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Get depression relief today from this common herb

Get depression relief today from this common herb

I love lavender as a depression remedy because it is inexpensive and easy to implement. In a depressive slump, we certainly need “easy.” If something as simple as a bath or a lavender spray takes the edge off depression even for an hour, that gives us a window of some relief and it may evenContinue Reading

These herbs may alleviate postpartum depression and anxiety

These herbs may alleviate postpartum depression and anxiety

I get asked quite a bit about herbal remedies for depression and I do find relief myself in lavender and sage, two herbs I talk about in the Good Days Strategies emails (here). However, my strong view on any potential remedies for a disease as complicated as depression is that we should see them asContinue Reading

Depression In Pregnancy and Postpartum: Pregnant Again? (Survival Tools)

Depression In Pregnancy and Postpartum: Pregnant Again? (Survival Tools)

Anyone who has struggled with postpartum depression knows how painful the question can be: “Should I have another baby? Will it be worse?” The question plagued my husband and I so much that we did not plan to have another. In my first pregnancy I had psychotic episodes just before the birth and in theContinue Reading

Omega 3 And Depression: The Food And Supplements You Need

Omega 3 And Depression: The Food And Supplements You Need

Omega 3 and depression are tightly related for many of us. Studies are published regularly that reinforce the need for Omega-3 fatty acids for healthy brains. Depression is a sure sign of poor brain health; Omega 3 for depression is critical in many cases. When we are newborn babies and living on our mother’s milk,Continue Reading

Folic Acid Supplementation:  Good Insurance or A Bad Idea?

Folic Acid Supplementation: Good Insurance or A Bad Idea?

I used to see my multivitamin and mineral as good nutritional insurance. It certainly is a form of insurance, but there can be consequences with taking your daily supplement blindly. The folic acid fortification program in the United States provides us with a very good example of why supplementation willy-nilly can have perverse consequences. PeopleContinue Reading

Dietary Trans Fats: What Babies Can Tell Us About Why To Avoid It

Dietary Trans Fats: What Babies Can Tell Us About Why To Avoid It

In honor of this week’s 50th Anniversary of the La Leche League at their conference in Chicago, I have found an interesting article on Omega-3 fatty acids, trans fats, and the cord blood of newborn babies. Pregnant or not, woman or not, a study of the cord blood of newborn babies is important for ourContinue Reading

Vitamin B-6: You don’t remember your dreams? Your body’s telling you something….

Vitamin B-6: You don’t remember your dreams? Your body’s telling you something….

On the way home from preschool the other day, five-year-old Frederick was recounting his dream for the night. As he described the dream, I thought “I must write about this on the site.” What I thought to myself as he told me the story was “Good news. His B-6 status is good.” Your regular doctorContinue Reading

Magnesium: Researchers deprived mice of magnesium and this is what happened to their brains…

Magnesium: Researchers deprived mice of magnesium and this is what happened to their brains…

In depression studies of mice, researchers literally throw them into a water tank and observe them swimming. Healthy mice meet the challenge and swim. Depressed mice may swim at first but they will soon wear out and the only movements they will make in that tank of water are the minimal movements necessary to keepContinue Reading

Zinc: Shock therapy may increase your brain levels of this quickly. The right diet may be your preference…

Zinc: Shock therapy may increase your brain levels of this quickly. The right diet may be your preference…

Most folks probably do not give a whole lot of thought to their zinc intake, but apparently, if your diet is lacking, one of the consequences is depression. Doctors who use an orthomolecular approach to treating depression such as those at the Carl Pfieffer Centers or authors Joan Matthews Larson and Julia Ross have forContinue Reading

Omega 3: How Much, For How Long?

Omega 3: How Much, For How Long?

How much Omega 3 do I need? Do I really need to take a supplement? With research coming out all of the time on the importance of Omega 3 fatty acids for brain function (and particularly for depression), quite a number of people have emailed me about how much Omega 3s they need. And theContinue Reading