The following is the third in a series of excerpts on gut health from Dr. Gary Kaplan's book “Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression." - To read Part 1 of this series, "Gut Feelings," click here. - To read Part 2 of this series, "Hidden Immune System," [...]
Migraines are far more than just a bad headache. Experts believe migraine headaches are caused by abnormal brain activity, including dilation and constriction of the blood vessels within the brain. An attack can last from several hours to several days and affects a person's ability to function at home and at work. A migraine can [...]
Have you ever suffered a broken heart? Everyone can understand the intense pain, heartache, and distress that comes with dealing with a broken heart, especially when it's due to a loss of a family member or dear friend. Take, for instance, the recent passing of actress and icon Debbie Reynolds just one day after her [...]
We don’t usually associate increasing the amount of fat in our diets as a way to improve health, but when it comes to a particular type of fat, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered! Omega-3 Fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), a type of essential fat involved in several metabolic processes, and they are a crucial component of good health. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis – conditions that often have a high inflammatory process at their root. But most impressive is the research that confirms Omega-3’s benefits on the brain.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday tradition that’s been celebrated in the US and Canada since the mid 1800s. At the heart of the Thanksgiving celebration is the universal message of gratitude. Gratitude is the expression of being thankful. It’s about having an attitude of appreciation, allowing yourself to feel awe, not taking things for granted, [...]
The following is the second in a series of excerpts on gut health from Dr. Gary Kaplan's book “Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression." To read Part 1 of this series, "Gut Feelings," click here. When scientists realized that 70 percent of our [...]
We now know that our intestinal tract has 100 million nerves – more than our spinal cords or peripheral nervous systems. With this radically new understanding, scientists have tentatively begun to refer to it as the body’s second brain.
Inflammation in the brain is like having a 'brain on fire.' KOLO ABC News 8: Dr. Kaplan discusses why individuals suffering from chronic depression are likely to have a "Brain On Fire." He outlines certain symptoms that may indicate the presence of inflammation, along with 5 possible contributing causes of inflammation, including sleep disorders, environmental [...]
Sleep disorders not only rob us of a restful night, they also have side-effects that go far beyond our simply feeling tired in the morning. Sleep apnea and insomnia are two of the most common sleep disorders and both pose long-term, serious health risks if left untreated. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying [...]
While the standards outlined in the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline will improve patient care, they don’t go far enough. A recent letter from the US Surgeon General made a direct plea to physicians to help solve an urgent health crisis - now commonly referred to as "the opioid epidemic" - in America. A copy of [...]