A report released by an expert panel convened by the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that myriad biological, psychological, and social factors play a role in the high smoking rates among people with psychiatric disorders.
Let’s face it: our country is having some…economic issues, to put it mildly! This recession is affecting everyone from the film industry to the blue-collar industry and every man, woman and child in between. You can’t run and you can’t hide, but what you can do is take control of your wallet and decide how to spend your dollars wisely!
In My Professional Opinion asked specialists (and blogger extraordinaires) in the field of hair care, health, fitness and fashion to collaborate on a… Continue
Over 120 million people worldwide suffer from depression, one of the leading causes of disability according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Despite these alarming statistics, many people with depression don't know that's what ails them. Lots of sufferers think their symptoms are due to lack of sleep or a poor diet. Others know they're depressed, but they're too tired or ashamed or, believe… Continue
It is letters like the one below that keep me writing about mental health issues....the fact that treatment works...and that recovery is possible...
"I read your book today, started it today and finished it tonight, and i wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. My son has been battling Bi-polar disorder his whole life. (My mother also suffers) He was DX at age 7 and these days hope of recovery or well being is slim. He is now 13 and new issues are…Continue
It's been over 90 days now and I am just thrilled with the results of going through P90X. If you have not heard of P90X, it is a wonderful workout program designed to get you in the best shape of your life in 90 days.
P90X comes with 12 workouts with a 3 Phase workout plan and calendar along with a suggested diet plan. The goal is to keep your body guessing about what is coming next with the idea called "muscle confusion." Your body never gets used to one thing for two…
When my son Michael required inpatient or residential treatment for addictions and bipolar disorder, I carefully discovered the treatment approaches of available facilities.
Early in our years-long journey I learned that some treatment philosophies denied the existence of biologically-based mental illness. Others eschewed drugs of any sort, regardless of who prescribed them and why. And still others functioned under the assumption…Continue
In the media and in personal circles I hear of medical practitioners, educators and community members who dismiss or deny the existence of mental illness, but a recent Baylor University study determined that one of the most dismissive of all professions is...
Things are kind of crazy around here. Don is sick with aches and a cough and a headache, so I am trying to get him better, emphasis on trying because he doesn’t want to take anything. Why do men have to be so difficult when they have a cold? Take two Advil and some cough medicine already instead of groaning so much! I think he’ll live…
And then I got a message today that the deadline for my latest proofreading project—the most tedious one I have worked on in a long time—got… Continue
A week of battling illness has provided the opportunity to make some observations:
1) Very strange and seemingly unconnected symptoms occur as the result of pregnancy. In my case, a simple head cold morphed into a serious sinus infection. Apparently pregnancy and sinuses are connected. This is strange to me because last I checked my sinuses are really far away from my uterus. My sinus infection made me feel like someone took me out back and beat the living daylights out… Continue
Added by Julie Cole on March 9, 2009 at 10:48am —
We got a package two days ago that Landon (and I!) could not wait to open. We received two soft plush toys from the My Natural Toy line. They are made by Hosung, the makers of miYim Organic toys, a Brooklyn-based company that created these and many other cute, cuddly characters out of organic, environmentally friendly materials.
We are a society that over-consumes in every sense of the word. We buy unnecessarily and if you just look around, we eat unnecessarily as well. We have been taught (and somewhat scared) into dieting, using artificial products to add to our foods, and forced to read food labels. Much of the cuisines we consume or at least have consumed over the past years are filled with toxins. The process of how food is grown and manufactured has drastically altared. This has transformed our country into an… Continue
This week, on Thursday to be exact, Kayla will be getting tubes in her ears. During our appointment with the ENT specialist last week they hooked her ears up to a machine that tests pressure and fluid levels.
She failed miserably.
Both ears are still filled with fluid, her left ear being the worse than the right. I feel so AWFUL for her. Her poor little ears have not been fluid free since OCTOBER! That's 5 solid months of fluid and on and off again infections. I can't even… Continue
Some essential oils, particularly Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) and Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender), have been shown to inhibit the growth of thrush and other fungal infections. When used in a diluted solution, they can bring relief by alleviating the itching and inflammation and soothing the infected areas.
This recipe for the yeast essential oil mix comes from… Continue