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Smell Your way to Happiness

Feeling stressed, depressed, unhappy or anxious? Sniff a little lavender or citrus. An article appearing in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science (2009 Jul;1170:604-9) discusses the effect certain aromas have on blood flow (especially in the brain), the glandular system and the nervous system.  One study appearing in Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology (2010 Feb;38(1):83-7) found that the scent of lavender decreased the amount of anxiety experienced by patients about to receive dental care. In a review of animal studies, appearing in Review of Neuroscience (2010;21(2):141-52) found that lavender oil could reduce anxiety in rodents. A...

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Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks moisture producing glands. Generally the patient has dry eyes and dry mouth, but the disease may also affect other organs, including the GI system, the kidneys, blood vessels, lungs, liver, central nervous system and pancreas. In the United States there are nearly 4,000,000 patients with this disease. They often experience extreme fatigue and joint pain. They have a high risk of developing lymphoma. Low levels of sex hormones are associated with the disease and severity of symptoms. Research appearing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (Mar....

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7 Things you can do to Improve Your Mood

We hear a lot about depression and antidepressants. Antidepressants are among the most frequently prescribed medications in the United States, accounting for approximately 14% of the total US outpatient pharmacy costs in 2000, according to the National Institute for Health Care Management. More than 164 million prescriptions were written in 2008 for antidepressants, totaling $9.6 billion in U.S. sales, according to IMS Health. In the decade between 1996 and 2005 the use of antidepressants doubled, going from 13 million patients using the medication to 27 million patients. Without making comment on the value of the drug therapy, it may...

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Certain Vitamins may Help Kids with ADHD

Can certain vitamins help kids with ADHD? There have been a number of studies that show nutrition, avoidance of food additives, essential fatty acids and vitamin supplementation can all be of value for children with ADD or ADHD. A study appearing in Magnesium Research (2006; 19(1): 46-52) looked at children with ADHD and their response to supplementation with magnesium and vitamin B6. Forty children with ADHD and 36 other children, who acted as controls, participated in the study. The children were given magnesium (six mg. for every kg. of body weight per day) and vitamin B6 (60 mcg. for...

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Simple Changes can Prevent Millions of Cases of Alzheimer’s Disease

Research that was presented at the Alzheimer’s International Conference on July 19, 2011 in Paris shows that even a moderate reduction in the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease could prevent millions of cases worldwide. Common risk factors for the disease include obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, depression, inactivity, diabetes and low education.  The researchers determined that these risk factors were responsible for about 17 million cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. The study was published online in The Lancet Neurology (epublished 7/19/11). Epidemiologic analysis of the links between Alzheimer’s disease and key risk factors found that 21% of all cases...

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