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The Link Between Diet, Exercise and Alzheimer’s

A new study finds that lifestyle changes can improve cognition This article published in The Wall Street Journal is a very important and welcome sign that the discussion around Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as well as many other neurodegenerative disorders is shifting. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are not inevitable, and we do not have to wait around helplessly for the development of medication. We can take action NOW. I would amplify the measures described in this excellent article by adding an assessment of hormones, and the elimination of inflammatory factors (e.g., infections, gastrointestinal disorders, mold exposures). I would lean
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Generic Medications Alert

Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries New York Times   February 14, 2014 By Gardiner Harris NEW DELHI — India, the second-largest exporter of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to the United States, is coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses, falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines. more This is of great concern to me as a physician. Patients deserve medication that is safe and effective. – Dr. Hedaya
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DSM-V & Why Psychiatrists Need to Be Open to Other Fields

Talitha Stevenson’s Book Review in the Financial Times newspaper  (“Mind field”, Life & Arts, May 24) shed much need light on the release of the DSM V, and the ensuing national dialogue about psychiatry and its definitions of mental illness. As a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, practitioner of The Center for Whole Psychiatry + Brain Recovery, and certified Psychopharmacologist, I propose a companion, if not an alternative to the DSM V. The authors of the DSM V have been searching for clear diagnostic labels to the point of absurdity. I suggest that we psychiatrists abandon this obsession with categorizing every aspect of
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Vogue: Bitter Pills

With an increasing number of Americans popping multiple meds to treat depression, Ginny Graves wonders: Could food be a natural alternative… Download the Article, featuring Dr. Hedaya »
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Lying to Your Doctor Has Unitended Consequences

I am a bit naïve. Yes, I am a psychiatrist, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and the founder of the National Center for The Center for Whole Psychiatry + Brain Recovery. Given my experience, I should, you would think, know better. Yet I was in practice for probably 20 or more years before I realized that some times my patients lie to me about how they are doing, and whether they are following our jointly agreed upon recommendations. I am prompted to write about this, because a week ago I had an experience where a patient told me that she
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