Author Archives: JLake

Lipoic Acid: A Promising Alternative Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Lipoic acid: a promising alternative therapy for Alzheimer’s disease This is the fourth In a series on complementary and alternative and integrative treatments of dementia. Previous posts reviewed the evidence for dietary changes, multi-modal interventions and a promising natural product … Continue reading

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For Alzheimer’s Disease Limitations of Conventional Treatment Invite Complementary and Alternative Therapies

This is the second post in a series on complementary and alternative treatments of dementia. The previous post examined the evidence for diet in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This post begins with a short review of the … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Depressed Mood in Pregnancy Without Drugs

Following a brief review of the consequences of untreated depressed mood and risks associated with antidepressant use during pregnancy, I comment on the evidence for complementary and alternative (CAM) modalities widely used to treat this serious problem. Consequences of depressed mood … Continue reading

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A Chinese Herbal Extract that Holds Promise Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Limitations of mainstream treatments of Alzheimer’s disease Available prescription medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may temporarily lessen the severity of memory loss and other cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with AD, but they do not correct its root … Continue reading

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Low Fat Diets Significantly Reduce Risk of Dementia

Diets low in saturated fat and total calories and moderate alcohol consumption reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease Diet may be the most important preventable risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease. Foods that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s include red meat, … Continue reading

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Niacin, Thiamin, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Zinc May Reduce Alcohol Toxicity

This post is the sixth in a series on non-pharmacologic approaches for managing symptoms related to alcohol and drug abuse and withdrawal and decreasing the risk of relapse. Previous posts commented on evidence for natural supplements, weak electrical current and … Continue reading

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Meditation and Mindfulness Practice Reduce the Risk of Relapse

This is the fifth post in a series on non-pharmacologic approaches for alcohol and drug abuse. Previous posts reviewed the evidence for weak electrical current for managing withdrawal symptoms and herbals and other natural supplements for managing craving and withdrawal … Continue reading

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Natural Supplements for Treating Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Withdrawal: A Concise Review

This is the fourth installment in a series of posts on non-pharmacologic approaches to alcohol and drug abuse. Previous posts reviewed the evidence for weak electrical current for reducing symptoms of opioid and alcohol withdrawal. This post is offered as a … Continue reading

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Weak Electrical Current May Reduce Symptoms of Alcohol and Cocaine Withdrawal

Cranioelectrotherapy stimulation (CES) for alcohol and cocaine abuse and withdrawal Numerous studies dating back to the 1970s have investigated the efficacy of weak electrical currents in the treatment a variety of mental health problems including anxiety disorders, depressed mood, insomnia and … Continue reading

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Neuroelectric Therapy for Managing Opioid Withdrawal

Urgent need for improved management of opioid withdrawal This is the second post in a series on non-medication approaches for alcohol and drug abuse. Opioid addiction is a public health crisis in the U.S. It is estimated that as many … Continue reading

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