After Fort Hood
By David Shern, Ph.D., president and CEO, Mental Health America
The tragedy at Fort Hood is focusing greater attention on the military mental health system and the stresses experienced by troops, their families and professionals.
A major study conducted last year found that nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan - 300,000 in all - report symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or major depression. Recent research also shows that there is a strong association between having more than one deployment and PTSD. These invisible wounds of war are common and extremely disabling without proper treatment.
Unfortunately, as Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently acknowledged, many service members do not seek treatment because they fear it will harm their careers. But even among those who do seek help for PTSD or major depression, surveys show only about half receive treatment that researchers con...
A Newswise article titled, " B-Vitamin Deficiency May Cause Vascular Cognitive Impairment ," caught my eye, as I'm always looking for ways that we can help prevent dementia and other health problems through nutritional or other safe and readily available means. This particular article is about a Tufts University study that "...used an experimental model to examine the metabolic, cognitive, and microvascular effects of dietary B-vitamin deficiency."
In a nutshell, the study found, "Mice fed a diet deficient in folate and vitamins B12 and B6 demonstrated significant deficits in spatial learning and memory compared with normal mice."
Vitamin B12 has been extensively studied, and a deficiency of the vitamin in elders has been shown to cause brain related disease, as well as other problems. Older people often don't absorb B12 well, and shots to bypass the digestive tract have been around for decades. I remember my grandmother getting them, back in the good old days when a publi...
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