How to Treat Depression – Prozac vs Exercise

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We all feel depressed from time to time when life is being unkind. This is quite normal and usually doesn’t last once the situation has resolved. But what if you’ve been diagnosed with  clinical depression? Should you take a pill, such as Prozac? Or should you try a different approach?

So what is clinical depression?

Let’s start with what it’s not. Depression is not a biochemical imbalance. It’s not something that can be tested for and it doesn’t show up on any scan.  The idea that depression is caused by low levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain which enhances mood, is now being challenged. Research done in 2009, shows that low levels of serotonin is more an effect of depression rather the cause.

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Forward Head Posture – What is it?

Forward head posture, also know as turtle neck or texting head is a condition where the head is protruded forward, rather than sitting nicely on top of the trunk. This can cause pain in the upper back and neck areas and even the lower back. This is due to strain on the spine caused by the head being extended far from the body making it ‘heavier’.

Normally weighing in at between 10 or 12 pounds when nicely balanced on the neck, the head becomes a heavier burden, the more it protrudes from the trunk. In extreme forward head posture cases, the head can ‘weigh’ over forty pounds; that’s almost four times its normal weight. The stress this places on the neck and spine is enough to cause chronic pain, disk damage and, if not corrected soon enough, upper crossed syndrome, otherwise known as anterior posture syndrome, which can be hard to reverse. This is due to a shift in the body’s centre of gravity

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Toxins and Skin Problems

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Do you know what the largest organ in your body is? The answer may surprise you; it’s your skin! And being an organ, skin helps to rid the body of toxins. The more poisonous material your body needs to get rid of, the more load there is on other systems, such as the liver, kidneys, bowel and the lymphatic system. So the body will call on the skin to help do the job.

The result? Dull lifeless looking skin ☹ If you experience skin conditions like acne, rashes or dry and itchy skin, this could mean your body is under a toxic burden. Continue reading “Toxins and Skin Problems”

The Real Dangers of Canola Oil

Nothing frustrates me more than reading an article, or watching a video, that extols the virtues of cooking with Canola oil. Why? Because it’s the worst oil that humans can consume, as far as our health is concerned. In fact it was never meant for human consumption.

People think it’s healthy because it comes from a plant. Well so does Poison Ivy. Yes it’s low in saturated fat, which means absolutely nothing. That is very last century thinking, and reminds me of those dreadful margarine ads!

Here’s how Canola oil is manufactured

Canola oil is a product of the Rapeseed plant. Once the rapeseed is collected, magnets are used to remove any metal pieces that may have been collected along with the seed.

After that, the seeds are washed for around 1 hour with hexane. Hexane is a constituent of gasoline. It’s widely used as a cheap solvent in the formulation of glues for shoes and leather products, and as a de-greaser. Continue reading “The Real Dangers of Canola Oil”

5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Skin-Care

I love to browse the cosmetic sections in department stores. Just for a few moments I allow myself to be seduced by the promises of everlasting youth and firm dewy skin the products promote. I know for a fact that not one of them, not even the ones that sell for over $100.00 are going to make an ounce of difference to my skin long term.

Yes, they will look very pretty on my bathroom shelf! But if younger, healthy skin is my aim, I’d do better to head to the health food store. Here’s 5 reasons why…

Most commercially produced products are based on mineral oil; a by-product of petroleum. Mineral oil, also called paraffin oil, is a fairly harmless substance in itself. However it has a molecular structure that is too large to penetrate the pores of the skin. So it might prevent skin from drying out, as it blocks the escape of moisture, but that’s all it will ever do.

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10 Tips for Healthy Aging

The number of birthdays you’ve enjoyed, doesn’t have to mean feeling older. Here are are 10 tips that will keep you feeling younger, and put a spring in your step!

1. Eating well is almost as important as breathing! The saying, “You are what you eat,” is literally true. The right diet will keep your body healthy. Lean protein, lots of vegetables and whole grains are the building blocks of a good diet. Drink at least five glasses of water a day too. It helps flush out toxins from the body.

2. Exercise daily. This doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym. Simple walking is fine to start with, especially if you haven’t exercised in a while. Exercising activates the lymphatic system which moves toxins out of the body.

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Cancer and Sugar – Fact or Fiction?

Do you love sugar? Most people love sugar. Unfortunately cancer cells love it too.

Cancer remains the second leading cause of death in the US, second only to heart disease. The typical “cures”, chemotherapy and radiation, have a dismal success rate of around 3%. it obvious we need a better approach to curing cancer. Fortunately better approaches exist, but you won’t hear about them from your doctor. Doctors aren’t allowed to recommend alternative cures for cancer, even if they are aware of them.

There are many natural cures for cancer. Some need to be administered by a clinic, others we can perform ourselves at home. Diet has a large part to play in how we get sick in the first place, and it can also influence how we can heal. One easy measure we can take, both to prevent and stop tumor growth, is to eliminate sugar from out diets.

So how can we cure cancer, by merely rejecting all sugary foods? It seems too simple. In fact if you research this subject, you’ll find many articles on the cancer and sugar myth. They sound like the voice of wisdom. “All cells need glucose.” they proclaim. And while this is indeed true, there are differences between normal cells and cancer cells, that these articles don’t mention.

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How to Increase Self Esteem and Self Confidence

Low self esteem means you have a poor opinion of yourself. You feel that others are better than you are. Having low self esteem can lead to feelings of depression. That’s why you should make every effort to increase your self esteem, to make yourself feel better, and stop depressed feelings. Raising your self esteem can increase feelings of well-being and contentment, as well as increasing your chances of personal success. However, this isn’t always an easy process. Thinking positive thoughts can help, but, if you’re feeling low, it may be hard to think positively. Don’t despair! There are several ways to increase your self esteem. Try these suggestions one at a time and you’ll soon notice a difference. Below, I’m going to give you a few ways to boost your self esteem and confidence.

Know Your Strengths and Focus on Those

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Understanding your Circadian Rhythm – No it’s not an Insect!

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The circadian rhythm is also know as the ‘body clock,’ or the ’24 hour clock.’ It’s a daily rhythm that controls all of us. It’s mainly control by light and darkness.

Most importantly, our circadian rhythm controls our sleeping habits. We naturally feel sleepy when darkness falls and awaken when it becomes light in the morning.

At least, that’s how it should work.

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