Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual. The shorter days and the lack of sun light, especially in areas located far from the equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual. Presumably, food was scarce during most of human … [Read more...]

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate. In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. … [Read more...]

Isolation and Special Care

When someone is known to be infected with a contagious disease, they are placed in isolation and special care with precautions taken to protect the uninfected. The practice of isolation or quarantine - the separation of the diseased from the healthy - has been around for a long time. Quarantine periods can vary in length and can be very short, such as in the case of a suspected anthrax attack, in which persons are allowed to leave as soon as … [Read more...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve in between the tendons and the forearm muscles. This compressed nerve controls sensations to the palm side of the thumb and fingers (not the little finger), as well as impulses to some small muscles in the hand that allow the fingers and thumb to move. There may be a sudden, sharp pain shooting through the wrist and up your arm. Symptoms usually start gradually, with frequent … [Read more...]

Gluten Sensitivity

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity include bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain, diarrhea, or it may present a variety of extra-intestinal symptoms including headaches and migraines, lethargy and tiredness, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity, autism, schizophrenia, muscular disturbances as well as bone and joint pain. Gluten is defined as those proteins, commonly found in wheat, triticale, rye, barley or oats to which some persons are … [Read more...]

Pet Allergies

Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma..It is estimated that 15 to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats, dogs, dust mites and dander. Some of these people with may be allergic to all dogs or to only some breeds. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies.Cat and dog allergens are everywhere in your home, in the air, in carpets and … [Read more...]

The Gut – Brain Connection

Increasing evidence shows that our digestive systems play a significant role in our overall health, both physical and mental.There is evidence of a connection between hormones, the intestinal bacteria, probiotics and mental functions. An imbalance in bowel flora may lead to depression, anxiety and mental illness. Gut bacteria play a vital role in the immune system, chronic pain conditions, diabetes, obesity and autism. By altering dietary … [Read more...]

Fingernails – An Indicator of Health

Your fingernails can provide clues to your overall health — but do you know how to read the signs? Nail pitting are small depressions in the nails. Nail pitting is most common in people who have psoriasis — a condition characterized by scaly patches on the skin. Nail pitting can also be related to connective tissue disorders and hair loss. With yellow nail syndrome, nails thicken and new growth slows. This results in a yellowish discoloration … [Read more...]

Living with Parkenson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in a region of the midbrain.  The cause of this cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty walking.  Later, depression, thinking and behavioral problems may develop, with dementia … [Read more...]

Food Allergies – often overlooked contributors to chronic disease

No one wants to be sick, but where does disease really begin? Food allergies are often not included in a Medical Doctor’s assessment of one’s problem. Food allergies or sensitivities are caused by a reaction of the immune system to specific proteins in a food. According to Health Canada, current estimates are that food allergies effect as many as 5-6% of young children and 3-4 % of adults in the westernized countries. In allergic … [Read more...]