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Editor’s letter

November 2017 Editor’s Letter

November is upon us, a month often grey and dreary. It is often a time when those suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) begin feeling changes. Indeed, dwindling daylight affects all of us to some extent. This month our contributors focus on aspects of mental health.

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND writes about mental health and its determinants including dietary, lifestyle, and psychological factors. A factor all too often overlooked includes sleep. More and more research is demonstrating the impact that sleep exerts on all areas of health, but especially mental health.

Dr. Sarah King, ND covers a condition called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, PMDD, a condition characterized by depression in the week or two leading up to menses. This type of depression obviously has strong hormonal associations.

Dr. Anne Hussain, ND shares her insights on some of the common uses of lavender. This aromatic herb possesses a number of therapeutic properties, and has been the subject of quite a number of studies.

Dr. Natalie Mulligan, ND shares her insight on eating disorders. Eating disorders are notoriously difficult to treat, and Dr. Mulligan shares an overview of naturopathic therapies as well as psychological therapies that may be helpful.

Dr. Krysten DeSouza, ND discusses ways to improve energy levels. Although not the same thing, we often observe a close association between energy and mood. They tend to improve and deteriorate together. Dr. DeSouza discusses common herbs and nutrients that can help give you an extra boost!

Finally, Dr. Alison Chen, ND discusses the role of fish oil with respect to physical performance. Did you know that fish oil decreases exercise induced muscle damage? This is an important factor in recovery and muscle repair. An example of just one factoid shared by Dr. Chen…

Thank you to all of our contributors this month!

In health,
Heidi Fritz, MA, ND
Editor-in-Chief, Naturopathic Currents