May 2015, Volume 5, Issue 5

Happy May, SynerLINK friends,

We have several pieces of big news coming up here at SynerGenius!

First, is that I am getting married later this month, so the next newsletter you receive will be signed Chanel Heermann MD.  Since most people already know me as Dr. Chanel, anyhow, this shouldn’t affect too much for my subscribers.

Second, I am preparing to leave this summer for a year in New Zealand.  I am extremely grateful and excited!  What this means to you is that SynerLINK will be going on hiatus until at least fall of 2016.  I may send out an occasional newsletter when I feel moved to do so, but it will not be a monthly offering anymore, to allow me sufficient time and space to immerse myself in the Kiwi culture and really embrace the experience.  Thank you so much for understanding!

This month’s lead article is a series of pieces on the depression-inflammation link.  This is such an important development and represents a truly new approach to mental health treatment that I expect will change many lives over the coming years.
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Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
― Vincent van Gogh

THIS MONTH’S LINKS

Links of the Month:
http://www.feelguide.com/2015/01/06/new-research-discovers-tha-depression-is-an-allergic-reaction-to-inflammation/
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/body/depression-may-caused-inflammation/

Even more evidence of inflammation as an underlying cause of depression. http://www.psychcongress.com/article/elevated-interleukin-6-childhood-linked-later-depression-psychotic-experiences-18606

Regarding this month’s theme, here is an interesting study showing an anti-inflammatory herb (curcumin) equivalent to fluoxetine (Prozac) for depression: http://www.holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/herbal-medicine/1592-curcumin-equals-fluoxetine-for-major-depression.html

For my psychiatry/NP/APRN/PA colleagues, this was an excellent related article in an excellent special issue on CAM. It’s only for subscribers, but it’s very worth it. I have grown to trust Carlat and his team to deliver great, unbiased CME (which also meets the self-assessment MOC requirements, BTW):
http://www.thecarlatreport.com/fire-mind-depression-inflammation-connection

Great resource for understanding food labels. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/pain/conference2014/nutritionpostcard_sjk_08.pdf

Exploding the stress-inducing myths of motherhood. http://revolutionfromhome.com/2015/02/17-modern-myths-making-motherhood-miserable/

How would you feel with less clutter in your life? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/12/marie-kondo-tidying_n_6841816.html

Potentially life-saving information on personal safety and trusting our instincts. http://www.mamamia.com.au/health-wellbeing/gavin-de-beckers-book-saved-my-lif/#xmGSVPEFkJPyBhei.97

Important information about antibiotic resistance. http://harvardmagazine.com/2014/05/superbug

A BIT OF HUMOR
Multitasking is overrated…
http://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoonview.asp?catref=sfen15

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