Depression and the placebo effect

Depression and the placebo effect If you’ve never heard of Kelly Brogan, MD, I have a great introduction for you!  Kelly Brogan is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist. She recently wrote a great post on depression and the placebo effect which I want to share with you. As someone who lived with depression for decades, in fact, for most of my adult life, I can tell you her work and her writing are though provoking and cutting edge.  She is … Continue reading

Diet and Depression – The Last 4 of 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help Prevent Depression

Diet and Depression – The Last 4 of 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help Prevent Depression I hope you began incorporating the first three of seven foods/nutrients that may help alleviate depression.  We now know diet and depression are often related, so here are 4 nutrients I want to share with you that may help ward off depression: #4: Tryptophan Tryptophan is an amino acid that plays a critical role in the production of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for making us feel … Continue reading

Diet and Depression – 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help, Part 1

Diet and Depression – The First 3 of 7 Foods/Nutrients that May Help Prevent Depression Having struggled with chronic depression for many years and having “disappeared” it from my life with food and supplements, I want to share with you some suggestions that may help your mood be brighter.  We truly are what we eat, and nutrition experts and researchers have found that diet and depression are often connected and what we eat can have either a positive or a … Continue reading

The Truth about Gluten Free – are all gluten free products good for you?

What is the Truth about Gluten Free? If you’re wondering what is the truth about gluten free, I want to introduce you to Dr. Mark Hyman, one of my favorite health gurus.  In fact, he is largely responsible for my freedom from the depression that haunted me for decades.  In addition, I lost 20 pounds without dieting.  A nice surprise! I received an article from Dr. Hyman that I absolutely have to share with you.  In it, he says: “Sugar … Continue reading

SAD or depression? Do you know what the difference is?

SAD or Depression? Many of us who struggle with depression wonder if we are truly dealing with SAD or depression. There is a difference.  With depression, many aspects of our lives can be affected.  They included sleep patterns, inability to sleep, changes in eating patterns and habits, disinterest in things that you used to enjoy and so on.  But, what is SAD? Sadness can be a normal part of life, and people who are not depressed are sad from time to time.  … Continue reading

Emotional Eating – Do you turn to it when you’re under stress?

Do You Turn to Emotional Eating? The holidays can be times for great fun and enjoyment with family and friends, but for many, they can be challenging.  If there is anything wrong in your life, the holidays seem to put it under a magnifying glass; it can really get you down and can make you turn to emotional eating to feel better. Also at holiday time, we have access to many foods that don’t serve our long term health but … Continue reading

Do You Talk with Your Doctor about Health and Mindset?

health and mindset

Do You Talk with Your Doctor about Health and Mindset? The need for achieving a mindset that helps you meet the challenges of everyday living is increasingly important in our often negative and chaotic world.  More healthcare providers are realizing their patients sometimes need help dealing with daily challenges and stresses that may affect their long term health and mindset. We’ve all experienced times in our lives when it’s difficult to focus or maintain a steady pace in order to … Continue reading

Depression and the Gut Brain Connection – Are you depressed?

Depression and the Gut Brain Connection If you’ve never heard of Dr. Kelly Brogan, it is my pleasure to introduce you to her!  Dr. Brogan, who is well versed in the subject of depression and the gut brain connection, is a brilliant holistic women’s health psychiatrist whom I discovered by following my main man in the functional medicine world, Dr. Mark Hyman. The post I want to share with you today is about the subject that launched my career of … Continue reading

SAM-e…for me, it was a miracle…

Supplements and tools for depression

SAM-e…is it that good?  Yes, yes it is! I forgot SAM-e is great for your joints!  It helps with transulfuration which is the process that produces healthy connective tissue.  It supports critical components of that connective tissue by aiding in the production of L-cysteine, an amino acid and other components which are needed to make cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone.  It’s so important to maintain our joint strength and flexibility as we get older, and this helps immensely.  I was … Continue reading

The Deadly Truth Behind Antidepressants

I took these.  In fact, I took 3 different versions of them.  I can only remember Zoloft and Paxil.  The first prescription I took for depression is lost to my memory. I think it’s really important to understand the deadly truth behind antidepressants. I’m linking here to a very informative article by Dr. Micozzi on anti-depressants.  I want you to have the opportunity to read it for yourself. What I can contribute to his post is my own personal experience. I … Continue reading