Low vitamin D linked to adolescent behavior problems

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  • Children with vitamin D deficiency between the ages of 5 and 12 years were 1.8 times as likely to display behavior problems in later childhood, when they were 11 to 18 years old
  • “Externalizing” problems, such as aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors, were more common in adolescents who were vitamin D deficient as children
  • Low levels of vitamin D binding protein, which transport vitamin D in the blood, were also linked to aggressive behavior and symptoms of anxiety and depressive mood compared to higher levels
  • In separate research, lower vitamin D status was associated with increased emotional problems, peer relationship issues and behavioral difficulties among children

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How to Rid the Body of Lyme Disease Naturally

The bacteria that cause Lyme can be found in the skin, heart, joints, and nervous system. On top of that, Lyme disease specialists are finding that what we call Lyme disease may be caused by several different infectious organisms and may even be caused by a combination of different infectious pathogens. Some speculate that Lyme disease is an infection from the bacteria Continue reading

Your Brain Is Capable of Producing New Cells through Neurogenesis; Here Are FIVE Ways to Improve Cognition

Prior to about 20 years ago, it was believed that the human brain was incapable of producing new brain cells after reaching maturity. But scientists now widely accept the fact that the human brain can undergo neurogenesis, in which new neurons are born, even into adulthood, and that this process can be helped along through certain dietary and lifestyle changes. Continue reading

Top Anti-Inflammatory Foods, Herbs, and Spices

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Strength Training Can Boost Your Long-Term Memory and Lower Your Risk of Dementia

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A healthy lifestyle will support your brain health, and can even encourage your brain to grow new neurons—a process known as neurogenesis or neuroplasticity

Diet, sleep, and exercise are three lifestyle factors that can Continue reading

Important Factors Typically Ignored in Mental Health Screening Tests

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11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 are on antidepressant drugs. In 2010, antidepressants were the second most commonly prescribed type of medication in the US

Short-term trials show that antidepressants do NOT provide any clinically significant benefits for mild to moderate depression, compared to a placebo Continue reading

Smoking Is Major Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Approximately 7.7 million new cases of dementia are identified every year, amounting to one new case diagnosed every four seconds

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Weight Lifting Can Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

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In addition to high intensity interval training, weight lifting is an excellent way to get rid of that stubborn excess body fat Continue reading

How Sugar Harms Your Brain Health and Drives Alzheimer’s Epidemic

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One in nine seniors over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s, and the disease is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in the US, right behind heart disease and cancer Continue reading

Raising a Generation of Pill-Poppers; How Abuse of “Uppers,” “Downers,” and Stimulants Threatens an Entire Generation

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ADHD drugs have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among students and young professionals. 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulants were written in 2011, up 39 percent from 2007

Adverse effects of ADHD drugs include permanent brain damage, Continue reading

Many Men Risk Their Health by Taking Testosterone When They Don’t Need It

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Testosterone plays many roles in men’s health. Besides affecting your sex drive, it also helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, red blood cells, and a general sense of well-being

Direct-to-consumer drug advertising is driving men to use testosterone when they’re really not good candidates for it Continue reading

Confessions of a Renegade Psychiatrist

I felt this sensation in the pit of my stomach – it was a combination of sympathy and anger – listening to Annie tell me, through tears, about her postpartum journey into the world of psychiatry.  Continue reading

Tree Nuts, Chockfull of Healthful Fats, May Help You Live Longer

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A large-scale, 30-year long study found that people who regularly ate one ounce of nuts at least seven times per week were 20 percent less likely to die for any reason, compared to those who avoided nuts in their diet

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16 More Reasons Black Seed Is ‘The Remedy for Everything but Death’

remedy_black_seed_benefitsA year ago, we wrote an article about nigella sativa (aka black seed) titled, ‘The Remedy For Everything But Death.’ It described the research on the many ways in which black seed (nigella sativa) is a potentially life-saving medicinal food, and is one of our most popular articles, with over 225K social media shares.

Opening with, “This humble, but immensely powerful Continue reading

7 Homemade Cough Remedies That Work

honeyIf you or a family member comes down with a cold, one of the most aggravating symptoms can be a persistent cough.  It can last for as little as an afternoon or extend to several days, and the insatiable chest itch and the associated pain from constant coughing can ruin almost any experience.  But before reaching for a drug-based cough syrup, Continue reading