Non-Pharmaceutical Approaches to Mental Disorders

Reported by Corinne T.

On June 5 and 6, 2004, Safe Harbor had their third annual medical conference: Non-Pharma III "Non-Pharmaceutical Approaches to Mental Disorders".

The conference was held in Glendale, California, near Los Angeles. Due to other commitments I was unable to attend the entire conference. However, I did attend two presentations on the afternoon of June 5.

The lectures I attended were: Homeopathic Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, by Randy Martin, Ph.D.; and, Is it Mental or Is it Dental? How Mercury Fillings, Root Canals, Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome, and Other Dental Issues Affect Mental Health, by Raymond Silkman, D.D.S.

I thought both talks were very interesting and well presented.

What follows are a few brief notes that I took during the presentations. I thought I would share the notes with those of you who might be interested in them.

1. Homeopathic Treatment of Anxiety and Depression, by Randy Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Martin spoke a little about homeopathy in general. For example, homeopaths want to know how a patient is feeling subjectively. He gave the example of a child who was asked how he was feeling.

The child said he felt as though there were a bug crawling around inside of him. That was very helpful information for the homeopath.

One homeopathic remedy might be good for many different things.

Dr. Martin talked about remedy types. People who are a certain remedy type (meaning that a particular remedy stands a good chance of helping them) often have certain general features, food preferences, etc.

Dreams can give clues to the type of remedy a person might need.

Dr. Martin also mentioned a few specific homeopathic remedies and what they are often used for:

Aconite: a remedy for sudden shock or emergencies with a residual of major fear (for example, earthquake or a death in a family).

Natrum Muriaticum: a remedy for long standing grief or sorrow.

Ignatia: a remedy for acute grief or sadness.

Arsenicum Album: one of the most used remedies for anxiety.

Gelsemium: one of the best remedies for anxiety and phobias.

2. Is it Mental or Is it Dental? How Mercury Fillings, Root Canals, Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome, and Other Dental Issues Affect Mental Health, by Raymond Silkman, D.D.S.

Dr. Silkman mentioned some of the symptoms he sees in his practice. Some of the symptoms he mentioned were: anger, combativeness, control issues, depression, and despair.

He discussed the bones in the skull and talked about how all the bones in the body are related to one another.

He spoke about the temporo-mandibular joint and some of the problems related to it.

He discusssed the important connection between nutrition and a person's health.

********************** Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation. It is based in Los Angeles, California. Safe Harbor was begun in order to serve people who are seeking alternatives to the established treatments for mental health. Safe Harbor's web site is at: www.alternativementalhealth.com.

Randy Martin, Ph.D., has published numerous articles on homeopathy and Oriental medicine. He is the author of the book Optimal Health: How to Get It, How To Keep It. His web site is at: http://www.optimalhealth4u.com/.

Raymond Silkman, D.D.S., practices biological dentistry, orthopedic orthodontics and the treatment of TMJ and related disorders. He works with chiropractors, homeopaths, acupuncturists, osteopaths, and other health professionals.

Reported by Corinne T.

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