|Widespread and troubling
For a long time, the subject of mental health was discussed only among specialists. It was somehow felt that mental problems called in question the sufferer's judgement. If it was not actually taboo, the subject was not readily discussed, and was often treated by powerful drugs that left the patient little better than half-conscious.
The President's Commission on Mental Health estimates that a quarter of Americans is suffering from depression, anxiety or other emotional disorders currently costing $ 30 to 44 billion annually. This is further shown by the suicide rate among the young, persons aged fifteen to twenty-four years old, which is five times what it was in 1950. It is the same with American children with serious learning problems. They were nine and a half million in 1970 but one in every five by 1980. The US is not alone in this. European countries like England, France, Sweden, and so on, show similarly disquieting statistics.
Today we know that mental problems are overwhelmingly physical. Deficiencies of one sort or another disturb the organism's balance, and the resulting mental disorders are simply the symptoms of modest or acute nutrient imbalances. The problem is that such imbalances are not readily detected, unless one specifically sets out to look for them. Further, mental health problems tend to increase a person's insecurity and stress, to reduce one's self-confidence, self-respect, one's sense of accomplishment and self-actualization, and result in deepening the anxiety and depression in a kind of vicious circle. Yet aside from the old-fashioned stigma linked to mental problems, these behavioral disorders are simply just symptoms of the lack of certain nutrients in one's diet. It is really that simple, at least in the great majority of cases. It is of course a lot more difficult to find out why these nutrient deficiencies developed in the first place, so as to avoid them in the future.
No instant solution
Once this is realized, finding the balance, or what works best for each individual is a matter of time. For it must be clear that mental health is not recovered overnight. The re-establishment of balance involves various processes of physiological adaptation that take place slowly and gradually. And each one of us is subject to the genetic idiosyncrasies and ancestral singularities we are all heir to. It takes time to work through them, and it takes even more time to ensure that no imbalance reoccurs. Anything else is grossly unrealistic. Today's instant solutions are tomorrow's split second failures.
Our mental health program, aside from re-establishing your balance, is designed to find out what caused these nutrient deficiencies, and what works best for you and for your specific circumstances and requirements.
The program aims to follow your progress and to ensure that you do not become liable
to similar problems in the future, and offers,
- Comprehensive measures. A search and identification of the causes of nutrient imbalances that may constitute the root of the problem.
- Diet. What foods to eat, how to eat them, what to cut down or eliminate at least for a while, so as to enhance the above comprehensive measures.
- Nutritional supplements. What vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, soluble and insoluble fiber you may need, to counteract the nutrient deficiencies identified by the above comprehensive measures.
- Botanical support. What herbs may be of assistance, which are the preferred standardized herbal preparations for your condition, the required dosages, their contraindications, etc.
- Lifestyle changes. Small but significant changes in lifestyle that may help you balance your deficiencies, organism and life, faster and easier.
- Physical therapies. Other forms of treatment that may be of help, such as aromatherapy, flower therapy, homeopathy, etc.