Category Archives: Depression

Surviving Summertime Blues

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

August 6, 2018

  • What is “reverse” seasonal affective disorder?
  • Easy-to-make meals to help stave off depression
  • Sleep your way to a happier you

If you feel depressed in the summer, you’re not alone.

Just like people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter, there are also individuals who experience reverse SAD. Instead of developing winter blues, they tend to become depressed in the dog days of summer.

And I’ll tell you. Summer is a terrible time to feel depressed, especially when your friends and family all seem to be so happy splashing around in the pool, enjoying cookouts and going on exciting-sounding beach vacations. Continue reading

What to do When Depression Strikes

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 14, 2018

  • Depression: It’s not a chemical imbalance
  • What REALLY causes depression?
  • Is inflammation giving you the blues?

Antidepressant drugs are supposed to work by fixing a “chemical imbalance” in the brain. Some of them increase serotonin. Some lower it. Others have no effect on serotonin at all.

So right off the bat you have to wonder how they can all show a therapeutic benefit against depression.

Well, there is a reason for this. Continue reading

3 Tips to Rediscover Happiness

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 25, 2017

  • Is depression making you sick?
  • The test every with depressive symptoms should take
  • 3 tips to boost your chances of rediscovering happiness

Depression isn’t anything to take lightly. That’s because it doesn’t just take an emotional toll. It also has a profound effect on your total health. In fact, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.

People who are depressed are much more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis, asthma, back pain, breathing disorders and migraines. They are also more likely to die at a younger age. Additionally, depression increases the risk of substance use disorders.

I urge you… if you suffer from depression… if you know someone who is depressed… take action now! Continue reading

Forest Bathing For Stress Relief

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 15, 2017

  • Why your body craves the outdoors
  • Japanese secret to health, healing and happiness
  • Here’s what a stroll in the park can do for you

When you’re stuck inside on a sunny day, how many times do you look out the window and wish you were outdoors? It’s easy to imagine how great you’ll feel when you finally break free of your obligations and have a chance to enjoy the great weather.

This isn’t just a desire to get out of whatever dreary tasks or meetings you’d like to avoid. It’s your natural, primal instincts at work. Continue reading

Can Gut Bacteria End Your Depression?

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By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 4, 2016

  • Don’t let winter dampen your spirits
  • Simple remedies to conquer winter doldrums
  • Feed your gut for a happier brain

Do you start feeling sluggish and withdrawn around this time of the year? Does eating a big bowl of ice cream and sleeping the rest of the day sound better than dragging yourself out of the house?

If so, you might tell yourself this is natural. After all, it’s getting dark earlier and it’s cold outside. Isn’t that when you’re supposed to hibernate and store energy like a bear in its’ winter lair?

While that explanation might make sense, it doesn’t mean you have to trudge through the short days of winter feeling unhappy and low-spirited as you watch your waistline expand. Continue reading

Weird Vitamin D Connection Shuts Down Depression

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

December 23, 2015

  • Short days of winter got you down?
  • The phenomenon that rules your mood
  • A happy gut means a happy brain

Next week we’ll hit the shortest day of the year. And you might be feeling the effects of it.

You see, when sunshine’s at a premium during the short days of winter, it can leave you feeling listless and blue. You can become sluggish, withdrawn and may want to sleep to your heart’s content. You might even crave sweet, starchy foods. Weight gain is also common if you suffer from winter depression, also known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.

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Are Your Telomeres Depressed?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 7, 2014

  • What REALLY causes winter depression?
  • Lighten up your winter blues
  • 3 tips for a happier outcome

It never ceases to surprise me how many of my new patients are taking antidepressant drugs. Some of them haven’t even been to their previous doctor in a year or more. But the refills keep rolling in like clockwork. Continue reading

Turn Your Negative Thoughts Downside-Up

By James Lemire, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 05, 2014

For today’s issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, we’re featuring Dr. James Lemire, M.D.

Dr. Lemire has built a reputation for success with problems other doctors often can’t or won’t treat. This includes problems like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and other imbalances. He has helped thousands of “untreatable” patients achieve new levels of health and freedom. Continue reading

3 Tips to Beat a SAD Winter

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 18, 2013

  • What REALLY causes winter depression?
  • Lighten up your winter blues
  • 3 tips for a happier outcome

Once the cold weather sets in, my practice starts busting at the seams with patients who migrate south for the winter. These folks are from all parts of the north… New York, Quebec, Minneapolis and other frosty cities. Continue reading