HOWARD WEBNew Practitioner Joins the WHS Community
WHS has a new practitioner on our team! Howard Jacobson, MPH, PhD, writes, coaches, and consults on health and wellness. He has collaborated with some of the most courageous and brilliant minds in the research and medical fields, including: T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study; Grath Davis, MD, author of Proteinaholic; Michael Rothberg, Vice-Chair for Research at the Cleveland Clinic’s Medical Institute; and Pam Popper, author of Solving America’s Healthcare Crisis.

He holds degrees in Health Studies and Public Health, and has 15 years of experience in marketing and performance coaching. With his breadth of knowledge, he is uniquely positioned to help provide information so that his clients may make more informed decisions about treatment options. By offering specific, evidence-based wellness strategies, he enables people to take control of their health destinies. Learn more about what he offers here at WHS.

WHS is happy to announce Shoshanna DiBetta, the newest addition to our WHS family. Shoshanna is a Certified Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner and Bodywork Educator in private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. Learn more about Shoshanna DiBetta and her Ayurveda classes or visit her website.


Wellness Resource

Severe Depression Linked with Inflammation in the Brain
By David McNamee

Clinical depression is associated with a 30% increase of inflammation in the brain, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to infection or disease. The body often uses inflammation to protect itself, such as when an ankle is sprained and becomes inflamed, and the same principle also applies to the brain. However, too much inflammation is unhelpful and can be damaging.

Increasingly, evidence is suggesting that inflammation may drive some depressive symptoms, such as low mood, loss of appetite and reduced ability to sleep.

What the new study set out to investigate was whether inflammation is a driver of clinical depression independent of other physical illness.

Researchers from the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute in Toronto, Canada, used positron emission tomography (PET) to scan the brains of 20 patients with depression and 20 healthy control participants.

In particular, the team closely measured the activation of microglia – immune cells that play a key role in the brain’s inflammatory response.

The PET scans showed significant inflammation in the brains of the people with depression, and the inflammation was most severe among the participants with the most severe depression. The brain of people who were experiencing clinical depression exhibited an inflammatory increase of 30%. Learn more…

Wellness Resource

Aug. 20, 2015 – What’s for dinner? The question is popping up in an unexpected place – the psychiatrist’s office.

More research is finding that a nutritious diet isn’t just good for the body; it’s great for the brain, too. The knowledge is giving rise to a concept called “nutritional (or food) psychiatry.”

“Traditionally, we haven’t been trained to ask about food and nutrition,” says psychiatrist Drew Ramsey, MD, an assistant clinical professor at Columbia University. “But diet is potentially the most powerful intervention we have. By helping people shape their diets, we can improve their mental health and decrease their risk of psychiatric disorders.”

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans have some type of mental illness each year. The CDC says that by 2020, depression will rank as the second leading cause of disability, after heart disease. Read more…

More MELT Method at WHS!

LEIGH JOHNSON WEBMELT Method Advanced Techniques
6-class series, 10/8-11/12
Thursdays 7:30-8:45 PM

This class expands on the concepts of the MELT methodologies and will address the individual needs of participants. Advanced techniques for lengthening tense tissues and MELT NeuroStrength methods will be included. There will also be a special focus on areas like rotator cuff and IT band, depending on individual needs. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of The MELT Method to follow the maps in the last chapter, and to take notes on advanced techniques. Registration required. Click here