Overcoming Mood Disorders with Diet

About one in 10 Americans aged 12 and over takes antidepressant medication. “Antidepressants were the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages in 2005–2008 and the most frequently used by persons aged 18–44 years . From 1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages…

Overcoming Mood Disorders: My Story

I think I got my first taste of depression as a young girl, after I had been hospitalized for kidney failure at age five. I was always a sensitive child, but that event seemed to have made things harder for me. I never felt the same after. I certainly have attributed the altered mental state…

Health Mystery of a Little Boy

Somewhere around ten years ago, I first learned about autism. I was in college and read an article in Psychology Today about how a normal baby girl had transformed into an autistic child after receiving vaccinations. The article also talked about how most autistic children are diagnosed around age two. That’s all I specifically remember…

Gut and Psychology Syndrome

I probably first heard about the GAPS diet about a year ago or so. My friend Carrie had started on it, and I started hearing about it here and there on some blogs. I was really skeptical at first; prescription diets really put me off. By “prescription diet” I mean a diet that more or…

S.A.D. = S.A.D.

A scary, eye-opening experience happened with me a year ago, last November. I found myself in one of the most severe episodes of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) I had ever experienced. My poor, poor little boy was lying on the floor crying and I was screaming right in his face like I was possessed by…

Naturopath Update: Visit #7

I haven’t written much here concerning my naturopath visits, which started about the same time I started this blog. I think I may copy over my ND posts from my other (more personal) blog, so all my health progress is in the same place. I’ve been seeing Dr L, a Chinese Medicine/Naturopathic doctor/acupuncturist. There are…