Depression Disorder – One Acupuncturist’s View

Balance and Health Depression is a crippling disorder and a frightening one for the individual and his/her family. I recently read a book, The Closet Depressionist by Robert Sisti, which clearly conveys the demons that depression can conjure up. While I wouldn’t recommend this book for casual reading or for the young, if you want a glimpse into depression, this will give it.

Here is a tidbit from his poem, The Gift of Insomnia: “A beaten man, time feels still. Days are longer, crawl to my fill. Can’t eat, can’t sleep, wrinkles grow under my eyes. Daily emotional breakdowns are my demise. Fallen deeper onto this path, a life is gone.” This depicts the overwhelming sense of despair that depression can cause.

When I struggled with anxiety I often heard, “Pull yourself out of it; go for a walk, you’ll feel better.”

I’m sure the same is true for the depressed person. Unfortunately, depressed people, just like those suffering from anxiety, cannot ‘will’ themselves well.

According to the University Health Services, Tang Center, “Clinical depression is a serious illness that lasts for weeks, months and sometimes years.”

The three most common forms of depression are: major depression, dysthymia (a lesser form of depression), and bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive). According to research it is has not been determined if depression has a biological component to it or the depression causes biological changes. But, either way it is treated with anti-depressants to rebalance the chemical imbalance. Anti-depressants along with some form of therapy is the standard Western medical remedy.

In Eastern medicine, specifically Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dr. Henry Zhen-Hong Lee explains that depression comes from low energy in the kidneys and heart. There is also low energy and an imbalance in the neuro-transmitters. Chinese medicine attacks the root cause of the illness with acupuncture focused on the problematic organs and with individually designed herbs. This treatment increases and normalizes the low energy to the kidneys and heart and evens out the balance in the neuro-transmitters. The treatment should produce effective results within two to three months. Once the body is regulated, the acupuncture and herbs are no longer needed.

He goes on to clarify that as with any type of medicine, different practitioners have different views on causes and methods of treatments. Through years of study and practice Dr. Lee has devised his own unique understanding of this illness. When asked what his depressed patients can do at home to help themselves he advises the single most important thing to do is to avoid junk food and processed foods. Along with this, he recommends: eat healthy (natural and organic foods), do breathing exercises, and meditate.

Dr. Lee is a NYS Licensed Acupuncturist and an NCCA DPL. Herbalist. He also has degrees in Eastern medicine from Traditional Chinese Medical College, and in Western medicine from the Beijing Medical College.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression you should consult a doctor. If you’d like to learn more about depression you can visit:

University Health Services – Tang Center
http://www.uhs.berkeley.edu

The Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/clinical-depression/AN01057

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Toxins and Your Immune System

Toxins and Your Body The body is like the ocean – it has the capability of self-cleaning. It has its own set of processes that work together to maintain its health. But, even with its amazing design, the ocean is becoming polluted, something that Lord Byron thought would never happen, “Man marks the earth with ruin; his control Stops with the shore.”(1)

And, as pollution now intrudes on the ocean, so is it causing harm to the body.

With an amazing design and through various processes the body actually removes harmful toxins. The liver acts as the main filter, with all the organs working in union and relying on each other to do their part. Unfortunately, there are just too many pollutants bombarding the body.

Imagine a bucket filled with water. Now imagine pouring more water in the bucket, continually. This is what’s happening with toxins and your body. It’s almost impossible for the body to function with the onslaught of pollution from the air, on the ground, and in the water.

So, what are toxins?

According to Medline Plus of the National Institutes of Health, “Toxins are substances created by plants and animals that are poisonous to humans.”(2) Toxins can also come from helpful medications that when used in large doses, or taken improperly, can become poisonous.

Toxins come from a variety of places, even from within our body, in natural processes. They are also manmade and come from external sources, such as the lotions and soaps we use, cosmetics, plastics, cigarettes, cars, and building material. While the body was created to efficiently detoxify itself, the external toxins are just too prevalent. They bombard our system on all fronts, through food, drinks (including water), and the air we breathe. And, aside for what we ingest or breathe, one of the biggest absorbers of toxins is our skin. The amount of toxins our body takes in on a daily basis is simply far too much for the liver to handle.

The consequences of overloading the liver with toxins is it can’t function properly or effectively. This causes our immune system, which is another part of our detoxification process, to be affected. The immune system helps find and eliminate invading enemies, such as viruses, harmful bacteria, toxins, and allergens. Toxin overload is the primary cause of the rise in food allergies, environmental allergies, and chemical sensitivity. It’s also one of the reasons why autoimmune diseases are skyrocketing. Our immune systems are overworked; this leads to its dysfunction.

The weakened and now dysfunctional immune system provides an open door for a number of chronic illnesses to enter the body and severe allergic reactions to occur.

The question is, what can we do to help ease the amount of toxins we take in?

The first course of action is to try to reduce the amount of toxins you’re exposed to. To do this you’ll need to realize that just about every product you use and even the air in your home is a risk factor.

According to a study quoted in an article by environmental freelance writer Claude Morgan, “Ninety percent of reported poisonings each year are due to toxins in U.S. homes.”(3) Interestingly, the study focused on acute incidents. It didn’t take into account long-term effects, such as multiple chemical sensitivity, asthma, and other chronic illnesses.

The 10 most dangerous home toxins listed in the article are: formaldehyde; radon; lead; carbon monoxide; vinyl chloride; hydrofluoric acid; solvents; disinfectants; and pesticides.

Taking steps to reduce the amount of toxins and allergens in your home will help your body and its immune system work the way it should.

Sources:

(1) http://www.bartleby.com/270/1/7.html
(2) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002331.htm
(3) http://www.getipm.com/articles/10-worst-hometoxins.htm

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LA GMO Conference set for October 6

If you have the time, you might want to spend this Saturday online via live stream, for the most important GMO conference of the year (and one of the best ever).

This event on October 6, from 9 am -1 pm Pacific time (LAX Hilton) will feature Dr. G.E. Seralini, lead author of the famous French rat study that was just released. See the disturbing 12 minute video below! Up to 80% of the female rats got massive tumors of the mammary glands, the death rate was 200-300% compared to the controls, and there was extensive damage to organs.

Dr. Michael Antoniou will be there from London. He co-authored the amazing compilation of research GMO Myths and Truths, as well as numerous other publications. He’s a world class genetic engineer working on human gene therapy techniques, but has spoken out against the use of this technology for use in food. He’s brilliant.

Dr. Don Huber will speak on the devastating impacts of Roundup, including the new mysterious pathogen that appears to be contributing to an epidemic of infertility and miscarriages among US livestock. Hearing Don’s full presentation is enlightening.

Jeffrey Smith will also be on hand to discuss other aspects of GMOs, including the outrageous practices used by Monsanto and others to distort and deny the now overwhelming evidence.

The above information is courtesy of Institute of Responsible Technology

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Conference

News on HealthThe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Conference is being held on Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11:30 am to 5:00 pm, at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel Conference Center in Eatontown, New Jersey.

The NJCFSA Fall 2012 Conference is titled (ME/CFS): Progress in Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment, and is being co-sponsored by Barnabas Health,Manmouth Medical Center.

The speaker line-up is impressive and includes, Susan M. Levine, MD, Lucinda Palacios, ScD, Lucinda Bateman, MD, and Wilfred van Gorp, PhD, ABBP.

Topics that will be discussed are:

ME/CFS Diagnosis and Treatment: Signs of Progress and Reasons for Optimism

The Epidemiology of CFS in a Large Study of Female Nurses

Evaluating the Brain Effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Forming Successful Clinical/Research Collaborations to Conquer the Enigma of CFS

If you’d like to find out more, you can contact the NJCFSA Information Helpline at 888-835-3677.

Interestingly, I’ve been a patient of Dr. Susan M. Levine for many years.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also known as Myalgic Encepthalomyelitis (ME), is a serious, often disabling illness that attacks all body systems. Over 1 million Americans, including children, suffer from ME/CFS. As yet, there is no cure. Treatment is aimed at treating the symptoms.

But, new and promising multi-disciplinary, multi-national research, and technologies are advancing treatment protocols for patients worldwide.

Check out this 7 minute video on CFS:

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RELATED READING:

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Getting a Diagnosis

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Getting a Diagnosis

Health TipsChronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a devastating illness with disabling symptoms. To add to the stress of this illness, getting a diagnosis is difficult.

With many chronic autoimmune illnesses, such as multiple sclerosis and lupus, getting a diagnosis is usually a matter of getting specific laboratory tests to confirm the disease. But CFS is a sneaky mimicker which makes a diagnosis more difficult.

Four Reasons why a CFS Diagnosis is Difficult

There are a few reasons why a diagnosis is problematic, including the following:

1. CFS does not have its own unique physical symptoms – it mimics a number of other chronic illnesses.

2. There are no specific diagnostic laboratory tests that can pinpoint CFS.

3. Many doctors are ill-equipped to make a CFS diagnosis. In fact, research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that less than 20% of CFS patients in this country have been diagnosed.

4. Ruling out other chronic illnesses, along with an in depth medical history, creates a process of elimination of other illnesses rather than direct diagnosis of CFS.

This is a difficult road to manage. It is littered with uncertainty, depression, and disabling physical symptoms. Knowing what to look for and what illnesses need to be dismissed by your doctor will help with this process.

Chronic Illnesses to be Tested for Prior to a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis
Some diseases that CFS mimics include the following, and you should be tested for these first:

1. multiple sclerosis
2. hypothyroidism
3. Lyme’s disease
4. lupus
5. fibromyalgia
6. sleep apnea
7. chronic mononucleosis or Epstein-Barr virus
8. major depressive disorders

Please note, this is far from a complete list of chronic illnesses that have similar symptoms to CFS, one of the major symptoms being fatigue. While there are many others, these are the ones that seem to be at the top of the “to be eliminated” list. It’s always important to discuss all your options and any questions you may have with your doctor. And, in the case of CFS, you may need to see a number of different specialists to be sure you are not misdiagnosed. These specialists may include an endocrinologist, neurologist, rheumatologist, and pulmonary specialist.

While it may be a long road to a diagnosis, try not to rush the process. Some of the illnesses with similar symptoms to CFS are treatable and shouldn’t be overlooked. Others may be more serious and need to be addressed. It is essential to get a correct diagnosis in order to be treated effectively for CFS or any other illnesses you may have.

If you’d like to learn more about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, please visit the sites listed below:

CFIDS Association of America
http://www.cfids.org/about-cfids/

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these health strategies are my own, based on my alternative medicine doctors. You MUST speak to your own doctor before starting any health regime.

Genetically Modified Foods and Your Health

Bad for Your HealthI’ve been a proponent of buying foods that are NOT genetically modified for some time now. And, it amazes me that more people don’t see the importance in this.

Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are literally engineered to become something that’s unnatural. The problem with this is our body isn’t made to process alien foods, this causes our immune system to think it’s an enemy and attacks.

Have you wondered why there’s a frightening increase in people suffering with multiple chemical sensitivities, food allergies, and environmental allergies, and why chronic illnesses have skyrocketed?

Well, it’s been discovered that because the immune system doesn’t recognize the engineered foods it causes a inflammatory response. It’s this ongoing inflammatory state that is the foundation for allergies, sensitivities, autoimmune diseases, cancer, and a number of other chronic illnesses.

I just watched a video from the Institute of Responsible Technology titled Genetic Roulette, and I actually cried. I just can’t fathom that the government would turn a deaf ear to all the proof that shows how dangerous GMOs are. Canada and Europe took action against GMOs, but the United States is ignoring the well-fare of its people.

As someone with a number of chronic illnesses, including multiple sclerosis, allergies, and multiple chemical sensitivities, as well as a being a mother and grandmother. I’m appalled. The ill-effects of GMOs can be passed from mothers to unborn babies, and those babies can pass it along when they’re grown and have children of their own. We’re allowing a few giant companies who control our food to dictate what we eat and alter our natural state.

GMOs are foods that are created by swapping genes (DNA) across natural borders to create more resilient foods and to grow foods quicker, among other made-up reasons. But, this unnatural process causes various mutations and unexpected side-effects. And, since it’s introduction in 1996, the claims that the companies who develop, produce, and manufacture GMOs have made to the people have all been nullified.

It’s gotten so bad that these powers-that-be put spider genes in goats to create goat milk with properties they could use to create bullet-proof vests. We’re living in a sci-fi horror show.

In the video, one doctor said to the effect that although we have the scientific ability it doesn’t mean we should use it.

These companies have created a run-away train and it’s up to the people to stop it.

Bottom line, the reason Canada and Europe yielded to the people is because the people stopped buying GMOs. This put pressure on the companies to stop producing dangerous foods that people wouldn’t buy.

That’s what the people in the United States must do to get control of what we eat, stop buying genetically modified foods and BUY ORGANIC.

Making matters worse is these food companies have managed to keep foods from having to be labeled GMO. So, unless you know what you’re looking for, you’ll have a hard time avoiding it.

For those who want to help fight the effects of GMOs and other toxins in the body, you can look into some type of detox program. But, in the meantime, your first course of action is to BUY ORGANIC.

To find out more about GMOs and Your Health go to: http://responsibletechnology.org/faqs

BEFORE YOU GO, CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO:

“Question What’s Inside” music video on GMOs:

Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Part 4

Balance and Health A funny thing happened; I lost my notes to Part 4 this series. It doesn’t pay to try to do too much at once. Anyway, hopefully my memory will kick in.

In The First Session with Ayurveda practitioner Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya we discussed using oils on the skin for detoxing, not just for multiple chemical sensitivity, but for general detoxing. She mentioned olive oil, coconut oil, and sesame oil. But, since I was in a bout at the time of our visit, she recommended I stick with sesame oil for the time being.

Sesame oil absorbs toxins from the cells and Dr. B said to use the it twice a week. It should be done 10 minutes before showering.

The first step is to take a bit of oil in my hands and gently rub it into my forearms, always in a downward motion. For the elbows it’s a circular motion.

The next time, the upper arms should be included, but again always in a downward motion.

After that, rub the oil into your hips down to your feet. Again, rub the oil into your skin in a downward motion.

After 10 minutes, shower, but don’t rub too vigorously. Then gently dry off.

Next, we discussed meditation.

Meditation is another great tool to help with multiple chemical sensitivity. Dr. B recommends looking at the flame of a candle. Since I’m sensitive to the smell of burning candles, she suggested a flameless candle. This strategy is for beginners and uses focus meditation. You can start with two to 10 minutes a day.

Focusing on a specific object helps you free your mind of other thoughts and is one of the most important elements of meditation. When first beginning with meditation, it’s helpful to do it in a quiet place, one free of distractions.

If you don’t have a candle flame to focus on, you can focus on any object, image, mantra, or your breathing. Dr. Henry Lee, a NYS licensed acupuncturist and herbalogist, is a proponent of focusing on your breathing.

Since meditation is free to do and can pretty much be done anywhere, it’s definitely worth giving it a try.

This is the last part of The First Session. I’ll post about my second visit in a couple of weeks – they’ll be information on other health issues in the meantime.

Meditation is so effective at reducing stress that even the Mayo Clinic has information on it:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/meditation/HQ01070

In case you missed Parts 1, 2, and 3 of this series, here are the links:

Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Part 3
Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Part 2
Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Part 1

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You can also check out this video by Deepak Chopra

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these health strategies are my own, based on my alternative medicine doctors. You MUST speak to your own doctor before starting any health regime.

Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Part 3

Balance and HealthNow it’s on to Part 3 of The First Session. For those just stopping by, these posts are about my visits with Ayurveda practitioner Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya (Dr. B).

Another aspect of detoxing and health discussed during my first visit was the bedroom and sleeping.

If you’re like many Americans, you fall asleep with the TV on. This is NOT conducive to sleep. Dr. B. suggests NOT watching TV in the bedroom. She also recommends creating a clutter free bedroom. The bedroom should be as simple as possible: a bed, a chest, and clean bedding.

It’s also necessary to make your bed every morning. This is another aspect of making your bedroom inviting, relaxing, and conducive to sleep.

While the ‘very simplistic’ strategy may be a bit too much for most people to get a handle on, you should make the bedroom as simple and uncluttered as possible.

Believe it or not, clutter adds stress to your body and life. Eliminating as much clutter as feasible will help to reduce your stress level. Since stress is a burden to your immune system, doing ‘uncluttering’ is a must do.

Taking care of my bedroom will be a project. As a writer, I have two large book cases full of papers and books, and other clutter that I’ll need to get a handle on. For book cases, Dr. B recommends sectioning them off with some type of divider. For those with smaller rooms that this wouldn’t work for, you might think of moving the bookcases to another room. Or, you might put a ‘relaxing’ curtain in front of the book case, blocking the view of books and clutter.

Ayurveda practice isn’t the only medical philosophy that advises against watching TV in bed. Western medicine thinks it’s a bad idea also. Check out:

“Should You Ban TV From Your Bedroom?”
By Brandon Peters, M.D.
http://sleepdisorders.about.com/od/howcanisleepbetter/f/TV_Bedroom.htm

Stay tuned next week for Part 4 of The First Session. I’ll be going over using oils and mediating.

To check out Parts 1 and 2, go to:

Part 1
http://healthtipstoahealthieryou.com/2012/08/ayurveda-medicine-and-multiple-chemical-sensitivity-part-1/

Part 2
http://healthtipstoahealthieryou.com/2012/09/ayurveda-medicine-multiple-chemical-sensitivity-part-2/

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and these health strategies are my own, based on my alternative medicine doctors. You MUST speak to your own doctor before starting any health regime.

Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Part 2

Health TipsI’m back with Part 2 of The First Session. If you just came in, the first session is in regard to my visit with an Ayurveda doctor. I’m seeing Dr. Bhaswati Bhattacharya in an effort to detox my body of multiple chemical sensitivity and build up my arteries and veins for possible, hopefully never needed, vascular surgery for a splenic arterial aneurysm.

I didn’t mention this before, but I live right near an international airport. At times when the planes are coming in for a landing, you can actually see the extra fuel being released into the air. This is not a good environment for someone with multiple chemical sensitivity and makes detoxing more difficult for me.

And, to add insult to injury, I’m a stone’s throw away from a major parkway.

Okay, on to Part 2.

The First Session Part 2

Along with your diet and avoiding harmful soaps, shampoos, etc., Dr. B discussed what to should do when you wake in the morning and what to eat for breakfast.

As might be obvious, the first thing needed is to go to the bathroom. Then, wash your hands and face. Now, take some warm water into the palm of your hand and gently breathe it into one nostril, then gently blow any remaining water. Repeat with the other nostril.

The water goes up into your lower sinus cavity, by your nose. This nasal rinse clears out debris and mucous, similar to a saline solution. I have lots of sinus problems and get sinus infections. Since I’m doing this, my nose feels clearer.

Next, brush your teeth and scrape your tongue. Yes, scraping your tongue is important.

Now, look at yourself in the mirror, then look at something that brings joy to your heart. I look at a picture of my grandchildren.

After this, drink a cup of hot water that has been boiled and filtered, but don’t heat it in a microwave. Then do your normal showering. These tasks should be done in order each day.

Dr. B recommends boiling your drinking and cooking water. The boiling reduces some of the chemicals that filtering won’t do on its own. I’m not sure if the water should be filtered first then boiled, or the other way around. I see the doctor again the end of October and will ask. I’ve been boiling it first and then filtering it.

Also, the boiled, filtered water should be kept in a copper pitcher, if possible. I’m going to see if I can get one, and also a glass pitcher. Since our visits are information packed, I didn’t get a chance to ask why a copper pitcher is important. I do know you should avoid keeping water in a plastic container.

In regard to eating breakfast this will depend on your sensitivities and food allergies. You want to avoid any allergy triggers and foods your body is sensitive to. You want to reduce inflammation and allergic reactions.

Dr. B suggested choosing around five ‘healthy’ breakfasts and alternating them. You want to avoid processed foods, like packaged cereals and other packaged food products. You also want to avoid foods like bacon. If you really crave it, limit it to every other week or preferably once a month.

One other tip to help with multiple chemical sensitivity and other chronic illnesses, don’t freeze foods like bread if at all possible, it changes the composition of the food. Opt for fresh foods.

It seems there’s more information than I thought, so this series will be in more than three parts.

Stop by next week for Part 3 of The First Session.

Here’s the link to Part 1:
Ayurveda Medicine and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Part 1
http://healthtipstoahealthieryou.com/2012/08/ayurveda-medicine-and-multiple-chemical-sensitivity-part-1/

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