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Help Your Patients Cut the Cord on Anxiety

Post Courtesy Labrix Clinical Services, LLC

keyboard-114439_1280Anxiety is a normal response to stress and can be beneficial in many situations. Worries and doubts are a natural part of life, but for many people this stress response can become so excessive as to become unmanageable, to the point where it colors and defines day to day living. It is estimated that approximately 18 % of the US adult population experience a diagnosed anxiety disorder, defined as constant and overwhelming worry and fear. Women are 60% more likely to experience anxiety over their lifetime than men, and symptoms of anxiety and depression read more…

Anxiety: How Homeopathy Can Help

Post courtesy of Dr. Todd Born of Born Naturopathic Associates .

Girl_suffering_form_anxietyAnxiety can present in many different ways and forms. The “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-IV), published by the American Psychiatric Association, discusses the various conditions within the anxiety spectrum ad nauseam and is beyond the scope of this article. It describes this spectrum anywhere from panic attacks, to phobias, to obsessive-compulsive disorder, to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to generalized anxiety and its subsets. Anxiety is even more prevalent that depression, and many times these go hand in hand. It is important for organic causes such as read more…

Stress management: The importance of amino acids, phytochemicals and micronutrients

James Greenblatt, M.D.

Stress cannot be avoided altogether, the body’s way of responding to stress presents opportunities toward total wellness. According to the National Health Interview Survey, 75% of the general population experiences some form of stress at least every two weeks. The American Psychological Association asserts that lifestyle and dietary approaches to relaxation may support not only emotional well-being, but cardiovascular, immune and metabolic health. read more…

Nutrients for the mind: The utility of amino acids in psychiatric care

James greenblatt, M.D. and Kelly C. Heim, Ph.D.

Amino acids serve familiar nutritional roles that sustain every aspect of health. As instructed by the genetic code, these vital molecules join together to form proteins, which constitute the cellular architecture that sustains life. However, a fraction of dietary amino acid intake is directed toward unique functional roles as signals that allow cells to communicate. read more…

Magnesium: The mind mineral

James Greenblatt, M.D. and Kelly Heim, Ph.D.

Magnesium is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It ranks fourth as the most abundant mineral in the body, and second to potassium, is the most prevalent intracellular mineral. Its roles in brain function are diverse—it is essential for the neurotransmission that orchestrates mood, cognition, memory, sleep, relaxation and overall emotional well-being.1However, as the magnesium content of soil, water and the American food supply have declined considerably over the last 100 years, moderate deficiencies have become increasingly prevalent.2 According to the 1999–2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, read more…

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