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amd070101-240Alice W. Lee, MD, ABIHM is a holistic and integrative psychiatrist practicing in Gaithersburg, Maryland, who combines nutritional medicine (orthomolecular psychiatry), energy medicine, and other alternative therapies in the holistic and integrative treatment of mental health conditions. Her training in child, adolescent & adult psychiatry and her clinical experience with prescription medications allow her to:

  1. Facilitate natural, rapid, and safe recovery from mental illness before resorting to the use of prescription medications.
  2. Reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medications.
  3. Tailor the treatment to the unique needs of each patient.
  4. Educate everyone about effective, safe, and natural healing approaches.
  5. Minimize withdrawal symptoms from medications.
  6. Allow for safe medication reduction prior to pregnancy.
  7. Reduce postpartum depression and anxiety.
  8. Provide young children with mental health issues a medication-free option.

Click here to learn about: Introduction to the Principles of Energy Medicine: The Effects of Consciousness on the Body (DVD).

Click here to learn about: Infinite Intention CD – A Groundbreaking Tool for Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Click here to read Ten Practical Considerations During Medication Withdrawal.

Click here to read Holistic Psychiatry: Possibilities Beyond Conventional Psychiatry.

Radio Interviews with Alice W. Lee, M.D.

What is Holistic Psychiatry? – Interview with Dr. Rachael Sand (11/14/08)

Holistic Psychiatry – Interview on News for the Soul (2/5/05)

The content provided by this site is for informational purposes only and has not been approved by the U.S. FDA. This site is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained from a medical professional.

Orthomolecular News: No deaths from nutritional supplements

I like this article that presents the safety on nutritional supplements to the public, to correct any misunderstanding of the supposed dangers of nutritional supplementation.

Alice W. Lee, MD, ABIHM

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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 12, 2016

No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals. No Deaths from Amino Acids. No Deaths from Herbs.

by Andrew W. Saul, Editor

(OMNS, Jan 12, 2016) Not only are there no deaths from vitamins, there are also zero deaths from any supplement. The most recent (2014) information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System, and published in the journal Clinical Toxicology (1), shows no deaths whatsoever from dietary supplements across the board.

No deaths from minerals

There were zero deaths from any dietary mineral supplement. This means there were no fatalities from calcium, magnesium, chromium, zinc, colloidal silver, selenium, iron, or multimineral supplements. Reported in the “Electrolyte and Mineral” category was a fatality from the medical use of “Sodium and sodium salts” and another fatality from non-supplemental iron, which was clearly and specifically excluded from the supplement category.

No deaths from any other nutritional supplement

Additionally, there were zero deaths from any amino acid or single-ingredient herbal product. This means no deaths at all from blue cohosh, echinacea, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, kava kava, St. John’s wort, valerian, yohimbe, Asian medicines, ayurvedic medicines, or any other botanical. There were zero deaths from creatine, blue-green algae, glucosamine, chondroitin, or melatonin. There were zero deaths from any homeopathic remedy.

But when in doubt, blame a supplement. Any supplement.

There was one death attributed to a “Multi-Botanical Without Ma Huang or Citrus Aurantium.” It is interesting that they knew what was not in it but did not know what was in it. This is hearsay at best, and scaremongering at worst. There was one death alleged from some “Unknown Dietary Supplement or Homeopathic Agent.” This, too, indicates complete lack of certainly as to what may or may not have been involved. One fatality was attributed to “Energy Products: Unknown.” First of all, energy drinks or “products” are not nutritional supplements. But more importantly, how can an accusation be based on the unknown? Equally unscientific are the two deaths attributed to “Energy Products: Other.” Well, what products were they? These are no more than vague, unsubstantiated allegations. Claiming causation without even knowing what substance or ingredient to accuse is baseless.

The truth: no man, woman or child died from any nutritional supplement. Period.

If nutritional supplements are allegedly so “dangerous,” as the FDA, the news media, and even some physicians still claim, then where are the bodies?

References:

Mowry JB, Spyker DA, Brooks DE et al. (2015) 2014 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 32nd Annual Report, Clinical Toxicology, 53:10, 962-1147, http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/15563650.2015.1102927 .

The lengthy, full text article is also available for free download from https://aapcc.s3.amazonaws.com/pdfs/annual_reports/2014_AAPCC_NPDS_Annual_Report.pdf or from http://www.aapcc.org/annual-reports/ .

Nutritional Medicine is Orthomolecular Medicine

Orthomolecular medicine uses safe, effective nutritional therapy to fight illness. For more information: http://www.orthomolecular.org

Find a Doctor

To locate an orthomolecular physician near you: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v06n09.shtml

Withdrawing from 14 years of Antidepressant Use

I am a 42 y.o. woman who started taking antidepressants after developing postpartum depression following the birth of my first child in 2001. This began a 14-year-long saga of medication usage and adjustment without any regard for true wellness or improvement. Three years ago, a general practitioner changed my medication, which caused me to be hospitalized several times within 4-5 months. During this time, while on medication, I experienced an episode of mania that lasted about two months.  Every doctor I encountered dismissed my requests to get off of medication completely, and would just change my medication, causing me a new set of side effects and the inability to function in the real world.

Once I got back on my feet, in 2014, I knew that I had to take my well-being into my own hands and find a doctor who could help me get off of medication safely and effectively; otherwise, I would be taking psychotropic drugs for the rest of my life. At the time, I was taking Paxil 40 mg a day.  My mood was good, and I had few side effects. However, I did not want to remain on a medication for the rest of my life.  My search led me to Dr. Lee, whose compassionate care and medical knowledge of both the traditional and holistic aspects of mental health care has enabled me to identify the areas of my body that needed healing and to treat me appropriately.

In the past, when I would taper my antidepressant medication, I experienced unpleasant symptoms, during the withdrawal process, such as mood swings, suicidal thoughts, severe PMS, difficulty making decisions, and lack of confidence in myself. However, this time when I withdrew from Paxil, using an integrated approach of diet, nutritional supplements, and energy medicine (meditation and EFT), I did not experience any withdrawal symptoms, and I was able to continue to work full time.  I am happy that I have been able to be off Paxil since September, 2015.  The entire withdrawal process lasted from April 2015 to September 2015 (five months).  I feel that I am now able to thrive as a mother, wife, and educator. Thank you, Dr. Lee!

S.A.

The New York Times: Talk Therapy Eases Symptoms of Schizophrenia

In the New York Times, dated October 20, 2015, an article on the benefits of talk therapy in recovery from schizophrenia.  This is a government funded study, and therefore, with less bias from pharmaceutical agencies, needing to promote their medications as the primary treatment of choice.  Please see an exerpt of the article below.

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More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors.

Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. The findings, from by far the most rigorous trial to date conducted in the United States, concluded that schizophrenia patients who received smaller doses of antipsychotic medication and a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy and family support made greater strides in recovery over the first two years of treatment than patients who got the usual drug-focused care.

More than two million people in the United States have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and the treatment for most of them mainly involves strong doses of antipsychotic drugs that blunt hallucinations and delusions but can come with unbearable side effects, like severe weight gain or debilitating tremors.

Now, results of a landmark government-funded study call that approach into question. The findings, from by far the most rigorous trial to date conducted in the United States, concluded that schizophrenia patients who received smaller doses of antipsychotic medication and a bigger emphasis on one-on-one talk therapy and family support made greater strides in recovery over the first two years of treatment than patients who got the usual drug-focused care.

Sustainable Mental Health: Fast, Easy and Cheap

What is the number one factor that gives a person the best prognosis and the best chance for sustainable mental health? Someone who takes care of their mental health before it falls apart! In one word: prevention.

The reason why it is important to take care of yourself when stressed is because, if it is ignored day after day, it often leads to “chronic” mental illness.  Usually this begins with problems with focus, advances to mood difficulties, then to mood modulation problems or severe anxiety, and for some, to psychotic symptoms.  When stressors affect a vulnerable person, with a weakened system, it may lead to a crisis, because the person becomes overwhelmed.  At that point, a psychiatric diagnostic label is given to the person that is often considered, in America, chronic and incurable. Also, often a prescription medication is initiated, during the crisis, that is very difficult to discontinue, leading to life-long psychiatric treatment and medication dependency.

Consider the number of individuals currently taking psychotropic medications.  Don’t be the person who waits around for this to happen to you. Do something to prevent it from occurring in your life or in the life of your loved ones.

What I wish for everyone who is under stress, but is not yet at a point of crisis or taking a prescription medication, is the opportunity to address it now, before it evolves into a health crisis.

For this purpose, I am offering all those who feel stressed and have wanted to receive help before they reach a crisis point, to consider a short–four sessions–in a holistic setting, learning how to maintain sustainable mental health–at a 50% discount off of my usual fees.  You will learn about the role of nutrition, supplements and energy medicine. With your new tools, you will be supported forever in facing the challenges and stressors of life and have the tools you need to sustain mental health, and you’ll be able to do this easily, quickly, and inexpensively.

Holistic Approach to Healing ADHD in a Five Year Old Boy

From an early age, our son was very active. For the first few years, we attributed this to him being “all boy”. However, we became more concerned as he attended preschool. He had trouble sitting still and easily became upset. Frequently, he would push other children, kick things and throw tantrums. He was suspended from two preschools for his behavior and we began looking into a diagnosis for his social/emotional challenges.

As he entered kindergarten, we began seeing a social worker, who, with feedback from the school, diagnosed him with ADHD. Our son saw a licensed psychiatrist so that his diagnosis would be “official” for the school and he would be placed in a 504 program to address his needs. The psychiatrist recommended placing him on medication, and we were very much against this idea. He was attending a social skills group at the time, and several of the other parents stated that the medication they were giving their children was not the “magic bullet” that they had anticipated, but instead had caused side effects, and they were still trying different medications to find something that would work.

Around this time, we found Dr. Lee. We were just about at the end of our rope as, in addition to the challenges at school, our son was very difficult at home. The weekends were a constant battle as he went from one tantrum to another, often screaming, hitting, throwing toys, kicking walls and destroying things. Every meal ended in a screaming match, and he could not sit still. He climbed on the chairs, windowsills, banged doors until there were holes in them. We were completely at our wit’s end.

Dr. Lee was our last hope before putting our son on medication. We knew we had to do something as our entire family was suffering (we have an older son who got almost no attention because every minute was spent dealing with his brother). My husband and I would often take turns, rescuing each other when we couldn’t cope any longer and needed a break. we read books on ADHD and tried many of the suggestions, but nothing seemed to make much of a difference. No one ever laughed, smiled or could relax as we were constantly anticipating the next outburst. We spent many sleepless nights worrying about what to do. From the first time I talked to Dr. Lee on the phone to make an appointment, I felt her calming presence. For the first time in several years, I felt there was hope for our son.

The initial appointments with Dr. Lee were costly, as were the nutritional supplements she recommended for him. Also, she recommended major dietary changes and this was challenging. However, we knew that this was our last hope to avoid giving our son medication, so we persevered. After one week on the new dietary/supplement regime, there was no change. We were very concerned about the cost and stressed due to all the dietary restrictions. We basically had to throw out everything we had and start over with an organic diet (this was expensive too), and we had to learn to cook from scratch free from dairy, wheat, sugar, eggs and corn. Needless to say, this was quite a challenge.

However, by the end of week two, the change in our son was nothing short of miraculous! He became calm and was able to sit through meals. It was as if a balloon deflated, as all the anger went out of him. When I would ask him if anything upset him at school, he would reply “no” and that “sometimes, you just have to live with it!” He started being able to play quietly with his toys and would sit and eat his breakfast quietly while he looked at a book or magazine. We could not have been more thrilled!

The amount of supplements our son has to take has dramatically decreased. We have been very vigilant about his diet. He has continued to do well, although he still has challenges with following directions and going along with group activities. Because of the dramatic change we have seen in him so far, we now feel confident that he is well on his way to a full recovery. It has only been four months since we began seeing Dr. Lee and our family is happy once again. We are now able to enjoy spending time with our son instead of each day being an uphill battle to keep things together. We could not more highly recommend Dr. Lee and her Energy Medicine practice. The combination of Energy Medicine, along with the dietary changes and supplements has completely changed our son and given us back a life that is no longer spent coping with one emotional crisis after another.

C. D.