Inositol As Treatment For Depression

What is Inositol?

Inositol is a naturally occurring isomer of glucose, found in various forms.  It is a member of the “B Complex” group of vitamins, though it is not a vitamin in itself. The most common form of inositol is myo-inositol. The nutrient is a direct precursor of phospholipids, a major component of cellular membranes, which helps to maintain proper transfer of electrical energy and nutrient transfer across the cell membrane. In essence, inositol helps to facilitate healthy cell membranes, which in turn, facilitate nerve impulse in the brain. 

Inositol also participates in the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter possessing effects known to be beneficial in battling depression and anxiety. Inositol is said to influence increased serotonin production. This is different than most SSRIs or anti-depressants, which simply protect serotonin from being absorbed and depleted. Inositol, however, should not be stacked with convention SSRIs or anti-depressant medications, as it could potentially result in serotonin poisoning.

Inositol is present in a typical North American adult diet, though only in amounts of about 1 gram daily (or less). A single gram represents a fairly small amount of inositol, thus, supplementation is typically necessary to receive therapeutic effects for depression, anxiety, and/or OCD. Inositol can be found as a naturally occurring nutrient in seeds, nuts, citrus fruits, cereals and legumes. 

Inositol as a Medication for Depression

Many individuals seek the treatment of depression. Natural remedies for depression, including herbs for depression, and, herbs as an anxiety disorder treatment have long been sought. Though not an herb, so to speak, inositol has been reported decreased in those suffering from depression. In a double-blind controlled experiment, participants were given 12 grams of inositol daily for a period of four weeks. At the four week mark, participants who had been administered the inositol treatment had benefited significantly on the Hamilton Depression Scale; especially when compared to those who had been given a placebo.

Inositol seems to work for anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD, additionally. In a different study, participants were administered up to 18 grams of inositol daily for a 12 week period. This experiment was a double-blind, controlled, random order crossover study. Significant reductions to OCD severity and anxiety followed the treatment. Notable improvements on the Hamilton Rating scale for Anxiety scores, agoraphobia scores, and Clinical Global Impression Scale scores were seen following the Inositol treatment.

Dosage & Side Effects: Inositol for Depression

While most studies indicate that 12-18 grams daily is the proper dosage for therapeutic effects, many individuals have reported positive results after using much smaller amounts. These amounts typically ranged from 1-3g daily, taking dosages of 500-1000mg three times daily. Most capsule/table forms of inositol come in 500mg servings; thus, reaching the necessary 1-3 grams is typically not too difficult a feat to achieve (especially when compared to other natural remedies for depression). Most first timers seem to start with a 500mg dose, 3 times daily. Since there is no proof that amounts less than 12 grams/daily are effective, actual dosage amounts and requirements may vary greatly. Be sure to consult a physician before starting an inositol supplementation regimen.

Inositol should be taken for a period of 4-6 weeks before positive effects can be expected. This 4-6 week ramp up period has been found not only necessary, but, beneficial in most studies conducted on the nutrient. Again, one should not expect to see any positive effects on depression, anxiety, or OCD until 4-6 weeks after the commencements of inositol supplementation. Furthermore, some mild side effects have been studied and reported with daily inositol supplementation, including gas and diarrhea. Some speculate that inositol side effects may be beneficial, however, and that the regulation of serotonin in the brain can help to improve sleep and reduce insomnia. All in all, inositol might be a very beneficial alternative treatment for depression and anxiety.

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Is It Wrong to Slap a Child’s Hand If She Tries to Touch the Stove?

The long and the short of it is, I belong to the camp that does not support hitting children, or anyone else for that matter, period. Now I know some of you might want to take the stance that lightly slapping a toddler’s or a preschooler’s hand if they try to touch the stove shouldn’t be classified as “hitting.” To this, I say it’s all hitting. I don’t care if it’s a tap, a pat, or a light-handed slap. No matter how you slice it, it’s still striking a person and striking, regardless of the velocity of the swing, is not OK in my book. And even if I could be convinced that patting a child’s hand is OK, who’s to say that granting permission to strike a toddler or preschooler’s hand won’t possibly lead to other punitive treatment in other forms? The fact is that it does in some families.

In most cases, a parent who strikes a child’s hand doesn’t really know what else to do in that moment. I have spent years working with parents to help them find more effective discipline solutions to replace the strike. Once they better understand their child’s behavior and practice alternative methods, there is no longer a need to hit. Then there are those parents who strongly believe that striking a child’s hand to stop them from touching the stove is justified and these parents are not interested in finding alternative methods for hitting. For these parents, I say that striking a child to change a behavior is an act that is coming from a position of fear and not love. Let me explain.

I subscribe to the theory that every action taken or every word spoken by a human being either comes from a place of feeling love or from a place of feeling fearful. It is my belief that when an adult strikes a child’s body, regardless of what area or at what velocity of the swing (whether it be very light or hard), that adult is doing it as a result of feeling fearful in one or more ways. Some examples might be, “I’m afraid my child will get burned,” “I’m afraid my child will not listen to me so I have to make it memorable,” “I’m afraid my child doesn’t respect my authority,” “I have to force my child to stop now because I remember the fear of getting burned myself,” “I remember the fear my parent instilled in me when I didn’t listen to him and I have to recreate that for my child,” and many others. But when a parent is taught to manage his emotions and instead, come from a position of love before he acts or speaks, he is not likely to strike the child, punish her, or yell. A parent who takes actions and uses words that come from a position of love is more likely to respond with calm understanding and reasoning by looking at the situation from the child’s perspective. If after explaining to the child, she continues to move toward the stove, then this parent is likely to place a physical barrier between the child and the heater because the motivation of the child at this moment to touch the stove is stronger than her ability to understand the reasoning from the parent’s explanation. It could also be that the child is not at the appropriate development level to understand the parent’s explanation. After the barrier is set up to keep the child safe, a parent coming from the position of love is very likely to step back and ask himself, “What need is my child revealing to me right now that keeps her moving toward the stove?” That parent is likely to take the time to identify the core human need; to play, to discover, to learn, to explore, or others. Taking the actions I described here from a position of love takes time and patience, and also requires that the parent have an adequate level of emotional intelligence to see the situation from the child’s perspective. Taking the action to strike the child is coming from a position of fear is much quicker, takes less time, and requires a very low level of emotional intelligence on the part of the parent.

Now here is the long term outcome between the two. While both parents may be successful in getting the child to not touch the stove, the parent using methods that come from a position of fear is very likely to instill fear in the child. When fear is fostered within the human soul, it is my belief that more fear is generated and quite possibly, that child will also take actions and use words as she matures that are based on fear. Fear breeds emotions such as guilt, aggression, resentment, jealousy, hatred, and other nonproductive emotions. But if the primary caretaker of the child uses a style of parenting that involves taking actions and using words that come from a position of love, it is very likely that love will grow stronger within the child and she too will see the world from that perspective. It is my belief that this child is much more likely (than the child raised with fear based principles) to live a richer and fuller life. It is this child that may more likely build stronger, more loving relationship and make smarter decisions in her life because instead of being filled with the negative emotions that fear creates, she instead will be filled with more emotions such as trust, kindness, joy, happiness, encouragement, and compassion. And the final difference in this child? She may be more likely (than the child raised with fear-based tactics) to find her true purpose in life and leave behind a legacy that will change the lives of others!

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The most commonly used treatments for lung cancer are surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The exact treatment a lung cancer patient receives will depend on several factors. These include the type of cancer, the stage or extent to which it has spread at the time of diagnosis, and the overall health of the patient.

Non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for about 80 percent of lung cancer cases, is treated depending on its stage at diagnosis. Lung surgery is the mainstay of treatment for the early stages of lung cancer. Cancerous tissue, along with a margin of healthy tissue, is removed. Patients who are unable to have surgery may be treated with radiotherapy. While cure rates for early lung cancer are good, it is rarely detected in its early stages. As non-small cell cancer spreads within the chest, it is treated with some combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Once cancer has spread to other parts of the body, chemotherapy and radiotherapy replace surgery as the main treatment options. A number of drugs are available, and many more are being tested in clinical trials. Radiotherapy is palliative, and while it may ease symptoms such as pain and cough, it will not stop cancer growth. If the cancer obstructs a major airway, using a laser, freezing the tumor or keeping the airway open with a stent or tube may remove the obstruction.

Small cell lung cancer, which is found in about 20 percent of lung cancer patients, is more aggressive and more likely to have spread by the time of diagnosis. It is therefore treated primarily with chemotherapy. Radiotherapy to the chest may also be used to kill off remaining cancer cells. This type of cancer often spreads to the brain. This is why radiotherapy to the brain may be used as a prophylactic even if no cancer is detected in the brain.