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Analysis of data from more than 38,000 families suggests that maternal use of the popular antidepressant, Wellbutrin (bupropion), during pregnancy correlates with a 3-fold greater risk of ADHD in children exposed to the drug in utero. This study should not be taken as proof that bupropion causes ADHD. But author Dr. Roberto Figueroa says doctors need to be a lot more cautious with this, and any other drug that crosses the placenta.
Stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin may have more of an effect on parents and teachers than they do on the children with ADHD who take them.
The incidence of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) has increased dramatically in the United States in the last several years, and it may be a missing link in a host of seemingly unrelated physical and behavioral conditions. But because it can manifest in so many different ways, TBI often goes undiagnosed. The first step in treatment and prevention of long-term problems is recognition, and primary care doctors can play a key role in identifying people with TBIs. This is the first in a two-part series on Holistic Medicine & the Management of TBI.
The experience of sound is at the very core of human consciousness, and it can be a powerful tool for healing. For the last two decades, Dr. Jeffrey Thompson has dedicated himself to developing new ways to work with sound vibrations to treat depression, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, and other stress related problems.
Homeopathy can benefit many patients with depression, especially women. Dr. Lauri Grossman, a chiropractor and homeopath outlines key remedies for managing depression.
In 2001, Jon Abrams was a successful fast-track Wall Streeter. He was also morbidly obese, weighing over 400 lb. Despite disciplined dieting on everything from Atkins to Zone, he couldn’t lose weight, until he began to understand why his body wanted to be fat. Speaking at the American Holistic Medical Association’s annual conference, he shared lessons learned on his journey back to fitness.
Dennis Gates, MD, a Chicago orthopedic surgeon, has found that a comprehensive holistic approach that includes smoking cessation, dietary changes, nutritional supplementation, bodywork and stress reduction, can markedly improve surgical outcomes in his patients. His holistic approach results in faster healing times and fewer complications, not to mention other general health benefits.
According to vanguard neurologist Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD, the brain creates a virtual image of the body, which becomes one's locus of self-identity. Dr. Damasio's functional imaging studies are showing the ways in which emotions can influence this "body within the brain," which in turn, produces changes in the physical body itself.
For several decades, John E. Sarno, MD, has been successfully chronic back pain without surgery or drugs. He believes that in most cases, chronic back pain reflects physical processes initiated by the brain as a diversionary tactic to keep conscious focus away from emergent rage or other undesirable emotions, a condition he calls Tension Myositis Syndrome. Dr. Sarno gives an in-depth discusses his controversial views and treatment approaches.
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