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By Mark Messina, PhD, MS,
The prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety are of increasing global importance due to the substantial health, social and economic burden they impose. Major depressive disorders and anxiety disorders are among the leading causes of “years lived with disability”. The global cost of these conditions in 2010 was estimated to be $2.5 trillion. Depression affects approximately 350 million people worldwide. In the United States, the rate of antidepressant treatment increased from 5.8% in 1996 to 10.1% in 2005 or from 13.3 to 27.0 million persons.
By Sandra Allonen, RD, MEd, LDN,
The addition of fermented foods, including fermented soyfoods, may improve cognitive function for those with mental health conditions. Originally developed in Asia hundreds of years ago, there are several types of fermented soyfoods. The most widely available such foods are miso, natto, soy yogurt, tamari, and tempeh.
By Christine Werner, PhD, PA-C, RD,
The adverse effects of stress on physical and psychological health are well established. The impact of stress on existing medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and pregnancy is evident in the literature. Therapies to achieve stress which are supported by the literature include meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, and omega-3 supplementation.