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To drug or not to drug — ADHD revisited

September 8, 2012

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by Dr. Martha Grout and Stephanie Reese —  ADHD is the most common psychological problem in children and the second most common — after depression — in adults. The effort to treat the problem with drugs has made Ritalin and Concerta the most widely prescribed drugs for kids. Even news magazines comment on the drugging […]

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Seven hidden benefits of weight loss

April 12, 2012

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by Alan Christianson —  You incorporate protein in every meal, provide your body optimal nutrients, combine burst training with weight resistance four times each week, and turn down numerous late-night dates with your girlfriends in order to meet your eight-hour nightly sleep quota. Your herculean efforts have paid off. You are finally able to get […]

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Laughter is the best medicine

March 1, 2012

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by Becca Briley-West —  Laughter really is the best medicine. You have heard it said countless times in your life, right? After a serious laughing session with someone, you may have heard him respond, “Wow, thanks, I needed that.” Well, we all  benefit from a good laugh once in a while, and we all probably […]

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Change your colors, change your mood

February 27, 2012

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by Julia Busch —  Have you ever wondered why someone painted their house bright chartreuse or wore the same color day after day — perhaps one that you would never consider wearing? The advertising industry knows why. Your interior decorator and psychologist also know why. Ancient Egyptians, basking in their color and light temples knew, […]

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The bipolar diet

February 26, 2012

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by Dr. Tara Peyman —  For people with bipolar disorder, one of the most important factors in stabilizing mood and energy is balanced nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Many patients with mild-to-moderate depression or bipolar disorder can significantly reduce symptoms with diet and exercise alone. Following these few simple steps can encourage better control of […]

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Power your brain with food

February 24, 2012

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by Rima Mehta —  It is common for many of us to resolve to lose weight, but any sane person dreads a diet’s dulling effect on the brain. We know that the foods we eat affect the body, but they may have even more of an influence on how the brain works — including level […]

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The benefits of qigong

February 23, 2012

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by Jolin Brandes and Jiliane Provinn —  The Chinese word “qi” translates literally to life force. “Gong” means the practice of developing more qi or life-force energy. Qi is present in the body from birth. Later we acquire qi through the ingestion of food, from the air we breathe and through our constant interactions with […]

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Lithium may cause hypo-thyroidism and weight gain

February 23, 2012

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by Dr. Tara Peyman —  Lithium, one of the most commonly prescribed medications for bipolar disorder, can help stabilize mood and reduce symptoms of mania. However, it is important to understand the risks and potential side effects of taking this medication. A frequent side effect of most mood stabilizers, including lithium, is weight gain. This […]

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The health benefits of laughter

February 23, 2012

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by Debra J. White —  Laughter really is the best medicine because it is free, has no side effects and it works. Scientific evidence from the Food and Drug Administration may be lacking, but laughter elevates mood, improves circulation, relieves chronic pain and stress, as well as enhances family relationships. Doctors are now recommending laughter […]

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