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Anxiety is a symptom, NOT a disease.

Anxiety is a symptom, NOT a disease. There are many reasons why people become anxious. Genetics, diet, lifestyle and environment are all key factors and they are all equally important. But the reality is that for many people they may take steps to improve their diet, lifestyle and environment with the goal of improving their mental health…and find nothing has changed. So today I want to focus on the missing link – genetics. Our genes regulate our hormones and neurotransmitters.…

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Screen addiction? How to disconnect for your mental health

  “A new study in the journal Child Development shows night time usage of a cell phone can increase anxiety and depression in teenagers and reduce self-esteem. This is the first study that shows a direct link between screen time and mental health.” You can watch the CBS report here.   It’s not just our teenagers who are affected I would say the majority of us are addicted to our devices.  And it’s not just to keep up with the…

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Preventing Youth Suicide

When I was a kid in the 70s and 80s, suicide or self-harming was pretty much unheard of. In fact statistics for child suicide under the age of 15 were never reported – because it didn’t happen. So why is it that suicide is the number one cause of death for our children today when it used to be car accidents and drug overdoses? And why have the rates been increasing every single year since the 1990s? It’s easy to…

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Having Trouble Losing Weight? How’s your sleep?

* Did you know that poor sleep significantly effects insulin activity and your resting metabolic rate? Burning the candle at both ends, tossing and turning during the night, or even worse – insomnia – can lead to weight gain and type II diabetes. *  Insomnia is the inability to sleep and there are many reasons people may suffer with it, but here are a few common causes: poor sleep habits, a lack of bed time routine depression or anxiety lack…

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Top 10 Weight Loss Tips

Patients come to see me for a variety of reasons, but weight loss is often in their top 3 list of priorities.  If you feel you have tried everything you can to lose weight and nothing has worked (or it worked in the short term but then you put all the weight back on again – I’ve been there too), then this blog is for you. 1. Your nervous system controls everything Please don’t underestimate this. If you are always…

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