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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/

Collaborative care initiatives

I am asking the question this morning whether stable mental health patients can be adequately managed by a family doctor, in which circumstances, and how to integrate this with psychiatric care. https://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2010/10/pdf/mentalhealth.pdf

Lithium

I have been reassuring my patients that lithium staves off dementia, citing research using lithium to treat Alzheimer dementia. Yet,  I had worried about a few earlier studies linked it to more dementia. Now this article from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry find no link either way. It appears we need more research.  It suspect it […]
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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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Anticholinergics and Dementia

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/common-anticholinergic-drugs-like-benadryl-linked-increased-dementia-risk-201501287667

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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Neurotic, Borderline, or Psychotic: The great diagnostic challenge

This article points out that not everybody who hallucinates or is paranoid has schizophrenia. Thus, there is considerable hope for those with borderline personality disorder and psychotic symptoms, who will slowly mature out of the condition and eventually be free of intense emotions and psychosis. This is a public, open source article. http://pdfs.journals.lww.com/co-psychiatry/2013/01000/Psychotic_symptoms_in_patients_with_borderline.21.pdf?token=method%7CExpireAbsolute;source%7CJournals;ttl%7C1428898346779;payload%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;hash%7CW6kfgpSkPgjYCuMuRsad1w== Psychotic_symptoms_in_patients_with_borderline.21.pdf