- Mental Health Issues – Part 1 50min
- Mental Health Issues – Part 2 55min
- Mental Health Issues – Part 3 45min
- Mental Health Issues – Part 4 50min
- Mental Health Issues – Part 5 1h 20min
Diseases of the Drugs: Mental Health Issues
Mental health issues are at an all-time high. Prescription sales are being dominated by agents used for mental health complaints, with aripiprazole—an anti-psychotic agent used for refractive depression and bipolar II—topping the list in the US. Our children, from preschool through graduate school and beyond, are being medicated. If we were enjoying fabulous health, the monies we as a nation spend on prescription drugs might be warranted. Alas, fabulous health is not the case in America.
Fabulous mental health is also lacking. Why? Is it genes? Lifestyle? Stress? Drugs in our drinking water? Hormones, steroids, and antibiotics in our beef, dairy, poultry and eggs? Lack of connection to one another and with nature? Loss of religion/spiritual source and worldview? Is it possible the pharmaceutical industry has marketed better than the research has shown efficacy around various mental health agents? And gone so far as to have “created” new disease states to be inserted into the DSM-IV/V so as to promote their pharmaceutical creations to wider audiences? What’s the evidence around these drugs, anyway? How many actual trials were done on how many real people to prove safety and efficacy before being launched into the public market? Are you curious? So was I! The answers are held within….
- Identify which top drugs (in sales and in volume) can cause perceived mental health issues
- Identify which nutrients, when depleted, can also cause a patient to present with mental health issues
- Appreciate how a patient’s language can point to the true etiology of the disease
- Recognize research fraud when you read it, or can’t find it
- Identify aspects in the multi-factorial complex that is mental health illness
- Appreciate the subjective nature of diagnosis—and subsequent treatment—when it comes to mental health issues
- Understand the problem of pain and why it is often treated as a mental health issue
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, in 1988. After practicing as a retail pharmacist in the greater Richmond area for a decade, I attended Bastyr University, earning a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2004. Because of my unique education and training, I understand both conventional medicine as well as natural forms of healing. And because I’ve been asked to teach on pharmacology/pharmacy related topics to my beloved naturopathic profession, I study them constantly, going deeper into the intricacies and nuances of the agents and uncovering some astonishing information that I think YOU (and your patients/clients) would benefit from knowing!
--Christie Fleetwood, ND, RPh
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