The Lowdown on Antidepressants

PRACTITIONER PERPSPECTIVE – The Lowdown on Antidepressants Featured in the magazine ‘Health and Herbal’ Volume 20 . Issue 1 . 2010 By Brian Dodds   I doubt there has been a more stressful time in history than the age we are living in now. It isn’t the type of stress where the cause is plain to see… It’s a lot more subtle…so subtle we often don’t even know why we’re stressed, so we tell ourselves that something must be wrong with us personally.   Personally, I found life while living in Third World Countries less depressing than at home here in New Zealand. To put it bluntly, the sick have already died and the ones still living are alive…very alive. They take life as it is and cherish the good times. Each one of them is reminded every day of how fragile life can be.   Why do I find it more depressing in NZ? Why are so many of us like the “walking dead” with our feelings half shut down? This question sounds like an exaggeration but it rings true to me when ….

Heart Disease: Nattokinase and arterial plaque.

  Most people believe there is no treatment for arterial plaque. Featured in the magazine ‘Health and Herbal’ Volume 18 . Issue 5 . 2008   There is a belief that little can be done for heart disease where there is extensive build-up of plaque. Any New Zealander who’s had a typical diet and lifestyle for 20+ years can be pretty sure there will be significant deposits of plaque in the heart and on artery walls. Exercise, dietary changes and addressing emotional trauma may, at best, halt further build-up, but the existing deposits will remain largely unchanged. The conventional medical system’s treatments for heart attack are cholesterol lowering drugs, blood thinners and beta-blockers. Three years ago however, I was happy to discover a totally natural alternative.   My preferred supplement distributor sent me information about a product for heart health based on natto, a traditional Japanese fermented soybean food. Natto is the centre of many jokes in Japan, especially for foreigners, because it has an acceptable taste but the repulsive smell of socks worn for three weeks. Most young Japanese cannot tolerate it; ….