Dr. Mensah’s Blog

Medicating with Kava is NOT Worth the Risk

Kava is a fairly well known and utilized herbal remedy for several disorders from anxiety to cancer prevention. The challenge with this herbal is that it also has a very strong tendency to wreak havoc in multiple systems throughout your body. In addition, there are a host of drug interactions that necessitate extreme caution and […]

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Medications Won’t Heal Your Mental Health Condition…And Every Doctor Knows It

Medications Won’t Heal Your Mental Health Condition…And Every Doctor Knows It

Every doctor knows that medications do not fix mental heath conditions. We are taught that prescription medications, in general, serve only as a band-aid. It was believed that these treatments could not heal mental conditions because we did not know the true cause of mental health problems. The groundbreaking work of medical doctor and researcher, Dr. Carl […]

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Should You Medicate with St. John’s Wort? Consider 4 Critical Factors First

Should You Medicate with St. John’s Wort? Consider 4 Critical Factors First

Taking or considering St. John’s Wort? Under the right conditions, the natural herb can help treat depression, inflammation, insomnia and aid in wound healing. However, in certain situations, as when a patient is already on a nutrient-based healing protocol like Mensah Medical’s, St. John’s Wort may cause serious side effects. Although St. John’s Wort is […]

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Elderberry Benefits and Dangers for Patients

Elderberry Benefits and Dangers for Patients

Elderberry, also known by its botanical name, Sambucus Canadensis, is a small tree in the honeysuckle family that is also an anthocyanin with powerful antioxidant properties. It is a small tree that is often planted by landscapers due to its beautiful clusters of white flowers and ornamental berries. The elderberry is a native North American […]

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Lavender Oil for Allergies and Anxiety: Is it Friend or Foe?

Lavender Oil for Allergies and Anxiety: Is it Friend or Foe?

Are you using lavender oil for allergies and anxiety? One of the most common botanicals in use among the general population is lavender oil. This oil comes from a variety of species of perennial plants that originated in the Mediterranean and are closely related to the mint family. Dried lavender has also be used internally […]

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Is Methylation Status related to Copper Levels, or is it a Myth?

Is Methylation Status related to Copper Levels, or is it a Myth?

Is Methylation Status related to Copper Levels? Many believe the myth that high copper individuals are overmethylated, while undermethylated individuals are low in copper. While this may be true in certain individual cases, there is no correlation between methylation and copper levels. Copper Status and Methylation Status are Completely Separate and Unrelated Disorders Patients often […]

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Dangers of Rhodiola Rosea, also called Arctic Root, Golden Root

Dangers of Rhodiola Rosea, also called Arctic Root, Golden Root

Dangers of rhodiola: Are you taking rhodiola? Some of our patients have admittedly tried various herbal remedies that they believe will enhance their recoveries. This month I want to look at rhodiola in particular, especially the dangers of rhodiola for our patients with preexisting conditions. Rhodiola rosea is also sometimes called Arctic root or golden […]

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Ashwagandha Dangers: This Herbal Remedy may have Repercussions

Ashwagandha Dangers: This Herbal Remedy may have Repercussions

Ashwagandha dangers: Are you taking Ashwagandha? Learn the truth about adrenal fatigue and the benefits of taking ashwagandha. Some of our patients have admittedly tried various herbal remedies that they believe will enhance their recoveries. This month I want to look at Ashwagandha dangers in particular. Ashwagandha, also known as winter cherry, is a powerful […]

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Folic Acid Supplements: Is Methylfolate Better? Folinic Acid?

Folic Acid Supplements: Is Methylfolate Better? Folinic Acid?

Folic Acid Supplements and The Benefits of Taking Methylfolate: Folic acid supplements, also called Vitamin B-9, are a way to take concentrated amounts of folate, which is naturally found in many foods including green leafy vegetables, and fortified in pastas, and breads. Folic acid helps us utilize proteins in our bodies, form new blood cells, […]

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What is Oxidative Stress? The Role of Oxidative Stress in Mental Health Disorders

What is Oxidative Stress? The Role of Oxidative Stress in Mental Health Disorders

What is oxidative stress? A recent study from an international team of researchers in Granada (UGR) shows that depression is more than a mental disorder. Their research shows that depression causes alterations in oxidative stress levels and should be considered a systemic disease. The study of nearly 4,000 subjects shows a correlation between measurable oxidative […]

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Folic Acid in Prenatal Vitamins are only for 1st Trimester

Folic Acid in Prenatal Vitamins are only for 1st Trimester

Folic acid supplementation is not one size fits all for pregnant women. In addition, women should not presume that while you are preparing to get pregnant that you should eat lots of green leafy vegetables. They may or may not be beneficial to you or your child. Even worse, they may be a benefit to […]

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Adults and Adolescents with Autism: Treating Behavioral Issues

Adults and Adolescents with Autism: Treating Behavioral Issues

Adults and Adolescents with Autism: As patients with autism age and enter into adulthood there are many looming questions for caregivers, practitioners, and the general public. Are we doing all we possibly can as a society to assist patients with autism as they age, or are we simply missing the boat? The general public still […]

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Rapid Cycling Bipolar Versus Pyrrole Disorder

Rapid Cycling Bipolar Versus Pyrrole Disorder

Rapid Cycling Bipolar Versus Pyrrole Disorder: One specific phenotype of bipolar disorder is commonly caused by an underlying severe oxidative stress imbalance. This is due to the presence of kryptopyrrole disorder, which is commonly called pyroluria or pyrrole disorder. If this condition is present it means that stress will cause depletion of various vital nutrients. […]

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What is Bipolar Disorder? Biochemical & Clinical Symptoms

What is Bipolar Disorder? Biochemical & Clinical Symptoms

What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder effects nearly 6 million Americans.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about  2.6% of the U.S. adult population has bipolar disorder. Nearly 83% of these cases are considered severe, as reported in a 2005 study. At Mensah Medical we test patients diagnosed as bipolar disorder for the […]

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Help for Patients Setting Phase 1 and Phase 2 Goals

Help for Patients Setting Phase 1 and Phase 2 Goals

Did you know that in many research studies, scientists find one stark difference between happy people and depressed people? Happy folks set goals and work toward them every single day. Their goals are rational and immediate. They wake up with purpose and a list of things to do before the day ends. But what if […]

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