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Keeping the Dark Days Bright

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Keeping the Dark Days Bright

The days are getting shorter.  Fall has arrived in all its resplendent beauty.  While the changing colors are lovely, insufficient daylight may find you down in the dumps and more tired than usual.

The world-renowned Mayo Clinic estimates that ten to twenty percent (and maybe more) of the population suffers from some sort of seasonal depression brought on by shorter days.  Some estimates indicate there are millions of North Americans who suffer from a more extreme version of “winter blues” called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  Women aged twenty to forty are four times more likely to suffer from this disorder than men and it is believed this is because there is some correlation between estrogen and progesterone and SAD.

SAD is more common in northern locations such as Canada and the Northern United States.  An American study about the disorder found that only about 1.4 percent of people in Florida experienced symptoms.

There are numerous symptoms of SAD, but the main ones usually appear in the winter and include:  a change in appetite, particularly for sweet or starchy foods, weight gain, change in sleep patterns, a tendency to oversleep, avoidance of social situations, decreased ability to concentrate, irritability, and, of course, decreased energy.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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2:57AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Let our will work

3:07AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

Thank you

6:46AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Thank you so much!

4:16PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you!

4:17AM PDT on Aug 7, 2012


12:51AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Good tips.

12:51AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Good tips.

7:47AM PDT on Aug 2, 2012

saving up my loyalty shopper points for a SAD lamp this winter. Gonna make sure to stay positive and carry the olympic torch through the winter! Good luck everyone

12:25PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

interesting thanks!

5:11AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I think I am one of very few people who actually LIKE the Winter and the cold short days. It's always been my favourite time of the year.

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