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How to avoid seasonal depression

Keep Happy in the Winter: By Dr. George I. Traitses Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is when people experience symptoms of depression during the Fall and Winter months (winter depression) or Spring and summer months (summer depression). It is thought to occur due to the changes in duration of sunlight which then affects our circadian rhythm, 

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Harnessing Stress

By Dr. George I. Traitses Stress has become a fact of life, and for some, the daily norm. Although occasional stress can help improve our focus and performance, living with chronic stress can backfire by causing anxiety, depression, and serious health problems. Understanding who we are, knowing our major struggles, putting them in perspective, and 

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A stiff neck and nagging neck pain

Daily tasks and a stiff neck just don’t go hand in hand. You don’t need to live with the pain; consult a health professional early on to get help. Nothing is more unpleasant than waking up with a stiff neck following a night’s sleep. Neck pain arises without warning and can transform your day into 

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What’s behind door number 1?

By Dr. George I. Traitses Less germs, apparently, at least when it comes to public bathroom stalls. Men’s Health reports that researchers looked at 51 public restrooms and found that the first stall (the one closest to the entrance) consistently had the least bacteria (and the most TP!)  The phenomena may result from folks usually 

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Curcumin natural depression treatment

By Dr. George I. Traitses Phytotherapy Research published an interesting study recently on curcumin, the main polyphenol in the spice turmeric: it shows that it is at least as effective in treating depression as fluoxetine (Prozac) without dangerous side effects. Conducted by researchers in India, the group assessed people who took curcumin and Prozac capsules; 

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WINTER ACTIVITIES: Tips to avoid injury

By Dr. George I. Traitses When snow, ice and frigid weather blast into town, watch out, says Dr. George Traitses. Winter recreational activities and chores can pose problems for the outdoor enthusiast whose body is not in condition. Winter sports like skating, skiing and sledding can cause painful muscle spasms, strains or tears if you’re 

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10 Simple Things You Can Do To Fight Alzheimer’s

“The idea that Alzheimer’s is entirely genetic and unpreventable is perhaps the greatest misconception about the disease,” saysGary Small, M.D., director of  the UCLA Center on Aging. Researchers now know that Alzheimer’s, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, 

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How cookies and drinks stack up

By Dr. George I. Traitses Tempted to reach for a “healthy” bottle of 100% fruit juice when thirst calls? How about a refreshing green tea or bottled fruit smoothie found in many health food stores? Beware of obscene sugar content.  With dietary sugar now considered a major public health concern, it’s instructive to take a 

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Zinc-up to fight the blues

Brain cells that govern emotion are rich with zinc; the more they have, the healthier they are. In a 12-week study, participants who took 25 mg a day of zinc reported feeling happier. If you’re feeling blue, consider a zinc supplement, or dig in to a plate of fresh oysters. Three ounces provide a 52-mg 

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The Straighten Up Canada app

By Dr. George I. Traitses Musculoskeletal issues are the cause of one-third of missed work second only to the common cold; poll reveals almost half of Canadians suffered from four or more MSK conditions in the last year. The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), in partnership with the 10 provincial chiropractic associations, has launched a new 

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