

Boost Your Metabolism

One of my 2017 resolutions was to start boosting my metabolism by working out correctly to help boost it, eat the right foods, and stay healthy. How many of you have that same type of resolution. Down below I have collected the best charts and pictures that will help you get on track and stay there. 


There are so many ways to help your body lose weight or just get healthier by boosting your metabolism. There are foods, exercises, drinks and more at your fingertips, ready to help you boost your metabolism in 2017. 


“Metabolism is a term that is used to describe all chemical reactions involved in maintaining the living state of the cells and the organism. Metabolism can be conveniently divided into two categories:”

“Catabolism – the breakdown of molecules to obtain energy.”

Anabolism – the synthesis of all compounds needed by the cells.”


“Metabolism is closely linked to nutrition and the availability of nutrients. Bioenergetics is a term which describes the biochemical or metabolic pathways by which the cell ultimately obtains energy. Energy formation is one of the vital components of metabolism.”

Source: Metabolism


Here is an example of an excellent workout for boosting metabolisms. 


What not have a smoothie to help start-kick your metabolism in the mornings. 



Try this app, that is free that will keep track of what you eat and more! This could be a game changer for some of you. Good luck!

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Money and Mental Illness

Money and Mental Illness


I have always thought that money and mental health were linked. After reading up on the topic, it’s clear that there is most certainly a connection. Poor mental health can make managing money more difficult than should be, and the guilt and worrying about money can make your mental health worse.


“For individuals who are affected by or who are vulnerable to mental illness, it’s especially important for them to have a home and regular income.”

“For individuals directly affected by severe mental illness or other mental health difficulties, often it will be difficult to secure or retain full-time paid employment leading to a need to call on the state for some form of financial support in the form of state benefits.”


“Sometime, for certain individuals, mental illness can also impact on ability to manage debts, in situations where this is the case, free advice on managing debt should be sought as soon as difficulties arise by contacting an agency such as Citizens Advice Bureau. The sooner a debt issue is addressed the more successfully (and less stressfully) it can be managed.”


Source: Money & Mental Illness
These are examples of just how money and mental illness are correlated: 

  • “If you can’t work or have to take time off work, your income may be affected.”

  • “If you feel very ‘high’ during a period of mania or hypomania, this can lead to impulsive decisions about money that make sense at the time but leave you in lots of debt.”

  • “You may spend money to make yourself feel better. Spending can give you a temporary high.”

  • “You might feel anxious about doing things like talking on the phone, going to the bank or opening envelopes.”

  • “You may feel forced to do a job you don’t like in order to pay the bills or pay off your debt.”

  • “You may lose the motivation to keep control of your finances.”

  • “You might find that spending any money at all or being in debt can make you feel very anxious – even if you actually have enough money.”

  • “Dealing with the benefits system or being in debt may make you feel stressed, anxious and worried about the future.”

  • “You may not have enough money to spend on essentials or things to keep you well like housing, food, heating or medication.”

  • “Money problems can affect relationships and your social life, which can have a knock-on effect on your mental health.”


Source: Money & Mental Health


Money Problems can manifest into an even bigger deal. Look at what can happen. So manage your stress if you want to stay healthy. 

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Take My Advice….

Take My Advice…


Take My Advice…This is something new that I’d like to start posting more often, it is about advice I like to give about love, life, and so much more. Here is today’s advice for a healthier you. 

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Would You Like Fruit with Your Water?

Would You Like Fruit with Your Water?


There are so many different combinations of ways to stay hydrated and delicious at the same time. Below are 4 recipes for fruit infused water.



Below are great recipes for to add in your water for weight loss: 


This vitamin water shown below, is filled to the top of this water pitcher with every piece of citrus and other various fruits. 


This is another chart of ways to make infused water combinations. I prefer this chart when making my infused water. 


Want to detox? Here’s some detox infused water recipes. Bottoms up!

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Flat Belly Tips for Women

Flat Belly Tips for Women



This a great workout that is easy to do because it requires no equipment, and it shows real results immediately, when done correctly. 


Do you want to have abs like these? Put in the time and effort and these exercises will leave you with a flat Belly and more, muscle, tone, and a core. 


It’s 2017, no matter what your New Year’s resolution is, we can all be healthier. Having a flatter belly will help you live a longer life and that goes for any workout or exercise you do, it will keep you healthy and happy, too! 

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WHY MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS EMERGE IN YOUR EARLY 20’s

WHY MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS EMERGE IN YOUR EARLY 20’s


I was diagnosed Bipolar around 24, but my husband as well as my mother, both think I developed it early on, I think it developed in my 20’s. The following article articulates why most adults who get diagnosed later in life, may have already had it and it didn’t manifest until later. Enjoy! 


“There’s a reason the image of the floundering, scared, shaky post-teen struggling to enter adulthood is a cliché. Between moving out of your parent’s home, going to college and getting a job, lack of sleep, drugs, and unrestricted access to alcohol, becoming an adult is fucking hard. So it’s no wonder that this period is popularly associated with having a mental breakdown. But is there any truth behind the pop culture trope? What about kids from wealthy families who don’t have the stresses the rest of us do in early adulthood, or people whose most trying times come in their 30s or 40s? Is the appearance of mental illness in young people a matter of environment or biology?”


“To better understand these questions, I phoned Johanna Jarcho, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health whose work studies differences in brain development in healthy people versus those who have mental health problems, with a focus on anxiety. She explained how our brains interact with social conditions to influence our mental health, and why the best way to deal with a problem is to get it diagnosed early.”

“I’ve often heard it repeated that mental illnesses frequently begin in a person’s late adolescence or early 20s. Anecdotally that seems consistent with what I’ve seen, but is there any scientific basis to this claim?”


“Dr. Johanna Jarcho: Yeah, the vast majority of mental health disorders do emerge during one’s adolescence or early 20s. If you’re going to have an anxiety disorder as an adult, there’s a 90% chance that you’ll have had it as an adolescent. Basically, you’re not going to develop an anxiety disorder as an adult. You’re going to develop it as a kid and then it’ll carry through to adulthood. Emerging research suggests that this is because adolescence is a time when the brain is changing to a great degree. We once thought that the brain didn’t change that much after earlier childhood, but what we’ve seen is that the brain continues to undergo really profound changes up until your early 20s. It’s still quite malleable, so being exposed to different influences in your social environment can really have a profound impact on the way that your brain continues to develop.”

“You said that much has to do with brain development. At the same time, young adulthood seems to be a time where people are going through major upheavals, both socially and economically—things like college, entering the workforce, or living away from your parents. Is there a way to quantify the effect of environment versus biology?”



“Some types of mental health disorders are much more genetically based than others. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder have a much higher rate of inheritance. If you have a first degree relative like a parent or sibling who has one of those disorders, you’re at a much greater risk for developing it yourself, and there are things in the environment that can potentiate that. For other disorders like depression or anxiety, it’s less heritable. Whether or not you develop one of those disorders is a lot more contingent on your environment. Young adults go through all these different social changes, but we evolved to be able to make this big transition from being with parents to forging adulthood. What happens during this transition can definitely have a profound effect on whether you grow to be “healthy” or to have these types of disorders.”


“We’re still finding out more about how much of this is biologically based and how much is environmental. We’ve learned from genetics that it’s not just the genes and it’s not just the environment, it’s an interaction between the two.”


“So a mental illness is not just an inevitable thing that people either will or won’t have?”

No. A lot of us tend to focus on the negative, but it’s really important to focus on the fact that there’s a lot that can be done to protect against developing mental health disorders, even if you are at risk. The social environment could tip you over into becoming sick, but in a good social environment you can actually thrive.”




“What kind of things should people be aware of?”


“It’s important to know what you’re at risk for. Let’s say you had a parent with psychopathology; that certainly is a risk factor. If you’ve had a difficult time engaging in your social world as a kid, that’s another risk factor. If your parents sheltered you instead of giving you some exposure to difficult things and showing you how to cope, that’s another risk factor. The type of parenting that you had as a child can really affect the way you cope with the new challenges as you launch into adulthood.”



“Let’s say a person is starting to experience symptoms of a mental health disorder. What can they do to mitigate harm?”

“The most important thing that you can do to mitigate the effects that any kind of psychopathology might have is to get treatment earlier and when you’re younger. It’s like how habits are formed: they get strengthened over time and once they’re established they become biological, in a way. It’s much more difficult to break them and they stick around for a long time. If you think there’s something that may be wrong, you should try to get help before things become a crisis, before you feel like it’s having profound effects on your life.”

“Health care is so expensive and opaque that I think a lot people have a feeling that, “Maybe I’m depressed, maybe I have anxiety, but I’m probably fine.” They don’t want to potentially spend thousands of dollars seeing a doctor, so they wait until it’s absolutely necessary.”

“If you wait on getting treatment, your symptoms can become much more intractable. You save money in the short term, but your long term spending is much higher. We do preventative care for physical illness, but as a society we aren’t quite there with mental health.”


“What do you make of self-diagnosis forums, WebMD, and other online health tools?”

“I think that because health care has not been readily available in the past, and because there is still a stigma against going to see a mental health professional, people have relied on the internet to understand what’s going on with them. That can be a good first step, and certainly it can underscore the fact that you’re not alone in the types of symptoms that you’re having. But that doesn’t necessarily get you to treatment. It’s important to be able to go to a professional and say, “I think I need help with this.” Certainly the more resources the better, especially for people who haven’t had a lot of exposure to receiving mental health care. It can be scary. The internet can be useful but it doesn’t get you a diagnosis and it doesn’t necessarily get you treatment. But more information is always better.”


To read the rest: corespirit.com

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The Mental Health Consequences of Natural Disasters

The Mental Health Consequences of Natural Disasters


“When we see a natural disaster in the news, we might see pictures of houses destroyed and estimates of how many people are dead or injured. For survivors, though, there’s a less tangible kind of damage natural disasters inflict that isn’t talked about as much: damage to people’s mental health. The mental health effects of a natural disaster are felt for years after the event itself.”


“To learn more about how the mental health consequences of natural disasters, researchers from Sichuan University surveyed 435 children and adolescents who had survived two major earthquakes in remote mountainous regions of China.”


“The researchers followed up with participants 12 months and 30 months after the earthquakes. At 12 months, they found that 43.9 percent of the people surveyed had PTSD, 20.9 percent had depression, and 18.9 percent had both PTSD and depression. At 30 months, 15.7 percent of the participants had PTSD while 21.6 still had depression.”


“Several factors predicted which people were more likely to experience PTSD or depression in the wake of the disasters. Specifically, those who had lost a family member, witnessed previous earthquakes, had lower socioeconomic status, or had poor relationships with their parents were at higher risk.”

“Interpreting the result, the authors point out that while some children and adolescents who experience PTSD or depression after natural disasters recover within a couple years, some do not. According to the researchers, “some exhibit chronic, delayed-onset PTSD and depression, especially those with poor relationships with their parents or those living in precarious economic conditions.””



“The idea that those with poor parent-child relationships are more vulnerable to mental health disorders in the years following earthquakes fits with previous research that has found a link between social support and resilience after natural disasters. For example, one study found that social support as well as personality and spiritual beliefs affected how people recovered from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Another found that social support predicted quality of life.”



“These studies are a good reminder that some of the many kinds of destruction natural disasters bring with them have to do with mental health. Mental health issues like PTSD and depression make it harder for survivors to move on from what they experienced, and mental health care is an important part of rebuilding after natural disasters.”



Source: Consequences of natural disaster

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ADHD and Hyperfocus

ADHD and Hyperfocus

I found this article last night and it really struck me. I was unaware of hyper-focus, but once I started reading, I soon knew exactly what they were talking about. You know that ADHD prevents me from fully being able to focus, yet at the same time, if there is something that stimulates my brain, I can almost super-focus on that thing, and still be out of focus all around me too. It’s a weird phenomenon. 
“Hyperfocus is something in between a rumor and a symptom.”



“Among people with ADHD, it’s a commonly recognized phenomenon. Anecdotally, many people with ADHD can’t concentrate on some things but concentrate “too much” on others.”



“Still, it’s a stretch to say hyperfocus is a straight-up symptom of ADHD because there’s no mention of it in diagnostic guides and surprisingly little research has been done on it.”

“Part of the reason might be that the idea of having your attention glued to something with laser-like intensity doesn’t seem to line up with the idea of ADHD. People with ADHD, however, know that ADHD is more about not being able to regulate your attention than about never being able to pay attention to anything.”


“So when we find something engaging that gives our brain some kind of immediate reward, we sometimes just keep doing that thing, maybe long after other people would stop and go take care of other responsibilities. I’ve talked about ADHD as having magnetic attention, and the analogy here is that your attention gets stuck in a magnetic field so powerful you can’t pull away.”



“This can be good or bad. If the things that activate your hyperfocus are work projects, you’re probably not going to be complaining about that. If they’re things that are better done in moderation like playing video games, that might start to interfere with your life.”


“In a way, hyperfocus and inattention are two sides of the same symptom. Any time you’re not paying enough attention to one thing, there’s a good chance you’re paying too much attention to something else.”


“Some researchers are starting to take note that studying hyperfocus might provide some new insights into what ADHD is all about. For example, a group of researchers have just published a study showing that both medicated and unmedicated people with ADHD score higher on a questionnaire measuring hyperfocus than people without ADHD.”

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6 Tips for Finding Happiness, Peace, and Good Mental Health

6 Tips for Finding Happiness, Peace, and Good Mental Health


“Sometimes life can throw us so many challenges, everything can start to feel overwhelming. It isn’t always easy to find the positive among the negative and keep smiling, and that’s OK. The good news is that there’s hope. There are countless ways to find the joy in life if you know how. Here are a few tips for finding inner peace and happiness:”

  • Play to your strengths

“When we’re feeling down we tend to focus on the negative, often on our own personal weaknesses. Don’t! Consciously identify your strengths and build on them. Maybe you wouldn’t be able to run a major corporation, but you’re a star at running your kitchen as head chef. That would make you an excellent candidate to help out at a local community kitchen — you’d have the chance to excel at something you enjoy and for an amazing cause. Find rewarding ways to use your abilities and you can build your self-confidence and happiness.”

  • Get outside

“Getting back to nature can do wonders for the human spirit. Make it a point to spend a little time outside each day, even if it’s only for a 15-minute walk. Better yet, break out of the ordinary, everyday, and take a day or weekend to visit a wildlife reserve, nature trail, or national landmark to completely immerse yourself in the natural world. It can be humbling to stand in the enormity of wilderness, and sometimes offers greatly-needed perspective.”


  • Be positive but realistic

“Practicing “realistic optimism” can be an effective way to keep positive without giving ourselves unrealistic expectations and setting us up for disappointment. Sometimes constant positive thinking is counterproductive, giving us the false idea that if we simply tell ourselves something, it will eventually happen. The truth is, some things are beyond your control. Good or bad, some things happen because they just do and others will never happen no matter how positive we stay. Brace yourself for the possibility that things could go wrong, but instead of being frustrated focus on how you’ll overcome it and move forward.”

  • Focus on the present

“Don’t let me scare you off, but here’s a fact: there are an infinite amount of things that could go wrong at your business dinner tonight or on your date next Thursday. But why worry about the future right now? Is fretting over the possibilities going to make any of them less likely to happen? Not a chance. So instead, keep your mind on the present moment because there are quite a few things you can do and control right now. For example, right now you can make sure you get your work done so you have plenty of time to prepare for your presentation. Right now you can grab some floss and get to work so that you have a charming smile for next week’s hot date. Focus on the present, and you’ll feel more in control.”



  • Get some exercise

“A sound mind requires a sound body, so keep yours in shape. Get your heart pumping with some exercise at least a few times a week. Seek daily opportunities to stay active — taking the stairs instead of the lift is an easy one — and do so with others when possible. Swimming in particular can boost your mood and even help manage depression. But even taking a 20-minute stroll around the neighborhood can be a great way to clear your mind and keep you fit.”



  • Communicate

“Relationships of every kind depend on clear, consistent communication. But being a strong communicator isn’t a skill that all of us have, and struggles with it can cause problems at home, work, and within our circle of friends. Be straightforward and say what you want to say; don’t talk around it. Be tactful, but if you aren’t happy about something, speak up! Whether it’s an unreasonable workload at the office or an argument with your spouse that’s still bothering you, find a way to calmly, reasonably approach your intended audience and talk to them about a solution. You may often find situations turn out in your favor: your boss genuinely didn’t realize he was overloading you and stops, for example.”


Source: dailycupofyoga.com

Here are some food tips on what foods to eat to make you more happy: 


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50 Reasons to Exercise

50 Reasons to Exercise


*Want to be sharper at work? Feel less tired at home? Spend some quality time with your spouse? How about enjoying a cookie without guilt?
*If you answered “yes” to all of these questions (and who wouldn’t?), exercise is the answer.
*Being physically active offers benefits far beyond the obvious. (Of course, an improved physique and a clean bill of health aren’t too shabby, either.)


Exercise controls weight

“Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.”

Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

“Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.”



Exercise improves mood

“Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.”

Exercise boosts energy

“Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.”


Exercise promotes better sleep

“Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.”


Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

“Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.”

Exercise can be fun

“Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.”


The bottom line on exercise

“Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.”

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Yoga for Sciatica Nerve Pain and other Remedies

Yoga for Sciatica Nerve Pain and other remedies







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Essential Oils for Autism

Essential Oils for Autism

 “More and more we are hearing about essential oils and the benefits of using them. Some time ago, I remember reading a thread in a private autism parents group. The gist was divided; half were for essential oils, half thought it was just another waste of time. Some parents even had the misconception that people were touting essential oils can “cure” autism.”

Source: autismparentingmagazine.com




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Yoga Ball Chair For Health — atkokosplace

Switching out a “chair” for a yoga ball! What?! Yep, that’s exactly what I did. I use a yoga ball daily for not only exercise but to “sit” on! I’m always looking for ways to be kinder to my body and I’m always looking for ways to exercise while not “exercising” if that makes sense. […]

via Yoga Ball Chair For Health — atkokosplace

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Mental Health Awareness Month 


“Since 1949, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.”

  • May is Mental Health Month 2016

“This year’s theme for Mental Health Month is – Life with a Mental Illness – and will call on individuals to share what life with a mental illness feels like for them in words, pictures and video by tagging their social media posts with #mentalillnessfeelslike (or submitting to MHA anonymously). Posts will be collected and displayed at mentalhealthamerica.net/feelslike.”

“Posting with the hashtag will allow people to speak up about their own experiences, to share their point of view with individuals who may be struggling to explain what they are going through—and help others figure out if they too are showing signs of a mental illness. Sharing is the key to breaking down negative attitudes and misperceptions surrounding mental illnesses, and to show others that they are not alone in their feelings and their symptoms.”

To read the whole article, click HERE.




“Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.”



“1 in 5 Americans will be affected by a mental health condition in their lifetime and every American is affected or impacted through their friends and family. Take action today to help others as we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.”


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Project Semicolon ;

  
If You See Someone With A Semicolon On Their Body, Here’s What It Really Means;

  

Read the original:

Project Semicolon

“You may or may not have seen these drawings and tattoos of semicolons while browsing one of your social media feeds.”

“But these tattoos and drawings aren’t celebrating a punctuation mark; they actually have a deeper symbolism.”

  

“The semicolon symbolizes that the difficulties they face are not the end but a new beginning.”

“The symbolism of the semicolon is explained on Project Semicolon’s Website.”


  

  • A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.

“By encouraging people to share their marks and stories, Project Semicolon seeks to instill hope and open up a dialogue about mental health.”

“People suffering from these issues don’t have to feel alone because there are thousands of people out there with similar struggles— their own semicolon’s.”

  

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Another Look at Gluten

  
Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue”) is a mixture of proteins found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture.

  
   
    
   

To learn more, click the links below!

What is Gluten?

Going Gluten Free

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Food for the Bipolar Brain

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Action Plan for Bipolar Disorder

Up your intake of essential omega-3 fats

“This means eating fish at least twice a week, seeds on most days and supplementing omega-3 fish oils. The best fish for EPA, the type of omega-3 fat that’s linked with improving mood, are:”

tuna

“Mackerel (1,400mg per 100g/3oz) Herring/kipper (1,000mg) Sardines (1,000mg),fresh tuna (900mg), Anchovy (900mg), Salmon (800mg),Trout (500mg). Tuna, being high in mercury is best eaten not more than three times a month.”

omega

“The best seeds are flax seeds and pumpkin seeds. Flax seeds are so small they are best ground and sprinkled on cereal. Alternatively, use flax seed oil, for example in salad dressings. While technically providing omega-3 only about 5% of the type of omega-3 (alpha linolenic acid) in these seeds is converted in your body into EPA.”

“When supplementing omega 3 fish oils you are aiming for about 1,000mg of EPA a day for a mood balancing effect. That means supplementing a concentrated omega-3 Fish Oil capsule providing 500mg, once or twice a day and eating a serving of any of the above fish three times a week.”

 

Avoid or reduce caffeine, sugar, refined carbohydrates and alcohol

“Eat a diet that will stabilise your blood sugar (known as a Low GL diet). This means avoiding sugar and refined carbohydrates, eating at regular intervals, including protein with every meal and snack. Avoid strong stimulants such as coffee, tea and energy drinks and drink mild stimulants such as green tea only occasionally. Keep alcohol to a minimum, for example, one unit per day, three to four times per week.”

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Consider supplementing magnesium

“Foods high in magnesium are: whole grains, legumes and especially dark green leafy vegetables. Pumpkin seeds and salmon also have magnesium. It is worth supplementing magnesium, particularly if you have some of the other indications of insufficiency. Try 400mg daily. Magnesium works in conjunction with many other nutrients so an all-round multi-vitamin and mineral formula is a good idea if you are not managing a fantastically healthy diet.”

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Nail Health

  
Nail Health
  
Nails and Health: Read the Signs“Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails. Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.”
  
Pale Nails

“Very pale nails can sometimes be a sign of serious illness, such as:”

  • Anemia
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Liver disease
  • Malnutrition


White Nails

“If the nails are mostly white with darker rims, this can indicate liver problems, such as hepatitis. In this image, you can see the fingers are also jaundiced, another sign of liver trouble.”
Yellow Nails

“One of the most common causes of yellow nails is a fungal infection. As the infection worsens, the nail bed may retract, and nails may thicken and crumble. In rare cases, yellow nails can indicate a more serious condition such as severe thyroid disease, lung disease, diabetes or psoriasis.”
Bluish Nails

“Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could indicate a lung problem, such as emphysema. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.”


Rippled Nails

“Nails with a bluish tint can mean the body isn’t getting enough oxygen. This could indicate a lung problem, such as emphysema. Some heart problems can be associated with bluish nails.”


Cracked Nails

“Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack or split have been linked to thyroid disease. Cracking or splitting combined with a yellowish hue is more likely due to a fungal infection.”


Puffy Nail Fold

“If the skin around the nail appears red and puffy, this is known as inflammation of the nail fold. It may be the result of lupus or another connective tissue disorder. Infection can also cause redness and inflammation of the nail fold.”

Only Part of the Puzzle….

Dark lines beneath the nail should be investigated as soon as possible. They are sometimes caused by melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer.

Gnawed Nails
Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it’s a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can’t stop, it’s worth discussing with your doctor.

Nails Are Only Part of the Puzzle

Dark Lines Beneath the Surface 

“Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. And many nail abnormalities are harmless — not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a dermatologist.”

Gnawed Nails

“Biting your nails may be nothing more than an old habit, but in some cases it’s a sign of persistent anxiety that could benefit from treatment. Nail biting or picking has also been linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you can’t stop, it’s worth discussing with your doctor.”

Nails Are Only Part of the Puzzle 

“Though nail changes accompany many conditions, these changes are rarely the first sign. And many nail abnormalities are harmless — not everyone with white nails has hepatitis. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your nails, see a dermatologist.”

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CBD

  

  
This is a post that is near and dear to me. As most of my followers already know, I write about bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses because I suffer from bipolar, and want to help all those who need help and advice getting through what I would called, the hardest part of my life (trying to become stable), and most other’s would probably agree. I believe in the powers that CBD offers, and now that it is legal in all 50 states, people need to start spreading awareness of this amazing drug and realizing it helps in every area that I suffer with my bipolar, and then some. But what I want to say the loudest, is to those who are completely against the legalization of marijuana, you know, the one’s who’ve never smoked in their life, and do not suffer from mental illnesses, yet think they know what they’re ignorantly saying. Well, I laugh at those folks and take pity on them. They are the ones holding back science from finding all the answers we need as to why marijuana should be legal, but CBD should especially be utilized. Please read and learn about this miracle oil and other forms taken from, but does not contain any THC. For some with seizures it has saved lives. For others, help with their anxiety, anger and nausea are reason enough for cheer. Enjoy and learn! 

  

 What is CBD?

“CBD is one of over 60+ compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. We at CBD Crew are using cannabis to create our strains, not hemp. All our genetics will have traces of all canabinoids found naturally in the plants genetics, as we believe in the entourage effect of the plant to be the most effective for most patients.”

  
“CBD and THC levels tend to vary between different strains and varieties of cannabis. By using selective breeding techniques, we have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and THC.”

“CBD does not cause a high, unlike THC. The reason why CBD is non-psychoactive is due to its lack of affinity for CB1 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in high concentrations in the brain, and are the pathways responsible for the psychoactive effects of THC.”

  
Medical Properties of CBD

  • Antiemetic: Combats nausea and vomiting
  • Antipsychotic: Combats psychosis disorders
  • Anticonvulsant: Combats seizure activity
  • Anti-inflammatory: Combats inflammatory disorders
  • Anti-oxidant: Combats neurodegenerative disorders
  • Anti-tumoral/Anti-cancer: Combats tumor and cancer cells
  • Anxiolytic/Anti-depressant: Combats anxiety and depression disorders

  

4 Must know Facts About CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, is quickly changing the debate surrounding the uses of marijuana as a medicine.

“Most people have heard of a chemical called THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that gets users high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD — and for good reason.”

“Because while doctors can’t seem to look past certain side effects of THC, CBD doesn’t appear to present that problem. On the other hand, evidence of CBD’s medical benefits continues to grow.”

“Here are five facts that you should know about this unique compound:”

  
1. CBD is a key ingredient in cannabis

  

“CBD is one of over 60 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied.”

“CBD and THC levels tend to vary among different plants. Marijuana grown for recreational purposes often contains more THC than CBD.”

“However, by using selective breeding techniques, cannabis breeders have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and next to zero levels of THC. These strains are rare but have become more popular in recent years.”

   
 
2. CBD is non-psychoactive

“Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While this makes CBD a poor choice for recreational users, it gives the chemical a significant advantage as a medicine, since health professionals prefer treatments with minimal side effects.”

“CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same pathways as THC. These pathways, called CB1 receptors, are highly concentrated in the brain and are responsible for the mind-altering effects of THC.”

“A review published in Current Drug Safety concludes that CBD “does not interfere with several psychomotor and psychological functions.” The authors add that several studies suggest that CBD is “well tolerated and safe” even at high doses.”

   
 
3. CBD has a wide range of medical benefits

“Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits. 

  

4. CBD reduces the negative effects of THC

“CBD seems to offer natural protection against the marijuana high. Numerous studies suggest that CBD acts to reduce the intoxicating effects of THC, such as memory impairment and paranoia.”

“CBD also appears to counteract the sleep-inducing effects of THC, which may explain why some strains of cannabis are known to increase alertness.”

“Both CBD and THC have been found to present no risk of lethal overdose. However, to reduce potential side effects, medical users may be better off using cannabis with higher levels of CBD.”

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What Does Financial Health have to do with Mental Health?

  
Financial Health…
Studies Show Your Financial Health Could Be a Good Indicator of Your Mental Health

  

“Your debt may cost you more than just interest. Research shows there’s a clear link between your financial health and your mental health, and your debt may serve as a tangible representation of your psychological state.”

“Approximately 35 percent of Americans have delinquent debt, according to a 2014 report published by the Urban Institute. Overdue debts average around $5,178 and usually include a mixture of credit card balances, medical bills and unpaid utilities.”

“And that’s just personal debt. Most small business owners also have some form of business debt. A 2012 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index poll found that 36 percent of business owners are uncomfortable with their company’s debt.”

  
Debt and Mental Health

“Approximately one in five U.S. adults experiences a mental illness each year according to the National Institute of Mental Health. And multiple studies report people with mental health problems are more likely to be in debt.”

“Researchers from the University of South Hampton examined 65 studies on debt and mental health. Their report, which was published in Clinical Psychology Review, found a correlation between mental illness and financial problems.”

“Researchers concluded the likelihood of having a mental health problem is three times higher among people who have debt. Depression, anxiety disorders and psychotic disorders were among the common mental illnesses people in debt experienced.”

  

Mental health: Overcoming the stigma of mental illness

Overcoming The Stigma  
“False beliefs about mental illness can cause significant problems. Learn what you can do about stigma.”

Stigma is when someone views you in a negative way because you have a distinguishing characteristic or personal trait that’s thought to be, or actually is, a disadvantage (a negative stereotype). Unfortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have a mental health condition are common.

“Stigma can lead to discrimination. Discrimination may be obvious and direct, such as someone making a negative remark about your mental illness or your treatment. Or it may be unintentional or subtle, such as someone avoiding you because the person assumes you could be unstable, violent or dangerous due to your mental health condition. You may even judge yourself.”

  
“Some of the harmful effects of stigma can include:”

  • “Reluctance to seek help or treatment”
  • “Lack of understanding by family, friends, co-workers or others you know”
  • “Fewer opportunities for work, school or social activities or trouble finding housing”
  • “Bullying, physical violence or harassment”
  • “Health insurance that doesn’t adequately cover your mental illness treatment”
  • “The belief that you’ll never be able to succeed at certain challenges or that you can’t improve your situation”

  
Steps to cope with stigma:

  • “Get treatment. You may be reluctant to admit you need treatment. Don’t let the fear of being labeled with a mental illness prevent you from seeking help. Treatment can provide relief by identifying what’s wrong and reducing symptoms that interfere with your work and personal life.”
  • “Don’t let stigma create self-doubt and shame. Stigma doesn’t just come from others. You may mistakenly believe that your condition is a sign of personal weakness or that you should be able to control it without help. Seeking psychological counseling, educating yourself about your condition and connecting with others with mental illness can help you gain self-esteem and overcome destructive self-judgment.”
  • “Don’t isolate yourself. If you have a mental illness, you may be reluctant to tell anyone about it. Your family, friends, clergy or members of your community can offer you support if they know about your mental illness. Reach out to people you trust for the compassion, support and understanding you need.”
  • “Don’t equate yourself with your illness. You are not an illness. So instead of saying “I’m bipolar,” say “I have bipolar disorder.” Instead of calling yourself “a schizophrenic,” say “I have schizophrenia.””
  • “Join a support group. Some local and national groups, such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), offer local programs and Internet resources that help reduce stigma by educating people with mental illness, their families and the general public. Some state and federal agencies and programs, such as those that focus on vocational rehabilitation or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), offer support for people with mental health conditions.”
  • “Get help at school. If you or your child has a mental illness that affects learning, find out what plans and programs might help. Discrimination against students because of a mental health condition is against the law, and educators at primary, secondary and college levels are required to accommodate students as best they can. Talk to teachers, professors or administrators about the best approach and resources. If a teacher doesn’t know about a student’s disability, it can lead to discrimination, barriers to learning and poor grades.”
  • “Speak out against stigma. Consider expressing your opinions at events, in letters to the editor or on the Internet. It can help instill courage in others facing similar challenges and educate the public about mental illness.”

  
Others’ judgments almost always stem from a lack of understanding rather than information based on the facts. Learning to accept your condition and recognize what you need to do to treat it, seeking support, and helping educate others can make a big difference.”

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GMO Health Dangers

Genetically Modified Foods   
 
Genetically modified foods…

Are they safe?

“The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) doesn’t think so. The Academy reported that “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM asked physicians to advise patients to avoid GM foods.”

  

“Before the FDA decided to allow GMOs into food without labeling, FDA scientists had repeatedly warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems. They urged long-term safety studies, but were ignored.”

  
Since then, findings include:

  • “Thousands of sheep, buffalo, and goats in India died after grazing on Bt cotton plants.”
  • “Mice eating GM corn for the long term had fewer, and smaller, babies.”
  • “More than half the babies of mother rats fed GM soy died within three weeks, and were smaller.”
  • “Testicle cells of mice and rats on GM soy change significantly.”
  • “By the third generation, most GM soy-fed hamsters lost the ability to have babies.”
  • “Rodents fed GM corn and soy showed immune system responses and signs of toxicity.”
  • “Cooked GM soy contains as much as 7-times the amount of a known soy allergen.”
  • “Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% in the UK, soon after GM soy was introduced.”
  • “The stomach lining of rats fed GM potatoes showed excessive cell growth, a condition that may lead to cancer.”
  • “Studies showed organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, changed enzyme levels, etc.”

  
“Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function. This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us. This could mean:”

  • “If the antibiotic gene inserted into most GM crops were to transfer, it could create super diseases, resistant to antibiotics.”
  • “If the gene that creates Bt-toxin in GM corn were to transfer, it might turn our intestinal bacteria into living pesticide factories.”

“Although no studies have evaluated if antibiotic or Bt-toxin genes transfer, that is one of the key problems. The safety assessments are too superficial to even identify most of the potential dangers from GMOs. See our Health Risks brochure and State of the Science report for more details and citations.”

“Recent health studies provide growing evidence of harm from GMOs:”

  • GM Corn Damages Liver and Kidneys
  • Meat Raised on GM Feed is Different
  • Roundup Could Cause Birth Defects
  • Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility
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What Your Smartphone’s Sleep Interference Could Mean For Mental Health

Smartphone’s Interference & Mental Health  
“Your smartphone habit may be doing more than harming your relationships — it could be damaging your sleep and ultimately triggering depression and anxiety.”

“A growing body of research finds that smartphone users have sleep problems that interfere with their daily functioning.”

  
“We know that young people and older people are on some kind of screen before bedtime, even within the last 30 or 60 minutes before going to sleep,” said Dr. Shalini Paruthi, the director of the Pediatric Sleep and Research Center at Saint Louis University.”

“Everybody has a wakeup alarm, but it may be equally important to set a bedtime alarm,” Paruthi continued. “That way it gives ourselves a signal: ‘Okay, time to put this away. Time to start my bedtime routine.'”

  
“One study, published in 2014, found an association between smartphone use after 9 p.m. and decreased sleep quantity. Its researchers surveyed 82 upper-level managers and found that those who slept less felt depleted in the morning and were less engaged at work the next day.”

“Strikingly, as part of the study, smartphones were worse for employees’ sleep and workplace engagement than other screen-based devices, such as laptops, tablets or television, perhaps in part because they make it hard to detach from workplace obligations.”

 
“And another study, also published in 2014, found that university students who self-reported high use (based on a six-point Smartphone Addiction Scale) were also more likely to report higher levels of depression, anxiety and what’s know as “daytime dysfunction,” or excessive daytime sleepiness.”

“While the study didn’t prove that smartphones cause anxiety and depression, it did show a correlation between high smartphone use, high depression levels and poor sleep. In the study, respondents who reported suffering from depression and anxiety were also more likely to report poor sleep quality.”

“Sleep loss and anxiety are unfortunate bedfellows. Lack of sleep can provoke parts of the brain that regulate anxiety, and unfortunately, innate worriers are most susceptible to the damaging effects of sleep loss.”

  
“There’s some evidence, as HuffPost reported in February, that some people may find smartphone behavior changes more challenging than others: In a 2015 study published in Personality and Individual Differences, respondents who checked their smartphones frequently were more prone to impulsive, moody, temperamental and materialistic behavior.”

“Regardless of personality type, it’s clear that sleep needs to be a top priority for all of us. “Smartphone use, tablets, screen time use — it can have such a major effect on sleep,” Paruthi said. “We don’t want screens to cut into the quantity of our sleep — but also the quality of our sleep.””

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Slow medicine

Everything Matters

We need more doctors like Michael Finkelstein who understands the very basic reality that he shares in the brief video below. I use the simple meme Everything Matters to call attention to it and have written a lot about it as a concept as well.

slow-medicine-fbIn our fast-paced world, we often look for quick-fix solutions to our health challenges, not realizing that these “solutions” in fact may contribute to our problems. Most health challenges are in fact the result of an imbalance in our bodies and lives, and most quick-fix solutions actually exacerbate these imbalances. Slow Medicine teaches that to achieve and sustain good health, we need to become aware of each area of our lives and explore how to optimize our wellness, not only within each of these areas, but also through their harmonious integration. In this video, Michael Finkelstein MD demonstrates the Slow Medicine principles, guiding viewers on…

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You Could Actually Be Causing Your Hyperpigmentation

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When it comes to our skin, we all want to be “flawless.” So, when we were told that by simply living our lives we could be causing hyperpigmentation (better known as dark spots or melasma), we kind of freaked out. Stress causes a bevvy of issues, but it can also cause uneven skin tone? Ugh. We consulted dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, of his namesake dermatology practice (and maker of those cultishly popular Alpha Beta Glow Pads), to get real about how we’re secretly letting hyperpigmentation into our (skin’s) lives.

MORE: The Experts Guide To Getting Rid of Acne Scars

In case you needed a better explanation for hyperpigmenation, Dr. Gross added a new moniker for it: “Warning flags—created by your body to inform you that it is injured or under attack.” It all starts with Melanin (the protein that gives your skin color) and how its production goes into…

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What to Do During a Mental Health Crisis

What’s Your Plan of Action?  

  • “Before a crisis occurs, people with mental illness and their family members can be prepared by educating themselves on the condition and finding out what local mental health services are available.”


All American youngsters know the rules: Don’t take candy from strangers, play nice in the sandbox and call 911 during an emergency.


  • But what if the emergency is related to mental health?

“More than 4 million people visited the emergency room due to a mental health condition from 2009 to 2010, according to the latest data from the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That same year, Americans made 63.3 million visits to doctors offices, hospitals and emergency rooms for what were eventually diagnosed as mental disorders, the CDC also found. “The reality is, a mental health crisis is a common occurrence,” says Paolo del Vecchio, who directs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services.”

  
Here’s what to know if one strikes you or someone you love:
1. Get to know a psychiatrist.

“Mental health crises rarely arise out of nowhere. “Psychiatric illnesses, for the most part, evolve slowly, and so there’s going to be a lot of warning,” says Dr. Daniel Lieberman, the ​clinical director of the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University Hospital. Ninety percent of people who die by suicide,​ for instance, give some indication they’re considering it, he says. “There’s this really irrational myth that people who talk about suicide do not commit suicide, and that’s exactly the opposite of reality,” he says.”
“That means that, in many cases, there’s ample time to get in touch with a mental health professional before a mental illness – be it a psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder or depression – becomes an emergency. In addition to providing ongoing care that can help prevent a crisis, he or she can be your first point of contact should an emergency arise. “If somebody does have a relationship with an outpatient psychiatrist, that’s the first place to go,” Lieberman says.”

“Such a partnership is key after the crisis, too, since almost 1 in 10 people discharged from state psychiatric hospitals are readmitted within 30 days, according to SAMHSA.​ “Having that kind of ongoing care is critical,” del Vecchio says.”

  
2. Empower yourself./2

“Before a crisis, people with mental illness and their family members can benefit from educating themselves about a condition. Dr. Jeffrey Borenstein​, president and CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, recommends​ reviewing the American Psychiatric Association’s consumer guide to the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or reading other research-based materials on your loved one’s condition. “Having a book is extremely useful because it really empowers the family and the person to understand the cutting edge information about these conditions,” he says.”

“You can also be proactive by ​getting to know the lay of the mental health services land in your area, del Vecchio says. Your community may have mental health services outside of hospitals such as mobile crisis teams, respite programs, and triage and assessment facilities. One way to find out is through SAMHSA’s treatment locator, which identifies mental health and addiction treatment settings based on ZIP code.”
  
3. Recognize an emergency.

“What constitutes a mental health emergency? Any time a person is an immediate danger to others or themselves, experts say. “In many ways, issues related to suicide are similar to having chest pain: This is an emergency, and it should be taken seriously,” Borenstein says. In other words, if someone around you is threatening violence, call 911​ or take the person to the nearest emergency room yourself, he says.”

  
“Other situations that warrant quick care include people who show signs of psychosis that affect their functioning such as delusions, paranoia or fear, Borenstein says. People who are extremely agitated, wild, overly active and unable to calm down should also raise red flags – particularly if they don’t respond to verbal interventions like saying, “Hey, can we sit down and talk?” Lieberman adds.”

“Sudden behavior changes should be taken seriously, too. “If something evolves rapidly, it’s probably not psychiatric,” Lieberman says. It’s probably something really, really serious like poisoning, and they just need to be taken to the closest emergency room immediately.” If you have a choice, head to an academic medical center, since clinicians there tend to be up-to-date on the most effective procedures and treatments, he says.”
4. Know where (else) to go.

“​The emergency room is often not the best place to go in a psychiatric crisis since the waits can be long and the psychiatric care insufficient, del Vecchio says. What’s more, most hospitals won’t hospitalize patients for mental health conditions unless they are suicidal or homicidal, Lieberman says. “Mental health professionals are using hospitals less and less as time goes on,” he explains, due to the high cost of care and low rate of reimbursement from insurance companies. That’s part of the reason why it’s often a better idea to call your mental health care provider (if you have one) or your primary care provider if you don’t.”

“Not everyone has quick access to a hospital or psychiatric care, either. “There’s a crisis in mental health care across the country,” says Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds, who has focused on mental health care reform since his son died by suicide in 2013. “As your skin darkens, as your income goes down, as the people around you are fewer and fewer, your access to care is tough, very tough.””

“If mental health care seems out of reach, try a hotline such as SAMHSA’s suicide prevention line or disaster distress helpline, which can walk you through the safest steps, or use a resource like SAMHSA’s locator, which can help you find the closest service.”

  
4. Know where (else) to go.
​The emergency room is often not the best place to go in a psychiatric crisis since the waits can be long and the psychiatric care insufficient, del Vecchio says. What’s more, most hospitals won’t hospitalize patients for mental health conditions unless they are suicidal or homicidal, Lieberman says. “Mental health professionals are using hospitals less and less as time goes on,” he explains, due to the high cost of care and low rate of reimbursement from insurance companies. That’s part of the reason why it’s often a better idea to call your mental health care provider (if you have one) or your primary care provider if you don’t. 
Not everyone has quick access to a hospital or psychiatric care, either. “There’s a crisis in mental health care across the country,” says Virginia Sen. Creigh Deeds, who has focused on mental health care reform since his son died by suicide in 2013. “As your skin darkens, as your income goes down, as the people around you are fewer and fewer, your access to care is tough, very tough.”
If mental health care seems out of reach, try a hotline such as SAMHSA’s suicide prevention line or disaster distress helpline, which can walk you through the safest steps, or use a resource like SAMHSA’s locator, which can help you find the closest service. 
5. Seek support.

“Dealing with a mental health crisis is extremely stressful. In order to handle it as effectively as possible, the loved ones affected by a crisis need to take care of themselves, too, del Vechhio says. This might be by connecting with family members or friends who have gone through similar situations or reaching out to an organization like the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which has chapters in every state, he says.”

  
“It’s important to know that these types of things are fairly common and that they’re not alone,” Borenstein adds. “Treatment is available for their loved one.”

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Health and Herb-Amazing Benefits of Dandelion’s Root

Dandelion Health Benefits   
Dandelion Root’s Benefits:

“Dandelions, perennial plant with a yellow and centered flower, are considered to be weeds. This plant grows excessively in the U.S. and Canada. Dandelions have been used traditionally as an herbal medicine for the treatment of various diseases such as kidney and liver issues, stomach problems, and diabetes.”
Health Benefits of Dandelions: 

“Dandelion has lots of benefits but the most impressive benefits of dandelion are that it has the ability to act as a diuretic and thus support in those circumstances where a diuretic is required. Dandelions have lots of vitamin A, B, C, and D along with iron, potassium and zinc.”

“While there are not enough studies on human being, herbalists use it for cleansing the liver and gallbladder. Dandelion is also used in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of appendicitis, inflammation, and stomach issues. Even Native Americans used boiled dandelion to prevent kidney problems, lower swelling, and to cure skin problems.”

  
“Though its advantages are still being examined, but its properties are enough to make it popular for natural remedies. Dandelions have been used to cure various problems such as:”

“• Diabetes: Dandelions can improve the production of insulin. It also helps pancreas to keep blood sugar levels at healthy range for diabetes patients. Dandelion juice helps the body to keep blood sugar levels low and also helps to keep the body healthy that subsequently decreases the chances of fluctuation in blood sugar levels.”

“• Pimple: Dandelion has positive impact on pimple which is caused by hormonal changes and sebaceous gland problems. Dandelion juice has detoxifying properties and also known to act as diuretic. Due to these two properties, it helps to remove pimple causing toxins from the body through sweating and urinating.”
“• Jaundice: Jaundice is a liver disorder that can be treated by using dandelions. They help to eliminate extra bile in the urine and help to fight against infections. Due to this, they are also known as an antioxidant and a disinfectant.”

“• Cancer: Dandelions have been used as a part of healthy diet to lower the risk of developing cancer. Dandelions have high antioxidant and vitamin C levels that help to decrease the free radicals exist in the body.”

“• Constipation: Dandelions are rich in dietary fiber that improve the health of the intestines and also help to keep digestion healthy that prevent more gastrointestinal problems in the future.”

  
“Did you know that each part of the dandelion plant has benefits? The answer is “yes” each part of dandelion has health benefits and its each part is used as medicine.”

  
Root: Dandelion root is used for the detoxification of both the liver and gallbladder.

Leaves: Dandelion leaves are good in taste. Their leaves have diuretic properties. They help in digestion and also improve the appetite.

Flower: Its flower works like an antioxidant.

Sap: This is present in the dandelion stem. Due to its alkaline nature, it has been used for the treatment of some skin problems such as ringworm and eczema.

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Health Benefits of Guava

Why Guava is so Good For You!

The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, WEIGHT LOSS ANDscurvy.”

“Many of you may have tasted this mouth-watering treat, or have at least seen or heard about it. Guava is very common in Asian countries, but is increasingly available in the western world, particularly as more of its health benefits are revealed. It is a somewhat round or pear-shaped seasonal fruit, and is light green, yellow, or maroon in color on the outside when it is ripe. Guava also has white or maroon flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloped in very soft, sweet pulp. It is eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or in the form of jams and jellies.”



This popular fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. If the traditional adage says that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, the phrase is probably changed to “A few guavas in the season keeps the doctor away for the whole year” in the Indian Subcontinent and places where guavas typically grow. Its scientific name is Psidium Guajava.”

“What makes guava special is that protecting the fruit does not require excessive use of chemical pesticides as in the case of grapes, apple, and other so-called “exotic” fruits. It is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.”



Weight loss: Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. It is a is very filling snack and satisfies the appetite very easily. Guava, especially raw guava, also has far less sugar as compared to apples, oranges, grapes, and other fruit. Adding a medium-sized guava to your lunch and you will not feel hungry again until the evening. Ironically, it can also help with weight gain in lean, thin people. This is probably due to its wealth of nutrients, which keep the metabolism regulates and helps to promote the proper absorption of nutrients.”

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“Diabetes: In a related benefit to blood pressure mentioned above, an intake of guava can also help those patients who suffer from diabetes. The high level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body. Studies have shown that consuming guava can help prevent the appearance of type-2 diabetes.”

Eyesight: Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is well known as a booster for vision health. It can help slow down the appearance of cataracts, macular degeneration, and general health of the eyes. It can not only prevent degradation of eyesight, but even an improvement in eyesight once it has begun to degrade.”

 “Cancer Prevention: One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers. Guava leaf oil is extremely successful as an anti-proliferative substance, and has actually been shown to be more effective than some leading modern medicines in reducing cancerous growth. Guavas are also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to be wildly successful in reducing prostate cancer risk. That same antioxidant has also shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, although further human trials need to be done.”

“Finally, the naturally high levels of vitamin-C in guavas, which are four times higher than the levels found in oranges (the traditional vitamin-C powerhouse), provides the immune system a huge boost in antioxidants. Antioxidants are the major lines of defense against the proliferation of free radicals in the body, which are one of the main causes of serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. Therefore, adding guava to your diet has numerous ways in which it helps you stay health and cancer-free.”



Diarrhea & dysentery: Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds that make your gums feel tighter and fresher).  After you chew guava leaves, eat a raw guava, or use some guava-based toothpaste), your mouth feels healthier, and the astringent qualities also add substance to loose bowels and reduce symptoms of diarrhea. These astringents are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, thus helping to cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Furthermore, other nutrients in guava such as vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium, strengthen and tone the digestive system while simultaneously disinfecting it. Guava is also beneficial in treating gastroenteritis for the same reasons stated above.”

Thyroid Health: Guavas are a good source for copper, which is an important part of regulating thyroid metabolism by helping to control hormone production and absorption. The thyroid gland is one of the most important glands in the body for regulating hormones and organ system function, so guava can help balance your health in many ways.”



Skin care: Guavas can improve the texture of your skin and help you to avoid skin problems more than even the highest ranked beauty creams or skin toner gels. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in the fruit (more astringent is present in immature guavas) and in its leaves. Your skin can benefit from either eating the fruits (this helps tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by rinsing your skin with a decoction of its immature fruit and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the area of loosened skin where you apply it. In addition to the astringents, guava is very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are  good antioxidants and detoxifiers, which keep your skin glowing and free from signs of premature aging, wrinkles and other dermal disorders.”


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Boost that Metabolism!



You’ve probably heard people blame their weight on a slow metabolism, but what does that mean? Is metabolism really the culprit? And if so, is it possible to rev up your metabolism to burn more calories?”

“It’s true that metabolism is linked to weight. But contrary to common belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Although your metabolism influences your body’s basic energy needs, it’s your food and beverage intake and your physical activity that ultimately determine how much you weigh.”



The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate — what you might call metabolism. Several factors determine your individual basal metabolic rate, including:”

  • Your body size and composition.The bodies of people who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest.
  • Your sex. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than do women of the same age and weight, burning more calories.
  • Your age. As you get older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of your weight, slowing down calorie burning.
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Diet, Nutrition Closely Linked to Mental Health

Links to Mental Health

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“It’s extremely important that experts in the fields of psychiatry and public health recognize the undeniable link between mental health and diet and nutrition, say leading academics in a new paper published in the The Lancet Psychiatry.”

“Research has overwhelmingly confirmed the relationship between nutritional deficiencies and poor mental health. Psychiatry is now at a critical stage, say the experts, with the current medically focused model having achieved only minimal progress toward relieving the global burden of poor mental health.”

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“Another systematic review published in late 2014 has also confirmed a relationship between “unhealthy” dietary patterns and poor mental health in children and teens. Given the early age of onset for depression and anxiety, the information points to dietary improvements as a way of preventing the initial onset of common mental disorders.”

“It is time for clinicians to consider diet and additional nutrients as part of the treating package to manage the enormous burden of mental ill health,” said Sarris, an executive member of the ISNPR. He believes that it is time to advocate for a more integrative approach to psychiatry, with diet and nutrition as key elements.

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Sociopaths vs. Psychopaths

What’s the Difference?
“The terms psychopaths and sociopaths share many similarities, being used almost interchangeably by criminologists and forensic psychologists on television. Although both are subtypes of antisocial personality disorder marked by dissociation from emotions and a lack of ability to feel empathy, there are several key differences between the two disorders.

Psychopaths and sociopaths make up one percent and four percent of the population, or 3 million and 13 million Americans, respectively. Despite them having a separate set of diagnostic criteria, psychopaths and sociopaths do share several traits in common. These include a disregard for laws and social rules, a disregard for the rights of others, an inclination towards violent behavior and an inability to feel remorse or guilt.”

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Sociopathic behavior:
However, their similarities end there, with both disorders carrying a separate set of behavioral characteristics. Sociopaths tend to be more nervous and easy to agitate or frighten, being much more emotional than the emotionally vacant psychopaths. Sociopaths are prone to emotional outbursts and rages, employing their ability to detach emotionally from others more as a defense mechanism than an inherent personality trait. Many sociopaths are able to feel some amount of empathy, being able to reluctantly form attachments with people or groups despite usually having low regard for society in general.

Sociopaths are statistically from lower income/lower educated areas that are usually marginalized by society to begin with. Due to their unstable emotions and impulse to keep moving, they often have trouble staying employed and live transient lifestyles. As opposed to psychopaths, crimes committed by sociopaths are much more impulsive, unplanned and generally more sloppily executed than their more calculating counterparts.”

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Psychopathic behavior:
Unlike sociopaths, psychopaths are truly unable to empathize with others and form emotional bonds. Where sociopaths are usually created by childhood trauma and other environmental factors, the cause of psychopathy is genetic in nature. Sociopaths are able to retain a small amount of empathic ability since they were born “normal” for the most part, but psychopaths are born with an underdeveloped area of the brain responsible for emotions and impulse control, giving them the ability to dissociate themselves from others and making it far easier for them to commit remorseless acts.

Also differentiating psychopathic individuals are their usually charming personalities and conversational skills. Psychopaths are very manipulative and are usually intelligent people, allowing them to fake empathy and other emotions they lack in order to obtain their goal of gaining power and control. Many are so adept at this that they can maintain relationships and families completely unbeknownst to them of their true nature. Psychopaths blend into society much easier than sociopaths, holding careers and being found to occupy many positions of power. According to a disconcerting NIH study, three percent of those in management positions are diagnosable psychopaths, three times the national average of one percent.

Where sociopaths often commit crimes haphazardly, psychopaths tend to methodically plan out their actions, calculating the details and possible scenarios in advance. When under pressure, they also maintain their composure much better than their more emotional counterparts.

Psychopathy and sociopathy are the most dangerous psychological disorders on the spectrum, giving people affected with it the potential to commit murder and extreme acts of violence without hesitation or second thought. Because of this, many of the worst serial killers in history have been known psychopaths.”

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Treatment:
Although there is no medication to have proven effective in treating psychopathy and sociopathy, some trials have shown some forms of psychotherapy to be effective in treating symptoms in adolescents. Occasionally anti-depressants and mood stabilizers are administered to sociopathic patients subject to anger and irritability, although not effective in everyone. The psychotherapy involves teaching them interpersonal and relationship skills, leading to a reduction in signs of their disorder. However, considering the high degree of manipulativeness in those suffering from these disorders, the true extent of the therapy’s efficacy is anyone’s guess.

Sovereign Health has a breadth of experience in the treatment of antisocial personality disorders such as sociopathy and psychopathy. If you have any questions about antisocial personality disorders or suspect that a loved one may be suffering from one, feel free to contact us today.”

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Simple and Practical Mental Health: Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and ADHD

Simple & Pactical Mental Health

Comorbid Bipolar Disorder and ADHD

“If you ask me “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry over the last ten or twelve years?” I would say without hesitation that it is to identify and treat ADHD — with both medications and psychotherapy.”

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“If you ask me, “What is the most important thing you have learned in psychiatry in 2014?”, it is that bipolar disorder and ADHD occur in the same person MUCH more commonly than I had thought and that I must continue to be very diligent in screening patients with bipolar disorder for ADHD.”

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“I knew this comorbidity very well, have treated patients who had both disorders, spoke about it to the residents on several occasions, discussed the data on treatment of this comorbidity, and would share the article by Wingo and Ghaemi in Current Psychiatry 2007. You can get the PDF free at Current Psychiatry’s website by clicking on THIS LINK which will open the PDF in a separate window.”

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“However, with increasing experience with this comorbidity and careful longitudinal assessment, I have been really surprised by how OFTEN these two occur together. Patient after patient after patient. That is what prompted me to write this post. Even if you are aware of this, look for the comorbidity systematically by asking the patient and family member about symptoms of ADHD — BEFORE the bipolar disorder episodes and when the person is NOT depressed or manic. It it not too difficult once we focus the conversation on this issue.”

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Clegg: Mental health research ‘needs boost’

Mental Illness
“Nick Clegg: “We want a new mental health research fund.”
IMG_2554.JPG“A major push is needed to boost mental health research, Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has told the BBC.”

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QUIZ: The Health Benefits of Music

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Take this Fun & Educational Quiz!
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Alternative Healthcare Healing for Acid Reflux

Cure Acid Reflux with Herbs

http://www.pureherbalayurved.com.au/acid-reflux-47-994.htm

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What Is Acid Reflux?

“At the entrance to your stomach is a valve, which is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. If the LES doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).”

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Is there something in my teeth? – Mistakes You Make Brushing Your Teeth

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GARCINIA CAMBOGIA- Her Health

FromHer Life & Health

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GARCINIA CAMBOGIA: “How to lose 23 lbs of stomach fat in just 4 Weeks with these 2 diet tricks that celebrities use.”

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