Medicine

What Happens To Your Brain When You Take Xanax

 

Dr. Samoon Ahmad, a practicing psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist at the Integrative Center for Wellness, discusses the short- & long-term effects of Xanax on the brain in a featured Business Insider video.

“I know plenty of people who say they have anxiety and take Xanax—look how calm it makes them. It’s so relaxing, it’s like getting a nice high!  I’m sure […]

How Adderall Affects Your Body

Dr. Samoon Ahmad of the Integrative Center for Wellness was recently featured in a Business Insider interview highlighting the effects of Adderall abuse on the brain and body.

Adderall, the drug commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, has another less-than-ideal use — recreation. Adderall abuse is a growing problem, especially among young adults and college-age […]

Gut microbiota, inflammation and immunity

Scientific research continues to emphasize the importance intestinal microbiome plays in the health and immunity of the host organism. The food we consume is metabolized by the gut microbiota into small molecules that we absorb.
Over the past decade, a dysbiosis in the composition of gut microbiota has been found in patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Specifically, faecalibacterium […]

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Higher Diet Quality Linked to Less Cognitive Decline

An international cohort of 31,456 subjects aged 55 and older from 40 countries completed a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) during baseline testing and at least once during follow-up. Each participant provided dietary information and was measured on cognitive function/decline over the period of 5 years. The study did not focus on the Mediterranean diet specifically but rather on the […]

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Psychiatry and the Gut: The Role of Microbiota in Mood Disorders

The community of bacteria and their genetic material also known as the human microbiome has been estimated to 100 trillion in the human gut alone. Gut microbiota contribute to a normal, healthy state of homeostasis in the human organism. The human body provides habitat and nutrition for the microbiota which in return provide beneficial effects on the person’s immune, […]

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Food for thought: How gut microbes change your mind

A lifelong symbiotic relationship exists between bacteria and the human body. Varied bacterial composition early in life is essential for normal brain development. Consequently, biotic imbalance acts as a predisposing factor for a number of brain disorders.
The basic microbiome composition is acquired during birth via the birth canal. If a child is born through a cesarean section, the bacteria […]

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Early antibiotics linked to later overweight

The use of antibiotics during infancy is a significant risk factor for becoming overweight in later years. Since antibiotics requite a physician’s prescription, they are considered a physician-modifiable risk factor. Due to their wide spectrum action, not only do they kill the harmful bacteria but they also alter the composition of the child’s developing gut microbiome, which plays a […]

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Protein, Especially Fish, Linked to Reduced Stroke.

A new meta-analysis of 7 studies (4 from the US, 2 from Japan and 1 from Sweden) suggests that a moderate dietary protein intake may lower the risk of stroke. The primary beneficial protein source was fish, while other animal protein sources such as red meat appeared to be associated with an increased risk. The study further found that […]

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