Friday, August 18, 2017

Why do drug use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses?

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Why do drug use disorders often co-occur with other mental illnesses? 

 

As of 2013, CBS News reported that 70 percent of Americans were on at least one prescription drug, with over half receiving at least two prescriptions. After chronic health conditions, the second most-prescribed type of drugs was antidepressants. Interestingly, a 2004 study found that patients in privately insured populations who had mental health claims were also more likely to have received STD diagnoses. In fact, some researchers are currently estimating that HPV may be behind as many as three quarters of oral malignancies.

The two factors at the start of the chain are prescription drugs and mental conditions. While establishing causality between the two is difficult, the National Institute of Drug Abuse suggests three scenarios that deserve consideration: 
  1. Drugs of abuse can cause mental illness symptoms.
  2. Mental illness can lead to drug abuse.
  3. Both drug abuse and mental illness are caused by overlapping factors, such as underlying brain deficits, genetic vulnerabilities, and/or early exposure to stress or trauma.
To expand on the third point, between 40 and 60 percent of vulnerability to addiction can be attributed to genetics. Genetics can influence whether the drug acts directly (the body's response to the drug) or indirectly (the drug's influence on other behaviour). It should also be noted that drugs designed to target dopamine levels (such as those for depression, schizophrenia, etc.) are also affected by addictive substances. While drugs for depression target dopamine, serotonin levels are also crucial for depression treatment, yet the drugs used for depression prevent the reuptake of body's own serotonin production.

And those that choose to supplement with commercial melatonin to improve their sleep quality affected from the medication are no better off, since a large percentage of the population have allergic reactions such as nightmares, clenching of the jaw, and muscle spasms to animal-sourced or unknown synthetic-produced melatonin. This is why it is important to remember that melatonin is a hormone, and hormones must be USP pharmaceutical grade, like the Doctor's Choice Melapure® Melatonin; it works without  side effects because environmental toxins are eliminated when produced under USP standards.

The back and forth between mental disorders and drugs can cause a deadly cycle. As the National Institute of Drug Abuse article states:
The overlap of brain areas involved in both drug use disorders and other mental illnesses suggests that brain changes stemming from one may affect the other. For example, drug abuse that precedes the first symptoms of a mental illness may produce changes in brain structure and function that kindle an underlying propensity to develop that mental illness. If the mental disorder develops first, associated changes in brain activity may increase the vulnerability to abusing substances by enhancing their positive effects, reducing awareness of their negative effects, or alleviating the unpleasant effects associated with the mental disorder or the medication used to treat it.
Considering the almost symbiotic relationship between prescriptions and mental illness, it is best to avoid prescriptions if at all possible, and choose non-addictive products. We have several products to help with anxiety and mental function: SAMe Liquid, Kava, Melapure Melatonin, L-Tyrosine, L-Tryptophan, GABA, DMAE, and Neurotransmitter Support are worth investigating if you are seeking a natural alternative to harmful drugs. 
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Iron Deficiency in Adolescents



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Iron Deficiency in Adolescents 

 

The importance of iron in one's diet is not advertised widely. However, did you know that iron deficiency is the most common deficiency in the world (including industrialized countries)? Teens are especially vulnerable, as their growing bodies need more iron to accommodate the expansion of blood volume and increased muscle mass.

Within the groups of adolescents, there are subgroups who are the most vulnerable: those with chronic illness, those who are malnourished or obese, and females. We want to focus on the last group for this newsletter.

The highest risk of iron deficiency occurs in females' reproductive years. Menstruation itself is a risk factor, but heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) increases the risk because every ml of blood lost translates to 0.5 mg of iron lost. The length of menstruation is also a factor in iron loss.

Iron deficiency has become such a concern that researchers recently recommended that all adolescent girls should be tested for iron deficiency within a few years of starting menses. Although female teens are normally tested for anemia, iron deficiency can develop years before anemia, and hemoglobin testing (typically used for anemia) can miss detecting it.

Because growing teens also eat more during adolescence, there is also a risk of them becoming less discerning about the healthiness of what they eat. In this case, it becomes even more important that parents are consistent role models and limit the quantity of unhealthy food options at home.

If you are concerned about whether your teen is getting adequate iron intake, we recommend Next Generation B Complex. This high-potency vitamin B complex supports natural energy, brain health and stress management. B vitamins are high in iron, and are important for nervous system. They also help with specific functions, including health of the liver, heart, eyes, skin, hair, and mucosal linings--particularly in and around the mouth. B vitamins also influence the muscle tone of the gastrointestinal tract, which helps bowel function.

Here is the breakdown of vitamins in our B Complex: 
  • Organic “base” ingredients are: spinach, turmeric rhizome, ginger, blueberry
  • Spinach (per 100 g): 15% Potassium, 187% Vit.A, 9% Calcium, 46% Vit.C, 15% Iron, 10% Vit.B-6, 19% Magnesium
  • Turmeric (per 100 g): 72% Potassium, 18% Calcium, 43% Vit.C, 230% Iron, 90% Vit.B-6, 48% Magnesium
  • Ginger (per 100 g): 11% Potassium, 1% Calcium, 8% Vit.C, 3% Iron, 10% Vit.B-6, 10% Magnesium
  • Blueberry (per 100 g): 2% Potassium, 1% Vit.A, 16% Vit.C, 1% Iron, 5% Vit.B-6, 1% Magnesium
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  • Spirulina has:
    • 10 mg of Riboflavin (Vit.B2),
    • 12.5 mg of Thiamine (Vit.B1),
    • 5 mg of Pyridoxine (Vit.B6),
    • 8 mg of Niacin (Vit.B3),
    • 12.5 mcg Folic Acid (Vit.B9)
  • Shiitake mushrooms has:
    • 3 mg Pantothenic Acid (Vit.B5),
    • Copper: 72%,
    • Pantothenic Acid: 52%,
    • Selenium: 33%,
    • Vitamin B2: 9%,
    • Zinc: 9%,
    • Manganese: 8%,
    • Vitamin B6: 7%,
    • Vitamin B3: 7%,
    • Choline: 6%,
    • Fiber: 6%,
    • Vitamin D: 5%,
    • Folate: 4%
  • Vitamin D3 (sourced from Lichen): 5 mcg
  • Beta Carotene: 450 mcg
  • Acerola Berry: 100 mg
    • Acerola contains the richest source of 100% natural vitamin C complex
    • 100 grams contains 17,000 milligrams of the vitamin C.
    • Contains the whole-plant bioflavonoids, hesperidin, rutin, anthocyanins and other naturally occurring essential cofactors.
    • Its carotene content is comparable to carrots and it’s also high in B-Vitamins niacin, pantothenic acid, potassium, B1 Thaimine and B2 Ribolflavin.
  • Vitamin E* (elaeis  guineensis) fruit-palm: 16.75 mg contains:
    • D-Alpha Tocopherol: 14%,
    • D-Beta TOC: 2%,
    • D-Gamma TOC: 60%,
    • D-Delta TOC: 24%
  • PABA: 25 mg Vit.B10
  • Vit. B12: 125 mcg
  • Biotin (B7): 25 mg 
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