An organization that specializes in researching nutritional medicine, www.Orthomolecular.org, reports that Vitamin D level recommendations by the government are way too low to prevent some basic health problems. The organization, made up of a number of MD’s, is one of the most credible sources for information on nutritional medicine.
The Beyond Meds blog alerted me to a BBC article, “Fish Oil Supplements ‘Beat Psychotic Mental Illness'”, that describes yet another research study that has found beneficial effects from fish oil. This time, a preliminary study has shown that taking fish oil can help prevent psychotic disorders in young people at high risk for to develop such disorders. In fact, according to the BBC article, “A three-month course of the supplement appeared to be as effective as drugs, cutting the rate of psychotic illness like schizophrenia by a quarter.” A chance to keep the brain healthy naturally is always good news.
What we eat daily affects our thinking and our mental function immensely – over years.
But it takes so long to notice that most people don’t. Then we wonder why there are attention problems, or mood issues, or reduced mental sharpness or memory…. Food isn’t the only reason, but it’s a far far bigger reason than most people realize. Continue reading →
Don’t worry if you’ve already celebrated your holidays – Happy Neuron’s list of 9 great “holiday” brain foods is a great way to add nutrition to your table year-round. Many may be familiar with oily fish’s brain benefits, but what about pumpkin seeds and blackcurrants? Note: if you are pregnant or nursing, skip the sage.
Jennifer Gibson, on brainblogger.com, has a new compelling post “One Size Does Not Fit All” in which she reports, “[u]p to half of drug therapy is ineffective, according to recent statistics.” Gibson traces this ineffectiveness to issues, such as “individual differences in enzymes that metabolize drugs, variations in drug transporters, ethnic differences, and environmental changes.”
Making recommendations for the future, Gibson comments, “The advent of personalized medicine and the departure from the current one-size-fits-all health care model requires a paradigm shift for patients and providers. New standards will emerge for the management of genetic information and education will be paramount for clinicians and patients. There are still more questions than answers regarding personalized medicine and tailoring therapy to each individual, but, hopefully, personalized medicine will be a large piece of the future health care puzzle, allowing more preventive medicine and evidence-based treatment selection.”
I agree wholeheartedly; personalized treatment for brain issues, including looking for solutions beyond medications, creates far more successful outcomes.