High Gay Teen Suicide Rate: How We’re Still Failing Our Vulnerable Youth

Posted on by Edison de Mello

While recent headlines on NPR screamed, “Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide,” in Austin, protesters rallied at the Texas State Capitol on May 4, 2021, to stop proposed medical care ban legislation that would criminalize gender-affirming care.  “The Trevor Project estimates that at least one LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13–24 attempts suicide every 45 seconds in the U.S.”  What's wrong with the people we elected for, among many reasons, to protect our children from harm? They are either being killed by mass shootings due to a system that is adamant about letting an 18-year-old buy an...

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Should I Give My Child Melatonin for Better Sleep?

Posted on by Edison de Mello

Picture this:   It's 2 AM when you once again get awoken by your child's complainant that they cannot get back to sleep. You’ve had a long day, are exhausted, know that tomorrow is likely going to be another busy day -  and you're not at your wit's end, given that this has been happening more often than you care to admit. You do your best to be supportive and comforting to your sleep deprived child but what you really need is for this child to go back to sleep. Sound familiar? In addition, you're worried that your child's lack of...

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Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer

Posted on by Akasha Naturals

Developing breast cancer is the number one concern my patients have before starting hormone therapy. There is so much confusion and misinformation regarding hormone therapy and breast cancer. My goal is to educate about the actual risk hormones play in the development of breast cancer so women can approach menopause empowered rather than with fear. I have seen even the most well-intentioned physicians be misinformed about the research on hormone therapy and the actual risk it may present to women. I hope this article helps to clarify what we know now about hormone therapy and its risk for developing breast...

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“Thinking in Abundance” – Woo Woo or Truth?

Posted on by Akasha Naturals

If you have dabbled at all in self-help or new age literature, you have likely come across the idea of an “abundant mindset”.  If you are quick to toss self-help and new age concepts into the woo-woo trash, let me ask you to pause and take a closer look at the wisdom embedded within the abundant mindset.  An Internal Battle Between Abundance (Hope) and Lack (Fear). At the core of Abundance thinking is the belief that there is enough out there for everyone. This mindset builds confidence, hope, and acceptance and helps us stay resilient during challenging times.  It naturally...

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The Art of Gratitude

Posted on by Akasha Naturals

Pause. Breathe. And appreciate the small things.  Gratitude is the practice of observing the things in our lives that we are grateful for, things that make we feel appreciation. It can be triggered by simply recognizing the positive things around you.   When we feel grateful, we usually also feel happy, calm, loving and joyful. Gratitude leads to feelings of pleasure and contentment, which positively impacts our overall health and wellbeing.   “Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.” - Zig Ziglar   A beautiful light on a sunny day, a song you like, receiving some great news - or...

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