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5 HTP for Depression and Anxiety: And A Few Proven Ways To Try To Reduce Depression and Feel Better

Jun 24 2017 - 7:41am
htp for depression and anxiety

Two of my friends recently stated that they took 5 HTP for depression, while both used the exact same words testifying to its effectiveness. "It changed my life", is what each said. I took note. I am not a fan of pharmaceuticals, however, both friends, touted 5 HTP as a natural supplement. How could I not take note, when two people, whose opinion I value, who don't even know each other, both made the claim "It changed my life"?

These things are of great interest to me.

How to Be Happy: Ten Strategies That Actually Work

Jun 20 2017 - 2:13am
Happy face

We are living in tough times. It seems, in this world of the 24/7 news cycle, and constant streams of information, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Anti-depressant use is at an all-time high. According to the US Government Statisticians who published the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a whopping one in every 10 Americans are taking some type of antidepressant, and a full 23% of American women in their 40’s and 50’s rely on them daily. There are those who say this is a good thing, because depression has been underdiagnosed and undertreated in the past, but other critics say that aggressive pharmaceutical marketing may be, in part, responsible for the 400% rise in antidepressant prescription use in recent years, and antidepressant usage certainly does not come without significant risk and side effects. What if there is some middle ground? What are the secrets used by people who seem “happy”? Keep reading for 10 strategies that actually work to help you to feel better, and take control of your mental health.

1. Learn to enjoy the ride.

Deep Breathing For 1-Minute a Day Can Change Your Life Because of Its Key Benefits

Jun 12 2017 - 8:23pm
starting a deep breathing exercise

Deep breathing for one minute a day is like taking a mini vacation and why not make it a family vacation. Here are five key benefits of deep breathing and how to start with a simple breathing exercise.

With things changing in our lives so fast, how can we keep up with everything? How can we relax when there is always more to do? Always things to work on?

How I use essential oil bath salts to create the ultimate soothing bath

Jun 10 2017 - 8:51am
Rubber ducks

Sometimes it's amazing how much you benefit from little things like essential oil bath salts. Taking a nice soak in a hot bath is one of these things. Soaking in hot water is more powerful than one might think.

Hot water relaxes the body and better prepares us for falling asleep. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases the body temperature and relaxes the muscles.

When the Right Knife can be a Lifesaver

Apr 26 2017 - 10:08pm
Boot Knife

Whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or an occasional camper, the right tools can mean the difference between comfort and a miserable outing and even life and death. When packing for a hike, sailing, or canoe trip, I make sure I have the right equipment. One of the most important and yet often forgotten items on a trip is a good knife.

I grew up in a family of fishermen, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. My dad gave each of us our own pocket knives when we were about 8 years old.

Avoid These Unsafe Emergency First Aid Practices

Apr 20 2017 - 9:00am
First Aid

What actions should you take when a friend aid is needed in an emergency situation. What actions you should not take and avoid? Dr. Ademola Orolu, a Consultant Family Physician from Nigeria explains.

A few times in emergency situations witnesses of accidents do more harm to the victim unknowingly then provide truly helpful first aid. Below you can find two common cases.

Wearable sensors of the future could tell you if you are sick before you even have symptoms

Mar 11 2017 - 12:54pm
A simple fitness sensor could tell if your sick before you know you are

Wearing a device similar to a FitBit or Apple watch could tell you if you're sick. Wearable technology of the future could make medical care more individualized and even alert you and your doctor that something's brewing before you have symptoms.

Findings published Jan. 12, 2017, in PLoS Biology, have major implications for knowing when to seek medical help before anything becomes worse.

Five ways to see the doctor now without leaving your home

Jan 10 2017 - 5:06pm
Online doctors

Patients no longer have to struggle to get to the doctor's office or wait anxiously for an appointment. Here are 5 ways to connect with a medical doctor now without leaving your home.

Going to the doctor unnecessarily is painful and costly. But so is ignoring symptoms and becoming ill while you wait and wonder what's going on with your body.

Carbon Monoxide Silent Killer - How to Save a Life With Home Protection

Nov 9 2015 - 11:21am
Carbon Monoxide Alarm

It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping and we’re turning up the heat. One danger is carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning which has been called the “silent killer” for good reason. But, did you know there are many other sources of CO that can kill you - including tobacco smoke?

The CDC estimates that approximately 500 people die from unintentional CO exposure in the United States every year and estimates that 8,000 to 15,000 people each year are treated for CO poisoning.

5 most important keys to a healthy heart

Nov 4 2015 - 10:06pm
heart health

Heart disease is often referred to as a silent killer because it seems to pop up out of nowhere and destroys seemingly healthy individuals. Although you cannot completely eliminate the risk of heart disease, there are some practical and simple ways to decrease your chances of having complications. The following ideas are important for maintaining heart health.

1. Avoid smoking or using tobacco

6 things your feet can tell you about your health

Nov 4 2015 - 9:17pm

Although it may sound strange, your feet are excellent indicators of your health. If you know what to look for, then you can make certain deductions about your health that range from signs of diabetes to nutritional deficiencies.

All it takes is a single good peek at your feet. However, ignoring these indicators can lead to dire consequences. Here are just a few of the many things your feet can tell you.

What Illnesses Can Checking Your Temperature and pH Help Identify Before They Become Problems

Nov 4 2015 - 11:38am
Thermometer

As a parent I dread putting lips or hand to a feverish forehead and wondering what the next few days will bring. But, as a nurse and mother of two children with auto-immune diseases I learned that a sub-normal temperature (less than 98.6) is much worse because it means the innate system our bodies use to fight infection – be it viral, bacterial, fungal, or even parasitic is not intact.

In ICU I dreaded the temperature under 98.6 F. It meant I had a patient who could not fight off infection, whose metabolic activity was compromised and whose enzyme activity was decreased.

What to do about malocclusion to reverse the negative effects

Oct 31 2015 - 4:57pm

Malocclusion involves more than being afraid to smile in front of the camera. Crowded and crooked teeth can also cause serious oral health complications that will require extensive procedures to fix. This is why it is important to fix the problems early through braces, or you can try invisalign treatments that can give you a straight smile without the hassle of wire braces. If you want to learn more about malocclusion and the negative health effects, then continue reading.

Malocclusion defined

Anticholinergics, Such as Excedrin PM and Tylenol PM, #7 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

Oct 26 2015 - 1:39pm
Anticholinergics

Plants of the Solanaceae family contain various anticholinergic tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine, atropine, and hyoscyamine that have been used in both prescription and over the counter drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter that is involved in memory and learning. Older adults commonly use over-the-counter drugs with anticholinergic effects as sleep aids and to relieve bladder leakage. This class of drugs is frequently prescribed for many chronic diseases including hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research published in JAMA [2] has found that anticholinergic medicines like Benedryl can lead to cognitive impairment and even potentially irreversible dementia when taken continuously for as few

Treatment Participation, Access to Emergency Services and Choice of Plans All Part of Patient Rights

Oct 12 2015 - 6:15pm
Doctor and Patient Care

You have the right to accurate and easily-understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, health care facilities and treatments. However the entire process can be daunting. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don’t understand something, help should be given to clarify, help you understand and make well informed health care decisions. So, what are your rights?

Choice of providers and plans

How to pick the right doctor

Feb 16 2015 - 5:18pm

We live in an era of “choices” in every aspect of our lives and they feel infinite. We are flooded with technology that will help us choose the right gadgets or houses to buy, select a restaurant for the weekend or pick the right mate and so on. But when it comes to choosing your health care giver, we usually go with the flow and find ourselves in a doctor’s office chosen (referred) by another doctor. That’s mostly alright, but if you want to be more involved, you should probably start with a directory of doctors that your insurance carrier will provide.

You might be on your own to find the right doctor among that long list.

Excessive sweating study searches for connection to antidepressants

Feb 9 2015 - 9:36pm

A new study is searching for a connection between excessive sweating and antidepressants. Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are conducting a clinical trial and testing the use of glycopyrrolate as a treatment. Excessive sweating can be an embarrassing condition that limits some people’s social interactions.

Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis may be caused by several medical conditions, but there are instances of people suffering from this problem without any other health issues.

Everyday chemicals could be zapping your testosterone

Aug 15 2014 - 12:55pm
Phthalates linked to low T

Plasticizers known as phthalates have been found to be associated with lower levels of testosterone that is important for overall health and well-being. According to University of Michigan researchers the finding has public health implications that should be noted by policy makers.

More research shows everyday chemicals could lower testosterone.

Which Child in this Video Will You Be This Easter?

Apr 18 2014 - 11:23am
Easter Children

Random acts of kindness. That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I first saw this video. Then came irony. A less-positive thought that overshadowed my first as I began to read the comments listed under a YouTube video posted this spring about an eight-year-old boy who selflessly gave up a baseball to another, younger child.

Medical students could be healthier and learn better with more humane schedules

Apr 7 2014 - 12:39am
Medical students

It has been traditionally said that the rigorous schedule of medical students makes them better doctors, but recent research says this is not so. Unfortunately for the medical students it's true that their rates of drug and alcohol abuse, divorce, and suicide have appeared to be unusually high for a long time. Furthermore, medical students are sometimes ruined with allegations by medical professors of having bad attitudes about their professional careers if they complain about their rigorous work schedules and dwindling personal lives. Yet, recent research shows that a kinder, gentler approach to medical students may benefit them greatly.

Consumer Reports Warns Buyers about the 5 Most Common E-Cigarette Problems

Mar 27 2014 - 10:19am
E-Cigarette dangers

Just how safe are electronic cigarettes known as “e-cigarettes” by consumers, and who’s regulating their production and sale? According to a recent special report by experts from Consumer Reports on Health, not much about their safety is known. And currently - nobody is overseeing and regulating their manufacture and sale.

Why an Annual Physical Exam May Shorten Your Lifespan

Jan 24 2014 - 11:42am
Physical Exam

In this month’s Consumer Reports on Health, the editors of an article titled “Do you need an annual checkup” find that when it comes to getting your annual physical exam that it―like many other medical procedures―is not absolutely necessary to ensure good health. In fact, they report that seeing your doctor for an annual exam could shorten your lifespan.

Healing a wound with vinegar at home

Oct 30 2013 - 7:12pm
Healing wound

Wounds can be difficult to heal. In fact they can sometimes be downright stubborn. If the wound becomes infected with a resistant organism, it may take weeks or months for complete healing. One of the more resistant germs is Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Over time this bacteria has become resistance to many antibiotics and disinfectants. This is most likely due to antibiotic overuse. This is becoming a dangerous trend.

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