Postpartum Depression Affects the Entire Family

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Postpartum Depression
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A psychiatrist with over two decades of experience, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, treats children, adolescent, and adult patients through her private practice in San Francisco. Over the course of her career, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, has helped patients dealing with a variety of issues, including postpartum depression (PPD), a condition that can negatively impact a child’s development.

In recent years, screening for PPD has become a routine part of caring for new mothers. With the help of articles in newspapers and parenting magazines, the public’s awareness of the issue also has increased. Despite the fact that it has become an open subject, however, many people are still unaware that postpartum depression can extend to the entire family.

In addition to affecting up to 25 percent of new mothers, PPD shows up in up to 14 percent of new dads. PPD can lead to longstanding issues for children. While young children’s malleable brains help them learn complex procedures, it also makes them very susceptible to the negative effects of the anxiety, stress, and frustration found within depressed households, especially those in which two parents are affected.

Studies have shown that early exposure to PPD and other forms of depression can put children at a greater risk of developing emotional, behavioral, and intellectual problems. These problems can affect their chances at long-term success and lead to lower IQ levels as well as issues such as poverty, drug use, and alcoholism. Due to the lasting effects that PPD can have on children, it’s important that health care providers continue to address the issue and provide the appropriate interventions for affected families.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Shows Promise in Treating of Infertility

 

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
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Shulamit Glaubach, MD is a child/adolescent/adult/forensic psychiatrist with a private practice in San Francisco, California. Utilizing a holistic approach to treatment, Shulamit Glaubach, MD works to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms they are experiencing. Over the course of her career, Dr. Glaubach has developed an interest in helping patients who are struggling with the stress of infertility.

Some doctors believe that utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat infertility can help women who suffer from endometriosis, the thinning of the endometrial lining. In a hyperbaric oxygen therapy session, a woman breathes oxygen in a chamber in which the air pressure is adjusted based on each individual patient. As the highly oxygenated blood is carried throughout her body, it stimulates the release of important growth factors and stem cells that are important for successful fertilization and implantation of an egg.

Blood that is high in oxygen content helps to increase the thickness of a woman’s endometrium, creating an environment that can sustain a pregnancy. In addition, the highly oxygenated blood can help heal endometrial scarring related to endometriosis. Endometriosis is one factor that contributes to infertility. People suffering from Endometriosis frequently have a great deal of scarring in and around their perineum and abdomen. An internal Osteopathy doctor can help loosen the adhesion fastening the uterus down. This freeing of the uterus allows for better vascularization and thereby better oxygenation.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy sessions are noninvasive and relatively short, lasting only 60 minutes to 90 minutes.

additional resources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16879108
2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hyperbaric-oxygen- therapy/basics/definition/prc-20019167
3. https://www.functionalfertilitymethod.com/hyperbaric-oxygen-fertility-1

Vitamin D is Essential for a Healthy Pregnancy

 

DR. SHULAMIT GLAUBACH MD San Francisco Psychiatrist

Shulamit Glaubach MD

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist, Shulamit Glaubach, MD treats her patients with a holistic approach, often recommending alternative therapies and nutritional supplements. At her practice in San Francisco, California, Shulamit Glaubach frequently encounters patients who are struggling with the overwhelming challenges related to infertility and maintaining a pregnancy. Nutritional supplements and a careful diet can help pregnant women stay healthy and increase the likelihood of having a healthy baby.

When a woman becomes pregnant, experts agree that sufficient intake of crucial minerals and vitamins are important. This helps fight off the high levels of metals and other toxins can impede the onset and maintenance of a healthy pregnancy. Many women use deodorant and are unaware of the toxic levels of aluminum in these day-to-day products. Seaweed salad or seaweed in the form of Modifilan is helpful in lowering a person toxin levels. Always consult your doctor depending on how high your level is.

In Addition, Vitamin D can help keep both mom and baby healthy. vitamin D is a steroid vitamin from a group of fat-soluble prohormones. vitamin D and pregnancy are important together but unfortunately, most prenatal vitamins contain only a minimal amount of vitamin D. Expecting mothers need to make sure they get the recommended amounts of vitamin D during pregnancy for both their own well-being and the healthy development of their baby. The most significant compounds for human development are D2 and D3.

A recent research shows that vitamin D plays a vital role in immune function, healthy cell division, and bone health. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Many studies are finding a connection between low serum vitamin D levels and an increased risk of certain types of cancers, autoimmune disease, neurological disease, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease.

When an expectant mother is vitamin D deficient, she risks pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight.

Additional resources:
1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24277747
2. http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20100504/high-doses-of-vitamin-d-may-cut-pregnancy-risk#1
3. https://www.babycenter.com/0_vitamin-d-in-your-pregnancy-diet_661.bc
4. http://www.modifilan.com 
5. http://www.purehealingfoods.com/brownseaweedinfo.php 

Fish Oil Improves Heart and Brain Function

 

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Fish Oil
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A private psychiatrist based in San Francisco, California, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, has over 25 years of experience caring for patients. Focused on holistic healing, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, recommends treatment options such as yoga, Tai Chi, and fish oil.

Fish oil is the oil or fat extracted from the tissues of oily fish such as tuna, herring, mackerel, and anchovies. This oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These acids have numerous health benefits.

Fish oil is good for the heart. The oil supports cardiovascular function by increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, lowering triglycerides, reducing blood pressure, preventing plaques from clogging blood vessels, and reducing the occurrence of abnormal heart rhythms. It is recommended to patients with a high risk of cardiovascular disease and those who have undergone heart-related procedures.

Fish oil is also brain food. Much of the brain is composed of omega-3 fatty acids. However, the body cannot make its own omega-3s. For this, it depends on food or supplements. Studies have linked people with low omega-3s in their blood with mental disorders, and fish oil has been shown to improve symptoms of disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. It has also been shown to reduce depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections for Treating Infertility

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections
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A psychiatrist in private practice, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, takes a holistic approach to general health and well-being when treating patients at her San Francisco office. One of Shulamit Glaubach, MD’s current medical interests is the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections for the treatment of infertility.

Research has shown that the injection of PRP has proven successful in addressing infertility in women who suffer from a thin endometrium (the mucous membrane lining the inside of the uterus). Medical technicians prepare PRP using the patient’s own blood, a centrifuge, and other laboratory practices. The result is a blood sample with platelet levels that are far above baseline.

In 2015, the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine published a study that declared PRP an effective treatment for infertility in women with thin endometriums. In short, PRP injections improved pregnancy outcome in these women by promoting endometrial growth.

In 2016, further preclinical trials in Greece showed that PRP rejuvenated ovaries in menopausal women, ultimately restoring them to fertility. Of the 60 women in these trials, 40 became capable of conceiving and 9 actually got pregnant.

Endometriosis and Pregnancy

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Endometriosis
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San Francisco resident and psychiatrist Shulamit Glaubach, MD, uses a holistic approach to treat patients at her private practice. Shulamit Glaubach, MD, has developed a professional interest in helping couples work through stress related to infertility.

Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. The condition affects over 11 percent of American women, and a common side effect of endometriosis is trouble conceiving a child. Though experts aren’t exactly sure how endometriosis is specifically linked to infertility, they have identified several factors that can have a significant impact on reproductive success.

First, infertility can be due to an underlying immune condition related to cytokines, which are chemicals released by the immune system in response to the endometrial tissue’s location outside of the uterus. Patches of endometriosis are also known to block or change the shape of the pelvis or reproductive organs, making it difficult for sperm to travel to the egg. Finally, when the endometrium, or uterine lining, does not form properly, the implantation of a fertilized egg may not be successful.

Though endometriosis can affect a woman’s fertility, many women with the condition have conceived successfully. A fertility specialist can make specific recommendations based on an individual’s circumstances.

Neuroplasticity – Rewiring the Brain

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Neuroplasticity
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A psychiatrist in San Francisco, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, has been treating children, adolescents, and adults for 20 years. Shulamit Glaubach, MD, is also interested in the physiological aspects of the operation of the human brain, including neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following an injury (https://www.britannica.com/science/neuroplasticity).

Also called brain malleability or brain plasticity. Brain plasticity is the study of a physical process. Gray matter can actually shrink or thicken; neural connections can be forged and refined or weakened and severed. Changes in the physical brain manifest as changes in our abilities. For example, each time we learn a new dance step, it reflects a change in our physical brains: new “wires” (neural pathways) that give instructions to our bodies on how to perform the step. Each time we forget someone’s name, it also reflects brain change— “wires” that once connected to the memory have been degraded or even severed. As these examples show, changes in the brain can result in improved skills (a new dance step) or a weakening of skills (a forgotten name).

Another important finding of the recent neuroplasticity research is the discovery of how closely our senses are connected to memory and cognition. Because of their interdependence, a weakness in one is often related to—or even the cause of—a weakness in the other. For example, we all know that Alzheimer’s patients slowly lose their memories. One way this manifests is that they eat less food. Why? As it turns out, visual deficits are also a part of Alzheimer’s. People eat less because they can’t see the food as well. (https://www.brainhq.com/brain-resources/brain-plasticity/brain-plasticity-luminaries/alice-cronin-golomb-phd).

Research shows that how you respond to stress may be a key factor in how your brain ages. Researchers found that people with increased stress have increased risk for mental disorders a decade later, especially anxiety and depression. The message is clear: managing daily stress is a key factor in keeping your brain healthy as you age, and this has implications for everything from depression to dementia. A great tool for stress management is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an energy psychology tool that can help reprogram your body’s reactions to everyday stress. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWu3rSEddZI&feature=youtu.be).

The point is, you have much more control over your body, mind, and brain than you might think. If you can mold and shape your brain, you are not entirely at the mercy of your genetics or the neural pathways you brought into this world or formed as a child—and this is great news!

Additional information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0td5aw1KXA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chr3rQ6Vpcw
https://blog.udemy.com/neuroplasticity-exercises/