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Conquering Depression: There is Hope

Regardless of how many tragedies occur in this country due to mental health issues, for many Americans there is still a stigma attached to those who suffer. Few are willing to openly address the issue. Tragedies such as Adam Lanza’s mass murder of over twenty innocent elementary school children in Newtown, Ct. stirred nation-wide outrage to curtail the purchase and ownership of weapons by ordinary citizens yet cleverly skirted the more relevant issue of mental health.

Perhaps the recent suicide of one of the most beloved and brilliant comedians in Hollywood, Robin Williams, will spark a more comprehensive dialogue. While gifted in making others laugh with his unpredictable and outrageous antics, Mr. Williams himself battled depression for many years. Contrary to some beliefs, depression is not as simple as feeling down or sad. Depression is an intense feeling of apathy and lethargy, feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Activities that were once pleasurable lose their appeal coupled with a loss of interest in life. There is no more shame in suffering from depression than having cancer or MS. Depression is a psychological as well as physical condition and if left untreated can lead to suicide.

Since my teenage years, I have struggled with bouts of undiagnosed depression including postpartum. Although debilitating at times, I always found my way back to wholeness. The most severe episode occurred twenty years ago when I unexpectedly found myself estranged from three of my adult children. The pain was more excruciating than I was equipped to deal with. I prayed daily for the welcome relief (I thought) that only death could provide. To each petition, God replied, “Not yet.” But He did not take away my pain. “I don’t need your help,” I threatened. “I can do this with or without you.” He did not reply. Instead, He sent a vision: I looked so peaceful lying in my coffin, finally free of pain. However when I glanced up, I realized that the pain I could no longer bear was now visited upon my mother. The grief that painted her face as she stared at the lifeless body of her second born was worse than anything I had endured thus far. My deep love for her prevented me from inflicting that kind of agony on one so undeserving. I smugly informed my Creator that although He had won this battle, ultimately I would win the war. “I will not end my life as long as my mother is alive,” I promised the One who made me. “But the day she dies, I will bury her, return home and immediately join her in the afterlife.” It was the only viable solution to end my ordeal. Thankfully, over the next three years, Father made clear to me the reasons for my current situation, opened my heart so that I was able to fully embrace Divine Love, and directed me on the path He chose for me. The dark veil lifted and once again I could see the Light of the Son.

All healing comes from God: physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. While there are many treatments available to those who are struggling, it is critical to include God in the process.

Depression is temporary. Suicide is permanent. There is no need to feel shame or guilt; there is no weakness in being despondent. Remember, where there is life there is hope. Reach out. You are valuable to the world and most importantly to God.

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord: Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah

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Simply Gluten Free Quick Meals! RECIPES. SUNDAY. 1pm ET


Does the thought of eating Gluten-Free paralyze you? At first, many think it is the end of fine dining.  Not at all!  In fact, whether you avoid gluten foods for medical reasons or not, you are going to find it is a delicious nutritious, energizing and uplifting way to eat. Thanks to our guest, Carol Kicinski, TV chef, founder and editor of “Simply Gluten-Free Magazine,” cookbook author, food blogger and mom, your recipe bank will be filled up with delectable Simply Gluten-Free Quick Meals. From Chicken Parmesan Burgers, Mexican Lasagna, Mac and Cheese Meatballs to Almond Apricot Muffins, Cinnamon Apple Turnovers and Blueberry Crisp, in 30 minutes or less you’ll find you can produce memorable meals that will convince you eating Gluten-Free food is a great way to go!

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen with Carol, co-host Carolina (Kid Kritics Approved) and me as we dig into some simply delicious gluten free meals your family and friends will love!  Sunday, 1pm ET, on

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Healing Anger Natur-ally

Several years ago, I had a client whose nine-year old son had anger issues. His doctor diagnosed him with ADD and suggested medication to quell his angry outbursts. “What do you think?” the mother inquired of me. Not an advocate of prescription medications (with the exception of the most extreme cases), I told her honestly that if it were my child I would exhaust every natural method before resorting to drugs. “Is he at risk for hurting himself or someone else?” I asked. “No”, she replied. “He has meltdowns.” After some discussion, we came to the mutual conclusion that her son was extremely frustrated (for a variety of reasons).”Let’s explore some calming resources of the natural genre” I recommended. “If they are unsuccessful we can always seek other remedies.” She was in complete agreement.

I love nature. To me, it is synonymous with God. And nothing is more soothing than Divine Energy. So I created a list of activities for him to utilize each day to calm him emotionally and soothe his frustration.

Prayer: communicate each day with the Divine, whether in formal prayer or through casual conversation. Research has show that those who have a connection to a Higher Power have a greater sense of calm and serenity. Whenever one begins to feel upset, talk to God. He’s available 24/7, is a really good listener, gives great advice and comfort, and He’s fees are generally very reasonable.

Nature: spend time in nature each day. When individuals engage with lush vegetation, areas of the brain associated with emotional stability, empathy, and love become more active.*While running and playing outdoors have multiple benefits, mindfulness is critical to fully reap its benefits. Practice being present to nature by removing all technology, conversation, or outside distractions. Choose an object and focus all of your energy on it. Listen intently to the sounds of nature: wind blowing through the trees, running water in a stream, birds chirping, crickets in the evening, the rustling of a squirrel as it springs from branch to branch. Walking, hiking, and gardening are also valuable activities anyone can participate in on a daily basis.

Water: humans are comprised of nearly 75% H20. Minor dehydration can lead to pessimism and negative thoughts can cause irritability and hopelessness (definition of anger). Sipping water throughout the day rehydrates and can prevent such an occurrence.

Aromatherapy: nature fills the air with an abundance of delicious scents. These can be accessed naturally or purchased in retail establishments. Lavender is long known to help relieve anxiety (a mild form of fear – a root cause of anger) and also alleviate depression (anger turned inward). It’s properties enable the brain to slow down the activity of the sympathetic nervous system that responds to stress (frustration – another root cause of anger).Chamomile, sandalwood, and lilac are just a few scents that can be used to mitigate anger.

Natural herbs: I’ve used both herbs and aromatherapy for my dogs who have had emotional issues due to abuse. I found Valerian Root to be one of the most successful. It relaxes muscles (which tense up when angry or frightened), and relieves anxiety. Skullcap is a more potent version of Valerian Root. Passion Flower is known to calm the mind and prevent agitation.

God has blessed us with so many natural remedies for whatever medical or emotional issues we encounter. Why not take full advantage of what is readily available to us rather than rely on man-made products? As for my client’s son – I’m happy to say that he was able to avert the need for prescription meds after having incorporated some natural remedies into his daily routine. Try Nature. You just might be pleasantly surprised.

*Dr. Alan Logan, College of Naturopathic Medicine
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