Henry Quant was just 5 years old and bedridden with chronic fevers when he began taking pills for anxiety and depression. His mother knew that the drugs helped, but they made her nervous.
“The really scary part,” Elizabeth Quant said, “is we don’t know what these do long term.”
This summer, under the watchful eye of his physician, Henry, now 7, replaced his antidepressants with vitamins and learned some stress-relief exercises to calm himself.
“Now he’s doing better and better,” said his mother, who lives with her husband, Shawn, and three children in south Minneapolis. If Henry, a second-grader, starts to relapse, his mother says she won’t hesitate to change course. But after two months, she’s thrilled. “He’s happy and he’s healthy, that’s Henry.”
At one time, psychiatrists might have cringed at the thought of using alternative medicine instead of “real” treatments for mental health care. But a growing number of doctors are adding herbs, nutritional supplements and meditation to their arsenal of psychiatric drugs, as evidence mounts that natural therapies can help. Even stalwarts of the medical establishment, from the University of Minnesota to Allina Hospitals & Clinics, are exploring ways to use mind-body therapies to treat depression and anxiety….
….”I think people are fed up with having their kids medicated as the only option,” said Dr. Timothy Culbert, head of integrative medicine at Children’s, and Henry’s doctor.
Last year, Culbert co-wrote a series of self-care books for children (“Be the Boss of Your Body” by Free Spirit Publishing) on ways to cope with pain, stress and sleep problems – all linked to depression.
Several patients have been able to get off medication, while others have cut their dosage, Culbert said. His goal is to teach kids to help themselves, not just passively receive therapy….(read the rest here)
The “scientific” skeptics are given their time too if your read the whole article. I wonder why us alternative folks are hardly ever given time when the mainstream pharma ho’s spread their shit?? You know there is no science behind our observed reality. And noone wants to put money behind it to make it “real” in their eyes. I suppose that’s why.