The New Psychiatry: Psychoneuroimmunology This article first appeared on Mercola.com. Psychoneuroimmunology. This is what I aim to practice. Medical terms of this length command our respect for the interconnectedness of different subspecialties, for the futile segmentation and compartmentalization of the body into different organ systems. As discussed in this previous article I wrote for Dr. Mercola, deconstructing […]
Flame retardants used in furniture, electronics, appliances, vehicles, clothing, and building materials (and liberally coating hospital interiors) have been demonstrated to be toxic to hormones and are thus called “endocrine disruptors”. Exposure during pregnancy has also been shown to impact hormone and brain development in offspring. Concentrations in humans and wildlife have been doubling every […]
I’m a very visual person. When I meet a patient who presents with complaints of irritability, anxiety, foggy thinking, fatigue, and insomnia, I visualize something that looks like a concert of rising and falling graph lines, and I plot her day to day symptoms on this image. What I find is that the sugar rollercoaster […]
So much about the Paleo diet makes intuitive sense, given its primary reliance on vegetables, natural fats, and animal protein, but quantification of its effects on the body is always welcome. In a recent randomized cross-over trial of 13 patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers sought to quantify patient’s experience of the diet. Their previous […]
Oxytocin is a pituitary hormone that plays a critical role in the natural physiology of childbirth, lactation, and mother-infant bonding. In a recent study, researchers followed 46 families of mothers with chronic depression and 103 without finding that the families with depressed mothers had lower levels of salivary oxytocin and gene variants that, when expressed, might […]
These days, many women embark on conception and pregnancy, apprehensive about the potential for postpartum depression or anxiety to descend upon them in those early, new baby months. Since the characterization and treatment of postpartum anxiety, depression, and psychosis remains largely incomplete, prevention is where it’s at. A recent retrospective study found that having a […]
I’m thrilled to be spreading the word about alternative mental health perspectives on Huffington Post! I wrote about dietary changes and how they can resolve anxiety and depressive symptoms in a matter of weeks: You feel at the end of your rope — foggy, tired, irritable, flat, and constantly worried. About. Everything. It seems like […]
When a woman experiences fatigue, brain clouding, flat mood, PMS, and constipation, we call it anxiety or stress and we stick her on an antidepressant that she will likely take for the rest of her life. Where in this protocol have we investigated why she is feeling that way? How have we personalized the treatment […]
A discussion of the little known risks of oral contraceptives, particularly for those with anxiety and depression.
How hormonal imbalances, including estrogen dominance, can impact mood in women.