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Wellness Wednesday: Why You Need More Sleep

When you think of the word wellness, sleep may not be the first thing that comes to mind. Sure, “diet”, “organic”, maybe even “exercise” are obvious wellness words but what about sleep? For any wellness goal to be achieved you need the foundation of a good night’s sleep. Springing forward may feel subtle, but it’s one to two hours of extra shuteye is imperative to our cognitive functioning and brain chemistry. » Read more..

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Prescription Drug Coupons

For those of you taking prescription medications and struggling with the ever-increasing costs, you might find this website helpful.  Visit www.needymeds.org to get great coupons for medications that you can print out and take to your local pharmacy.  Just thought I’d share this great website with everyone- every little bit of savings helps!  -Nikki Jackson-Drummond, CCN

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The PTSD Brain

By Emily Roberts, MA, LPC

There has been a recent buzz in the media regarding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Iraq veterans. Although anyone who has suffered from a trauma knows, PTSD has been around since the dawn of time (watching your caveman buddy get eaten by a Saber Tooth tiger).  However, it was not recognised by the American Psychological Association until the 1980′s. The media attention and those brave soldiers who speak out about suffering from the disorder, are allowing more soldiers to get help and making it let stigmatized to do so.  

The incidence of PTSD is on the rise as two wars drag on. In April, a Rand Corp. study concluded that 1 out of almost every 5 military service members on combat tours — about 300,000 so far — returns home with symptoms of PTSD or major depression. “Anyone who goes through multiple deployments is going to be affected,” says Dr. Matthew Friedman, director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD. But nearly half of these cases, according to the Rand study, go untreated because of the stigma that the military and civil society attach to mental disorders.
This expert is from  TIME Magazine’s eye-opening article “How One Army Town Copes with Posttramatic Stress” by Tim McGirk. He talks about the rise in suicides and homicidal behavior due to untreated symptoms.  Colorado Springs, AKA Army Town, has the highest suicide rate in the country! This is not ironic, it is also the home to many soldiers who have just come back from war.
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Daniel Amen, M.D., author of Change Your Brain Change Your Life, who has made brain imagining through of SPECT scans available to the public, has hundreds of brain scans from PTSD brains.  There is a significant difference in looking at the scan, and for many out there seeing the effect trauma has on their brain, may be enough to get them to seek out therapeutic interventions.  His recent blog post follows an Army Snipers battle with PTSD and how changing his brain chemistry helped to relieve him of daunting symptoms http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-amen-md/changing-the-brain-of-an_b_666631.html

The good news is that the brain CAN change, and PTSD symptoms can be reversible.  One has to be willing to seek out treatment for symptoms.  We know that brain chemistry imbalances are treatable through amino acid therapy, pharmacology, talk-therapy, and specialized approaches such as EMDR, EFT, and many others.  If you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms share the articles listed, it may help normalize their experience and allow them to get well.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Cognitive Imapirment By Up-To 394 Percent!

The following information is from Dr. Daniel Amen’s current newsletter. We found it so fascinating that we had to share it.

Three studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Honolulu have identified three lifestyle habits that can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment.

That’s encouraging considering that Alzheimer’s disease is the seventh leading cause of death. Plus, the number of Americans suffering from this devastating disease is expected to swell from the current 5.3 million to nearly 8 million Americans 20 years from now.

So what are these three habits?

  • Getting lots of physical activity
  • Drinking tea on a regular basis
  • Having adequate vitamin D levels

One study found that people who participated in the least amount of physical activity were 45 percent more likely to develop dementia than their more active counterparts. People who engaged in moderate to heavy levels of physical activity lowered their risk for any type of dementia by about 40 percent.

Another study found that people who drank tea one to four times per week experienced 37 percent less cognitive decline than non-tea drinkers.

A third study found that having a vitamin D deficiency increased the chances of cognitive impairment by about 42 percent. Being severely deficient in vitamin D raised the risk by 394 percent.

This is very important!

So many people mistakenly believe that there is absolutely NOTHING they can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

These studies show that your daily habits can make a big difference in your risk for this disease. Do what you can now to improve your brain health for the rest of your life.

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