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January 4th, 2016

Sick of the winter blues?

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Season's Greetings everyone!

Can the winter blues make you sick? 

As winter approaches I see an increase in mood related concerns, and more colds and flu’s. Could there be a connection?

As we all know when winter approaches there is a lot less sunlight and when we turn the clocks back an hour we have even less daylight hours. The lack of direct exposure to sunlight can lead to a disorder called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Studies have shown that this lack of sunlight exposure seems to have a negative impact on our Pineal gland in our brains. Reduced stimulation of this gland seems to affect our “happy hormone,“ we refer to as serotonin. This hormone can have an impact on mood, sleep and cognitive behaviour.

Throughout the last two decades I have seen this disorder every year and how it affects people. Patients complain of tiredness, insomnia, depression, anxiety and sometimes a feeling of hopelessness. Needless to say that these signs and symptoms can lead to an increase in stress which can weaken the immune system! Hence, the increased number of patients with colds and wide spread communicable illnesses like the proverbial seasonal influenza.

Let’s examine this more closely. What is the key vitamin connected with sunlight exposure?

If you have been following my newsletters for a while now you have learned just how important Vitamin D really is!

As we know now Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system. Studies seem to show that Vitamin D deficiencies occur most often in the winter, so do colds, flu’s, and SAD. More recent studies are suggesting a link between Vitamin D and even SAD!

What can we do?

First, I recommend all of my patients with SAD, and recurring colds and flus to have their Vitamin D levels checked, and then supplement accordingly.

Second, I encourage all my patients to invest in some Full spectrum lighting for their work and/or home. Full spectrum lights can mimic the natural sunlight in the winter which stimulates Vitamin D synthesis. This will improve Pineal gland function and subsequent serotonin levels thus improving mood. Remember artificial lighting only illuminates the environment. We can see fine will regular lighting, however, our brain still thinks we are in complete darkness!

I find that by following these two simple suggestions my patients suffer fewer colds, flu’s and have less mood related disorders in the winter. Remember educate, evaluate, and empower yourself! Happy holidays everyone.

 

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As most of us have noticed over these last few decades modern science and technology have been advancing exponentially. Even in my short time here we have come from getting up off the sofa to turn a knob in order to change the channels on the TV. To lying on the sofa using a smart phone to operate and surf all 500 hundred channels! I believe in many ways people just take it for granted that new science is automatically the best science!

There is no doubt about the numerous benefits of newly discovered science and technology, however, we need to respect and understand the past and the science behind what we once thought of as just a simple life style and simple health practices! Practices our parents, grandparents and great grandparents used even though they didn't fully understand the science behind the benefits. They just knew these practices were beneficial, they just did not know the how and why. But now we know that our intuition was correct all along, and we have the science to prove it!

At that time experience and observation, empirical evidence, was the key factor in these older practices. Many of which were passed down from generation to generation with absolute conviction and trust. Remember these practices would have been stopped if their safety and effectiveness were in doubt. It was clearly defined over the years with no bias.

Unfortunately, as the generations passed these pearls of wisdom were forgotten, discredited and eventually lost. These pearls of wisdom are what refer to as lost wisdom!

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