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Top-selling antidepressants double your bone fracture risk

3/15/2013 - Pharmaceutical antidepressants are usually among a class of varied chemicals known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is the feel good central nervous system neurotransmitter that is produced in the body. The phrase re-uptake inhibitor is confusing to most of us laypersons....

Tame hunger and cravings with serotonin

9/20/2012 - Researchers have found a way to calm savage carbohydrate cravings by altering brain chemistry for the better. The neurotransmitter serotonin not only alleviates depression and anxiety, it also subdues hunger and the desire for carbs. A few effortless adjustments to the diet can turn the brain into a...

The brain body connection - The first of the four major systems that maintain health

6/9/2012 - There are four major systems that control most bodily functions and when these systems are out of balance, disease will eventually manifest. These systems include in order of priority: the nervous system, hormonal system, digestive system and the detoxification system. Since the brain rules all, first...

Mood Food - Boost serotonin levels with natural treatments

12/30/2010 - Serotonin is known as the happy hormone because the level or lack thereof greatly influences our moods and sense of well-being. Emotional stability is also affected by a number of other factors such as stress, diet, lifestyle and others. However, there is much one can do to naturally boost the levels...

Gestational Diabetes can be Prevented by Dietary Changes During Early Pregnancy

7/12/2010 - A new study has found that it is possible to prevent the onset of Gestational Diabetes in an expectant mother by making simple changes in the mother's diet. The study, done by researchers at UCSF(University of California - San Francisco), found that a chemical called serotonin influences the onset of...

Depression: Detoxification Outweighs Drugs

8/10/2009 - Columbia researchers recently announced that ten percent of the U.S. population are on drugs for depression. Doctors quoted by a HealthDay reporter thought this was an improvement because more people are seeking help when they are feeling chronically blue. But there's a foundational question that wasn't...

Eight Natural Ways to Boost Serotonin and Mood

5/27/2009 - Our brain produces neurotransmitters like serotonin which play an important role in how we feel each day. Many people experience pain, stress, depression and anxiety associated with low serotonin levels. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways we can boost our mood by helping our body produce...

Tryptophan Supplements Treat Depression

12/23/2008 - Anti-depressant medications are widely used to treat depression and anxiety, but the side effects which often arise from the use of such medications cause many people to search for more natural methods of treating their depression. One of the most promising natural treatments for depression is tryptophan...

Impact of Food on Mood

12/2/2008 - Research has found that certain foods trigger particular brain chemicals which impact on our emotions for as long as two to three hours. Thus our diet can contribute to feeling positive or negative. Knowing what foods trigger which brain chemicals could help us to manage our feelings better. Certain...

The Importance of Sleep and the ABC's of Catching Z's

8/13/2008 - A recent study concluded that 90% of Americans suffer from too little sleep. Sleep is vital to maintaining good health and a positive mental wellbeing. During the deepest stages of the sleep cycle, the immune system repairs damage inflicted on the body throughout the waking hours while important neurotransmitters...

Finding Happiness the Natural Way

3/6/2008 - In a blue funk. Apathetic. High-strung. Premenstrual woman from hell. Enervated. Grouchy. Spacey. Turning on the waterworks for no real reason. Swinging from repressed fear to rage like an angst-ridden green monster. Do any of these describe you? Before you pop that Prozac into your mouth, ask yourself:...

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants and risk of violent behavior (press release)

11/1/2006 - Use of one class of antidepressant drugs, the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), may be associated with severe violence in a small number of individuals say the authors of paper published in PLoS Medicine. David Healy and David Menkes from Cardiff University, and Andrew Herxheimer from...

Research shows that seeds and nuts are "brain foods" that can also stabilize your mood

8/7/2006 - Can some foods make you smarter? Research shows that nuts and seeds just might boost your brainpower and balance your moods. That's right, everything from the most common nuts -- such as walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews and almonds -- to the more exotic seeds and nuts can clear up that "brain fog" and enable...

Experts say antidepressant drugs cause suicides instead of preventing them

4/10/2006 - In June 2001, a jury in Wyoming determined that the antidepressant drug Paxil caused a man to kill his wife, daughter and granddaughter before killing himself. The jury awarded the surviving family $8 million in damages, according to American Medical Publishing's Prescription Medicines, Side Effects...

Achieve optimum mental health by supplementing deficient brain chemicals instead of resorting to dangerous antidepressant drugs

3/23/2006 - Pharmaceutical antidepressants aren't the best way to conquer our society's depression and anxiety epidemic, and they often have disastrous side effects, sometimes even increasing the risk for suicide. Taking the population as a whole, we're 100 times more depressed today than we were 100 years ago....

Psychiatric Drugs: Chemical Warfare on Humans - interview with Robert Whitaker

8/27/2005 - The following is a Street Spirit interview with Robert Whitaker, author of Mad In America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. It is reprinted here with permission from the Street Spirit in Oakland, California. The interview is conducted by Terry Messman, editor...

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