Mental Health Monday–A Little Salt In The Stew

I’ve been blogging for 2 1/2 years and there’ve been some pretty memorable posts, so I’m going to recycle them from time to time. Here’s a post on Lithium that debuted on August 30, 2010:

Lydia of Medical Mondays fame wanted to know the history of Lithium.

Lithium–a naturally occurring metallic salt and the third element on the periodic table–was “discovered” in 1817. Doctors used it to treat gout and found it also had mood stabilizing properties. In 1949, Australian psychiatrist John Cade published the first scientific article describing the use of lithium in treating acute mania (the elevated mood side of Bipolar disorder). The FDA approved the use of lithium in 1970.

Interestingly, there are natural springs containing trace amounts of lithium. It is purported that people who drink from these waters have a better state of mind and a more positive outlook. These springs have been in existence for a looooooooong time, but resourceful humans have been making a profit off of them since the late 1800’s.

If you’re interested, check out this website. DISCLAIMER: I do NOT have any connections to this site. I do NOT encourage anyone to buy or drink this water. Okay? Okay.

Remember, these posts are for writing purposes only and are NOT to be construed as medical treatment or advice.

5 comments on “Mental Health Monday–A Little Salt In The Stew

  1. I want some of that lithium water.

  2. Interesting analysis on lithium. I have gout, but have never received lithium for it. They use alopurinol.

  3. Linda Gray says:

    I’m so glad you reposted this, Laura. I had no idea lithium was a naturally occurring element available in some spring waters! (the periodic table and me–um, not so much). Fascinating.

  4. roguemutt says:

    I want some lithium water. Sounds great.

  5. Lydia K says:

    Great idea to recycle your posts! I remember asking about this one! Now I should get me some lithium water. Or maybe not. 🙂

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