Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital recently discovered a “strong link” between vitamin D levels and opioid addiction.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is associated with a positive Epstein-Barr titer and tender lymph nodes suggesting some infectious influence. Some researches question whether EBV causes CFS or is it opportunistic. in CFS, fatigue and cognitive problems are the overwhelming complaints. Multiple Chemical sensitivities (MCS) is a controversial diagnosis unless you are the patient who has it. Many in the medical community consider MCS symptoms to be a physical manifestation of a psychiatric illness rather than a primary medical illness. There is belief that the Vagus nerve is responsible for these illnesses. What does the Vagus Nerve do? it basically keeps you alive. It controls your heartbeat your digestive track, and most importantly it controls your immune system. However; treating the Vagus nerve is far too risky and no one will for Chronic Fatigue or Chemical Sensitivities. The next best thing is to get a doctor who believes in your symptoms and will put the time and energy into treating you.
Mood disorders are mental health issues that primarily affect a persons emotional state, in which a person experiences long periods of extreme happiness, sadness or both. The 2001-2003 national Comorbidity Survey Replication shows an estimated 9.7% of US adults had any mood disorders in the past year, with a higher prevalence in females than males. Depression alone affects more than 300 million people worldwide. Bipolar disorder 60 million, and seasonal affective disorder can affect up to 10% of the population, depending on the geographical location. While prescribes medications are important in their role with mood disorders, they also come with a slew of side effects. However there are supplements you can take to not only help side effects but help mood disorders as a whole. Some of those include Vitamin B 12, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, S - Adenosylmethionine, Amino Acids, Botanicals and several kinds of Hormones.
At Second Nature Care we cater to those struggling with Mood Disorders and can help you discover which supplements can best help you!
Major Depressive disorder (MDD) is a serious public health concern. Patients with depression are at least 27 times more likely to die by suicide compared to the general population. Unfortunately MDD is often chronic and patients are highly likely to experience a relapse.
As Naturopathic doctors we have a wonderful ability to address people’s mood issues without the use of psychotropic medication. However, if we treat mental health concerns for an extended period, we are bound to find at least 1 patient with whom we do not see the desired results, despite addressing all the usual culprits, based on objective testing, and presenting symptoms.
Alzheimer's disease or commonly called AD is a progressive disease usually affecting people over 60 years of age. AD is responsible for 75% of all dementia and is the most aggressive neurodegenerative disease. Researchers and clinicians see a build-up of beta-amyloid protein in the brain.
If you have moderate to severe PMS, heavy menstrual cycles, fibroids, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, moderate to severe post-partum depression or psychosis, chronic fatigue and or adrenal fatigue - then you need to do a full hormone panel and check for copper levels.
Why is this important?
Americans are sleeping less than 7 hours per night and 30-40% are sleeping less than 6 hours per night. Poor sleep hygiene is linked to metabolic syndrome. When you don't sleep you crave more refined carbs and sugar. If you eat those carbs your lack of sleep increases your fasting blood sugar levels and postprandial or after meal glucose. What can you do to get better sleep?
Where are your dopamine levels? High, low or just right? Your brain goes out of sync with the rest of you when dopamine levels are elevated.
I check most patients for dopamine levels with salivary and blood baseline labs. If someone has a mood disorder dopamine, cortisol, serotonin and other neurotransmitters are on the list.