• May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Asheville’s All Souls Counseling Center — a nonprofit mental health service — is hoping to help raise awareness of mental health issues, such as the fact that “The 22 therapists and two psychiatrists provide counseling at extremely reduced rates and volunteered more than $400,000 in service fees last year.” Curras restaurant in North Asheville will be donating part of its proceeds to ASCC on Tuesday, May 25th.
• Where have your herbs been?: WNC-based Gaia Herbs has announced a novel product ID system for ingredients traceability. According to CEO and founder Ric Scalzo, “Meet Your Herbs” is “the vehicle through which we empower consumers to trace the origin of the plant product from seed to finished product.” The website provides product ID-specific information such as origin, potency, heavy metals testing and extraction methodology.
• ADHD & pesticides: New research links exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables to children’s attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Lead study author Maryse Bouchard says, “Exposure is practically ubiquitous. We’re all exposed,” adding that people can limit their exposure by eating organic produce.
- ADHD treatment gap for minority kids
Financial hurdles and a lack of both information and culturally competent health care providers combine to make blacks and Latinos far less likely than whites to consider treatment for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
• Attend a caregiver workshop (June 3rd)
Park Ridge Hospital’s HOPE Behavioral Health Caregiver Wellness Program, Land-of-Sky Regional Council and MemoryCare will hold a caregiver workshop 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. June 3 at the N.C. Arboretum.
Cancer survivors often feel fatigued and have trouble sleeping for months—or even years—after their last chemotherapy or radiation session. Now, a new study shows that yoga can help them sleep better, feel more energized, and cut back on sleeping medications.
• Death by Caffeine: How much of your favorite energy drink, soda or caffeinated food would it take to kill you? Take this quick test and find out.