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Psychiatrists Use Naturalistic Treatments For Depression And Stress Related Mental Health Issues

Although statistics say that clinical depression affects about five percent of the American population, that number is most likely greatly underestimated. The truth is, thousands of people suffer from depression and stress related mental disorders but are either incorrectly diagnosed or never ask for help or treatment. For those who do, however, there is good news in the form of short-term cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and naturalistic depression treatments.

Among the latter are herbal medicines, homeopathy, yoga, aromatherapy, acupuncture and similar non-traditional, non-pharmaceutical treatments. Several well-recognized reports have shown that specific herbs act in much the same way as chemical medicines, balancing both neurotransmitters and hormones, with excellent results but without the occasionally debilitating side effects or withdrawal symptoms associated with prescription anti-depressants.

The leaves and flowers of St. John’s Wort, a plant found in both Europe and North America, have been used to cure depression for thousands of years both here and abroad. Another widely used plant is the West African Griffonia Simplicifolia, the seeds of which are used to make 5-HTP or 5-Hydroxytryptophan. This natural treatment helps stimulate the production of tryptophan, the amino acid that makes you feel so content and sleepy after a turkey dinner and which leads to the production of serotonin, the body’s own cure for depression.

SAM-e (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) and folic acid have also been discovered to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression, particularly when combined with CBT, as practiced by the many New York City psychiatrists who specialize in this form of therapy. While herbal additives are being used by more of the population every single day, most people are not informed enough to effectively self-prescribe, so it is generally unwise to take any of the aforementioned herbs with or instead of prescribed pharmaceutical depression meds, nor without prior consultation with a therapist.

However, regular exercise, yoga and meditation have been found to be of great help for physical and mental well being, and are being prescribed, not just by your general practitioner, but also by some psychiatrists to treat depression and stress.

For individuals who are either already being treated for a stress related mental condition or who are in the process of seeking depression treatment, inquiring into the pros and cons of a naturalistic treatment program is a wise idea. By all means, get active physically if you are able to do so. However, it is important to remember that this is rarely an “either-or” situation. Self-medication, by means of either natural or homeopathic remedies, should not replace regular treatment by a trained, certified medical professional. If regular pharmaceutical medications are prescribed, asking about naturalistic remedies instead of pharmaceuticals may turn out to be the best step you can take toward recovery.

Eczema Eyes 5 Easy Steps to Transformation

In order to eliminate your eczema naturally and without harmful drugs it is necessary to change the way you eat.

Eczema is caused by toxemia and deficiency. You more than likely have a nutrient deficiency even if you eat very healthily.

Your body is undernourished and your digestive tract is being overloaded and as a result allergies have developed.

Over 80% of the western population has some form of deficiency disorder. You must eat foods that are full of nourishment in order to cure your eczema and return your body to optimum health.

Toxemia is where your body is overwhelmed by poisons. Poisons or toxins are formed from eating processed, impure and chemicalized foods. By changing the foods you eat these toxins are eliminated from your body and then the nutrients from the good foods are then absorbed by every single cell.

Eczema Eyes Transformation Step #1

Making the transition to raw foods does not have to be a struggle. Complete one step at a time until you have totally transformed your eating and you are cured of your eczema.

Eliminate chemicals, tobacco and alcohol from your diet. If you cannot go cold turkey then decrease the amount you consume on a weekly basis.

Eczema Eyes Transformation Step #2

Eliminate white sugar, white flour, salt and coffee from your diet. Again you can decrease the amounts you consume daily.

For instance if you consume 6 cups of coffee per day you can reduce your consumption to 5 cups in week one and then to 4 cups in week two and so on.

Eczema Eyes Transformation Step #3

Instead of eating refined and processed foods increase your intake of live foods. Use raw honey, raisins and dates instead of white sugar. Use whole grains instead of white flour.

Eczema Eyes Transformation Step #4

Eat fresh, organic fruits and vegetables instead of canned, packaged and frozen foods.

Eczema Eyes Transformation Step #5

Once you have completed all the above, the next step is to cut out all mucus-forming foods such as dairy products. These include milk, cheese, butter and eggs. You can substitute with seed milk, seed cheese and seed yoghurt.

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Make health Your Number One Priority

Ill tell you why. We are focusing on the wrong goal. For whatever reason, we must not perceive our weight loss as being “important enough” to achieve. So what would be “important enough” to stick to our new healthy eating habits? Your HEALTH! Nothing in this world is more important than the state of your health. Think about it, your health affects everything else in your life. Once our health is compromised we automatically change our lifestyle habits. Just look at President Clinton. Not until he had the ultimate health scare did he really change his eating and exercise habits. Lets not wait until our bodies completely have a break down before we decide to take care of ourselves. If you feel lousy, everything you do that day is lousy. Likewise, if you feel great, everything you do that day is great. So this year, lets not focus on just losing a few pounds, lets focus on Health, the #1 thing in our lives.

So ask yourself, “How important is my health to me? How do I want to live the rest of my life? Sick and feeling horrible or healthy and feeling vibrant? Do I want to play golf and tennis in my retirement or do I want to spend it in the hospital?” The answer to these questions will ultimately dictate your weight and your health for the future. Any lifestyle habit that affects your health in a positive way will automatically cause you to lose weight or maintain a good healthy weight.

Follow this checklist towards health and you will see weight come off automatically.

1.Make the time to focus on health.
The number one reason people do not eat healthy or exercise is because they “dont have the time”. But why is it that once we get sick, have a heart attack, are diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes or cancer, we all of a sudden have the time? This doesnt make any sense. We wait until our bodies have become so ill to finally take measures towards taking care of it. This is the equivalent to never getting an oil change or servicing your car and letting it completely break down before doing anything about it. Prioritize your day. What could possibly be more important than your health? Your children, yes, I agree. But guess what? If something happens to you, who will be there for your children? I know that sounds terrible but its true. How many times have we heard stories of young children losing parents to heart attacks and strokes? Choose health not only for yourself but for your children as well. Prioritize your day so that making healthy meal choices and exercising are right at the top.

2.Take a long hard look at what you are putting into your body.
For one week, read every ingredient of every food you eat. This could potentially be a scary experience. Some ingredient labels on packaged foods sound more like a college chemistry class than anything we should be eating. As a golden rule, if you cant pronounce it, chances are you shouldnt be eating it. The majority of the foods you should be eating shouldnt even have an ingredients label. They should be vegetables, fruits, raw nuts, chicken, fish, eggs, meat. If you make 90% of your diet, fresh food, I guarantee you will significantly change your weight and your health. No time to make fresh food? (please refer back to #1). Cook more than one portion at a time when you do cook so that there are always healthy leftovers in the fridge. You can always have for lunch leftovers from the night before. Cook several portions of one meal and freeze some. A good example of this is healthy soup or turkey chili. Put a portion of chili in a small Tupperware and freeze. You can grab this when in a hurry for lunch or dinner.

3. How much are you eating?
In the United States, our perception of one portion is extremely distorted. Restaurant portions are about 3 times more than what we should be eating in one sitting. If we become accustomed to seeing this much food on our plate at a restaurant we tend to do the same when we are at home and serve ourselves. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, women are eating 300 more calories a day and men 168 more calories than 20 years ago. All it takes is 100 extra calories a day to gain 10 pounds a year.

For one week, reduce your portions at lunch and dinner by half. There is no need to “clean your plate”. Most times whats on your plate is double what you should be eating anyway. If you feel some hunger in the afternoon, add one small apple with a handful of raw nuts as a snack. Your body will quickly become accustomed to the smaller portions and you will eventually not be able to eat as much in one sitting as you did before. Remember, you have access to an abundance of food every day. You dont need to eat it all at once.

3.Drink WATER!
Dehydration has directly been linked to several forms of diseases including colon cancer, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol levels. Many people also mistake thirst for hunger. So it may not be that youre hungry all day, you may just be thirsty and dehydrated. In due time, dehydration will cause a gradual gain in weight from overeating as a direct result of confusion of thirst and hunger sensations.

Take a look at what you are drinking each day.

Coffee or Soda (Diet Coke included)? The caffeine in both will dehydrate you even more and will cause you to feel hungrier during the day.

Diet drinks and sodas? The artificial sweetener actually enhances your appetite and increases food intake.

Orange Juice and other Fruit Juices? The sugar and calories can add up to 10 teaspoons of sugar per drink, which can be anywhere from 150-200 calories. Not to mention the fact that sugar eventually makes you crave more sugar.

Every person should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water each day. So if you weigh 150 lbs, you should be drinking 75 ounces of water each day. If you drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage during the day, the ounces of water needed increases.

4.How much do you move each day?
Your body was designed to move! Your heart is a muscle and must be worked just like every other muscle in your body. You dont have to join a gym to move, you just have to challenge your body and your muscles each and every day.

The two best time saving exercise options I always suggest to clients are:

1.Go for a walk. You can go for a walk anywhere and anytime. No time you say? Please refer back to rule #1.

2. Set up your home with some free weights and an exercise ball. You will be amazed at the number of exercises you can do with just your body, some free weights and a stability ball. If you dont know how, hire a trainer to show you or get a good book. Get into the routine of scheduling your exercise time each and every day. No ifs, ands or buts. Make your exercise time more important than phone calls, laundry, errands or lunch dates.

Make a promise to yourself that this time will be about health, not about short term weight loss. Really evaluate how you are treating your body on an everyday basis. Is that the same way you would treat a highly valuable, expensive piece of equipment? Because thats what your body is. There is no amount of money in the world that will buy you another one, so you might as well take really good care of the one you got!

Eczema on Face Vary this Vegan Process for Eczema Cure

Eating the vegan plan can cure your eczema completely.

Following a vegan plan involves eating all your foods 100% raw. Eating the vegan way involves eating fresh, raw organic fruits, vegetables, wholegrain, nuts and dried fruit.

Vegans believe that they can obtain all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fats and carbohydrates that are important for good health from eating uncooked foods.

Foods are eaten for three main reasons and these are:

1) to regulate bodily processes;

2) to yield energy; and

3) to build and renew cells.

It is believed that by following this way of life you will totally eliminate all diseases and sickness.

Followers have included Benjamin Franklin, Bernard Shaw, Hippocrates, Sir Frances Bacon, to name just a few.

However following a 100% raw food plan and prove to be very challenging especially if you are new to this way of eating.

You can vary this plan however. You can obtain very good results, heal your eczema and transform your health by following a plan that requires 65 75 % raw.

The other 25 35% of your foods can be used for proteins such as fish, chicken and turkey. If you feel like treating yourself occassionally, you can include very small portions of foods that you just can’t live without. Or you can save it all up and eat whatever you fancy one day, every three months.

By following this new plan you will begin to get to know your body intimately. You will begin to see how certain foods affect the way your feel and the way your skin reacts.

You will begin to see a dramatic difference in the way your eczema skin looks, feels and behaves.

And most important of all you will find that you feel more energetic, more optimistic and healthier than you have ever felt before.

Acne Program – Step 11 Herbal Mixtures To Drink

Herbal combinations are a powerful way to reduce or eliminate acne symptoms. But, using herbal mixtures can sometimes increase acne activity or breakout temporarily. Do not panic, since herbs are a powerful way to cleanse the blood and start the acne healing process.

Here’s an acne herbal tea that you can make. You can also look for this tea in a health food store. Just look at the various tea combinations and check for these ingredients. If you want to make your own, here’s what to buy:

* Figwort 1 ounce

* Turkey corn 1 ounce

* Echinacea 1 ounce

* Thuja 1 ounce

* Yellow dock 1 ounce

* Arctium lappa ounce

* Iris versicolor ounce

You can also make a tea using any one of the following herbs. Chose one of these herbs or combine 2 or 3 of them to make a more powerful herbal acne tea. Drink the tea throughout the day.

* Burdock

* Dandelion

* Echinacea

* Fragrant valerian

* Goldenseal

* Ivy

* Marshmallow root

* Purslane

* Watercress

* Wild strawberry leaves

* Yarrow root

Herbal Extract

Here’s an herbal extract that is designed for acne. Its main function is to improve liver function, purify the blood, reduce acne inflammation, and fight acne bacterial infections.

This herbal extract is a liquid and is taken in water or as drops into your mouth. Follow the instructions on the bottle on how to use it.

The name of the herbal extract is Burdock-Sarsaparilla Compound and contains the following herbs,

* Burdock mature seed – helps to purify the liver, balances hormones, neutralizes acid, is anti-inflammatory, and useful in purifying the blood.

* Jamaican sarsaparilla root – helps scaling skin, is blood purifying, reduces itching, helps balance hormones

* Nettle mature seed – is anti-inflammatory for the skin, neutralizes acid waste with its high mineral content

* Yellow dock root – rich in iron and works to improve liver function, helps build good blood, helps purify blood and lymphatic liquid, helps increase bile, which helps to reduce constipation

* Spilanthes flowing herb – improves immunity to fight bacterial infection on the skin

* Sassafras root bark – blood cleansing, anti-inflammatory for the skin,

This is excellent herbal remedy and is not very expensive. If you can find it at a health food store, it should cost around $10.00. If not, then you can order on the Internet and pay around $16.00 shipping included.

Here’s how to take this herbal extract.

Take 30 – 35 drops in water three times a day. Take it for 6 days, then let your body rest and start again after the seventh day.

A word of caution: Do not use this herbal tea or extract as the sole method to get rid of acne. This has to be used in combination with the 13 steps outlined in this program.

Use these powerful herbal teas to help you eliminate acne. Once you rid yourself of acne, stop using these herbal combinations.

Rudy Silva has a degree in Physics and is a Natural Nutritionist. He is the author of Constipation, Acne, Hemorrhoid, and Fatty Acid ebooks. He writes a newsletter call -natural-remedies-thatwork.com.- More acne hints and information on his acne e-book can be found at: http://www.acne-remedies.for–you.info

The 5 Most Effective Vitamins For Acne Prone Skin

Did you know that you can heal and prevent acne simply by taking the right type of vitamins? You will after you finish reading this article…

Here are the best 5 acne vitamins that can clear and prevent your acne:

Vitamin A “” prevents acne by minimizing clogged poreds, reducing sebum production, and removing dead skin cells. While at the same time strengthing protective tissue of your skin.

Foods with good sources of vitamin A are cooked turnips, boiled kale, baked sweet potatoes, boiled spinach, braised calf liver, and raw carrots.

Vitamin B “” stress can cause or worsen acne. Taking vitamin B can help reduce stress. It also helps you maintain great skin tone and minimizes skin inflammation.

Foods with good sources of vitamin B are avocados, bananas, turkey, oats, tuna, and liver.

Vitamin C “” acne heals faster when your skin is healthy. And Vitamin C contains antioxidants properties that promotes healthy skin.

Foods with good sources of vitamin C are broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, kiwis, and red berries.

Vitamin E – Enhances healing of acne and repairs skin tissue after acne heals.

Foods with good sources of vitamin E are avocados, green leafy vegetables, vegetable oils, wheat germs, and nuts.

Zinc “” Also contains antioxidant that promotes healthy skin and speeds up the healing process of acne. Zinc also help prevent acne scars from occuring after it heals.

Foods with good sources of zinc are salmon, clams, lobsters, turkey, and crabmeat.

You now know the types of acne vitamins that can help clear your acne.

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Caring Towards The Dog S Dental Health

Experience has taught me it is absolutely imperative that parents find a dentist appropriate for their young child. I grew up throughout a time in 1 dentist suited the needs of every loved one. My childhood dentist retired, and I was forced to find another dentist personally and my young children. Living in a small town, it seemed logical that marilyn and i would utilize the help of the local dentist rather than drive 25 minutes additional. My daughter was 10 years old, receiving her annual dental checkup. I worked one block away from the dentist’s office and felt no concern leaving my young child for her cleaning while I returned to work.

Reduce stress at dentist: Stress while pregnant can a bunch of baby harm so when you are under an excellent of stress at the dentist, just be sure to think of the way that will lower your stress levels. You can take along a small pillow set in the small of your back payday advances sitting involving chair as well load increase ipod with upbeat and soothing songs, just be mindful of the cord doesn’t enjoy the dentists way.

For many dog owners asked if anesthetics are important for a dog’s dental procedure the answer is a resounding NO! Provide you . coupled utilizing believe that modern commercial foods the particular very associated with dental obstacles. Dogs were not made to eat kibble and although it keeps them alive numerous dentistry handle the problem of dogs dental care with food plan. Raw diet, also called BARF or Bones And Raw Food.

Several German Shepherd owners recommended chicken and turkey necks although point to large beef bones. Knuckle bones, oxtails and other bones are available at the meat counter at most grocery stores or contacting a butcher shop. Bully sticks and chews made in tendon may chewing which cleans lips.

Appearance – Good dental hygiene keeps your appearance at its best. Would like a super the first things people look at when meeting you is the teeth. Having bad teeth that are yellowed or flossed makes your entire appearance look shabby. Potentially even cause potential employers to not hire you because good oral cleaning is a tell tale sign of other hygiene practices. Deal with is the first thing that folks see and first impressions can mean everything.

L.A.S.E.R. will be an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Propagation.” So we’re not talking about using a light saber, lasers in dentistry use gentle. Highly concentrated light energy being handled by talented hands and explain to you expensive equipment. Still the lasers used in laser dentistry are just light. Lasers in the dental realm are used in place of things like drills and might even be used in dental surgeries. One real bonus to laser technology in dentistry is always that procedures are accomplished faster, easier, with less residual damage, less down time, little to no pain, and often time’s dental treatments with lasers could be started and finished in definitely one visit.

Children aged six or less need only use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste to help remove oral plaque. This is enough to have fluoride protection against candy cane, chocolate candy and other regular certain foods that get stuck to teeth all through the day.

Many usually takes an inert fear of visiting a dentist, especially children. Often a visit is avoided because we dread the accepted the examination on the dentist’s massage chair. This may have been associated with some bad experience previously. But if you take in a dentist with whom will be able to easily generate a comfort level then such fears and anxieties are going to greatly decreased.

How Does Nutrition Affect Heart Disease

Can nutrition play a role in heart health? How does nutrition affect heart disease? These are really good questions and some of the answers might really surprise you. So if you have a few minutes to spare why dont we jump right into our article about how does nutrition affect heart disease.

Nutrition has been much maligned in recent years due to the so called advances in cholesterol lowering medications. The most prominent of these are the statins which work by blocking the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme which is needed for the body to produce cholesterol. Because of their effectiveness it is my belief that a certain amount of complacency has crept into many medical professional. After all, why worry about something as arcane as nutrition when statin medications can lower cholesterol faster than a cowboy can say gettie up.

But what if there were other factors at work that contributed to heart disease besides cholesterol. What if I told you that there were over 15 studies linking a destructive amino acid called homocysteine to heart disease, and nutrition can play an important role in eliminating this risk.

No one would argue that managing cholesterol is an important piece of the puzzle but we might be looking at a disease which attacks our bodies on multiple fronts.

In order for cholesterol deposits to form in our arteries the surface of the arterial wall must be torn, damaged, or roughed up in some way otherwise dangerous LDL cholesterol would float right by and eventually be disposed of in the form of solid waste. What the latest studies suggest is that homocysteine amino acids chew up cells in the lining of your blood vessels creating a rough pitted surface conducive to triggering blood clots, and/or plaque deposits consisting of cholesterol, dead cells, and calcium.

The question as to how does nutrition affect heart disease is central to managing these harmful amino acids. There are currently three B vitamins which have been shown to reduce the risk of damage for homocysteines. They are folic acid, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. When taken together recent research suggests they work to protect and heal the lining of the arteries, thus minimizing the damage of these hazardous homocysteine amino acids. While this may be the case, researchers have yet to prove that lowering homocysteine levels alone can actually reduce the incidence of heart disease. Nevertheless, until this risk factor can be discounted it should not be ignored. Lets take each one of these nutrients individually and see what foods contain high quantities of these B vitamins.

*Folic acid: beans, whole grain, fortified wheat flower, tomatoes, citrus fruits, and green leafy vegetables.

*Vitamin B6: Asparagus, bananas, beans, bok choy, cauliflower, grains, tuna, turkey, mustard greens, and turnip greens.

*Vitamin B12: Fish, milk, poultry, eggs, and red meat

As you can see B12 may prove to be the most problematic for those striving for a heart healthy nutrition due to the high cholesterol content in many of the best natural sources, with fish being the exception due to its high omega 3 fatty acid content. The good news is that B12 nutritional supplements are both affordable and readily available at your local supermarket or drugstore.

What else? Certainly we have answered many of the questions surrounding how does nutrition affect heart disease. While this may be the case homocysteine management alone will not carry the day prompting many to enlist the help of a natural cholesterol reduction supplement. Natural cholesterol supplements are very safe and have been found to be an excellent tool for lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels.