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“Last night Jonathan E. Prousky, a naturopathic doctor here in Toronto, gave a lecture at the University of Toronto on the benefits of an orthomolecular approach to mental illness.
He has successfully treated hundreds to thousands of patients for mental health symptoms, over a period of 12 years, referring to himself as a last resort for many, after mainstream psychiatry had failed them. He says usually the patients show improvements within a few months.
In psychiatry patients are routinely told that their medications won’t work in the short term, and that they need to be on them for 3 months or longer to see the benefit.
Prousky did not, however, target the failures of the psychiatric approach to mental health. His message was focused on an integrative approach. He does, however, advocate for more truthful marketing and more detailed patient disclosure around pharmacology, including risks and probable outcomes.
Nobody Made Well By Psychiatry – But Still They Claim Success!
He does point out, though, that in his own practice, he can’t recall anyone who came in well on psychiatric drugs. Many are considered treatment successes, because they have experienced a 15-30% reduction in their original symptoms, perhaps they no longer hear voices, for example, but they are still not high functioning – able to work or enjoy recreation or enjoying any quality of life. They often have debilitating side effects of the drugs. Furthermore, he points out that mainstream psychiatry does not offer counseling or ask these questions of patients. He has often had patients tell him nobody has ever asked what they do with their time when not at the doctor’s office.
His philosophy is bolstered by recent statistics out of Finland that show that patients who do not have pharmacological treatment after a first episode, but rather a nurturing, community support approach do better over time than those who use medications. His says the supports people receive, the compassion and attention to their other health complaints as well, and the holistic approach to what they need, is far more effective in the long term.
This is the same thing I witnessed with my son. While doctors claimed the diet and vitamins could not possibly help him, because his problems were neurological, the patients they treated (whom I knew through support groups) did not fare well in the long term. My son is the only one of the group I knew who opted out of the meds. He is also the only one who has not developed other disabilities and diagnoses. In fact, diagnoses were taken away because he has done so well.
Psychiatric Model Creates Dependence; Orhtomolecular Model Creates Independence
The goal, according to Prousky, is to create a person who is less dependent on medical assistance, more independent and higher functioning, with a higher quality of life. He feels MDs should support patients to realize their dreams, not to just survive. The psychiatric model creates too much dependence on doctors, does not emphasize informed consent enough, and does not support individual independence and growth. Success is a patient who takes his meds on time all the time, and shows up for all his appointments, rather than a patient who is doing well without needing medication, and is back to work or otherwise enjoying life more fully.
Hardy Patients Have Better Outcomes
Prousky cites patient attitude as having a tremendous amount to do with outcome. Those who seem”dead inside” are the ones he finds respond least favorably to his approach. This is similar with Dr. Hoffer’s sentiment that it was only those who had been medicated long term, in the “backs of institutions”, on antipsychotics for years, that did not respond favorably to his treatment protocol.
Among the many causes of mental health problems that he has seen, Prousky talked about vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid problems, and celiac disease. He also spoke of the role of food allergies and a very poor diet with a lack of exercise in some people. But he stressed that every case is unique and must be approached from that position.
He recommends numerous books, including Dr. Hoffer’s autobiography, Adventures in Psychiatry, Dr. Cartlat’sUnhinged, and Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic to better understand the concerns with a completely pharmacological approach to mental illness.
Orthomolecular Treatment Safer with Better Outcomes
While orthomolecular medicine (using diet, vitamins, minerals and naturally occurring substances to treat disease) can produce side effects, Prousky feels it is a safer, more patient empowering treatment with better long term outcomes than pharmacology alone.
Jonathan E. Prousky is the Chief Naturopathic Medical Officer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. He is the author of Anxiety: Orthomolecular Diagnosis and Treatment, Naturopathic Nutrition, andPrinciples & Practices of Naturopathic Clinical Nutrition.”
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