Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry (free download)

I got this email from Dan Stratford today and I thought I’d just share it as is. Early on in my research for alternatives to healing I first frequented the Safe Harbor email groups and then moderated one of them for about a year. I learned a lot while I was involved with them and it helped me on my journey of understanding what happened to me and how to heal. I also learned that I had a lot to learn on my own through my own research elsewhere, underscoring that we’re truly all different and the answers often lie in many different places with many different disciplines.

One thing I found is that no one, pretty much anywhere, knows how to deal with the serious psychiatric drug withdrawal iatrogenesis that happens for some of us. I want my readers to be aware that a lot of the supplements that get routinely recommended by practitioners of CAM can be dangerous for us, so this is a disclaimer that I’m making having some familiarity with these sorts of alternative treatments.

Besides that, however, I’m sure this book has lots of good information for folks so that they might not ever start taking neurotoxic drugs. We are all endlessly different and people find the combination of things that help from many different sources. I will say one last thing. The over-reliance on supplements can sometimes turn out to look a lot like the over-reliance on pharmaceuticals. Supplements can be tool in the tool box. Sometimes they’re very important and other times not so much.

You can download the book for FREE! That’s a great deal. I’ll be taking a closer look of it as I’m able. The table of contents looks good.

So from Dan Stratford:

I am pleased to announce the publication of the guide for physicians and other healthcare professionals, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments in Psychiatry by Europe-based publisher Amedeo.

I had the good fortune to serve as lead author and editor, working with fellow authors:

●  Hyla Cass, M.D., author of eight books, including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health

●  Christine Berger, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine

●  Garry Vickar, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine

The book is available as a free download to anyone at Flying Publisher.

It will also be available for purchase as a hard copy on Amazon.com in mid-February.

This was done as an educational project by my nonprofit Safe Harbor.  This guide is packed with information on a broad range of treatments that improve mental health while promoting wellness and decreasing dependency on medication.

Chapters cover:

●  An introduction to the philosophy of wellness and recovery

●  Importance of full medical exams

●  Lifestyle changes, including diet, sleep, and exercise

●  Allergies, toxins, and poisons

●  Nutritional treatments

●  Breathing techniques, yoga, and mindfulness

The book closes with a look at “The CAM Psychiatrist at Work” (CAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine).  This is a study of the work of Dr. Hyla Cass, former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA Medical School for over 25 years, and brings together all the elements of the previous chapters into real-world diagnostics and treatment.
All the best,
Dan Stradford

If you’re in the midst of withdrawal please get more particular information from our peers who unfortunately still have the safest information out there. See: Support in withdrawal.

More info on withdrawal:  Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up

Way too many of us have stories of going to alternative doctors or doctors that practice CAM and getting harmed. Basically online we have the advantage of many of us coming together comparing notes. Doctors in private practice have yet to see enough of us in their practices to ever really get a handle on what is going on. There are very very few medical professionals of any stripe that know how to help us.

Once you are aware of some of the risks by learning from your peers finding a doctor who will take your withdrawal issues seriously and listen to and believe your experience is of course highly recommended. The really good doctors are willing to learn with you.

One last note: if you decide you’re going to try a supplement, shop around. It’s often much cheaper online. Vitacost.com and Swansonvitamins.com both have very large inventories of well-priced items. Avoid buying your supplements from doctors offices! They’re generally very over-priced.

About Monica Cassani

Author/Editor Beyond Meds: Everything Matters