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May 12, 2014 by Emma Bragdon, PhD

9 Psychiatrists Transforming Psychiatry: When Pscyh Meds Are No Longer #1

Profile of head with jigsaw pieces missingIntegrative Mental Health for You, IMHU.org,  is launching an uplifting 3 week, online course with pioneering psychiatrists who are changing the way psychiatry is being practiced.

This introduces consumers to the full range of options available for effective mental healthcare.  The course will be especially meaningful for anyone wanting to avoid the risks and side-effects from taking psychiatric drugs; but it can also open many doors for healthcare providers wanting to be more aware of the resources of “integrative psychiatry”.

We have 4 unique video interviews with prominent integrative psychiatrists: Alice Lee, Mary Ackerley, Eric Leskowitz and Judith Pentz.  They speak about the ways they combine their conventional training (from top medical schools) with complementary protocols like detoxification, withdrawal from drugs, nurturing brain function with micronutrients, energy work, and improved lifestyle choices.

In addition, students hear from influential MDs and psychiatrists who are leading us to a more effective, humane way of overcoming the causes of mental health problems (including the epidemics of ADHD and Autism): Drs Peter Gotzche, Allen Frances, Peter Breggin, Gabor Mate, Scott Shannon, Mark Hyman, Roger Walsh, David Healy, James Greenblatt, Dietrich Klinghardt, and Loren Mosher.

This is a 3-week online course, May 27 – June 12, 2014,  but students are free to review all the modules for 90 days at their own convenience.  Activities involve watching videos, reading a bit, discussing with facilitator and other students.  Continuing Education Units are available for healthcare providers. Early bird registration is now thru May 20.  More info: http://www.IMHU.org/9Psychiatrists

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April 25, 2014 by Emma Bragdon, PhD

Stopping the Autism Epidemic

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This year the CDC estimates that one in 68 kids now have symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A few decades ago it was one in 10,000 kids, according to the Autism Science Foundation.  Putting a stop to this epidemic that is so challenging for children, parents, and schools is becoming imperative for all kinds of reasons.  How are we going to support the kids if they grow to adulthood and still can’t take care of themselves?

New research estimates autism costs society a staggering $126 billion per year (U.S.) – a number that has more than tripled since 2006. Money for programs through the Combating Autism Act seems minimal: only $231 million annually.

A new online course, Possible Cures for Autism, reviews causes and potentials for cures.  The course is now available through the site Integrative Mental Health for You (IMHU).  It became more and more obvious to me as I wrote the curriculum that environmental toxins as well as recreational and pharmaceutical drugs that impact pregnant mothers and babies are in large part to blame.  At least, they play a major role in edging some kids into the zone of learning delays, learning disabilities, and autism.  Fortunately, recent research in integrative healthcare is pointing to some answers.

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