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Low-Dose Lithium: A multifaceted tool in integrative psychiatry*

by Kelly Heim, Ph.D.

Since its discovery as a food ingredient and medicinal agent, lithium has intrigued scientists with its profound effects on the human mind. In 1949, its capacity to influence mood was first reported, and in 1970, lithium carbonate became available as a pharmaceutical agent in the U.S. Lithium has since been widely recognized as a powerful substance with potential dose-dependent effects on thoughts, feelings, cognition and behavior.*

The prominence of lithium in allopathic psychopharmacology has overshadowed its fundamental identity as a trace mineral occurring naturally in the diet. In contrast to the high dose (typically 180-360 mg) read more…

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