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Toxic Dormitories & Mold

While a college education is a necessary educational step for most people, colleges and universities are under increasing scrutiny due to their high cost and poor performance on a variety of measures. One area not discussed, but of fundamental importance is the dormitory itself. As a psychiatrist and functional medicine physician, I have seen many college students who are underperforming academically, and depressed or anxious. The underlying causes range from social pressures and isolation to drug and alcohol use and poor food. One cause, which has not been discussed, is toxic mold in dormitories. Janet was a 19-year old athletic
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Dr. Robert Hedaya Explains How to Use Genetic Testing Medically

At The Whole Psychiatry & Brain Recovery Center, genetic testing is used as part of an entire whole person workup. Genetic test results are assessed vis a vis personal history, physical exam and other lab data. This provides the most personalized form of Personalized Medicine. Patients come from across the country to avail themselves of Dr. Hedaya’s leading edge approach to brain health. Dr. Hedaya’s mantra: “Yes, you can have a better brain.”
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The Dissolution of Gender

It is nothing short of astounding that after millions of years of human history, the fundamental facts of human gender are becoming blurry. There are many reasons for this, but one, which I have not seen discussed, as likely a cause, is the influence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s). EDC’s are new-to-nature substances (chemicals) which are used in medicines, as pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and various industries.   Rachel Carson, in her seminal book, “Silent Spring”, was the first scientist (others are Theo Colborn and David Skelly) to warn that chemicals (from estrogens in our water supply and other new-to-nature molecules)
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Whole Psychiatry: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Dr. Robert Hedaya’s concept of Whole Psychiatry looks at both traditional psychiatry and functional medicine to get a complete view of a patient’s psychological and physical health. This armchair discussion with Dr. Hedaya and Rabbi Shais Taub, a leading authority on Jewish mysticism, will compare and contrast the medical and mystical viewpoints. These vital insights will shed light on the relationship between the body and mind and how to bring healing to both. Whole Psychiatry: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body – Dr. Robert Hedaya & Rabbi Shais Taub Click on photo to watch the video.
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Categories: Health Matters Blog, Interviews with Dr. Hedaya, and Miscellaneous.

General Anesthesia May Unmask Hidden Cognitive Decline

A new study links surgery and cognitive decline. A very well-executed study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (2018; 62(1):319-333. doi:10.3233/JAD-170496) has shown that certain individuals demonstrate a significant decline in their mental abilities following surgery requiring general anesthesia, in this case, for total knee arthroplasty (knee replacement surgery). Post-Surgery Cognitive Decline Those most at risk for a post-surgical decline in cognitive abilities showed: a) Slow processing speed (thinking and reaction speed), b) Reduced working memory (short-term memory), for example, the ability to hold information in one’s mind and manipulate it. This skill is used in such things as
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Categories: Cognitive Decline / Alzheimers and Health Matters Blog.

Can Treatment Resistant Depression Be Successfully Treated?

Treating underlying causes of depression has positive side effects. As a clinical psychopharmacologist and the pioneer in the application of functional medicine to neuropsychiatric disorders, I have decades of experience successfully treating treatment-resistant depression. If you or a loved one suffers from depression that doesn’t seem to get better no matter what medication you take or psychotherapy you receive, read this article. Mainstream Approaches The prevailing attitude in mainstream psychiatry is that between one-half to two-thirds of people with depression do not have a full recovery from their depression, despite the use of psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal
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Why Not All Mental Health Problems Are Psychological

Minding the Body Means More Than Just Taking a Pill Even though we recognize that physiological processes hugely influence cognition, emotion, and behavior, too many therapists still tend to practice as if treatment should focus entirely on the mind, says functional medicine psychiatrist Robert Hedaya. There’s a need to analyze the body as well as practice traditional psychotherapy, he says. “Learn to keep your ears open to nutritional, bodily, or energy complaints,” he explains. “Therapists can do a tremendous amount if they just expand their thinking.” In the following interview with Networker Editor Rich Simon, Hedaya explains how therapists can
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Categories: Health Matters Blog and Interviews with Dr. Hedaya.

Hope and Healing Research

Excellent ‘recipe’ book for how to understand how hope can heals us. Dr. Hedaya was recently interviewed by the Integrative Medicine Clinician’s Journal. He was asked about the role of hope in the healing process.  This is his response: “Hope is critical in all healing. A book written by Jerome Frank Persuasion and Healing, deals with this topic very effectively. Hopelessness is one of the cardinal features of depression (as is helplessness). Hope and depression are inversely correlated. Hope assists healing and can in and of itself cause healing, but there are many situations (e.g., pernicious anemia leading to panic and depression)
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Categories: Articles & White Papers and Health Matters Blog.

Five Herbs Plus Thiamine Reduce Pain and Improve Functional Mobility in Patients With Pain

by Robert Hedaya,  MD, DLFAPA ABSTRACT Context • Five herbs—Urtica dioica (stinging nettle), Boswellia serrata, Equisetum arvense, Allium sativum, and Apium graveolens—have been demonstrated to have activity at several anti-inflammatory pathways and have analgesic properties that are effective in treating chronic musculoskeletal pain. Objectives • The study intended to evaluate the clinical efficacy of a proprietary blend of U dioica, B serrata, E arvense, A sativum, A graveolens, and thiamine (vitamin B1), or “the blend,” in the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain. Methods • The research team performed a prospective case study. Setting • The study took place at the National
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Suicide: Overlooked Causes You Should Know

I would like to talk with you about a current but very difficult topic…suicide. Statistics show a clear rise in suicide frequency with the highest risk being in white middle-aged males. In my nearly 40-year career, I have treated countless people who have felt suicidal to varying degrees. I have been able to prevent suicide in all cases, largely because I work hard to understand the nature of their depression and anxiety, I connect intensively to my patients, I remain in close contact, I have a very high sensitivity to suicide risk factors, and I use lithium and or hospitalization
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