Depression Defeated Naturally

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America tell us that more than 40 million Americans currently suffer from depression. We hope you are not included in that number! We have learned, however, that conditions like diabetes can make depression worse. If you feel that you might be suffering from depression, natural interventions can help, and we want to share some with. All the prescribed pharmaceutical drugs have toxic side effects, so let’s try to avoid them. Anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids help reduce chronic inflammation, which is a contributor to depression. You can boost your diet with flax seeds, nuts, and cold-water fatty fish like salmon and sardines. Even better, natural health experts suggest taking about 1,000 mg a day of omega-3-rich fish oil. Essential B vitamins produce “chemical messengers” known as neurotransmitters.  One of these, serotonin, is essential for stable mood and restful sleep. Deficiencies can lead to mood disorders…


Lifestyle Changes to Avert Dementia

The Lancet Commission reports that dementia cases can be prevented or delayed by 40 percent with certain lifestyle changes, including midlife obesity, excessive alcohol intake, exposure to air pollution, depression, social isolation, high blood pressure, smoking, and a lack of physical activity. These are all things we can do something about, aren’t they? The Lancet Commission’s findings lead to a list of healthy behaviors and choices we can employ to reduce the risk of developing dementia. These are long-term lifestyle changes.  Eating a healthy diet for only a month or exercising for only a few weeks will not significantly affect overall brain function. Dementia typically appears in one’s sixties or seventies, although it’s been known to arise as early as one’s thirties. Likewise, many of us become Type 2 diabetics in those same age ranges, don’t we? Changing an unhealthy lifestyle at any age is helpful in reducing the risk…



We all know two things for sure: (1) Sunlight makes our body product Vitamin D; and (2) too much sunlight is bad for us and might cause cancer. Haven’t we all heard that many times? But wait! Recent evidence suggests that sunlight may improve immune by boosting infection–fighting immune cells and discouraging the spread of pathogens in hospitals. A 2018 study, revised July 2020, indicates that sunlight exposure may have immunomodulatory effects and protect against infections, including acute respiratory infections such as influenza. It’s a long article, but well worth the read. You can download or just read a pdf format of the article at In addition, believe it or not,  studies have shown that high levels of solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposures are associated with lowered rates of allergies, autoimmune diseases, and cancers. While often acknowledged that these results are from increased vitamin D, researchers find that exposure…


How Can We Strengthen Our Immune System?

Pharmacist Ben Fuchs ( tells us that much of what we need to do to support immunity, we should be doing anyway. From his most current article, we learn that “supplements, taken daily, can be important immune boosters. While they won’t cure or prevent Coronavirus symptoms by themselves, they can help the body take care of the problem. His short list includes, zinc picolinate, a ‘must have’ at 50mg, same with Selenium chelate 400-600 micrograms and Vitamin A 25,000IU.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are the liquid extracts of potentially beneficial plants. They are becoming very popular as people use them widely for a variety of common conditions, and some research shows that they are helpful. The word “essential” is derived from the fact that the oils capture the plant’s scent and flavor, or “essence.” They are generally safe when used correctly–which means that they should always be diluted before applying them to the skin and never ingested. They are commonly used in aromatherapy. One plant yields only a small amount of oil, so it takes lots of plants for enough oil to fill a small bottle with essential oils. Get this: it takes about 50 roses to create just one single drop of essential oil. That is why they are expensive, but they last a long time, so it’s wise to accumulate a collection of various essential oils over time. Since…


From Diabetes Research and Action

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a vital nutrient in the human body. CoQ10 is widely distributed in the human body and serves as a cofactor for the production of cellular energy in most human cells. As the name implies, a coenzyme is a factor that helps the function of an enzyme; enzymes are small proteins in the body that carry out nearly every chemical reaction. CoQ10 is made in our body and therefore for most people it is not essential to eat CoQ10 or take supplements, however CoQ10 status can become depleted because of various health conditions, medications and environmental factors.

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