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Alternative Medicine News – January 28, 2013

Waking Times
Is Your Diet Making You Moody?

Regular readers of Balance Point will know the answer to this question.

Why? Because they know that food gives you the raw materials for all 50,000 biochemical reactions in the body.

So why is depression on the rise? For example, here are some scary facts:

  • We are 100 times more depressed than we were in 1900.
  • Fully 50% of Americans over the age of 14 are experiencing “significant debilitating depression and/or anxiety.”
  • In the past two decades antidepressants have become the third largest class of prescription drugs.

That second fact is especially disturbing. I see it often in my practice.

Learn the details of what foods are the worst culprits. Waking Times has the info here.

Acupuncture.com
Acupuncture For Prenatal Care

I frequently receive calls from women who are pregnant. Typical requests are for relief of morning sickness and other physical problems.

But equally important are the emotional issues associated with pregnancy. For example, prenatal stress can lead to depression and anxiety. These, in turn, are associated with adverse outcomes for both mom and baby.

For centuries, Chinese Medicine has used acupuncture, herbs, lifestyle and diet changes in pregnancy. These techniques ensure the wellbeing of mothers, babies and healthy births.

We also view prenatal care as a window of opportunity to enhance the health of mom and child.

You should know that there are acupuncture points that should never be done in pregnancy. That means you must be sure your practitioner is experienced in this area.

Acupuncture.com outlines the benefits of acupuncture through each trimester of pregnancy. You’ll find the details here.

Green Med Info
Essential Oils For Controlling Pests

I see a lot of health damage caused by strong chemicals.

One of the worst classes of these are pesticides. That’s why I love it when you can use natural products to get the same results.

This article talks about how to use natural oils for pest control. You will see that the author gives specifics about how oils work. She also offers specific oils for specific pests. It’s worth checking out if you want to find natural alternatives to harsh chemical pesticides.

Green Med Info has the info here.

Bottom Line Health
Surprising Brain Danger From Drinking

Alcohol is one of those things people feel strongly about.

For example, many doctors advocate moderate drinking as a benefit for health. Others warn that alcohol causes damage to the body.

But regardless of where you stand on the issue, it is important to know as much as you can about the possible consequences of drinking. And there are many.

For one, alcohol turns into sugar quickly in the body. It also challenges the liver’s ability to detoxify. It can also lower inhibitions which can lead to damaging behaviors.

Now there is a new study that shows a distinct connection between drinking and strokes. Not surprisingly, the heavier drinkers had the highest risk. Heavy drinking was defined as three drinks or more a day.

It may still be okay for some people to drink in moderation. But always pay close attention to how much you take in.

See the details here.

Balance Point Blog
Overweight People Have A Lower Death Risk

For all you dieters out there, here is good news at last.

A British study shows that a few extra pounds reduced the risk of premature death.

Wow! That is so different than what we’ve heard for years.

The fine print is that the benefit of a few extra pounds depends on just how much overweight someone is.

The basis for this estimate is BMI (Body Mass Index). Using that scale, anyone with a BMI of 25 to 30 is considered overweight. Those were the exact folks who had a lower chance of premature death. Hmmm…

Even mildly obese people had better odds than so-called ideal BMI people.

I’m always cautious about a one-measurement conclusion. Still, it seems like the emphasis on losing weight might have to be revisited.

Get the details about the study here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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