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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Mental Health without Drugs?

Doctors, Scientists Share Latest Research - Safe Harbor presents its annual conference on nondrug solutions for mental health with an emphasis on treating physical problems, nutritional solutions, removing toxins, etc.

(PRWEB) May 16, 2005 -- At the age of 13, Jane began to tumble into the dark hell called schizophrenia. “My early life was mostly a lonely, painful experience. I was an intelligent, motivated human being. I wanted to be successful in life, but I had three careers and many jobs ruined.

“I left the mental hospital for the last time in 1978, with an ironclad determination to find out what had ruined my life, beginning another long and painful trip of discovery. After twenty-one more years of difficulties and two more psychotic breakdowns, I finally found two naturopathic physicians, who, since January of 1999, have been treating me for mercury poisoning. I had discovered the real problem. My recovery – after forty-five years of illness – has been phenomenal, and at sixty, the depression I didn't know I even had all my life, plus the paranoia, unreal fears, and panic attacks are gone.”

What Jane discovered is what has now become the cutting edge of mental health treatment: the premise that most serious mental disorders have a physical basis that can be treated with few or no drugs.

Spearheading the effort to educate the public on this burgeoning field is Safe Harbor, the world’s leading nonprofit voice for nondrug mental health treatment. On June 4 and 5, 2005, Safe Harbor is hosting its fourth annual medical conference in Glendale, California, offering continuing education for physicians, nurses, social workers and marriage and family therapists.

Titled “Non-Pharmaceutical Approaches to Mental Disorders,” the conference features a talk by nationally-renowned author of The Crazymakers, Carol Simontacchi, MS, addressing how processed foods, additives, and even infant formula have contributed to a rise in mental disorders in the United States and elsewhere.

Speaking on the role of infections and toxins in mental illness is immunology expert Aristo Vajdani, Ph.D. Dr. Vajdani, the CEO of Immunoscience Labs, is author of over 90 papers and holder of ten patents.

Also presenting on the little-understood role of vitamin D in mental health is Atascadero State Hospital psychiatrist John Jacob Cannell. Dr. Cannell is executive director of the Vitamin D Council.

David Kennedy, D.D.S., past president of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and world lecturer on the safety of dental materials, examines the research on how fluoride and water fluoridation affect mental health.

Additional offerings include recent discoveries about the biochemical process called methylation and how they are opening the doors to nutritional treatment of autism, schizophrenia, bipolar, and other disorders, presented by Burbank psychiatrist and Safe Harbor medical advisor Nancy Mullan, M.D.; the role of dental problems in mental health, including mercury fillings, root canals, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and related syndromes, by Raymond Silkman, D.D.S.; the holistic approach to mental health with case studies by Los Angeles integrative physician Joseph Sciabbarrasi, M.D.; naturopathic doctor Nancy Lins, a specialist from Hawaii in women’s health, speaking on natural treatments for postpartum depression; Herbert Solomon, O.D., reviewing his forty years of research on how visual correction can alleviate symptoms of ADHD, depression, and anxiety; a discussion of the use of Traditional Oriental Medicine for anxiety , depression, and other mental health issues by Jeremiah Krieger, L.Ac.

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