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An ongoing series of informational entries

The Importance of Exercise on Depression 


Studies indicate that exercise is comparable to using an anti-depressant in order to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. In one study assessing the effects of exercise on mood, Dr. Blumenthal concluded that exercise is comparable to anti-depressants for patients with major depressive disorder (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2007). Blumenthal followed up with the patients one year later and found that participants who maintained a consistent exercise regimen, had lower depression scores than the other participants who did not maintain a consistent exercise regimen (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2010). 

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study  


The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE Study) was conducted in 1998. The ACE study is one of the most exhaustive studies ever conducted to assess correlations between early adversity, chronic stress, and long-term health. The study examined exposure to childhood abuse, neglect, and exposure to parental mental illness and substance abuse, and domestic violence. The more adverse experiences a person has been exposed to, the higher their ACE score. It was discovered that experiencing 4 or more adverse events is associated with a significant increased risk for 7 out of 10 leading adult causes of death, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimers, and suicide. Furthermore, it was ascertained that individuals who do not resolve their history of trauma, are at risk for having a life expectancy that is 20 years shorter than the expected life expectancy. 


Research shows that childhood adverse events can negatively impact one's stress response, leading to long-term changes in one's immune responses, cardiovascular health, and can result in changes within the nervous system. 


CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM

Toxic stress can increase a person's risk of developing high blood pressure, increased levels of of inflammation, heart disease, and stroke.


NERVOUS SYSTEM

Disruption to the developing brain may result in changes to the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and may lead to an increased risk of cognitive impairment, attention deficits, learning disabilities, hyperactivity, self-regulation, memory, attention, and anxiety.


The ACE study suggests that there is a connection between one's life events, emotions, health, and life expectancy. The implication of this study is worrisome as it strongly indicates that those with a history of unresolved trauma will be adversely impacted throughout their development, lifespan, and can expect to die younger than those without a history of unresolved trauma. The ACE study illustrates the importance of resolving one's trauma, versus suppressing and/or avoiding it. 

What is an Alpha-Stim?


Extensive research (approximately 95 studies) and qEEG brain maps suggests that the alpha-stim is highly effective in resolving anxiety, depression, insomnia and is FDA approved. This modality appears to be very safe and only a small portion of research participants report minor side-effects such as headaches (9 cases out of 8,800 .10%) and skin irritation (6 cases out of 8,800 cases, .07%). In a clinical study, participants who used the Alpha-Stim for five weeks, reported that the severity off their anxiety decreased by 94%. Research indicates that daily treatments for three weeks provides significant improvement of depressive symptoms and that insomnia shows significant improvement after four weeks of treatment. 


"I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." 

~Carl Jung