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Prayer, Meditation, Herbs & Vitamins, and yes, Diet! It all contributes to your overall health. There is no one magic pill. Staying mentally healthy means keeping on top of our physical health, both are tightly entwined. Does that make sense? After all, our blood is influenced by what we eat and drink, it circulates everywhere bringing nutrition (or junk) throughout our bodies, which includes that gray matter we call "the brain." You don't have to be neurosurgeon to know some of this stuff, some of it is common sense.


The Physical Side:


Two of my favorite Doctors! Remember, always check with your doctor before you incorporate unfamiliar herbs or exercises into your daily agenda.

Dr. Weil is a botonist, an herbologist for many decades. He knows his stuff and what ails you, including the many benefits of herbs. There are several great ways to address the stress, such as chamomile and/or other teas.   


And, what alternative solutions would be complete without our beloved Dr. OZ!



The Spiritual Side: PRAYER


Skeptics will always abound. BUT... Am I the only one that finds it interesting that nearly 90% of the earth's population believes in God? Most cultures all have a similar Creation story, even the minor details are incredibly similar going back thousands of years -- a boatload of survivors with God leading the way. How is that possible, is everyone just plain deluded?


It turns out that many people not only believe in God, but many academic studies show that prayer is more powerful than we think. We can move forward a little better knowing that we are don't always have to be the one in control and we can depend on something higher, no matter the background, creed or culture.  God has been loved, respected, revered since the beginning of time.


So, I set out to see, how important prayer is to health (including mental health). Yes, it's pretty tightly linked, sometimes the answer is as simple as getting down alone in your world, and on your knees with www.bible.cc  (that's it --not dot com) 


Here, check out some REAL academic studies on the impact of prayer and health, and happy reading:)


As a new doctors many years ago, Dr. Larry Dossey dreamt one night about a young boy, screaming uncontrollably, being frantically wheeled out of the emergency room. He woke up from the dream in a cold sweat, went to work, stepped through the doors of the hospital to see the very same thing that he dreamed an hour or so earlier. It set him on a different course in life, that event was something that none of his academics could explain. He asks in his book, did he step into the future to see what was going to happen, did the future come to him? Either way, there was so no scientific explanation. Since then, he's been on track to show the connection between prayer, meditation and modern medicine.


Dr. Dossey co-chaired the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions of the Office of Alternative Medicine, 
National Institutes of Health, 1992-94 as well as Hillary Rodham Clinton's Task Force on Health Care Reform, 1993 >http://www.dosseydossey.com/larry/default.html


Interestingly, Brandeis University (yes, in France, where Angela Davis studied, has a great Prayer Request website http://people.brandeis.edu/~bcf/prayer_request.shtml By the way, while you're there, review some of their studies, like this one: http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2012/summer/inquiry/praying.html


Eight weeks to a better brain? Let's Change Your Mind!


Meditation is like exercising the brain, bringing discipline to our lives. Check out this recent Harvard study from the edu Mass General http://www.massgeneral.org/about/pressrelease.aspx?id=1520


Feeling a little antsy, anxious, angst? Increase your gray matter and you'll feel better:




Stress out? Try meditation along with 20 million other Americans: http://bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/health-wellness/2012/11/26/the-effectiveness-meditation-treat-array-illnesses-has-led-studies-how-meditation-can-change-brain/E8bvB57PLkIuIQmsLumDXL/story.html


And finally, for those who need their herbal research SUPERSIZED Check out the National Institute of Health leading research repository of scientific abstracts (this will keep you busy, like for hours and hours). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=herbal%20medicine


Often the bottom line is having a good diet, good nutrition and treat your body with respect:) 


More interesting recent scientific studies on Vitamin D (or lack thereof) and connections to psychosis from the University of Wisconson -- by the way, it is one of dozens of studies and clinical trials going on now, even at the governmental level.  

One study on  African Americans out of BMC (read below), "BMC Psychiatry is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology



Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency are both highly prevalent in adolescents with severe mental illness. The preliminary associations between vitamin D deficiency and presence of psychotic features warrant further investigation as to whether vitamin D deficiency is a mediator of illness severity, result of illness severity, or both. Higher prevalence of vitamin D deficiency but no greater risk of psychosis in African Americans, if confirmed, may have special implications for health disparity and treatment outcome research."

Vitamin D; Adolescents; Deficiency; Psychosi


Also another study from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health looking at B12 deficiency related to mixed mood psychosis:


There are a number of interesting studies suggesting that nutrition, exercise and mental health are all very connected. For instance, here a woman is Vitamin D deficient, and ends up anorexic. Some would say anorexia is mental disorder, in her case, it was a Vitamin D issue:

"Clinical Case 5.1 is a middle-aged woman suffering from the consequences of marked hypercalcemia, presenting with symptoms of polydipsia and polyuria. These, together with the weight loss, made her primary care physician suspect DM. However, this patient had anorexia whilst DM is much more commonly associated with a good appetite, despite weight loss. The polyuria resulted from the effects of hypercalcemia antagonizing the action of arginine vasopressin on the distal tubule and collecting ducts of the kidney (see Box 7.42). The resulting diuresis stimulated thirst and led to polydipsia. Her anorexia was due to the effects of hypercalcemia acting on the brain to reduce appetite.

To understand the pathophysiological mechanisms by which Clinical Case 5.1 developed hypercalcemia it is necessary to discuss the regulation of whole body calcium balance and factors controlling serum Ca2+concentration."



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