Points Newsletter - January 2024

Changing Seasons and Depression

Changing Seasons and DepressionBy Dr. Shannon Lawrence

Do you ever wonder why you feel down once summer is over, even though you are rejuvenated from your vacation and ready for a new venture? Chances are you are simply reacting to less light as the days get shorter. Depression is a mood disorder and a major medical illness caused by many factors, including chemical receptors in the brain not firing correctly, hormonal changes, environmental factors like diminished daylight, genetics, and stress. According to WHO (World Health Organization), worldwide depression affects 280 million people yearly, with women making up nearly 50% of this number and an additional 10% in pregnant and postpartum women. More...

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Indoor Pollution and Its Effects on Allergies: How Chinese Medicine Offers Relief

Indoor Pollution and Its Effects on Allergies: How Chinese Medicine Offers Relief By Albert Vaca, L.Ac.

We're all familiar with outdoor air quality problems, like smog, smoke, forest fires, and industry pollution - but indoor pollution is lesser known and perhaps more critical to everyday long-term health. Indoor pollution is a growing concern, with various allergens and pollutants triggering allergic reactions in individuals. Indoor pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than outdoor pollutants, so it's good to be aware of its effects. More...

 

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Ask Dr. MaoQ: What are some of the best exercises to ensure a longer, healthier, more active life?

A: There are several aspects about physical activity that play a role in a longer and healthier life. Movement is essential for proper metabolism and energy circulation. Our cardiovascular and lymphatic circulatory systems rely on movement to help with circulation of blood and extra cellular waste transport.

Movement of muscles, joints, and tendons promote renewal and circulation as well as extending range of motion to prevent arthritic build-up and stagnation. Moderate load-bearing exercises are essential for bone density and tensile strength, and this is especially important as we age. Cardio-stimulating exercises, the activities that increase the heart rate, provide stimulus for the cardiac muscles to maintain proper rigor and endurance. Exercise also helps to utilize excess energy to prevent it from getting stored as body fat.

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