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Amongst the many options to manage menopause symptoms, including diet, exercise, nutraceuticals (i.e. fish oil, Vitamin E and more), botanicals (i.e. black cohosh, maca, red clover, Rhapontic rhubarb, kava, valerian, St John’s wort and more), hormones, and over the counter and other pharmaceuticals, there are many situations for which another option is needed in addition […]

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I read a recent committee opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), that made a positive impression on me. They were basically addressing the importance of optimal postpartum care, that provides more attention to a woman’s physical and mental health. They point out correctly, that the “fourth trimester” can be very challenging […]

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Stress is an all-encompassing concept, but it is a very core physiological reaction to life events, and is mediated by hormones, cytokines, and catecholamines. While we cannot possibly avoid all stressors, chronic and/or severe stress can exceed our adaptation mechanisms. Stressors come in all sizes and shapes that include physical or emotional events, environmental, or […]

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, postpartum depression in the US is between 11%-20%. Postpartum depression is a disorder that affects the mother’s ability to care for and bond with her new infant, as well as her functioning in day to day life. It can also produce long lasting consequences in children’s cognitive, social-emotional […]

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The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to determine the effect of magnesium supplementation on individuals suffering from depression who also had magnesium deficiency. Patients were included if they had a depression score of > 11 in the Beck Depression Inventory-II, and had a serum magnesium level of < 1.8 mg/dL in men […]

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Women with mild to moderate postpartum depression were enrolled in this study in Tehran, Iran, the site of many botanical studies in the last few years. Women were ages 18-45 and were 4-12 weeks post childbirth. To be included in the study they had to have a score of 10 or more and 18 or […]

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Both postpartum blues (PPB) and then the more significant postpartum depression (PPD) occur within the first days-12 months postpartum. In women who have a more severe version of PPB, they are at about a 23% risk of PPD vs. those without severe PPB who have a 6% risk of PPD. PPB affects about 75% of […]

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Did you know that curcumin, a component of turmeric (Curcuma longa), has antidepressant activity? Natural medicine has much to offer individuals who suffer from mild to moderate depression, and increasingly, we have things to offer for those with major depression. One of the problems with conventional treatments, is that nearly 50% of patients with major […]

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