Category Archives: Lifestyle Medicine

British Columbia online resource

I wanted to quickly update the readers about Bounce Back, an eight year old program put on by the Province attempting to extend mental health care in BC. They recognized the gap in services, listened to the growing evidence for effective CBT online (equal outcomes to in-person), and grew their website and phone-based delivery service. […]
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Light therapy

Light therapy is an excellent option for depression, regardless of season, and has a response rate comparable to pills. This article reviews some issues to consider and offers great link to earlier studies on light therapy. The best website I know of that covers this treatment is http://www.cet.org. The article: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/bipolar-disorder/light-box-therapy-treatment-all-seasons?cid=tw

Saturated fats hit hard by Harvard: coconut oil may be a waning fad.

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2016/12/19/saturated-fat-regardless-of-type-found-linked-with-increased-heart-disease-risk/

Omega-3 and Omega 6; Neuroprotection

Omega 3 Scores This website is user friendly and helps you choose a healthy diet that is anti-inflammatory and hence beneficial to your mental wellbeing (i.e. neuroinflammatory model of psychiatric disease).– Wiggers I have been writing off and on about diet and mental health, and this is my final word on the matter to this […]
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Essential Fatty Acids and the brain; Omega3s

We consume fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  The perfect ratio is not agreed upon by the medical community, which causes no end of grief to the average person trying to eat well.  I am as confused as the rest of you.  You can talk about diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, or dementia; the advice about what […]
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Lifestyle Medicine- The Ornish Diet: an Oldie but Goodie

Dr. Dean Ornish, a respected medical researcher and physician, first showed how a comprehensive lifestyle can reverse heart disease and, specifically,  reverse the narrowing of arteries supplying the heart.  His landmark study was in 1988. Over the past twenty plus years, he has developed an industry.  It is not yet in Canada, and so the […]
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MIND diet slows Alzheimer’s dementia

Hybrid ‘MIND’ Diet Keeps Aging Brain Sharp Megan Brooks August 10, 2015 The MIND diet ― a hybrid of the Mediterranean diet and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet ― may slow cognitive decline in elderly adults, according to researchers from Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center who developed the MIND diet. In an […]
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The gut microbiome and diet in psychiatry

The basics: The mind and body are greatly effected by the trillions of microbes which dwell within your gut. Eat well, use probiotics and prebiotics, and thus foster the growth of beneficial organisms in your intestines. Keep a healthy intestinal lining (with a healthy, high fiber diet): This will keep the toxic products of pathogenic organisms within […]
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Health Sleep Habits 2015

1. Maintain a regular bed time and wake time.  Unless you can make naps a regular part of our day, try to avoid them.  They exception to this is when you become sleepy when driving.  In this situation you are impaired and it is important that you pull over where it is safe to do […]
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Medscape: The Gut Microbiome and Diet in Psychiatry: …

I found this online.  I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.  Your mood is greatly influenced by the bacteria in your intestines!  There are ten times more microbes in your intestines than there are cells in your body.  Go figure!       A link to the following Medscape article was sent […]
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