Social Media & Mental Health: Taking Back Your Time

Our time is precious. We often do not realize how quickly it goes as we live it. The way we spend our time can influence our health. Enter social media. It might be common behavior to pass "in between" time - a busy doctor's waiting room or waiting for your order at a restaurant. How … Continue reading Social Media & Mental Health: Taking Back Your Time

The Evolution of the Approach to Mental Health: Towards a More Preventive Strategy

The pandemic has given us a lot to think about regarding mental health. Already on an incline, the rates of depression and anxiety have increased over the last few years. Psychiatry is on the reactive side of mental health, addressing issues as people present with more serious conditions. The ACEs study showed an association of trauma with mental and physical health impacts. Envisioning preventive strategies could start at the pregnancy, address parenting approaches, and enhance community and scholastic programs. Medications have limited efficacy. A multi-pronged preventive approach will likely be the most effective.

Does Exercise Improve Mental Health?

From an early age, we are taught how regular exercise can positively impact our bodies, increase our muscle mass, lower our blood pressure, boost our energy, minimize our risk of disease, and improve practically every aspect of our physical health. But what about other aspects, such as mental health? Aside from physical benefits, having a … Continue reading Does Exercise Improve Mental Health?

What are the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain?

What is an evidence-based way to address chronic musculoskeletal pain without medications? Short answer: A Multi-Pronged Approach Including Movement, Stress Management, Low Carbohydrate Diet, Optimal Weight, and Optimal Sleep Introduction: What is the Burden of Chronic Pain? We carry through life the sum-total of trauma to our brains and bodies. As we age, there is … Continue reading What are the best non-medical treatments for chronic pain?

The Daily Apple: Best Tips for Good Sleep

This article on sleep was written by Daniela Dominguez, second-year medical student at Universidad Internacional del Ecuador Escuela de Medicina. We all want to wake up and feel refreshed and ready for a new day. One of the keys to a fulfilling life is a goodnight's sleep. In the past, it was common to think … Continue reading The Daily Apple: Best Tips for Good Sleep

Sin: How Does Neuroscience Explain It?

As an open flame attracts a moth, an encounter that can end fatally, certain things in life lure us as humans. Whatever one wishes to refer to the attraction of sin, e.g. mistakes, vices or transgressions, does not change their grip on all of us. Is there something intrinsic about being a human that makes … Continue reading Sin: How Does Neuroscience Explain It?