30 million Americans take medication to treat depression, but for most people, antidepressants serve mostly as a placebo, scientists now say. Antidepressants are medications meant to act on the chemistry of the brain to relieve symptoms of depression. Along with talk therapy, antidepressants can be wonderful in helping those suffering from depression live a more normal life. However, there are often side effects from the antidepressants. According to WebMD.com, side effects can range from nausea to sexual dysfunction among others. More medications are prescribed to deal with the side effects, and even those can cause side effects, or the original medication gets changed and adjusted and the cycle starts all over again. There also is the problem with serious interactions with other drugs you may be taking. For a more complete list, visit www.drugwatch.com. Some antidepressants (such as Paxil) have even been linked to birth defects when taken by women who (Read More)
Americans are having a collective freak-out. Fear and anxiety about politics and the future of the country are a significant source of stress for nearly two-thirds of adults in the U.S., new research has found. The American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” survey paints a grim picture of the nation’s collective mental health. Nearly 60 percent of the 3,440 people polled say they consider the present day to be the “lowest point in our nation’s history that they can remember,” reports Fortune.com. Pessimism is highest among Democrats and Millennials, but also affects most Republicans and older adults who lived through World War II and Vietnam. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” says Arthur Evans, CEO of the American Psychological Association. The uncertainty and generalized anxiety people have about the country, he said, “feels unique to this period in recent history.” Social divisiveness worries 59 percent of Americans, 43 percent are stressed (Read More)
When we laugh heartily among friends, we exhale repeatedly without drawing breath. This physical effort leaves us exhausted and triggers the release of protective endorphins, one of the complex neuropeptide chemicals of the brain that regulate pain and promote feelings of well-being. Watching 15 minutes of comedy in the company of others can increase your pain threshold by an average of 10%. Laughter is 30 times more likely to happen when we are with others than when we are alone.
Our view of life is often determined by our perception of circumstances. Now there is a scientific reason why we should practice the art of contentment and choosing to be energetic and happy – A 35% lower chance of dying.
Researchers found that older adults who experienced any level of psychological distress were more likely to experience physical functional limitations than those who did not. Psychological distress scores indicated that 8.4% of all older adult participants experienced some level of psychological distress and older adults who experienced even a moderate level of psychological distress were the most likely group to experience a functional limitation – almost seven times more likely than those who did not report any psychological distress! Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 2012
The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry recently published that older adults with poor sleep habits have an altered immune system response to stress that may increase their risk for mental and physical health problems. Stress leads to significantly larger increases in a marker of inflammation in poor sleepers compared to good sleepers; a marker associated with poor health outcomes and death.
The more you stay positive and happy in life, the better chance you have of avoiding a stroke. Optimistic people have a healthier immune system, faster wound healing, and a lower risk of heart disease. So don’t worry, be happy.
The great comedian Jackie Gleason once quipped, “The past remembers a lot better than it lived.” Honestly, there is much truth in this statement. It is easy to get overwhelmed with the frenetic pace of our non-stop world and even the nightly news is a source of fear and trepidation when we see the seemingly endless carnage and despair in so many corners of the world. But it is also helpful to be reminded that our world and society is in many ways much better than years past. If you are feeling overwhelmed, there are healthy, natural ways to deal with stress.
A new study suggests the primary cause of uncontrollable tumor growth in some cancers may be hypoxia (low oxygen levels in cells) and not genetic mutations, as is widely believed. Many of you have experienced the wonderful benefits of our best-selling oxygen formulas.
Poor sleep continues to plague millions of Americans each and every night. The effects are beyond frustrating – lack of quality sleep affects your cognitive function, your immune health, and your mood (just ask those closest to you).