Article: Comparing Facebook Users and Facebook Non-Users: Relationship between Personality Traits and Mental Health Variables An Exploratory Study

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Article link:  Comparing Facebook Users and Facebook non users exploratory study article

So we start this new year focusing on mental health!  I have been feeling rather mentally healthy myself, thanks to meditation and going out into nature, but whatever brings you happiness is what matters.  I found this article really interesting because I’ve been hearing a lot lately about how social media sites’ use and user’s depression increased levels are highly correlated.  I personally think that social media has burdened our face-to-face interactions as a tech-savvy generation, and that depression and anxiety have gone up.  I say this because it happened to me when I lived in Australia and social media was my main social outlet to feel connected to others, which did not make me happy, and did increase my depression.  I have also talked to other people that no longer use, or use Facebook less-often, due to its depressing effects.  In any case, this article finds some correlation to SNS’s (social networking sites) use and a higher prevalence of depression, but it also details the inconsistencies across studies in relation to this very topic.  I encourage you to read the article to get a broader perspective on an issue affecting a lot of people.

I am also uploading 2 mental health handouts that you can do at home to semi-determine if you have a potential neurotransmitter imbalance. Any neurotransmitter imbalance can have a huge effect on one’s quality of life on a daily basis, including the ability to coup with daily stresses, have a sense of general happiness/life satisfaction, and so, so much more.

Neurotransmitter deficiency quiz  handout #1

UltraMindCompanionGuide  handout #2

Thanks for reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

**I do not condone or suggest you treat yourself using supplementation or self-medicate to help combat symptoms of depression, anxiety or neurotransmitter imbalances.  If you take these quizzes and feel an imbalance is present, please take your results to a health care professional and they will be able to help you to the best of their ability.


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Article:  Brailovskaia, J, & Margraf, J 2016, ‘Comparing Facebook Users and Facebook Non-Users: Relationship between Personality Traits and Mental Health Variables – An Exploratory Study’,  Plos ONE, 11, 12, pp. 1-17, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 13 January 2017.

Handout #1:   © 2008 Path Medical,

Handout#2:  The UltraMind Solution Companion Guide By Mark Hyman, M.D. ,   © 2009 UltraWellness, LLC

Topic: Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), Spirolactone and potential herbal alternatives



“Spironolactone has caused tumors in laboratory animals.”

(2016, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc.)

Uses:  Spironolactone is used to treat certain patients with hyperaldosteronism (the body produces too much aldosterone, a naturally occurring hormone); low potassium levels; heart failure; and in patients with edema (fluid retention) caused by various conditions, including liver, or kidney disease. It is also used alone or with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Spironolactone is in a class of medications called aldosterone receptor antagonists. It causes the kidneys to eliminate unneeded water and sodium from the body into the urine, but reduces the loss of potassium from the body.

Spironolactone also is used in combination with other medicines to treat precocious puberty (a condition causing children to enter puberty too soon, resulting in the development of sexual characteristics in girls usually younger than 8 years of age and in boys usually younger than 9 years of age) or myasthenia gravis (MG, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness; numbness; loss of muscle coordination; and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control). Spironolactone also may be used to treat certain female patients with abnormal facial hair.

Spironolactone may cause side effects:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • dry mouth
  • thirst
  • dizziness
  • unsteadiness
  • headache
  • enlarged or painful breasts in men or women
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • vaginal bleeding in post-menopausal (‘after the change of life’, the end of monthly menstrual periods) women
  • difficulty maintaining or achieving an erection
  • deepening of voice
  • increased hair growth on parts of the body
  • drowsiness
  • tiredness
  • restlessness

Some side effects can be serious:

  • muscle weakness, pain, or cramps
  • pain, burning, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • inability to move arms or legs
  • changes in heartbeat
  • confusion
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • lack of energy
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • flu-like symptoms
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • vomiting blood
  • blood in stools
  • decreased urination
  • fainting

“Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common cause of secondary hypertension,”

——-(Muth et al. 2015)

Article Link:  Traditional herbs, remedies for cardiovascular disorders article

“This article
highlights the cardiovascular effects of four potent traditional
botanicals viz. Garlic (A. sativum), Guggul (C. wightii), Hawthorn (C.
oxyacantha) and Arjuna (T. arjuna). Although these plants have been
used in the treatment of heart disease for hundreds of years, current
research methods show us they can be utilized effectively in
the treatment of CVDs including ischaemic heart disease, congestive
heart failure, arrhythmias and hypertension,” (Rastogi, Pandey, & Rawat 2015, pg. 7)

I really like this article because it outlines that herbs, as well as, food (garlic in this case) can have the potential to lower blood pressure, and also lower one’s chances of developing future CVD’s.  I take Hawthorne berry supplements to help with my vascular tone, and I find that it has helped with my overall out-put when exercising.  I highly suggest doing more research into these amazing anti-hypertensives, and others not mentioned here.  Hope you enjoy reading this, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

***Also look into Topic: Hydrochlorothiazide and Potential anti-hypertensive herbal combinations article  for more anti-hypertensive journal articles here on


Picture:  2016 Medical Specialists ®,

Uses and side effects of Spirolactone:  2016, The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Inc.,

PA quotation: Muth, A, Ragnarsson, O, Johannsson, G, & Wängberg, B 2015, ‘Systematic review of surgery and outcomes in patients with primary aldosteronism’,  The British Journal Of Surgery, vol. 102, no. 4, pp. 307-317. Available from: 10.1002/bjs.9744. [5 June 2016].

Herbs for cardiovascular diseases article:  Rastogi, S, Pandey, M, & Rawat, A 2015, ‘Traditional herbs: a remedy for cardiovascular disorders’,  Phytomedicine, ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, viewed 5 June 2016.

Topic: Sweetners vs Stevia, Systematic reviews


Article.1:  Dietary sugars health effect on the body article

We all are aware by now that an excessive intake of sugar can have detrimental effects on one’s health, but how exactly does this translate within our bodies? I liked this article because it posed a lot of questions that hopefully can be answered through further research. I look forward to reading more about the health effects of sugar, and I hope you enjoy this review on the health effects of sugar from the gut-brain axis perspective.

Article. 2:  Stevia review article

How good is Stevia for us?  It’s a debatable question, but there seems to be a lot of research from  the food industry which enables consumers to have a better understanding of Stevia’s effects on our health.  The overall consensus suggests that Stevia is the healthier choice, especially for those with diabetes or children prone to dental caries.  Enjoy reading this review on Stevia sweetener.

Thanks and, be aware and eat with care 🙂



Picture:  By:  Lauren Cox, Live Science Contributor,    -

Article. 1:  Ochoa, M, Lallès, J, Malbert, C, & Val-Laillet, D 2015, ‘Dietary sugars: their detection by the gut-brain axis and their peripheral and central effects in health and diseases’,  European Journal Of Nutrition, 54, 1, pp. 1-24 24p, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, EBSCOhost, viewed 23 May 2016.

Article. 2:  Goyal, S, Samsher, & Goyal, R 2010, ‘Stevia ( Stevia rebaudiana) a bio-sweetener: a review’,  International Journal Of Food Sciences & Nutrition, 61, 1, pp. 1-10, Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost, viewed 23 May 2016.