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5 Ways Your Dog Improves Your Health

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, Heart and Cardiovascular, Heart Disease, Immune Health, Longevity, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Dogs are America’s new children. 

Before you dismiss this statement as an exaggeration, consider this: America’s birth rate is now at a 32-year low. Dog ownership is at an all-time high.

There are now more dogs in the U.S. (90 million) than children (74 million). 

One of the reasons we love dogs so much is that they make us feel better.

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The Anti-Depression Diet

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you go to your doctor complaining of depression, the chances are slim that he or she will ask you what you’re eating.

Instead, you’ll likely get a prescription for the first-line mainstream treatment…an antidepressant drug. 

These medications are often ineffective. And they can cause life-altering side effects such as erectile dysfunction and weight gain. What’s more, antidepressants are notoriously difficult to quit once you start taking them.

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Aspirin Effectively Treats Depression, Study Finds

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you walk into your doctor’s office complaining of depression, the chances are you’ll walk out with a prescription for an antidepressant drug.

Nearly 25 million Americans are on antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Effexor. That’s a 60% increase since 2010.[1]

The problem is that antidepressants can have major side effects. They include weight gain, erectile dysfunction, and fatigue.

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The Surprising Reason You’re Depressed

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Depression is a frustrating illness.

The cause is difficult to pin down. Episodes seem to come and go at random times. The standard treatment, antidepressant drugs, often don’t work.  

That’s why a new study is so important.

It pinpoints a surprising cause—and the cure—for many cases of depression, especially those that don’t respond to antidepressants. 

Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University looked at 125 patients with depression and how their sleep affected their mood.

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The Great Antidepressant Hoax

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

It’s no wonder Big Pharma loves antidepressants. 

About 13% of Americans over the age of 12 take them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Antidepressants can be very difficult to quit. Withdrawal is similar to that of addictive drugs. A quarter of the people on the medications have taken them for at least 10 years.

Now that’s a strong customer base!

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Pain Drugs Tied to Suicidal Behavior?

In All Health Watch, Big Pharma, Featured Article, Health Warning, Mental Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

Nerve pain plagues nearly 30 million Americans.[1]

It can have many causes, including diabetes, injury, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid problems. 

But in all cases, it can be excruciating. And it can make normal activities impossible.[2]

So people turn to pain-killing drugs for relief.

Until a few years ago, the first-line mainstream treatment was opioid medications. But since the opioid addiction epidemic, doctors are prescribing them less often.

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