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[vc_row center_bck_image="no"][vc_column][eltd_section_title alignment="left" title="Evaluating Research"][vc_column_text]10 Things to Know About Evaluating Medical Resources on the Web A short guide developed by the National Cancer Institute, NIH, to help you evaluate medical Web sites. (July, 1999) How to Understand and Interpret Food and Health-Related Scientific Studies This article provides an overview for understanding and interpreting food and health-related scientific studies (from the International Food Information Council, May 2000). Making Sense of Health and Nutrition News Provides tips for evaluating science.(IFIC, Food Insight. Jan/Feb 2001 Navigating the Internet Medical products and the Internet. A guide to finding reliable information. This document provides advice from the World Health Organization to help internet users obtain reliable, independent, and comparable information...

Hormone and Emotion Therapy

Hormones and Emotions, How Are They Connected?

Estradiol and Serotonin At optimal levels, estradiol (E2) supports serotonin in several ways: E2 increases tryptophan hydroxylase, the rate-limiting step in serotonin synthesis E2 receptor (E2β) simulation upregulates the expression of serotonin receptors (5-HT2A) E2 acts as a serotonin reuptake inhibitor E2 inhibits monoamine oxidase activity, thus preventing the breakdown of serotonin Consequently, if estradiol levels decrease, serotonin activity may decrease as well. Low estradiol levels may result in symptoms associated with low serotonin, e.g. low mood, sleep difficulties, hot flashes, uncontrolled appetite, and headaches. Supporting serotonin may counter the effects of decreased estradiol. [vc_empty_space height="25px"][eltd_section_title enable_separator="yes" alignment="left" title_h_element="h2" title="Progesterone and GABA" title_color="#000000"][vc_empty_space height="15px"][vc_column_text]Progesterone's metabolite allopregnanolone acts at the GABA...

Hormones and Immune System

Hormones, Emotions and Immune System, They are All Interconnected.

The human body consists of multiple systems that communicate to maintain homeostasis and health. The coordinated interconnectedness of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems is often overlooked when considering patient care. Nevertheless, our health is hinged on the existence of neurotransmitters, hormones, and cytokines, which are essential chemical signals that mediate the communication between the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, respectively. Collectively, these systems constitute the Neuro-Endo-Immune (NEI) Supersystem. Taking a closer look at the role of endocrinology in the NEI supersystem, there are several important hormone-neurotransmitter interactions and three axes at which much hormone-neurotransmitter-cytokine interaction occurs; including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis, and the...