Mental Health

Antidepressants

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

Public Health

Opioid Crisis

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

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Bodybuilding and de-loading

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

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Healthy Lifestyle Assessment

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