Posts Tagged ‘feel better’

New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Source: Doctor Tipster

 

New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

“The effectiveness and exact mechanism of this light-treatment was not fully understood until now, until researchers from Oulu, Finland, found that the central role was not played by the retina. Instead the light acts on light-sensitive proteins on the brain’s surface. Special earphones were designed that shine a beam of light through the ear canal to a light-sensitive area in the brain, this being an efficient alternative to light therapy.”

 

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Comments: We have looked into the role of light in keeping SAD at bay before. In this article they explore whether it needs to be accessed through the eyes or whether there are other mechanisms that allow it to act.

 

 


What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source: Psychology Today:
 
What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (online) raised questions about sleeping pills. The careful work that was done on this study demonstrates a strong link between sleeping pills and mortality (medical lingo for death), particularly from cancer.
 
…Clearly other strategies need to be looked at the provide relief for sleep. The authors say cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go — it’s what’s called sleep hygiene. One key is getting up at the same time every day until eventually your body forces you to go to sleep earlier. Other strategies include making changes to your sleeping environment, light therapy (getting full-spectrum light early in the morning) and using relaxation strategies before sleep or upon awaking in the middle of the night.
 
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Comments: This article looks in depth at the downside of taking sleeping pills. Given they see a strong negative to taking them, we think it is right of the authors to then focus on what alternatives there are. We recommend reading this for their emphasis on the value of sleep hygiene.
 
 


Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Source: 8 Limbs Yoga Blog

 

Title Seasonal Vinyasa Yoga for Winter

 

The main intention behind my winter seasonal vinyasa practices is to help you ward off typical Kapha imbalances by raising your core temperature, enhancing your metabolism, and increasing your circulation and spirit by offering you dynamic, invigorating, rhythmic sequences that keep the earth and water from going out of balance.

 

 

Also, try eating less to keep your digestive fire bright, supplementing your diet with vitamin D, omitting sugar and alcohol to reduce mood swings, enjoying a hot bath, sitting by a fire, or spending five to ten minutes in a tanning bed or in front of full-spectrum light bulbs. These are just a few alternative ways to move you towards sukkha, and away from suffering, or dukkha, during this dark season.

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Comments: This author covers more than just the practice of the asanas (exercises) in how yoga can be incorporated into your life. We are especially interested in the discussion of how light is incorporated into a yoga practice over winter.

 

 


Illuminating the biological basis of light therapy

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Source: Capital City Weekly

 

Title Illuminating the biological basis of light therapy

 

Light therapy has been of medical interest for centuries and many pre-modern hospitals included a solar room for patients. However, only in recent decades is the physiochemical basis of light’s effects on mammals beginning to be understood. Here, we will explore an example of how light affects a biochemical process important for mood and sleep-wake cycles. In doing so, we can gain insight as to how non-light mood enhancers may work through a similar mechanism.

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Comments: This article is an indepth look at the concept of light and what research shows about its effects on us. For those who are interested in the field, this is well-worth reading./i>

 

 

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What Makes Us Happy

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Source: Trans World Network

 

What Makes Us Happy

 

This premise, that humanity has evolved for million of years to live in, thrive in, and enjoy a specific environment (notably the warm, sunny climate of sub-Saharan Africa), logically assumes that when people begin to replicate their instinctive behavior in things like diet (Mostly meat, nuts, and some vegetables) and lifestyle (Active and sun drenched), their happiness should rise as their genetic makeup begins to resonate with their lifestyle.

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Comments: Many of the articles discussing light and how you feel, come at the topic from the point of view of treating sadness or seasonal affective disorder. This article however is about how light is one of the elements that take us from regular living to happiness. Worth a read to get their insight into the conditions required for happiness.

 

 

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Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Source: American Soul Food

 

Unhappy Holidays and Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

Douse Yourself in Light.
When you wake and want to pull the comforter over your head, flip on the light or throw open the curtains instead. Look into the light. Use the force. Getting light into your eyes. Try a winter light machine or broad spectrum bulbs in your lamps both at work and home to make up for lost UV rays from the sun. Sunlight gets your circadian rhythm on track, helping to manage cortisol (your stress and get-up-and-go hormone) and melatonin (a calm and sleep hormone).

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Comments: For those currently in the grip of an overly long winter, we recommend the 10 tips outlined in this article for ways to beat the winter blues.

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 35)

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH
Seeing the light: Shedding full-spectrum light on ADHD
One of the most surprising ways to help reverse ADHD is actually the simplest–and it’s something you can do on your own at home right away. All it involves is changing light bulbs.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 34)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

REPTILECARE
Lack of UV light harming tuatara
Without full-spectrum lighting, tuatara can suffer nutritional secondary hyperparathyroidism (NSHP), which causes bones to break and other painful conditions.

 

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Full-spectrum light (issue 31)

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEATH
Acquiring Vitamin D through your…eyes?
According to two researchers, German Ophthalmologist Fritz Hollwich, MD as well as John Ott, Hon. D. Sci, the array of bodily organs and systems that depend on full spectrum light is astounding. “When the eyes are exposed to natural light the pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, pancreas, liver, and kidneys all function better.”
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Why is Melatonin so important?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The New York Times recently published an article entitled “In Eyes, a Clock Calibrated by Wavelengths of Light” that looks at what impact light has on us.

 

The article discusses what our eyes do for us – not only do they allow us to see but they also house sensors that detect the rise and fall of daylight. The body uses this information to regulate an estimated 10% of our genes.

 

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