Topic: A BIOMEDICAL MODEL OF THE TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF MENTAL ILLNESS by Dr. James Greenblatt, MD
Advanced Metal Toxicology Workshop - Washington DC March 13-14, 2013
This presentation will explore the field of Integrative Medicine as it pertains to psychiatry and mental health treatment. It will provide an overview of the limitations of psychotropic medications and explore why the current trial and error, polypharmacy approach to the treatment of mental illness is limited. ADHD, Anxiety, Anorexia, Depression, Autism and other mental health disorders often have dietary and/or biological causes that can be treated effectively once the underlying causes are known. Intestinal pathogens, inborn errors of metabolism, inadequate protein consumption, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxins, gastrointestinal disorders and enzyme deficiencies can all contribute to improper brain chemistry. Emphasis will be on nutritional factors that can be assessed through laboratory testing. Evidence based research of nutritional therapies in the treatment of mental illness will be reviewed. Participants will learn skills to better evaluate the hype and hope of targeted nutritional therapies.
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