While I have been discussing opioids and their effect on the brain I have also been thinking about antidepressants, specifically SSRIs and the role they play within the brain. Prior the 1950s, opioids, amphetamine, and methamphetamines were used to treat depression, until researchers discovered that a lack of the neurotransmitter noradrenaline and serotonin causes depression,… Continue reading Antidepressants
And why are they so addictive? I wanted to take a step back from yesterday's post on the Opioid Crisis to discuss exactly where Opiates come from and how they affect the brain and body. Opiates are drugs that are derived from the Opium plant when the poppy is cultivated, the Sumerians referred to it… Continue reading What are Opiates?
I feel compelled to talk about the mounting opioid epidemic in this country that claimed more lives in one year than the entire Vietnam War. President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency on October 26, 2017; however, it did not include any additional funds as it was not declared a national emergency,… Continue reading Opioid Crisis
My job requires me to be at my desk all day. I am grateful that my workplace values wellness and has equipped every office with desks that raise to standing height, so I spend much of my day standing. I found a way to keep myself entertained at work while trying to stay active. I grabbed… Continue reading Wellness at Work
Today I met with my neurologist to go over my MRI results from a couple of weeks ago. The exam was brief, he poked me in the face with a broken tongue depressor like he normally does, yep still numb, he took some vitals and then we reviewed my scans, which I requested a copy… Continue reading Whatever it is, it is working
I wanted to share this interesting TED talk I watched for my Healthcare Economics class. In the talk Ivan Oransky, a health reporter for Reuters Health discusses the culture of our healthcare in which we are medicalizing every aspect of our lives. He points out that there is a "pre" condition for everything right down… Continue reading Are we over-medicalized?
I am not drinking enough water and I am irritated with myself for it. I have no excuse good excuse for not drinking enough, in fact my excuse is pretty lame. Typically I will buy a 2.5 gallon container of water for my office, which I consume all in one week. For some reason I just… Continue reading Not drinking enough…water
De-loading is a term that I've read a lot about in various bodybuilding and fitness magazines. De-loading is a planned reduction in volume or intensity of your workouts, usually for one week. The purpose is to allow the body to dissipate fatigue and allow you to recover. I've learned that de-loading is valuable tool to… Continue reading Bodybuilding and de-loading
Last evening I attended my first educational MS event. I keep getting notices from the company that makes the drug that I am on and I've always overlooked them, for several reasons. I wasn't really interested in learning about the drug that I am already on, I didn't want to hear the sales pitch. Also… Continue reading Knowledge is power
The company I work for offers a yearly Healthy Lifestyle Assessment for the employees. I wouldn't normally participate in this sort of activity for a multitude of reasons, but this year I decided to only because there is financial incentive involved. Since the adoption of the Affordable Care Act, there are financial incentives for companies… Continue reading Healthy Lifestyle Assessment