Your Best Mental Health!
We all need to have good mental health. All of us have challenging days, and we need to be able to pull, from inside, energy to deal with difficult situations. That said: not everyone can do such a thing. Many people were already broken, emotionally, when they started another day. People, every day, reach a breaking point.
Every week, and often, every day we help people in excatly such difficult situations. You and your family are always welcome to come to Adobe to start healing, which can help return you to a better day, almost every day.
In the articles below we'll highlight many different mental health issues. Some of these issues will be those you have, or a family member has. Nobody says 'just get over that heart attack'; they don't say 'let time heal your pneumonia'. So it is with mental health issues: ignoring them will not make them better.
Most people we see are not 'basket cases', they're normal people who are having a difficult time, and for decades may have had a 'bad' time, and are now ready to work at having better days. It's time you and your family members had a better day!
Low Dose Lithium Improves Chronic Alcohol Problems
As the old song goes: 'I get feeling better when I'm feel no pain'. So, what does alcohol do, and why do so many people get 'caught up' drinking so much? As with many conditions, circumstances and the patient's history, including family history direct us to the root cause for the situation. Next at 7,000 feet, alcohol has 3 times the affect that it does at sea level: it’s easier to get in ‘over your head’. For some people, this is why they have an even harder time in the ‘high desert’.
When we talk about 'history' affecting people we mean: their personal history, their family history, AND the the history of humankind. In researching this third kind of history we find some crucial insights which allow us to understand why certain conditions exist today. Centuries ago, in this country, or in certain third world countries to this day, there exist a first group of people who attack other groups of people, and they steal, rape, rob, and kill the second group: this is how the 1st group survives. The 1st group provides no service, they provide no product. Given these facts, most people would not want to be in the 2nd group (the one attacked). Given these circumstances, certain genetic features evolved in some people, allowing them to stay awake for the entire night (to sound the alarm and to repel the attack at 2 a.m.) when everyone else was sound asleep.
This same group of people could dump stress hormones into their system and fight as strongly as 3 people, and could do so for up to 3 days. So, what we see was the evolution of a 'warrior class' who could protect people in the 2nd group. These 'warrior class' people had very high value to the 2nd group since they kept others alive. The 'warrior class' was encouraged to mate with as many people in the group as possible, to develop more people with this desired ability.
Fast forward to present day New Mexico and the rest of 'western society': the type of attacks described above don’t occur. The higher level of agitation, caused by having higher levels of circulating stress hormones in our 'warrior class' people can not be used since there are no longer are any attacks, there are no regular, major threats to life.
So, how do these 'warrior class' people feel when they wake up? They don't feel calm, they don't feel refreshed: they feel agitated. They just 'don't feel right'. So, what do people do, what can they buy easily, to 'calm' their mood? They use alcohol, because that's what easy to find in the local environment. It’s legal. Most of these people have mothers or fathers, or aunts and uncles who use alcohol or drugs to 'change' their mood.
Most reasonable people, who wake up just not 'feeling right', want to feel better. As we know, alcohol and drugs used to control mood, are addictive. Our 'warrior class' people have 2 problems now: they still wake up 'not feeling right' and they have developed an addiction to drugs or alcohol, or both. The 1st problem of 'not feeling right' continues, and so does an even stronger drive to use the drugs or alcohol to 'change' how they feel each day. That's where low dose Lithium comes in.
Studies have been done where Lithium exists naturally in a city's water supply. The City, County, and State do NOT remove the Lithium from the water supply: it causes no problems and is a naturally occurring salt, just as Calcium (calcium carbonate) is a natural component in many drinking water supplies. The studies show lower rates for violent crime and mental illness in those cities with Lithium naturally in the water supply- that's very, very small amounts of Lithium.
Many people have heard that Lithium is dangerous, and toxic: in large amounts, it can be. That's where the problem occurs: most psychiatrists and other practitioners use 900 to 1200 milligrams of Lithium a day for people with such agitation problems as we've described. This point is a key feature: at Adobe we avoid high Lithium dosing for people who have gotten caught up in alcohol or drugs, (and who have our 'warrior class' symptoms). We use, in adults, only 150 to 300 milligrams per day- 1/3 to 1/8th the 'high' doses often used.
What happens if a person does not have the 'warrior class' genetic changes and they take Lithium? Usually: nothing. The low dose Lithium goes in and is excreted out of the system. If a person has the 'warrior class' condition, and uses low dose Lithium, they'll have their neurotransmitters in their brains 'calmed' and the ultra-high volume level of 'noise' turned WAY down and when they awaken each morning they'll feel 'okay'. They actually feel 'right' for the 1st time in years, or in decades!
Their cravings for drugs and alcohol decreases, and they no longer have the urge to change a 'bad feeling' each morning. Later during the day and even later that evening, they feel more calm and are able to initiate a normal sleep cycle. They don't 'need' drugs or alcohol to 'fix' their overall mood. Low dose Lithium functions as a 'mood stabilizer'.
Currently, we have about 80 people at Adobe who have benefited from this exact therapy. We're here documenting this history, background information, treatment information, and outcome information to provide others in our community real hope. Our patients lose their thirst for alcohol and drugs, and go on to be more productive and VERY happy being the 'better feeling' people who no longer wake up 'just not feeling right'.
At high dose, Lithium can have life threatening drug-drug interactions, and drug-food interactions. Blood levels must be done often for those on high dose Lithium therapy. On the other hand, those on low dose therapy have no such risks, and need to have no 'drug levels' checked.
Part of why, in the U.S., we have certain problems is that people believe that if something is good, more is better. If a glass of water is refreshing, on a hot summer day, then a 5 gallon jug of water should make you 'superman'. Wrong logic: about 6 to 8 people die each year in the U.S. from water intoxication- they drank too much water, overwhelmed their ability to handle the fluid overload and died. Lithium is no different.
Most of our ‘warrior class’ patients are on 150 to 300 mg of lithium or less each day. This past week I visited with patients, who have ‘gotten their life back’ and no longer crave drugs or alcohol. They understand that at Adobe we ‘get it’ that waking up they ‘just did not feel right’, and that statement describes what most say or agree is how they felt. Now, they just feel ‘right’: they feel good waking up and throughout the day. When these happier patients bring their family member with them, they also relate how much 'happier' these people feel and how wonderful it is for their families!
Does this describe you or a family member? If it’s you, stop by. If it’s a family member, they’ll use their ‘stress’ hormones to fight, since up to this point, ‘nobody’ understands them and they have lost trust in others. You may want to print out this article. People who are in the ‘warrior class’ feel others will want to ‘drug’ them and take away what ‘good’ feelings they have. Do NOT hand this article to them: just leave it laying around. People in the ‘warrior class’ are fairly smart and curious about their environment. They’ll find the article. Do NOT ‘discuss’ it, do NOT judge them, do NOT push them- they’ll push back and then they will not get a wonderful treatment which can greatly change their life for the better. It MUST be their decision to come in to be seen.
That said, about 95% of the time, the low dose Lithium treatment gives ‘warrior class’ people their life back. What’s that worth to you?
Lithium in Drinking Water and the Incidence of Crimes, Suicides, and Arrests Related to Drug Addictions
SEVERAL people have asked me to identify 'where' I got my information on Lithium in the natural drinking water supply and the reduction in crime and mental health problems. It's 'just not common knowledge'. For many of you, I answered that it was based upon reports from back in the 1970's or 1980's- and there's been more than one study done.
In a recent web search, I located 2 studies: one in Japan, and one in nearby Texas. Both studies had similar findings: lower crime and lower substance abuse problems when there was Lithium in the drinking water supply. For the others of you who asked: yes, that would include bathing water also.
For many of you: As Medical Director for Adobe Family Practice, I read 22 journals a month, have a company which does research and provides information on 42 other journals, do 6 to 8 hours of continuing medical education a month, and do about 40 hours of 'research' a month. That means I'll read REALLY rarely known journals as well as better known ones. To get to the heart of science, we need to go to the science journals. The current article on Lithium we're discussing is from the 'Biological Trace Element Research Journal', and was published May 25th 1990, based upon research originally done in all counties in Texas during 1978 to 1987.
Using data for 27 Texas counties from 1978 to 1987, the incidence rates for suicide, homocide, robbery, burgulary, theft, and rape are significantly higher in counties with water supplies with very little to no Lithium than in counties where the Lithium levels ranged from 70-170 micrograms/liter of water.
There were also lower numbers of arrests for possession of opium, cocaine, (and their derivatives morphine, heroin, and codeine). While the researchers failed to draw conclusion about alcohol use and abuse from the studies, it was also a time in Texas history, for example, where back in 1985 it WAS legal to drink a beer while driving a motor vehicle.
There is, for example, a publiched article from the Los Angeles Times, in 1985 describing Texans as saying in Houston, the drive home from work, with traffic problems, was 'two beers' long while a drive from Houston to Dallas was about 5-6 beers long, and required an ice cooler. In Texas, for several decades, it was thought to be impossible to put a 'red neck' pick-up truck in gear without a beer hanging from a beer hanger attached to the drivers side window ledge. Texas, for decades had 'drive up' and 'drive through' stores that sold mainly alcohol.
Having been in Texas, back in the day, I can attest to these conditions. So, the reports about alcohol from 'back in the day' will be reported VERY differently from today. If we apply current conditions on alcohol reporting, and current definition as to 'over use' to the historical past, we'd have the same reportings as we did for narcotics and cocaine.
As a fond memory, having graduated from basic training in San Antonio in 1976, and after riding on a bus way up to North Texas at Sheppard Air Force Base, I asked the Senior Training Instructor if it was okay to have a beer from the beer machines, which were next to the soda machines; his reply: 'You boys had a long drive and could use a few.' It was the first time in my life I'd seen a beer machine. And, yes, it did hit the spot that long hot day, 35 years ago.
So, it gets back to the original point: history has alot to play in how and under what circumstances things occurred and it lifts a veil about how differently and why alcohol use would be reported differently, in Texas, back in 1978-1987. Reading between the lines, alcohol would have received similar objective reports that narcotics did, had they been reported with todays standards. That conclusion is proven out with our very succesful rate in helping our 'warrior class' of patients to 'feel good' waking up each morning with low dose Lithium.