Category Archives: Clear Mind

Depression treatment

The Rwandan prescription for Depression: Sun, drum, dance, community.

“We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave. They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better, there was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again, there was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy, there was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again. Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.” ~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.

dance community

From The Moth podcast, Notes on an Exorcism.

Found on underthebluedoor

Pre-biotic bedtime ritual

Another of my current practices, to take with my probiotic before bedtime. Any questions? (How does your gut garden grow?)

memory tea


I was inspired by THIS MEMORY TEA, which you can purchase at the link. It’s $10.99 for 8 oz.  ($22 per pound)

What I learned: At my local store The Wedge Co-Op they have almost all the ingredients to make this tea blend.


For a price comparison, there is a local company that makes a Blueberry Tea (also sold in bulk at The Wedge) which is based on Rooibos with blueberries and I think the one ingredient from the Memory Tea that it includes was the bilberries (but not bilberry leaf). This tea was ~$45 per pound!  So, I guess Rooibos tends to be more expensive. So, I have to skip that and go for making my own or buying on (link above).

Re: Memory:

I’m sticking with another month of the brain supplement I’m taking (Seeking Health Optimal PC).  I might do the next 3 months of that so that when I go into my doctor I can report and perhaps we will try a cheaper lecithin or other PC product. I saw a sunflower lecithin around here somewhere…

B6 capsules on Amazon

Pricing out B6 capsules:

B6 stand alone capsules in P-5-P form

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Happiness is rhythm.

Happiness Exercises

My hubby sent me a link to this funny, entertaining TEDx talk by Shawn Achor.  It’s so good, I recommend you watch it.  12 minutes long. C’mon, guys!  14 million people can’t be wrong. Continue reading

Life Upgrade: 5 Before 11

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Here’s a tip worth at least $400,000, on how to be more productive.  This article is a quick read and distills down one of the core concepts from one of my favorite books, The 7 Minute Solution: Creating a Life with Meaning 7 Minutes at a Time by Allyson Lewis, about working effectively, on what matters most. Continue reading

Brain Health is Contingent on Body Health

If you are looking at my Supplements category, please note that a lot of my discussion about nutritional supplements falls under my “Mood Repair” category. This is because many of the reasons I find to take supplements have to do with the total body (including hormone, metabolism, and digestion) support of brain function, and therefore mood and neurotransmitter health.

If you are looking at my Clear Mind category, take note that I believe our thoughts and feelings are layers on top of our foundation of brain health, and you should see my “Mood Repair” category as well.  At the time I’m writing this, I’m trying to figure out categories for my website–Clear Mind, to me, means the types of mental habits, values, ideas, and thoughts that we can adopt as philosophies to help us live Happier & Healthier lives.

Failure is an option

Hey, guys, after you watch this Video (1.5 minute), are you going to high-five your kid on his next failure?  How about yourself–what can we high five ourselves on today, that we are failing at RIGHT NOW??
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Stress reduction program

My new integrative doctor gave me the following directives to reduce stress and calm my nervous system.

  1. Do the 4-7-8 breathing cycle 4x TWICE per day. This stretches the vagal nerve and reduces parasympathetic response. And, it’s quick.
  2. She also recommended these free meditation podcasts from KaiserPermanente. Much better if you download the MP3 because if you’re listening to one longer than 20 minutes via the website it will cut off. Especially:
    • -anic attacks and anxiety – esp. Body Scan
    • Stress – esp. Walking Meditation
  3. yoga
  4. some aerobic exercise several times per week.