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Chocolate: Medicine for the Heart and Mind

Chocolate can nurture and nourishes. It is derived from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacoa). The word Theobroma means ‘food of the gods’. Americans consume, on average, 11 pounds of chocolate per person per year and we are ranked as the 5th major consumer of chocolate worldwide. Research on the health benefits of chocolate shows it […]

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Gut Feelings

Recent evidence suggests that the status of our gastrointestinal (gut) flora may affect mood and behavior. This evidence, derived from a study conducted by Bravo et al. and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that bacteria in the gut can communicate with the brain and vice-versa via the vagus nerve1. […]

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Liver Health & Tonification: Herbs and Foods to Promote Detoxification & Address Depression Symptoms

Spring is the time to focus on liver health and tonification. In Chinese Medicine, the spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder. It is a time cleanse your body and renew your spirit (a stagnant liver can lead to depression symptoms) from the heavier, richer foods of winter by eating simple, light and fresh […]

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How to Keep the Winter Blues at Bay

Seasonal changes are known to affect those suffering from a number of psychiatric complaints. Seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.) is the most common diagnosis for those suffering from seasonal changes. S.A.D. affects about 6% of the U.S. population. A milder form of S.A.D., known as the Winter Blues or Subsyndromal S.A.D.,  affects approximately 14 % of […]

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Folate, Genetics & Mental Health

Micronutrients in Mental Health Series III Folic acid has been widely researched for the treatment of depression. In this post we will continue our Micronutrients in Mental Health Series, covering the 3rd nutrient implicated in depression and anemia with our discussion of folate. The name ‘folate’ is derived from the Latin ‘folium’ which means foliage, […]

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Common herbal supplements a concern for bipolar disorder?

Antidepressant-induced hypomania or mania is defined as a short-term reaction to medication. This phenomenon, referred to as “switching”, occurs within 2 months of treatment initiation (if it occurs).1  Antidepressants can also cause long-term mood destabilization in bipolar treatment even in the absence of a short-term manic or bipolar switch.1,2  Properly diagnosing bipolar disorder is challenging […]

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