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SAD around the world

Posted on: January 21 2013

Are people around the world affected by Season Affective Disorder (SAD)? Yes! You can expect to find SAD in countries that are further away from the equator and who experience a decrease in hours of sunlight available when the season changes over to winter. It’s estimated that over 12 million people suffer from SAD in Northern Europe, about 2 million of those in England and Ireland alone.   One reason people in northern parts of the world suffer from SAD is because we are working inside.  200 or so years ago, most of us had jobs that kept us...

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Bad Year for the Flu…..

Posted on: January 14 2013

I wanted to address the Flu season in a blog this month.  As you might already know, the flu season is hitting the country early and hard.  Seniors, babies, pregnant women and people with a chronic condition are especially susceptible.   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting that most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza like illness.  Symptoms of the flu include:  

Fever or feeling feverish/chills Cough Sore throat Runny or stuffy nose Muscle or body aches Headaches Fatigue Vomiting and diarrhea (his is not...

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Posted on: January 07 2013

Happy New Year everyone.  The holidays in Vermont have been snowy, cold and kind of dark.  The sun rises late and sets early.  Although the winter solstice has passed, we still have a ways to go before our days start getting longer.  I’m enjoying the snow and make an effort to go outside with my kids everyday but I am already looking forward to warm, sunny spring days where we are surrounded by lush greenery.   Winter can be especially hard if you live in much of the country where winter means shorter...

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