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My 3 favorite Sleep Supplements

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

In order of amazingness:

1. Melatonin 0.5-3 mg at bedtime. Start with 0.5 mg at bedtime and increase if not helping. If you wake up with a headache, lower the dose.

2. Tryptophan 500-1000 mg an hour before bedtime. (this raises Serotonin so helps with mood too).

3. Phosphatidylserine 100-300 mg. If you are stressed and not sleeping or waking up in the early hours and having trouble falling back to sleep, cortisol can be the problem. Use Phosphatidylserine with dinner and at bedtime.

All 3 of these supplements improve brain function, and memory.

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How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Sleep requirements vary. Most of us need 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep every night. but we all know the person that only needs 5 or 6. What does your body need?

A good way to figure this out is on vacation. Next time you are away, (and not jet lagged), throw away the alarm clock, disconnect your cell phone, and draw down the blinds. Note the time you drop off to sleep and stay asleep as long as you want. Do this for at least 3 days. Not only will you look and feel great, by the end of the third day you’ll have a very reliable idea of just how many hours your body needs to sleep.

Now the hard part will be making sure you get it.

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Electromagnetic Smog

Friday, May 11th, 2012

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with pollution, electromagnetic smog, may be the most serious threat to our health.

Electromagnetic energy from WIFI, cell phones and cordless phones have long been suspected to cause problems with our health. Such modern conveniences may be the most important biologic experiment in man and womankind to date.

Radio active energy can act to remove calcium, and possibly magnesium, from the outer surface of cells, (cell membranes). This can damage cells, cell structures and DNA leading to problems with insomnia, fatigue, infertility, poor immune function, and chemical sensitivity.

Infants, children, and unborn children are the most susceptible to harmful effects from electromagnetic radiation and studies have linked radiation exposure to increased rates of autism.

Here are some things to help keep you and your loved ones safer.

1. Do not sleep in a room with cordless phones or cell phones
2. Use corded phones and cable modems as much as possible
3. Text or use ear headsets, (not a blue tooth)
4. Do not place laptops on your lap- (particularly in pregnancy)
5. Avoid cordless baby monitors, or at least place 10 feet from the crib

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Hey! Its Great to Be Back

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Wow, time flies, especially when you’ve been sick from Lyme Disease. I am happy to report that I am well and on the road to full recovery, some 5 years after a baby girl tick took a bite from my life.

It’s been a hard road but I’ve learned a lot, so much so that I’m writing another book about my experiences recovering from a chronic illness, especially one as misunderstood and common as Lyme disease.

I am starting to blog again and even beginning to tweet, so please follow me on twitter @drphuli

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