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      Conventional Medicine’s Answer for Child Insomnia: Drugs

      An astonishing one in four children who have problems sleeping are being given medications.  The drugs range from antihistamines to sedatives to ADHD drugs to antidepressants. Typical practice in conventional medicine appears to be treating insomnia in children with over-the-counter and prescription medicine. The practice is especially apparent in children...
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      Kids With Insomnia Commonly Medicated Despite Lack of Research

      A new survey of child psychiatrists indicates that insomnia is a major problem among children in mental health treatment and at least a quarter of these patients are given sleep medication. The research from Hasbro Children’s Hospital finds a wide array of medication commonly used for insomnia in children receiving...
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      Natural Medicine for Insomnia

      Tired of insomnia? Fortunately, there are alternatives to counting sheep to help you get a healthy night’s sleep. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful. Click here: Natural Medicine for Insomnia (sleeplessness) Create a restful place to sleep Remove or block noise, light, and...
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      Key Strategies for Optimizing Your Sleep

      By Dr. Mercola Are you tired of being tired? If you feel sleepy during the day, there’s a good chance you need to get more sleep or better quality sleep. Even if you think you can “get by” on five or six hours a night, your body is not easily...
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      How to Burn Body Fat in Your Sleep

      By Dr. Mercola Studies have shown that in general, the optimal room temperature for sleeping is quite cool, around 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit, and temperatures much above or below this range can lead to restlessness. But a new study suggests there are nuances to this phenomenon, and that a...
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      Some Things You Can Do in Your Sleep, Literally

      By Dr. Mercola Why do we sleep? And, for that matter, why do all mammals, birds, and reptiles require sleep on a regular basis in order to function? It’s a question that been intensively studied with no definitive answers… except that we know it’s vital to survival. In people carrying...
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      Long-Term Use of Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Linked to Dementia

      By Dr. Mercola Up to 43 percent of older adults use benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, etc.) for anxiety and insomnia, often chronically, even though their long-term effectiveness and safety remain unproven.1 International guidelines recommend short-term use of benzodiazepines, because they cause withdrawal symptoms that make discontinuation problematic. Despite this, many...
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      Lack of Sleep May Lead to Brain Shrinkage

      By Dr. Mercola Recent studies show poor sleeping habits cause both brain damage and brain shrinkage, and may even accelerate onset of Alzheimer’s disease.1 Previous research published in the journal Science2 revealed that your brain removes toxic waste during sleep through what has been dubbed “the glymphatic system.”3, 4, 5...
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      11 Surprising Factors That Mess With Your Memory

      By Dr. Mercola Fear of losing your mind is a pervasive, fear. Among Americans, the notion of losing mental capacity evokes twice as much fear as losing physical ability, and 60 percent of US adults say they are very or somewhat worried about memory loss.1 The good news is that...
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      The Importance of Sleep, and the Hazards of “Dream Deprivation”

      By Dr. Mercola Dr. Rubin Naiman, author of Hush: A Book of Bedtime Contemplations, is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. As a sleep and dream expert, his focus is how sleeping and dreaming...
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      The Oft-Ignored Link Between Mental Illness and Hypothyroid Disease

      By Kelly Brogan, M.D. Meet your mitochondria.1 With a laundry list of responsibilities ranging from creating energy to determining the time of a cell’s death, mitochondria have increasingly become the focus of chronic disease research.2 The keeper of our mitochondria is our thyroid hormone.3 This is why, when thyroid hormone...
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      Over 10,000 American Toddlers Are Being Given ADHD Drugs

      Once again, our country’s disadvantaged kids are being unnecessarily medicated nearly three times more often than other countries. According to CDC officials, more than 10,000 American toddlers—children who are just 2 or 3 years old—are being medicated for alleged attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). There are few studies on the...
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      Treating Gardasil Injuries

      The Gardasil vaccine has proven to cause severe and lasting side effects in many girls (and now boys), and even some deaths. The side effects include: seizures, strokes, dizziness, fatigue, weakness, headaches, stomach pains, vomiting, Guillain-Barre syndrome, joint pain, autoimmune disease, chest pains, hair loss, appetite loss, personality changes, insomnia,...
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      Could Magnesium Deficiency Be Causing Many of Your Health Problems?

      Magnesium is one of the most essential minerals required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It controls nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. There are over hundred different symptoms and cofactors of magnesium deficiency, some of which...
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      Eat to Cleanse Your Body

      Photo credit:  courtesy of Shutterstock Blurb:  Surviving on juice isn’t the best way to give your system a boost. Hit your system’s reset button healthfully with this plan. Images:  These days, you can’t swing an organic celery stalk without hitting someone on a juice cleanse. Touted as a natural way...
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      Ractopamine: The Meat Additive Banned Almost Everywhere But America

      By Dr. Mercola Meat—and beef in particular—is a mainstay of the traditional American dinner. Unfortunately, the vast majority of it is filled with harmful additives of one form or another, and is raised in such a way that it contributes to the degeneration of health… This is no minor concern,...
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      Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression

      By Dr. Mercola The link between depression and lack of sleep is well established. Of the approximately 18 million Americans with depression, more than half of them struggle with insomnia, which is defined as a month or more of chronic sleep loss that interferes with your personal and work life....
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      Tips for Resetting Your Internal Clock and Sleeping Better

      By Dr. Mercola Good sleep is one of the cornerstones of health, without which optimal health will remain elusive. Impaired sleep can increase your risk of a wide variety of diseases and disorders, including: Heart disease Stomach ulcers Mood disorders like depression Cancer Numerous factors can contribute to poor sleep,...
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      Helpful Tips for Sleeping Better This Summer

      By Dr. Mercola If you’re like most Americans, you’re likely not getting enough sleep. Nearly 41 million US adults are sleeping just six hours or less each night, which recent research has linked to an increased risk of chronic inflammation and heart disease in women.1 Over the course of the...
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      Needle This: Study Hints at How Acupuncture Works to Relieve Stress

      By Dr. Mercola Acupuncture, which has been valued as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, is now used by millions of Americans each year, often to treat chronic pain. But now researchers have revealed the healing technique may also be effective in treating one of the most...
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      Feeling Anxious?

      by Ben Kallen Photo credit:  Ivar Teunissen Catherine Garcia has suffered from anxiety issues for most of her life. “Growing up, I just tried to push the thoughts away,” says the 32-year-old corporate controller for an international software company near Boston. “Then, about five years ago, my job became very...
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      How Medical Ripoffs Threaten Your Health and Financial Security

      By Dr. Mercola I have enormous respect for the scientific method, and I believe, when properly applied, it can provide us with profound and valid truths that can guide and direct our treatment strategies. But what many people fail to appreciate is that much of the research published has been...
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      5 Natural Tips for Balance, Energy and Low Stress Holidays

      Both stress and the availability of wonderful, and often not so healthy, food go way up. It can be a difficult time when it comes to keeping one’s balance and energy. Here are 5 tips to help you keep your energy and vitality on a high this holiday season. 1....
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      Five Great Reasons to Drink Tea

      Herbal tea has been used by many cultures as an herbal remedy since anciant times. Several recent studies have found a wide range of health benefits from green tea. According to Chinese legend, tea was discovered accidentally by an emperor 4,000 years ago. Since then, Traditional Chinese Medicine has recommended...
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      Recall of Drug Dextroamphetamine

      ETHEX Corporation announced today that it has voluntarily recalled three specific lots (77946, 81141 and 81142) of Dextroamphetamine Sulfate 5 mg tablets, as a precaution, due to the possible presence of oversized tablets. Oversized tablets may contain as much as about twice the labeled amount of the active ingredient. The...
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      U.S. Looks to Alternative Medicine to Help With Sleep

      The increasing rise in the U.S. of natural alternatives to medication and in alternative medicine in general is reflected in the growing use of the natural sleep aids valerian or melatonin to treat insomnia. A new study published in the journal Sleep. “Many people use dietary supplements or herbal products...
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      Study: Direct-to-Consumer TV Advertising is Bad Medicine.

      A first-of-its-kind study published Jan. 29 in the Annals of Family Medicine raises serious questions about all those drug ads that are clogging up the airways. Currently, the United States and New Zealand are the only developed countries that permit direct-to-consumer television advertising of prescription drugs. The government of New...
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      Alternatives to Drugs Popular For Sleepytime

      As all the sleeping pill ads suggest, if you have trouble sleeping, you are not alone. Nightly tossing and turning, it seems, is an American pastime You are also not alone if you have tried alternatives to drugs. A recent analysis of national survey data reveals that over 1.6 million...
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      Better Sleep Naturally

      Deborahe Prock, Master Herbalist If you are having trouble sleeping, chances are that if you have tried using some pharmaceutical sleep-aid, you might have found a far more restful night’s sleep if trying some natural sleep-aids first. There are ways you can help yourself sleep better. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits,...
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      6 Ways to Sleep Better

      If you are having trouble sleeping, chances are that if you have tried using some pharmaceutical sleep-aid, you might have found a far more restful night’s sleep if trying some natural sleep-aids first. There are ways you can help yourself sleep better. Adopting healthy lifestyle habits, developing a bedtime routine,...
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      Drugs for Kids – Just Say No.

      An analysis by Medco Health Solutions shows huge growth the prescription sleeping pills for children and young adults. The data shows that children using meds for sleep skyrocketed by 85 percent for children from 10-19 and doubled for adults from20-44, all between 2000-2004. The study looked at reviewed prescription drug...