About a year ago, my beloved integrative doctor in Richardson, Texas, Dr. Katherine Henry of the Texas Institute of Integrative Medicine, 1-972-234-4776, told me about a lab called Great Plains Laboratory http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/ that she really likes. Dr. Henry has been practicing medicine for about 40 years, and she is very meticulous when it comes to the labs she uses. I have learned about many labs through her that are so very helpful in finding the underlying cause of what is making us sick.
Last night Great Plains offered a free webinar for health professionals with an account with them called: “Case Studies in Integrative Mental Health.” I caught the last hour of the hour and a half webinar and i was so blessed with what i learned. What i learned is the same things, Dr. Henry, Dr. Gus Prosch, now deceased, Dr. Sherry Rogers, Dr. Brownstein, Dr. Ron Overberg of the Environmental Health Clinic in Dallas, (www.ehcd.com) and others have been teaching me about nutritional deficiencies that cause symptoms throughout the body, also cause the mental symptoms that so many suffer from. I have known this but listening to the webinar last night really lit my fire and gave me renewed hope that truly these conditions can be cured through detox and correcting the nutritional deficiencies.
This subject is near and dear to my heart because someone very close to me has suffered with severe depression and anxiety, for many, many years. The psychiatrists attempt to “heal” her have been the use of anti-depressants, tranquilizers, and many years ago, shock treatments. I have watched this dear person, persevere, suffer, and go from one psychiatrist to another truly looking for that magic pill that never lasts…relieving only the symptoms temporarily.
I have shared the information below about the guest speaker, and below that, the notes that i took as i sat out in my car after choir practice and listened intently. I’m not a professional writer as you can tell, and my posts will be kind of raw, but i hope that something in them will be beneficial to you. I will try to fill in some of the gaps in the notes so you can decipher them better.
From the Great Plains Website about the webinar:
William Shaw, Ph.D., and The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. sponsor “Case Studies in Integrative Mental Health” presented by Dr. James Greenblatt on August 29, 2012.
This webinar will provide a summary of clinical cases seen in an integrative psychiatry practice. This seminar will explore an integrative approach to mental health by evaluating laboratory values of blood and urine to determine interventions that affect the course of treatment of depression, anxiety, OCD and A(D)HD. Dr. Greenblatt will leave time to answer specific questions.
The goal of the webinar is to help clinicians understand the underlying metabolic imbalances that may be related to the development of mood and anxiety disorders.
James Greenblatt, M.D.
James Greenblatt, M.D. is a dually board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and is the Founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatry practice. Dr. Greenblatt received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University and completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. For more than 20 years, he has been a leader in Integrative Medicine, lecturing on scientific evidence for nutritional treatments in psychiatry and eating disorders.
Great Plains Laboratory
When i tuned in, Dr. Greenblatt, http://www.comprehensivepsychiatricresources.com/ was talking about patients being low on cholesterol craved marijuana. When their cholesterol levels are corrected, their cravings subside. Dr. Henry, and Dr. Spurlock, of the EHCD, both taught me how necessary cholesterol is to produce all of our other hormones. It is the precursor to them.
He then spent much time talking about Lithium orotate-my notes (mitzi) from Wikipedia about Lithium orotate
Lithium orotate is generally marketed as a dietary supplement used in small doses to treat mental conditions including stress, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, ADHD, ADD, aggression, PTSD, Alzheimer’sand to improve memory. It has controversially been promoted as an alternative to lithium carbonate. In this compound, lithium is non-covalently bound to an orotate ion, rather than to a carbonate or other ion. Lithium orotate is sold under a wide variety of brand names and is available at some drugstores and health food stores.
Although a few psychiatrists prescribe lithium orotate to their patients, it is most often naturopaths and other alternative health practictioners who recommend this lithium compound to their patients.
Many years ago, Dr. Gus Prosch, of BioMed in B’ham had me (mitzi) take some of it, along with many other supplements. It was made by Biotech. Dr. Prosch was before his time, and many came from all over the United States and Canada to seek healing from this godly man. He was a precursor to the functional medicine, integrative medicine, wholistic medicine doctors…and he told me he learned many of the things he used in his practice from an old country doctor.
From Dr. Greenblatt concerning Lithium orotate-Very safe, commonly used , has profound effects in reducing suicide in bipolar patients…. Dramatic changes, helps reduce inflammation in the brain.
Lithium orotate big part of his practice in treating depression and other mental health disorders. He said it was helpful for depression, bipolar, and irritability.
Others deficiencies he kept mentioning that are very helping in treating mental health disorders and are often the cause are:
B-12 deficiencies- (my note-Dr. Henry has taught me over and over that the regular B-12 measurements from most labs aren’t accurate levels of B-12 because they measure the B-12 outside the RBC. Must get an RBC reading to get accurate measurement…Great Plains, Metametrix http://www.metametrix.com/ does these test.
Dr. Greenblatt recommends B12 injections, 1000mcg. three times a week for four weeks
Zinc deficiencies need to be corrected if any…you have to have zinc to absorb some of the other nutrients.
Vit D3 deficiencies need to be measured and corrected
Lithium orotate- 10 mg per day profound effects on behavior and mood processes
Irritability- lithium orotate sole intervention
bipolar, depression,irritability-lithium orotate most common intervention, check for b-12 deficiencies, B-12 injections
Vegetarians beware – anorexia- deficiency of zinc. Grain products inhibit zinc,
Gluten can cause anxiety–dairy can be a problem
Urinary peptides…one of the test you can order through Great Plain Labs…measurements help with treating anxiety, fatigue , or depression
Get off casein found in dairy products – can cause
Whey powder, cheaper brands add casein
Many of cheap granola bars have casein
Cheese- casein morphine
When treating a mental health issue, he said you need to ask, what nutritional deficiencies does this person have….Great Plans Labs has the tests to show specifically what deficiencies need to be treated.
He said people with Celiac disease are twice as likely to suffer from depression.
Vit D deficiency- very flat mood,3
lifted with Vit D, Vit. D. deficiency can also cause obesity, and binge eating.
Low fat absorption
Essential fatty acids- omega 3 and omega 6
Depressed fish oil helpful for depressed phase of bipolar.
Intervention was 1.2 grams of fatty acids made huge difference in psychose…. Nerve degree.
Fatty acids , peptides
Cure for mental illness…. Organic acids , hphp marker , peptides
Tyrosine affects dopamine metabolism marker
High dose probiotics
Everyone benefits from magnesium....
ADHD can be caused by insufficient carbohydrate metabolism, nutritional deficiency
Family history lithium carbonate… Alcohol, abnormal transmitters
Can lithium carbonate be substituted with lithium orotate…yes?
ADHD can be caused by- food allergies , magnesium deficiency, copper elevated
His favorite types of B12 Methocobalymine injection, and liquid
Dosage of B12 1000mcg injection
3 -4 times a week for a month
Eating disorders in persons that don’t eat meat…. B 12 deficiencies, zinc deficiency impairs utilization of B12
Genetic mutation-most common folate metabolism…
Hair test- will show if low on lithium
Some doctors concerned about lithium hurting the kidnesys…he says they have seen no changes in kidney function
Lithium essential element -note from mitzi. I had a hair analysis recently and it showed my lithium level, along with many other levels is low.
Treatment on Alzheimer’s, dementia.
He is in Boston , they do consultations
Raise cholesterol levels- he talked about people with low cholesterol levels craving marijuana and when their cholesterol was raised the cravings went away.
3-6 pills per day of whatever he mentioned to raise cholesterol
Breakthrough depression solution
Vit def that could contribute to depression.
High dose probiotics
30 mg will the symptoms be improved, lithium carbonate switch back
What test can we do?
Looking at a different biomedical model.
I hope some of this information is helpful to you…you can contact Great Plain Labs, Dr. Greenblatt, Dr. Henry, or other integrative and functional medicine practioners, and they will be able to give you assistance in finding the cause and the cure for mental illnesses and more.
Dr. Sherry Rogers has a book called, “Depression, Cured at Last,” that explains some of the different environmental causes, along with nutritional causes of depression. I think she includes some spiritual causes too.
Dr. Greenblatt has a book on his website about depression that he has written called, “The Breakthrough Depression Solution.” I don’t usually recommend psychiatrists, but after hearing him last night, i knew that he truly was sharing lasting cures for his patients. He does consultations and you can contact his website for that info he will be doing the seminar below on:
Integrative Medicine for Mental Health
September 21-23, 2012 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Contact Great Plains Lab in order to sign up for this seminar.
I hope this is helpful to someone and gives you the encouragement that mental health issues don’t have to be treated with drugs that mask symptoms, but they too, can be cured when the cause is discovered, and the remedy is applied.
GOD bless you,