Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

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Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

This Wonderful Spice Is Superior To Antidepressants

But does it have the same recovery benefits as these anti-depressants? We'll never know.

Common antidepressant can help stroke patients improve movement and coordination Sept. 2015 


Antidepressants may help people recover from stroke even if they are not depressed Jan. 2013 


 This Wonderful Spice Is Superior To Antidepressants

Spice extract has fewer side effects than pharmaceutical antidepressants (includes suggested supplements and dosage).
Extract of saffron, the exotic spice, is a safer alternative to pharmaceutical antidepressants in mild to moderate depression, recent studies find.
Saffron has fewer side effects and is just as effective in some cases.
The conclusions come from a review of six separate studies that included 230 clinically depressed patients.
Using saffron as an antidepressant was compared with both Prozac and Tofranil (generically known as fluoxetine and imipramine).
All the studies were high-quality randomised controlled trials — although they were small.
Dr Adrian Lopresti, the study’s first author, said:
“So far the literature shows saffron is as effective as pharmaceuticals.
Saffron has had a number of really well designed, robust studies investigating its antidepressant properties and pretty much all the studies have been positive.”
Pharmaceuticals can cause a wide range of side effects.
Some of the most common side effects of pharmaceuticals are:
  • sleepiness,
  • constipation,
  • and sexual problems.
Saffron, though, was not linked to such severe or wide-ranging side effects, Dr Lopresti said:
“Saffron certainly had less severe side effects than pharmaceutical medication.
The most common side effect, which is really only minor, was digestive issues.”
It’s not yet known exactly why saffron works, but it is probably at least partly down to its antioxidant effect.
Saffron contains crocin, which is an anti-inflammatory and crocetin, which is an antioxidant.
Dr Lopresti said:
“What’s been found in the literature over the last ten years is that people with depression have high levels of inflammation and free radical damage associated with oxidative stress.
That led to interesting work looking into antioxidants and anti-inflammatories as antidepressants.”
Dr Lopresti hopes to carry out further studies with more people and over longer periods, he said:
“We need thousands of samples to get a good idea of the side effects, but so far it looks like there is a better safety profile for saffron.”

Supplements and dosage

  The doses used in the studies were 15mg taken twice daily.
They should be taken for 6-8 weeks before making a decision about whether it is helping.
The study was published in the journal Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental (Lopresti & Drummond et al., 2014).


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