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How horses are helping heal PTSD, depression and more

I recently watched the classic movie The Horse Soldiers (1959) with John Wayne and William Holden, directed by John Ford. It tells the true story of Col. Benjamin Grierson who leads the U.S. 7th Cavalry on maneuvers deep behind Confederate lines in the South in support of the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi in summer 1863. …

Investigating the link between Type II diabetes and mental illness

Serious mental illness affects the mind and the body. After all, the mind and body are connected. In fact, previous research show that patients with major mental illness die 15 to 30 years earlier than the average. But most of the excess mortality stems from medical causes unrelated to the brain or nervous system. For …

Natural alternatives to antidepressants

The holidays can be a rough time of year. Especially if you’re susceptible to depression. So today, I thought I’d take a moment to share some suggestions about how to naturally keep your spirits up at this time of year. Antidepressant drugs fail 6 out of 7 patients I often report of the dangers and …

Boost your mood with the spirits of the season

When you hear have “a cup of cheer” this holiday season, it may be more than just a figure of speech. A new study shows that when clinically depressed people have a few drinks, it actually makes them feel better. This flies in the face of the “conventional wisdom” that alcohol acts only as a …

Five steps you can take right now to fight depression and promote longevity

English writer Thomas Hobbes described life as “nasty, brutish, and short” in his early 1600s social philosophical treatise Leviathan. For someone with depression, that description might sound spot on, especially in the coming months, as the days grow shorter and colder weather begins to reach most parts of the country. Born in 1588 — the …

Gardener’s secret to fighting depression and boosting immune health

We live in an ever more sanitized world in the U.S. — with increased use of hand sanitizers, harmful household chemicals, and commercial cleaning products, as well as more people being trapped indoors more of the time. Local governments even sanitize our water supply with chlorine that kills both dangerous and beneficial microbes and other …


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