Hope for Insomniacs?

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by Edison de Mello and Meme Rhee

Are you one among 70 million Americans suffering from insomnia? Insomnia is the inability to get enough sleep to feel good the next day, or get good quality sleep that is deep, restorative and uninterrupted. The four symptoms that characterize insomnia are:

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • waking frequently during sleep
  • waking too early and difficulty falling back to sleep
  • waking feeling unrefreshed

According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, about one-half of America’s adults say they ...

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Male Menopause? Does it really exist?

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by Edison de Mello and Meme Rhee

Although menopause is often thought to be a condition exclusive to women, an increasing number of medical researchers believe that men go through a similar experience. Male menopause, known as andropause, is strongly debated among many medical specialists, including primary care physicians, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, urologists and gerontologists. Some doctors contend that andropause is an emotionally triggered mid-life crisis, while others insist that it is a physical condition brought on by changing hormone ...

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The Inspiration of Profound Change

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Although the benefits of massage are as varied as the number of people who receive massages, what inspires me most about massage is the part it can play in one’s process of self-revelation. Many sages throughout the ages have proclaimed of how true happiness, wisdom, and mastery of this thing called life abound in those who know thyself.Our society is finally coming full circle and realizing that thyself is not, and never was split up into two or more separate ...

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Caring for your Heart at the Expense of your liver

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By Dr. Edison de Mello

The recent push by the pharmaceutical industry to sell over-the-counter cholesterol-lowering drugs, or statins, (which include Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor and Pravachol), seem predicated on the recent report issued by the National Institute of Health and American Heart Association which suggest that more aggressive statin treatment leads to better results for people at moderate to high risk of heart disease, (defined as those with advancing age, high blood pressure or a family history of premature ...

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Dangerous Traces of Prescribed Medication in our Water System. True or yet Another Rumor?

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by Dr. Edison De Mello

October 2008 Issue of Akasha Center Newsletter

In the past few months I have been asked this question by many of my patients
some of whom are deeply concerned. Is it true? Are there dangerous levels of
prescription meds in or water and food supply? While it is true that the amount
of dumping of prescription medication in our water supply has significantly
increased in the last two decades the questions of whether or not the amount
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Depression and Anxiety: An akasha approach towards wellness

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By Melanie Gisler, DO

While many things contribute to depression and anxiety, often people suffering from these illnesses have an imbalance of brain chemistry. Standard western medical treatment usually includes medications which boost one of these chemicals, serotonin. Prozac, Celexa, Lexapro and Zoloft are all examples of medications that boost Serotonin. However, the brain is not the only place this important neurotransmitter is produced. We now know that more serotonin is produced in our intestines than in our brains. Yes, there ...

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Glia: The Cinderella of Brain Cells

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By David Dubin, M.D.

After Einstein’s death, his brain was preserved for future study. Scientists were naturally curious to see how the brain of this genius compared with the brain of a person of ordinary intelligence. Would there be an abundance of neurons (grey matter) or some unusual wiring of the neurons that distinguished his brain? When the brain was dissected, however, the only difference was that the numbers of cells that were not neurons (white matter) was dramatically increased. It ...

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