For the past year, I have been very interested and focused on the micro uses of Lithium in a whole range of neurological conditions. Perhaps one of the most interesting is the effect of criminality, covering a whole spectrum from murder, rape, robbery, drug addiction, suicide, and mental certification. A friend wondered why it had not been followed up? Perhaps even offering it to prisoners in jail? From the literature, some prisoners may well be suffering from a lack of lithium. I think it is a great idea! Micro Lithium in water is at present on sale in many countries and a drinking fountain with Lithium in prison facilities would give prisoners access to micro doses of Lithium.
The work of Schrauzer and Shrestha dates back to a collection of data in the late 1980’s and this has been confirmed by a number of other studies showing a direct link between low intake of Lithium and violence, antisocial, or criminal behaviour. Referring back to the graphs by these authors, one does see the very distinct association between low lithium in water supplies and the whole spectrum of criminality.
Considering that the above is correct, what a saving of suffering of life and death, could be achieved by making micro Lithium available. At present micro Lithium is not included in vitamins or sold without a prescription (again Lithium that is available is in doses used for manic depression).
After reading the importance of Lithium in water as a source of adequate intake, I was considerably disturbed to discover that townships using Lake Ontario as a water source have only miniscule, undetectable by water board standards, of Lithium. The level of Lithium in lake water (drinking water) in Toronto have been so low that continuation of measurement has been discontinued after a 10-year period of finding no detectable Lithium.
In the last few years, Lithium, has been determined to be an essential element with a dose far below that found in a number of spas – for example Baden Baden in Germany which has long been recognized for its health-giving waters.
This is not new as in September 12, 2014 distinguished psychiatrist Dr. Anna Fels wrote in the Sunday Review “Should we all take a bit of Lithium?”. Similar articles have appeared in European papers.
What would it take for conventional, staid, public health to consider looking at the question of micro Lithium being available in multiple vitamins, tonic waters, and doses equivalent to the RDA (recommended daily allowance)? The savings in suffering, controlling violence, etc. would be vast and would go a great deal to reduce our healthcare budget.
For those that still are confused between the doses of micro Lithium 1 mg and under and the 300 mg plus used for manic depression, should consider one being present in nature and the other used therapeutically at 300 times the dose. At present, there is a solid wall against taking any significant micro Lithium doses excepting .1 per million. Never before have we had the opportunity of changing social behaviour and the often-vicious side effects of this, not to mention cost etc. by such a simple agent. Why is micro Lithium not added to vitamins? It has been agreed that it is an essential element of which our intake is I believe, lower than ideal. In a small study using hair analysis all cases had abnormally low Lithium. This may not be ideal to the purists but having spent a considerable amount of time talking to a biochemical lab, levels other than those to monitor patients with bipolar disorders are not available for labs to investigate.
From previous articles on Lithium by this author, one would see the collective possible positive advantages of Lithium in many conditions that were thought to be untreatable. This includes the effect on GSK-3, an enzyme that builds plaque, and an improvement on longevity – but still we ignore micro Lithium. I suppose I should point out it also has a romantic effect!
For those that doubt the safety, I point out that until 1946, 7-UP contained Lithium. The “7” actually stood for the atomic weight of Lithium. I believe it was withdrawn at the request of public agitation for unaltered water. Over the past decade there has been considerable public anger at the decreasing nutritional value of food due to poor or cheap fertilizers and overused land but little concerned has been expressed by our tap water being deficient in many areas of Lithium.
From my limited medical experience of micro Lithium, I think this is very much a win-win situation – medically and in social realms of human behaviour. I think the effects on drug addiction may be related to this inner rage or lack of inner satisfaction which causes one to seek drugs which may be altered by a normal supply of micro Lithium.
Isn’t an article being published in the “New York Times” almost as good as being published in a medical journal?