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Carolyn Gretton

A mushroom-derived compound that may treat depression like magic

Depression rates are spiking as the pandemic drags on, and although there are plenty of medications to treat it, they’re not always effective and can come with unpleasant side effects. To broaden the treatment options, researchers are taking a look at a mushroom with a less-than-savory reputation…

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Is cannabis a safer, effective answer to OCD?

Right now, costly therapy and questionable drugs are the approved treatments for OCD. But cannabis may hold potential for providing a break from the chronic cycle of obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors those struggling with obsessive-compulsive disorder deal with on a daily basis…

Carolyn Gretton

Calming the anxious mind through conscious movement

Generalized anxiety disorder is common, and in these difficult times, more of us are getting a taste of what it’s like. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the best treatments, but it can be difficult to access. And medication isn’t ideal for long-term use because of side effects. Luckily, there’s an easy way to relieve anxiety symptoms in the privacy and safety of your own home…

Carolyn Gretton

Is your immune system causing your depression?

When you hear the words “immune system,” you probably think immediately of your body’s defense against seasonal maladies like cold and flu. A strong immune system is definitely an asset in protecting you from these and other invaders. But it turns out the immune system does a lot more than protect against microbes and infection.

Jenny Smiechowski

This ‘sunshine spice’ could help you feel less depressed this winter

For many, seasonal affective disorder can soon hit hard. The fatigue, sadness, hopelessness and social withdrawal (compounded this year by COVID-19) can make a long winter feel even longer. But if you’re looking for a safe, scientifically-backed way to fend off depression, this fragrant herb can be a big help…

Jenny Smiechowski

How to improve family bonds and keep peace while safe at home

You love your family. Life wouldn’t be the same without them. But let’s face it, sometimes family relationships can be stressful, especially when you’re stuck in the house together for months and months. But there’s something simple you can do to make your family dynamic less stressful during the pandemic and beyond…


Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Common ailments that zap your energy

If you’re feeling like all your energy has been drained, you can barely get out of bed in the morning and struggle to make it through the day, you’re not alone. Lack of energy is a common complaint and can be due to a wide range of issues. Figuring out what’s got you dragging is a challenge. Here are some clues…

Jenny Smiechowski

How acts of kindness could relieve your pain

Acupuncture, medical marijuana, cognitive behavioral therapy, curcumin and anti-inflammatory diets are all popular, effective options for pain management. But there’s one more natural pain solution I’m willing to bet you’ve never heard about…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How negative thoughts lead to Alzheimer’s plaque

Depression and anxiety are well-known risk factors for the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent research has shown that simply falling into a pattern of repetitive negative thoughts could raise that risk even higher — leaving physical marks on the brain directly linked to Alzheimer’s…

Margaret Cantwell

The strange way COVID attacked my brain and how I’m beating it

I’m not infected, but COVID-19 has affected by mind and body. Instead of a pathogen, my attacker appeared much less sinister on the surface. But the effect on my brain, and subsequently my body, has been just as debilitating. And I’m not alone…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

7 quarantine health and mood boosters to get you through tough times

If you’re wondering about the best ways to stay healthy and improve your well-being during quarantine, you’re not alone. Here are the top seven ways to improve your physical and mental health.

Joyce Hollman

Inflammation fix helps fight depression and obesity

I’m being careful to make very conscious choices about what I eat these days. I know that it will not only affect my weight, but my mood as well. See, the link between depression and weight gain is well established. But there’s another piece of the puzzle that may be the root of the problem and the answer to fixing it: inflammation.