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Two Hours a Week in Nature Could Save Your Life


We have long known that there is a relationship between spending time in nature and mental and physical health. Spending time in nature has been found to: boost the immune system lower blood pressure reduce stress improve mood increase ability to focus, even in children with ADHD accelerate recovery from surgery or illness increase energy [...]

Two Hours a Week in Nature Could Save Your Life2019-07-31T20:12:52+00:00

Throw Your DSM (Psychiatric Bible) Away!


Since 1952, psychiatrists have used the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is currently in its fifth edition, as the gold standard for diagnosing psychiatric (mental) disorders. For many years, it's been considered to basically be the "bible" that all psychiatrists use to diagnose and categorize patient symptoms. Despite this, I have [...]

Throw Your DSM (Psychiatric Bible) Away!2019-07-15T13:21:35+00:00

The Anxiety-Busting Effects of Matcha


Matcha is a finely ground green powder that comes from green tea leaves. It has been used for more than 800 years in Japanese tea ceremonies and is also used to flavor many different foods including mochi and lattes. Matcha is packed with antioxidants and has been found to have many health benefits, including: Boosting [...]

The Anxiety-Busting Effects of Matcha2019-07-12T13:51:17+00:00

CBD and THC-A Oil Dispensaries Set to Open Across Virginia


Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis. It has gained a lot of popularity recently as it's been reported to be a safe, non-addictive substance that could potentially treat a wide range of illnesses, including pain, anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, cancer, glaucoma, acne, epilepsy, MS, ALS, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, blood pressure, [...]

CBD and THC-A Oil Dispensaries Set to Open Across Virginia2019-04-29T14:02:14+00:00

Saffron Treats ADHD as Well as Ritalin


According to the CDC, 11% of all children in the U.S. aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD or ADD. In addition, 4.4% of U.S. adults are reported to have ADHD. One of the primary treatments for ADHD and ADD has been Ritalin (methylphenidate), which is a powerful stimulant that can cause many side effects, [...]

Saffron Treats ADHD as Well as Ritalin2019-04-27T14:08:54+00:00

How to Safely Quit Psychiatric Medications


Around 1 in 6 adults in the U.S. report taking a psychiatric medication according to data from 2013. That translates into roughly 40 million Americans who have taken at least one psychiatric medication. Those numbers are likely currently even higher given the increases in reported psychiatric disorders in the U.S. While psychiatric medications may be [...]

How to Safely Quit Psychiatric Medications2019-04-28T14:03:43+00:00

Dear Doctor Goldman, do you take my XYZ insurance?


I am cross-posting this amazingly well written letter from my friend and colleague at Whole Human Psychiatry, Dr. Lisa Goldman. She summed up my own sentiments on this topic quite eloquently! Dear Inquiring Patient, Thank you for asking this important and highly relevant question. The short answer is NO,  I don’t “take” insurance but YES [...]

Dear Doctor Goldman, do you take my XYZ insurance?2019-04-08T13:12:15+00:00

Sleep Apnea and Depression are Kissing Cousins


The link between sleep apnea and depression has been well established for years. A study published in 2017 demonstrated a significant overlap between the two. Despite this connection, many patients with depression are never tested and the sleep apnea can go untreated for many years. I have witnessed a signficant reversal of depressive symptoms once [...]

Sleep Apnea and Depression are Kissing Cousins2019-04-07T12:31:52+00:00

A Smoothie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


A recent global study published in the Lancet found that bad diets are responsible for more deaths that smoking. They found that about 11 million deaths a year are linked to poor diets around the globe. The link between diet and physical and mental health cannot be overstated! We truly are what we eat, and [...]

A Smoothie a Day Keeps the Doctor Away2019-04-04T12:21:24+00:00

Dr. Andrew Weil: The New Science of Psychedelics for Mental Health


I am a believer in the use of psychedelics for both mental health, as well as physical and spiritual health. I am looking forward to being able to utilize psychedelics in my practice some day. MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) is an amazing organization and published this great Podcast with Dr. Andrew Weil. This [...]

Dr. Andrew Weil: The New Science of Psychedelics for Mental Health2019-03-23T17:19:42+00:00
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