Vitamin Junkeys

Are you SAD -Seasonal Affective Disorder Ep 37


Do you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder?)
Vitamin Junkeys Episode #37 (running time 6:49)
Date: February 17, 2009
Podsafe Music: Ice Cream by Christopher Dale Courtesy of the Podshow Music Network
Show hosts: Jennifer Lyall & Dr. Jean Jacques (Dr. JJ) Dugoua, ND HBSc PhD (Cand.)


This episode is brought to you by North American Herb & Spice.

This episode examines:

What is SAD?

What are some symptoms of SAD (seasonal affective disorder)?

What are some natural remedies to help treat SAD?


What's Dr. JJ taking today?

Dr. JJ is taking Vitamin D. The dropper he is using dispenses 1000 IU (International Units) in each drop.  You can take Vitamin D for bone strength, anti-cancer, and to prevent SAD.  It is also important for breast-fed babies to receive extra Vitamin D, as they often don't get enough.

What is SAD?
Seasonal Affective Disorder (not Seasonal effective disorder) is a condition that people in far northern or far southern climates may suffer from during the winter when there isn't as much sunlight during the day.  It's almost like a sunlight depression from not being exposed to enough sunshine.

What are some symptoms of SAD?

Some SAD symptoms include: unexplained sadness, unexplained depression, you feel lethargic, you feel fatigued, and overall, you don't feel like yourself. Dr. JJ had a patient who was trying to work on his fatigue issues and Dr. JJ thought there was an improvement on it.  Then the patient went on a trip to California (in the winter) and while he was there, he has a lot of energy.  Then when he came back to Toronto, his energy dipped again.  Then they deduced that is was likely SAD, so they were able to properly address the issue.


What are some natural remedies to help treat SAD?

SAD treatment or SAD therapy could include:

  • Vitamin D (Dr. JJ recommends 1000 IU for women and even more during the winter months)
  • Full spectrum light.  You can get a full spectrum light bulb or full spectrum light box to use as lights for SAD sufferers. This is essentially a SAD light bulb that helps expose you to the full spectrum of light that you don't get enough of during the winter months.  The light bulb example that Dr. JJ shows can screw into a typical light bulb socket.  When you use this type of ligh t, it makes the room very bright, and it helps to "wake you up".  A SAD lightbox can be put on your desk.  It is not as practical as the light bulb and they are more expensive.
  • Travel to sunny destination


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