Vitamin D plays a significant role in maintaining the health of our “master gland."
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When the alarm rings, Laura groans and hits the snooze button. She feels dead on her feet before she is even on them. As she eases out of bed, she is aware of her stiff back, sore hips, and tight neck and shoulders. She shuffles to the bathroom and, looking in the mirror, notices that her puffy eyes don’t look as clear as they once did. Her hair and skin have become dull. She heads to the kitchen for her breakfast, usually some combination of caffeine, carbs and sugar (or maybe nothing at all). As she eats her breakfast, she is assaulted with the daily TV or newspaper report of the latest tragedy or celebrity or political infight. And then the daily scramble begins in earnest.
Summertime is here and that means soon, many of us may be travelling. Whether you’re headed off to see relatives out west or the sights in Italy, jet lag is often an unwelcome part of our travel baggage. As a frequent long-haul flier myself, jetting back and forth to see loved ones in my native South Africa (14 hours door-to-door), I often have to remind myself – and my frequent flier patients – that jet-lag is simply the body’s way of saying our circadian rhythms are out of sync with the places we wind up. As inconvenient as jet lag may be, the good news is that it doesn’t have to interfere with your travels. With a little planning and a few smart moves before, during and after your trip, you can ease your body into where ever life takes you.
There's a reason that most so-called primitive cultures have avoided the depression epidemic afflicting industrialized nations. In a provocative book, a clinical psychologist suggests that adopting more "hunter-gatherer" habits can help us escape the blues. According to the latest research, about one in four Americans — more than 70 million people — will meet the criteria for major depression at some point in their lives. The rate of depression in industrialized societies has been on the rise for decades — it’s roughly 10 times higher today than it was just two generations ago. How can people possibly be so much more vulnerable to depression now? And how do you make sense of the fact that even though antidepressant use has skyrocketed in recent years, the rate of depression in the United States hasn’t declined, but rather increased?