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 alternative treatments for manic depression


Quote:
(Marleenoet) writes:

>>>Right.  Lithium is a mineral, so you need to get it from some other
source.
> Your body can't manufacture minerals.

>Kristen asked:
>>Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what (if any) side effects
are
> possible from taking lithium?  Does lithium exist in the bodies of
those who
> are not manic-depressive already?  In short, how does lithium work to
treat
> manic-depression?

The answer to the last is easy:  nobody knows!  

Lithium exists in the body in tiny amounts, mostly as a result of
drinking water, which may or may not have some in it.  These doses from
water are on the order of 1/1000th those used in lithium therapy.  Even
the highest lithium waters will not give 1/100th the dose used in
therapy, even if drunk exclusively.  Since even 1/10th the dose used in
therapy is ineffective, there is absolutly NO reason to imagine that
bipolar disorder can be treated with lithium as it naturally occurs, or
that naturally occuring lithium or its absense has anything to do with
the disorder.  Lithium is here being used as a drug, not a nutrient.

A similar example occurs with the vitamin niacin, which lowers
cholesterol when taken in gram quantities.  High cholesterol is not
thereby a niacin deficiency, however.  People who ARE niacin deficient
don't get high cholesterol, for example.

                                     Steve Harris, M.D.



Fri, 14 Apr 2000 03:00:00 GMT
 
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