Whenever the word “lithium” is mentioned in medical or psychiatric circles, it tends to inspire more questions than answers. Is it safe, or toxic? Is it a medicine, a nutrient, or both?
As with so many other substances found in nature, lithium possess a dyadic association with human biology. At certain concentrations, lithium is toxic to us; at others, it is a miracle medicine celebrated since the early 20th century for its ability to stabilize mood. And yet this is not the end of lithium’s story, for a growing body of research literature and clinical evidence suggests that this humble mineral may in fact be one of the most promising treatments available for a range of psychiatric and neurologic disorders. More, this body of literature underscores an increasingly robust rationale for the existence of a lithium deficiency state in susceptible individuals. The closer we look at lithium, the more essential it reveals itself to be for human health.
This two-part course, designed for healthcare practitioners, will take registrants on a fascinating journey in search of the truths and clinical therapeutic potentials of lithium.