Stress & Mood

Stress, anxiety and mood are becoming bigger issues for Americans as we find ourselves working harder and longer hours. Stress plays a much bigger role in your overall health than you may realize. These articles detail that connection, and provide some healthy ways to manage those ever-increasing stress levels.

Reclaiming your time improves happiness more than money

older couple counting money and handling bills
So you really don’t want to clean the fridge or do the laundry.  You’d rather relax, take a walk, catch up on reading or emails, buy that cool new kitchen gizmo. So you hire someone to do your boring chores, but then do you feel a bit guilty? That’s predictable—but it’s wrong. Money can’t buy […]

Natural Stress Relief without pills

woman meditating in park
You’d have to be a bit out of touch if you’re not stressed these days. It’s no surprise that millions of Americans down billions of dollars’ worth of Big Pharma’s anti-stress drugs, side effects be damned. Fortunately, there are safe, natural, no-pills ways to make that seemingly inescapable stress disappear. Let’s start with one we […]

Safe, Natural Depression Treatments

Depression is a wicked enemy. It empties people and their families of joy, pleasure, companionship, and often, hope. But there are many ways to push this enemy away—among them, natural depression treatments that work alone or as partners with conventional therapies. Keep in mind that my go-to recommendations are only for cases of mild to […]

3 Natural Depression Remedies

Depression is a serious problem. At any given time, about 8% of the population suffers from depression. Since depression can ebb and flow, the number of folks who are at risk of depression at any given point is much higher. And unfortunately—while we’ve been getting better—depression is still often misunderstood, misdiagnosed, or mistreated. Depression isn’t […]

7 Natural Remedies for Stress

Sometimes, it feels like the world is growing more dangerous—and stressful—by the day. Turn on the TV, and you’re bombarded with the latest terror attack, the latest crime in your county, the latest danger to hang, wordlessly, over your head. And, no matter what the ads tell you, the solution isn’t a fad product like […]

3 Natural Calm Supplements

I love it when my level-headed, clear-eyed research colleagues use words like potent to describe the effects of an ingredient in a supplement. It means they’re excited—and in the case of Venetron®, a new, standardized extract of an ancient stress-relieving plant, they should be. So am I. How to tell when researchers are excited Here’s […]

Saffron: natural remedy for erection problems

A big thank you to food scientist Massimo Marcone. He exhaustively reviewed more than 200 studies of “aphrodisiacs,” and found many dangerous, and nearly all useless.  One rare exception? Saffron—a real aphrodisiac. Saffron, the delicate, minute stigma of the spring-heralding crocus flower, has been used for centuries, and to this day, in spice, tea, bath […]

Manage ADD/ADHD Naturally

Over the past few years, I’ve seen an increase in patients who come in worried that they have ADHD, or ADD (they’re basically the same thing, with different names). Nothing has changed—the world isn’t suddenly creating more ADHD victims. However, as knowledge about this disorder has increased, more people are starting to realize that they’ve […]

Family and Friends Prolong Life

We humans are social creatures by nature, not so different from our primate ancestors eons ago. It’s in our genes that we’re more likely to not just survive, but also to thrive in health and wellness when we work together. The loneliness epidemic When nearly half of US adults are “lonely,” there’s clearly something wrong: […]

Curcumin and Mental Health

What if there’s a “cure” for depression? Not another Big Pharma, medication-for-life antidepressant with wicked side effects—but a natural, safe, plant-based cure, as in “no more depression—it’s over, here’s your life back—go and enjoy.” Rocking the bedrock It is largely accepted that depression is caused by an imbalance of chemicals, particularly serotonin and norepinephrine, in […]