Monthly Archives: November 2010

Anxiety & Food

There may be a link between the western diet and anxiety. [1]  In a recent article published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the authors conclude that a “traditional” dietary pattern characterized by vegetables, fruit, meat, fish and whole grains … Continue reading

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Inflammation and Depression

I recently found 33 new studies published in 2010, exploring the relationship of chronic systemic inflammation and depression. The large number of studies suggest that there is a widening acceptance that inflammation may be a common factor for neuro-degeneration leading to … Continue reading

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Update on DHEA and Mental Health

2010 has been an interesting year for DHEA research related to mental health issues. The role of DHEA in Alzheimer’s [1, 2], neurogenesis [3], depression [4], problem solving [5] PTSD / childhood abuse [6], drug seeking behavior [7], and neurocognitive … Continue reading

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Anti-oxidants and Suicide?

The effect if oxidative stress in the brain has been linked to dementia[1], depression[2, 3] and now suicide attempts[4]. According to a study published in Nutritional Neuroscience, a study of nearly 7000 individuals with mental health diagnoses, those who attempted … Continue reading

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Fat Cells and Inflammatory Overload

There is now substantial literature suggesting that fat cells contribute greatly to systemic inflammation.  This appears to be one of the mediating links between obesity and a number of chronic conditions including chronic pain, metabolic syndrome, type II diabetes, coronary artery … Continue reading

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Hello World!

Dr. Rick Wyckoff, PhD Welcome! This Blog will focus on exploring new research in the field of nutrition and mental health.  I will attempt to annotate my comments with a representative bibliography.  Please feel free to comment.  I hope to … Continue reading

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