GOING GLUTEN-FREE

Gluten is a particular kind of protein that is not found in eggs or meat but is in barley, rye, wheat and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye). Going gluten-free means avoiding these grains. A gluten-free diet is essential for those who have celiac disease, a condition that causes inflammation in the small intestines, or gluten allergies.  Symptoms of celiac disease include anemia, constipation or diarrhea, bloating, gas, headaches, skin rashes, joint pain and fatigue.

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A DIET FOR HEALTH & WEIGHT LOSS

Have you noticed? Look around and you’ll see a majority of Americans who are either overweight or obese. Look in supermarkets and you’ll see a plethora of food products, many of them processed or high-fat and/or sweet laden.  Consuming such a diet often leads to poor health and weight gain. It is not surprising that the leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease. A number of diseases, including pre-diabetes, diabetes, stroke and depression, are linked to how we eat .....

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ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD

Just what is in the food we eat? Considering the food chain, did you know adding antibiotics to food dates back to the 1940s? Antibiotic use has led to a dramatic reduction in illness and death from infectious diseases, yet there is a downside to this practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and others encourage health care professionals and patients to use antibiotics more wisely and seek education and understanding about both the risks and benefits of using them.

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menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. As many as one in seven women experience depression following childbirth, a condition known as postpartum depression.


Depression in teens is evidenced by anger, irritability and agitation. Teens may complain of stomach aches, headaches and other physical pains.


Symptoms of depression in older adults include memory problems, unexplained aches and pains, fatigue and wanting to stay home rather than going out and socializing. These patients may neglect their personal appearance and stop taking medications.


Depression is also manifested in physical symptoms, such as:


•  lack of energy;

•  loss of libido or low sex drive;

•  poor posture and lack of eye contact;

•  speaking or moving slower than usual;

Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a continual low mood, a loss of interest or pleasure in activities and a deep feeling of sadness. Depression is a persistent problem, not a passing one; the average length of a depressive episode is six to eight months.


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the most common illness worldwide and the leading cause of disability. The WHO estimates 350 million people are affected by depression globally.


In a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers found women between the ages of 40 and 59 years have the highest rate of depression (12.3 percent) of any group based on age and gender in the United States.


Depression in men mainly is expressed in self-loathing and hopelessness. Men tend to complain about fatigue, irritability, sleep problems and loss of interest in work and hobbies. They are more likely to experience symptoms such as anger, aggression, reckless behavior and substance abuse.


Depressed women are more likely to experience symptoms such as pronounced feelings of guilt, weight gain, excessive sleeping and overeating. Hormonal factors impact depression in women during

SYMPTOMS OF AND TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

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•  changes in the menstrual cycle;

•  constipation; and

•  disturbed sleep patterns.


Psychological symptoms of depression include:


•  feeling helpless, hopeless, tearful, guilt-ridden, irritable and intolerant;

•  difficulty making decisions;

•  being pessimistic, humorless, lethargic and hypercritical of self and others;

•  complaining;

•  having thoughts of harming oneself or committing suicide; and

•  feeling worried or anxious.


Socially, a person with depression may neglect hobbies and interests he or she previously enjoyed. He or she may not do well at work or have difficulties in his or her family life. The person may avoid contact with friends and participate in fewer social activities.


Usually, the treatment for depression involves a combination of medicines, including selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants along with counsel- ing or psychotherapy and self-help therapies. Exercise is one of the main treatments for mild depression. Talking through your feelings with self-help groups or a relative, friend or clergyperson can be helpful.


If your depression is very severe, you maybe referred to a mental health team composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists and specialist nurses, who provide medication as well as intensive therapy treatments.