Natural Mental Health
I have had a great interest in mental health for as long as I can remember. I worked in this field in many capacities, both as a lay person and as a practitioner. In my clinical work I have had many success stories. Currently I serve as an advocate for a mental health-BPD support group in my area.
I have used many drugless approaches in my work with people who have related diagnoses. Herbs, of course, are the main focus of my clinical work. I use a foundation of nutrition, based on each individual's needs. I use homeopathy, flower essences, aromatherapy, and orthomolecular treatments.
I do not support the use of standardized products. In one case I worked with a group of elders at a Senior Center. Members of this group had been taking OTC St. John's wort, and were developing side effects. I reviewed all of the products they were using. None of the products were organic, all were standardized to various potencies, and the cost of the products varied over a wide range. I arranged to supply each person with properly prepared organic tinctures. After a few days using the tinctures, all members of this group reported no side effects and great improvement of their symptoms.
I will be posting more information about my use of natural remedies for mental health issues on this page, and will be adding more links.
Greenhealthwatch, March 04 "FLUORINE IN PROZAC"
RISKS of SSRIs - All SSRI's can have the side effect of decreasing platelets. It's more prevalent in some than in others. It's had serious consequences in some patients, and it's been documented. Clinicians (especially non-subspecialists) aren't always aware of this side effect when Rx'ing SSRI's. Special populations, need to be watched very closely if using an SSRI.
Cutaneous side-effects of treatment with lithium Reiffers J, Dick P. (author's transl)] [Article in French] Dermatologica. 1977;155(3):155-63.
Lithium - a well-known anti-thyroid medicine: This paper describes the cutaneous side-effects which appeared in 5 patients under Lithium medication for manic-depressive disease: 2 cases with facial and dorsal acne, 1 case with generalized pruritus with burning sensations on the tongue and tumefaction of the lips, 1 case with endogenous generalized psoriasis and 1 case with palmo-plantar hyperkeratosis, ichthyosis and associated with euthyroid goitre. The lithium content of the tissues was assayed by flame spectrophotometry of calcinated biopsy material taken from the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous adipose tissue from 4 of our 5 cases. An experimental investigation was carried out in guinea pigs fed with lithium salts during 6 months. The cation was assayed in samples of epidermis, dermis and perirenal adipose tissue. A study of the accumulation of lithium in epidermal, dermal and adipose tissue is thus added to the studies already published regarding the accumulation of this ion in other tissues.
Freedom - Patients are receiving incomplete and potentially misleading information
because of the governmentís reliance on the private sector to implement a prescription drug
information program. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently allows the
private sector to dictate the content of the information patients receive at the time that prescriptions
Physical Conditions That Cause Psychiatric Symptoms
- Safe Harbor is creating a poster - called The Great Pretenders - of medical issues that can cause psychiatric symptoms. Most of the
poster will be standard medical conditions such as tumors, syphilis, hypothyroidism, etc.
but will also include a column for Nutritional, Metabolic, and Commonly Overlooked Conditions (which really covers most
of the real risk factors). This list is not limited to items that follow:
Tryptophan provides pharmaceutical grade tryptophan (not 5-HTP). Tryptophan is an essential Amino Acid. It is a precursor to serotonin, which aids in sleep and inhibiting anxiety. Tryptophan also helps in niacin (B vitamins) production. Foods that naturally supply us with tryptophan are dairy products, beef, poultry, barley, brown rice, fish, soybeans, and peanuts.
Blake Graham http://www.nutritional-healing.com.au