Month: May 2014

9 Health Benefits of Yoga

There’s no shortage of ways to get healthy, and depending on where a person lives, some are easier to come by than others. For people just beginning to pay attention to staying active and eating healthier, it usually isn’t much fun and can be painful, at least in the first few weeks. But the health benefits will pay dividends in the long run. Yoga is one of the best ways to get a holistic health workout that improves both the mind and body. Not so many years ago, Yoga was viewed as a new-age fad by many, but today most people are either practicing it regularly, or know someone who does. And it’s gaining converts at a pretty fast clip. There are many reasons for Yoga’s growth, and it comes in a wide range of flavors to spice things up. Not only is it low-impact, but it also increases flexibility and strength, improves breathing and posture, and instills a sense of balance between body, mind, and spirit. It just might be the perfect workout. Look around and it’s not surprising to find Yoga being practiced in corporate environments, company-sponsored events, addiction treatment centers, mental health facilities, schools, and homes around the country. To the bystander watching it from the sidelines, it looks easy enough, but it’s only after the first few sessions does the experience of the workout really...

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Real Pain With No Explanation? Explaining Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders

Somatoform Disorder is a mental illness that has symptoms of physical injury or sickness that cannot be explained by a specific medical condition or by any other mental disorder. People with this disorder often suffer from anxiety and severe distress because doctors are not able to find a cause for their physical symptoms and discomfort. Unfortunately, the complications don’t end there. What makes a Somatic Symptom Disorder difficult to diagnose in the first place is that most people living with this mental and physical condition don’t automatically see a psychiatrist. Like anyone experiencing pain or symptoms of physical illness, they go to their general practitioner, who, in many cases, might not consider this diagnosis for some time, if ever. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is the primary reference manual for mental health professionals. The American Psychiatric Association (APA), which publishes the manual, released the fifth edition in May 2013. The DSM-5 included some interesting and controversial updates to somatoform disorder. What are the Recent Updates to Somatoform Disorder in DSM-5? In DSM-5, a new section of the manual called “Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders” replaces “Somatoform Disorders” in the DSM-IV. Additionally, the APA decided to shift the focus from medically unexplained symptoms to the influence of those symptoms on a person’s actions, feelings and thoughts. Dr. Kupfer, who held a chair on the DSM-5 task...

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Lucy In The Sky With 25i? A Dangerous Designer Drug

25i-NBOMe is the latest designer drug on the radar of healthcare professionals and law enforcement officials around the nation. As of November 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) declared 25i-NBOMe a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act, which makes it illegal for two years (along with the variants 25B-NBOMe and 25C-NBOMe). Designer drugs are a class of narcotics chemically enhanced to mimic the “high” of other drugs. Because the chemicals in synthetic drugs are often legal to purchase or manufacture, designer drugs can often circumvent standing drug laws for a short time and be sold over the counter or through online retailers. 25i is most often compared to LSD, lysergic acid diethylamide, or “acid.” This psychedelic hallucinogen reached the peak of its popularity in the 1960s, and while it’s not as widely used these days, it hasn’t completely disappeared either. The compound 25I-NBOMe, discovered in 2003 at the Free University of Berlin, did not emerge as a recreational drug until a vendor specializing in “research chemicals,” or “RCs” began offering it for sale in 2010. The DEA notes that it has encountered the drug in liquid form, soaked into blotter paper that’s absorbed on the tongue, as a powder that can be snorted, and even laced on edible items. What Are the Effects of 25i Research Chemicals? Mood lift or euphoria Shifting visuals with colors and lights...

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