Targeting the Endocannabinoid System May be Next Solution to OCD – Naturopathic Doctor News and Review

Node Smith, ND

The body’s endocannabinoid system, due to the critical role it plays in regulating neurotransmitter signaling, is an enticing target for drug development against disorders associated with anxiety, stress, and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A comprehensive new review article that provides an overview of this complex system, endogenous and exogenous cannabinoids, results of animal studies and human trials to date, and recommendations for future directions is published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers.

The article entitled “The Endocannabinoid System: A New Treatment Target for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?” was coauthored by Reilly Kayser, MD, Ivar Snorrasson, PhD, Margaret Haney, PhD, and H. Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Francis Lee, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, (New York, NY). The researchers present the evidence that links the endocannabinoid system to the pathology underlying OCD. They also explore the potential for targeting this system to relieve symptoms of OCD and related disorders such as anxiety, tic, and impulse control disorders. The review includes and extensive overview of cannabinoids made by the body, and exogenous cannabinoids, including phytocannabinoids found in the

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10 Effective Homeopathic Remedies for Dry Mouth

Dry mouth (medically known as xerostomia) is a condition that arises when the salivary glands in the mouth don’t make an adequate amount of saliva to keep the mouth moist. There are multiple reasons that can lead to dry mouth; many medicines like those used to treat high BP, depression, anxiety and chemotherapy drugs can cause dryness in the mouth. Radiation therapy to head and neck can damage salivary glands and result in decrease salivation. Dry mouth can arise in elderly people, in diabetics and also in people who drink too much alcohol, chew tobacco, smoke, or use marijuana. Dehydration and breathing with an open mouth can also result in dry mouth. Homeopathic remedies for dry mouth bring excellent results by addressing the root cause behind the dryness.

Homeopathic Remedies for Dry Mouth

Natural medicines are highly effective to treat cases of dry mouth. The top grade medicines for treating dry mouth are Bryonia, Nux Moschata, Natrum Mur, Kali Bichrome, and Belladonna. The characteristic features in every case of dry mouth decides the most suitable medicine needed among them for wonderful results.

1. Bryonia – Top Grade Medicine for Dry Mouth

Bryonia is prepared from the root of the plant

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Low-Carb & Keto Caprese Panini

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Who doesn’t love a big, juicy panini bursting with flavour and texture?

Ta da! I’m here to show you how to make a delicious and satisfying keto panini with soft mozzarella, tomato and basil. Yep, the panini of your dreams is well within your reach right now.

Apart from this popular vegetarian keto option, feel free to swap with other fillings such as ham & cheese, tuna, bacon jam or grilled chicken. The options are endless!

If you don’t have a panini press, you can make these in a traditional sandwich press, you just won’t get the grill lines… but it will still be just as yummy. Enjoy!

Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 panini)

Net carbs9.2 grams

Protein37.3 grams

Fat42.8 grams

Calories569 kcal

Calories from carbs 6%, protein 26%, fat 68%

Total carbs13.2 gramsFiber4 gramsSugars4.2 gramsSaturated fat15.2 gramsSodium1,098 mg(48% RDA)Magnesium134 mg(33% RDA)Potassium474 mg(24% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

Ciabatta bread:
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded

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Prebiotic potential of culinary spices used to support digestion and bioabsorption.


Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2019 ;2019:8973704. Epub 2019 Jun 2. PMID: 31281405

Abstract Title: 

Prebiotic Potential of Culinary Spices Used to Support Digestion and Bioabsorption.


Although the impact of medicinal and culinary herbs on health and disease has been studied to varying extents, scarcely little is known about the impact of these herbs on gut microbiota and how such effects might contribute to their health benefits. We appliedanaerobic cultivation of human fecal microbiota followed by 16S rRNA sequencing to study the modulatory effects of 4 culinary spices:(turmeric),(ginger),(pipli or long pepper), and(black pepper). All herbs analyzed possessed substantial power to modulate fecal bacterial communities to include potential prebiotic and beneficial repressive effects. We additionally analyzed the sugar composition of each herb by mass spectrometry and conducted genome reconstruction of 11 relevant sugar utilization pathways, glycosyl hydrolase gene representation, and both butyrate and propionate biosynthesis potential to facilitate our ability to functionally interpret microbiota profiles. Results indicated that sugar composition is not predictive of the taxa responding to each herb; however, glycosyl hydrolase gene representation is strongly modulated by each herb, suggesting that polysaccharide substrates present in herbs provide selective potential on gut communities. Additionally, we conclude that catabolism …

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How to Master The Floor Press | Building Muscle

A floor press is a strength training exercise that you are likely to see in any weight room. It looks very impressive, but it can be tough on the shoulders. It’s important to do this exercise correctly. Not only to prevent injury, but also so that you can actually feel the exercise in your chest.

In this article, we’ll go over how to do a floor press effectively to build up strength in your chest and arms. 

What Is A Floor Press?

A floor press is a weight lifting exercise that allows you to focus purely on your arms and chest while avoiding stress on the rest of your body. As one of the original weight lifting exercises, it’s been done well over a hundred years. 

It’s often done as a show-off move, with gym rats competing to see who could do the heaviest bench press. Floor presses predate the bench press, and when the bench press rose to popularity, some people abandoned the floor press. 

However, this exercise still retains a place in many people’s weight lifting routines, particularly those who are focused specifically on strength training. Floor presses provide stability that is difficult to get with a

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Total Gym PiYo Workout – Total Gym Pulse

Flex, bend, move, and groove to a workout that combines Pilates, yoga, and strength movements into a killer routine.

You may or may not have heard of the famous PiYo workout. Put simply, it’s a high-energy, continual routine that blends Pilates and yoga to burn calories and tone muscles.

Many workouts in our fitness world today tend to blend different modalities into a training session to maximize time and achieve a training goal. Having a well rounded program of different types of cardio, strength, and flexibility training is the key elements to gaining results.

PiYo [defined]

PiYo is a dynamic, flowing sequence of exercises that burns calories while lengthening and toning your muscles and increasing flexibility. PiYo was created by Chalene Johnson, the founder of the Turbo Kick system and is a Beachbody program. It was designed for people who want the mind-body benefits of a yoga or Pilates workout, but in a higher-energy, faster paced style.

POSITIVES of Piyo[benefits]

1. Good for all ages and fitness levels

2. Total body workout

3. Improves strength, cardio output, flexibility

4. Low impact movements

5. Burns calories

6. Increases balance and stability

7. Increase joint range of motion


A typical

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Summertime Drinks and Pique Tea Sale

Summer is supposed to be a time to slow down, relax, and enjoy life. But a lot of people tell me that in reality, it’s a time of stress! Between planning vacations and having the kids home from school, this season can definitely take a toll.

That’s why I’ve partnered with Pique Tea to give you a special limited-time offer on their Stress-Free Tea Bundles. You’ll get a variety of green teas, white teas (less caffeine which I prefer), and herbal teas that promote digestion and immunity.

Summer is a great time for adding some variety and make refreshing drinks to help quench your thirst. Pique teas are great for spicing up your summer drinks but also because they are hassle free. Just add the packet to hot or cold water and mix. No heating up a water pot, steeping tea bags, then cooling down if you want a cold summer drink. It makes then really convenient for summer cold tea.

We have partnered with Pique to bring you 20% off your some great summer tea bundles! Just use THIS LINK to save and stock up.

These tea crystals are pure and convenient. They mix quickly with hot or cold

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You can lose weight and still enjoy these mouth-watering mini doughnuts

With the Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, you don’t have to cut out any food groups in order to lose weight. Not even DOUGHNUTS!

Our Challenge membership gives you access to thousands of healthy and delicious recipes including all of your favorite treats. We simply show you how to make healthier versions of them.

During National Doughnut Day in June hundreds of mums from our weight loss community were busy cooking our Healthy Mini Doughnuts. They share their fabulously decorated mini doughnut creations below. WARNING –  You might develop a donut addiction after seeing these!

The Healthy Mummy 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge is a fully interactive and online customisable meal and exercise plan with over 4,000 recipes, over 350 exercise videos and 24/7 support.

The Healthy Mummy program is an easy, family-friendly and budget-friendly program that has helped mums lose over 3 million kilograms. And we can help you too.

Read about how our members are losing weight and improving their health here.

If you are a fan of doughnuts but are trying to lose weight don’t fear.  Try our egg free, dairy free, healthy mini doughnuts below. Your partners and children will love them too. 

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How to Train Clients With Diastasis Recti

As a pelvic health physiotherapist, I considered myself an expert in diastasis recti. After all, I’d been treating the condition for nearly 20 years in my patients.

Then, after my third pregnancy, I diagnosed the condition in myself.

Despite all my education and experience, my first reaction was fear. Because the conventional wisdom for so long has been to go slow to avoid anything that might make the diastasis recti worse, my instinct was to approach the condition conservatively.

I worried.

Would I ever be able to do abdominal training again?
Would I be able to run long distances?
Would yoga no longer be safe?
What about Pilates?

Even for an expert like me, it was hard to figure out what having diastasis meant for my fitness. What exercises could I do? Could I fix the gap in my abdominal muscles? Was I “broken” in some way?

After working with another physiotherapist and a coach I finally began to separate the information from the misinformation about diastasis recti.

My physiotherapist and my coach helped me realize I wasn’t broken — with diastasis recti, my abdominal muscles simply couldn’t generate as much tension and intra-abdominal pressure as before. They also

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