Mayo Clinic on Alternatives for Major Depression

To my surprise, The Mayo Clinic is advising alternative treatments for major depression.  I list their suggestions below:

St. John’s wort – an herb supplement; one site suggested 300 mg per day for mild or moderate depression.

SAMe. (pronounced “sammy”) – a synthetic supplement (not natural); not approved in the U.S., but in Europe.

Omega-3 fatty acids – from food or supplements.

The Mayo Clinic reminds us that supplements are monitored by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) just as medicines are monitored.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Oz on Valerian Root for Anxiety

On yesterday’s episode, February 25, 2009, of the Dr. Oz Show, per Gluten Free Carla’s Blog, Dr. Oz stated that Valerian Root works on the brain and is good for anxiety.

Has anyone tried this?  Please let us all know if you have.  If you’re about to try it, please bookmark this page and come back and give us an update!

Fatty Acid Reduces Risk of Progression of Psychiotic Disorder and Prevention in Young

A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial

Published in “General Psychiatry” by the American Medial Association

February 2, 2010

G. Paul Amminger, MD; Miriam R. Schäfer, MD; Konstantinos Papageorgiou, MD; Claudia M. Klier, MD; Sue M. Cotton, PhD; Susan M. Harrigan, MSc; Andrew Mackinnon, PhD; Patrick D. McGorry, MD, PhD; Gregor E. Berger, MD

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2010;67(2):146-154.

Context  The use of antipsychotic medication for the prevention of psychotic disorders is controversial. Long-chain {omega}-3 (omega-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may be beneficial in a range of psychiatric conditions, including schizophrenia. Given that {omega}-3 PUFAs are generally beneficial to health and without clinically relevant adverse effects, their preventive use in psychosis merits investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Antidepressants & Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine

Want to know the side effects of these drugs: antidpressants, anti-psychotics, psychostimulants (ADHD drugs and the like), and more?  Why shoud I tell you about the side effects of psychiatric drugs when experts can tell you this in the brand new, first ever, searchable database.  Check it out! or visit
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Niacin, the Mental Health Alternative

Dr. Abram Hoffer talks about niacin as an alternative to psychiatric medication and  statins (cholesterol medication).

So if you are fed up with the side effects from your drugs and are seeking an alternative to antidepressants, antipsychotics or statins work with the healing professional of your choice and try niacin. In my research I have found that it helps depression, anxiety, lowers cholesterol levels and more.

Please note that in the video when Dr. Hoffer refers to “Bill W.” he is referring to Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

All information posted in this writing is the opinion of the author and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical advice. Only a licensed medical doctor can legally offer medical advice in the United States. Consult the healer of your choice for medical care and advice.

Breaking News on Supplements & Nutrition – North America

As we enter the Obama era today, examines the likely effects of the much-awaited Congressional shift on the functional foods and dietary supplements industries. According to industry veteran Loren Israelsen, the road ahead could be less than positive – especially for supplements. Despite a very severe financial crisis and economic recession, there is a palpable sense of hopefulness that he will re-establish America as a global partner that listens, cooperates and understands the role of government to act as a protector and conservator of natural resources, and as a sensible regulator that protects consumers’ interests while not stifling business growth and opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

Acai Berry for Depression – Alternative to Antidepressants

Acai,  a berry found on one of 7 species of the palm, and as seen on Oprah, Rachael Ray and Fox News as what is known as a superfood.

Acai provides such benefits as: 

·     Boosts energy levels

·     Improves digestive function

·     Improves mental clarity/focus

·     Promotes sound sleep

·     Provides all vital vitamins

·     Contains several important minerals… Read the rest of this entry »