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Food Rules Mood


Food is a necessity of life. It keeps us alive. It sustains us. It’s pleasure you can receive without the muss and fuss of another human. But food also has some shadowy slopes. In fact food can sometimes be downright dangerous. Food can create a filter—good or bad—through which you perceive your world. Your choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even your portion sizes, can make or break your mood. For example, your menu choices and amounts can contribute to calm and contentment or to anxiety and debilitating depression. Food is powerful. Appreciation of the relationship between food and mood [...]

Food Rules Mood2019-06-28T14:41:16-06:00

Antidepressant Mess: Significantly Increased Risk of Earlier Death!


In 2000, in Hormone Deception, I wrote about the increased risk of getting certain cancers from taking certain antidepressants. Now, there’s more bad news about pills prescribed to make you happier. Antidepressants, most forms, are being tied to a significantly increased risk of premature death from all causes, except for heart disease. And keep this in mind: one out of ten Americans is taking long term antidepressants! Antidepressants, as a stunning study from McMaster University emphasizes, do not work as effectively as medicine had hoped. Plus, they are much more dangerous than ever realized. "The common wisdom is that antidepressants are [...]

Antidepressant Mess: Significantly Increased Risk of Earlier Death!2019-01-17T20:51:54-06:00

Magnesium: A Simple Fix For Depression?


What if your complex health problem had a simple fix? This can happen more than you might think, but our health care system, and even our own thinking, is often not on alert to look for the simple answers. Magnesium might be a key to solving your depression.  When you have a health issue, finding out what’s wrong is the most critical step of fixing it. This is referred to as finding “root cause.” In today’s health care, the step-by-step process of searching for the main cause of your suffering is often replaced by a focus on symptoms, costly testing and [...]

Magnesium: A Simple Fix For Depression?2019-02-04T11:27:22-06:00

Can we self-treat depression by counting our blessings (gratitude exercises)? What does science say?


What can you do to self-help your moods that may help you avoid medication for depression, or lower your dose, or get you singing in the shower again, or yelling at your mate less? These are called positive activity interventions (PAIs), and they are now found to offer a safe, low-cost, and self-administered approach to managing depression. PAIs offer hope to individuals with depressive disorders who do not respond or have access to adequate medical therapy, or perhaps even for those that want to try to get off meds. More than 100 million people around the globe suffer from depression. An [...]

Can we self-treat depression by counting our blessings (gratitude exercises)? What does science say?2019-01-17T18:57:23-06:00

Are your antidepressant or sleep meds eroding your bones? Or is one of them helping? Which are doing what?


Yikes! Why doesn’t this make headline news? Canada has socialized medicine, so they have great records. Researchers identified women 50 years or older who had osteoporosis, and what prescription medications they had used in the years prior. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, atypical antipsychotics, and benzodiazepines were associated with higher risk of osteoporosis. Tricyclic antidepressants were associated with lower odds of osteoporosis. These drug effects were independent of mental illness diagnoses, including depression and schizophrenia. The authors from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, concluded that some psychotropic medications are associated with an increased risk of bone loss, [...]

Are your antidepressant or sleep meds eroding your bones? Or is one of them helping? Which are doing what?2019-01-17T19:08:14-06:00



The times they are a changing. Used to be if you had depression, why you had a Prozac deficiency. But no drug comes without some downsides. Less libido. Rebound trying to get off. No one mentions the link of SSRIs to possible future neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. Or even cancer. And, these meds cost a lot of dough and create wide spread wear and tear on the entire health care system. What may be coming to the rescue… NUTRITION! The International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research has put out a new short and sweet consensus statement. It emphasizes that there is [...]

Depressed? Need a PSYCHOLOGIST OR NUTRITIONIST?2019-01-17T19:09:09-06:00

Parsley and Sophisticated Brains


Sophisticated Brains Since "higher" consciousness seems to come from the ability to have broader, healthier brain connections, here is one of my favorite spices that boosts BOTH brain connectivity and integration. Parsley and its main flavonoid: apigenin. Apigenin promotes integration and connection between multiple brain cells. And it's found in this herb you can use in salads, cooking and smoothies. By the way parsley’s flavonoid also balances and protects hormone metabolism. (Why I have been recommending a special parsley green drink for years to appropriate patients.) Apigenin boosts strong brains. It strengthens memory, learning and focus. It promotes more sophisticatedly brain [...]

Parsley and Sophisticated Brains2019-02-14T13:44:03-06:00

Distinct Type of Depression (Brain Inflammation) and the “I Spot” in the brain that identifies it


Inflamed Brain Our brain is our most important organ. Many of us aging folks are now more worried about outliving our wits, than getting cancer. Much of brain aging is actually brain inflammation. Inflamed brains age faster, and make us worried and depressed. What can we do about it? And is this real, or bogus? Emory Health Science researchers wanted to know, too. They found that 1/3rd of depressed people have inflamed brains. These people have elevated blood inflammatory markers and the inflammation can be distinctly viewed on brain imaging. Wow! No more hiding inflamed brains, we can see you! Brain [...]

Distinct Type of Depression (Brain Inflammation) and the “I Spot” in the brain that identifies it2019-01-17T18:58:43-06:00

Magnesium is Nature’s Valium by Berkson


Having adequate magnesium inside your cells (intracellular)—where this mineral does it's magic—helps you have less headaches, back pain, insomnia and even heal faster when injured. Most blood tests test extracellular magnesium, but only 1% of magnesium is outside the cell. You have to get a specific intracellular blood test to know if you are deficient in this mineral, or not. But by numerous National Surveys, a majority of Americans are lacking in magnesium. Is this one major contributor to us buying pain pills, sleeping pills and muscle relaxants by the truckloads? Where do we get most of our magnesium? Greens. The [...]

Magnesium is Nature’s Valium by Berkson2019-02-04T11:24:20-06:00

8 Behaviors to Eliminate Depression


Exercise where you push your heart rate up safely but UP for starting at 30-second intervals and slowly building up to one minute or more, several times during at least a 15-minute daily workout. Even 5 minutes is better than nothing. Oxygenate your brain. Home air filters reduce all kinds of natural and unnatural "toxicants" that can alter mitochondrial brain functioning. Eat a breakfast higher in protein and no carbs till midday, i.e. nuts butters, freshly ground seed/nut cereal, organic sausage or turkey bacon or left overs but no fruits or carbs, try for a month to stabilize insulin more throughout [...]

8 Behaviors to Eliminate Depression2019-01-17T18:59:19-06:00