Category: Mental Health

Mental Health

Lifestyle and core health issues have a lot to do with depression. Smoking, drinking alcohol, drug abuse, prescription medications, nutritional deficiencies and even caffeine use can contribute to depression. Eating a lot of refined food is also a major contributing factor. One of the easiest and often most effective treatments for depression is to exercise Read More …

The Immune System May be Involved in Autism

Researchers at JohnsHopkinsUniversityhave found that the brains of some people with autism have signs of inflammation. In research published in the November 15, 2004 issue of the journal Annals of Neurology, brain tissue was examined in 11 subjects with autism. The subjects were deceased—killed by accident or injuries (as opposed to some disease process). Tissue Read More …

Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease are Seen Early

Swedish researchers reviewed 47 studies, involving over 10,000 people. The studies, published between 1983 and 2003; 1200 of the subjects had preclinical Alzheimer’s disease and eventually developed the disease and 9,000 of the subject s were healthy. The research appeared in the July 2005 issue of the journal Neuropsychology. The researchers noticed that cognitive problems in Read More …

Prayer and Therapeutic Touch Aids Healing

Research that appeared in Annals of Internal Medicine (2000;132:903-910) analyzed 23 earlier studies of “distance healing” (like prayer) and therapeutic touch (like the “laying on of hands’). Seven of the studies involved distance healing and 11 of the studies involved therapeutic touch. Therapeutic touch is based on the idea that the patient has an energy Read More …

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression in Children

Twenty children took part in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in theAmerican Journal of Psychiatry (2006; 163(6): 1098-100). The subjects were divided into two groups; one group was given omega-3 supplementation (a combination of EPA and DHA) and the second group was given a placebo. The children were evaluated using the Children’s Depression Scale, Children’s Read More …

Omega three essential fatty acids protect the brain

According to a new study, omega-3 fatty acids, the type found in fish oil, may help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease. A team of researchers at UCLA studied mice that were genetically predisposed to get an Alzheimer-like disease. The mice had a tendency to form plaques in the brain, similar to those seen in Read More …

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Inositol

A small study involving 13 patients, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry (September, 1996) showed that inositol may be useful for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder. It was a double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study. One group of subjects was given 18 grams per day of inositol. After six weeks, the group taking the inositol had a Read More …

Nicotinamide, Tryptophan and Depression

A double-blind, placebo controlled study that was published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica (1979;59:395-414) compared three different treatment approaches in 25 severely depressed individuals aged 18-60. One group was given a combination of nicotinamide and tryptophan, one group was given imipramine (a tricyclic antidepressant medication) and a third group was given a combination of imipramine with Read More …

Mental Activity Slows Alzheimer’s Disease Progression

Research appearing in the March, 2005 issue of the journal Cell shows that mice kept in a stimulating environment were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than mice kept in an environment that is not stimulation. Mice that had access to toys, running wheels, tunnels and other activities to keep mind and body active had Read More …

Magnesium and Schizophrenia

A small study appearing in the International Journal of Neuroscience (1991;61:87-90) showed a possible link between schizophrenia and magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is an important cofactor for the synthesis of GABA, serotonin and melotonin. It is also important for reactions involving B vitamins and ATP. Deficiency in magnesium can affect neurotransmitter function, and can create depression, Read More …