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Publishers Weekly -Citing alarmingly high numbers of children and adults suffering from mental disorders, Wake Forest University School of Medicine integrative medicine specialist Kemper (The Holistic Pediatrician) examines an array of practical strategies, from diet and exercise to acupuncture and supplements. Kemper's comprehensive approach covers commonplace tips ("Things that promote physical fitness promote mental health," "Poor sleep leads to numerous mental health problems"), over-the-counter standards (reviewing of the benefits and possible side effects of vitamin and mineral supplements), and other non-prescription remedies (bright light to counter winter blues, aromatherapy) with equal vigor. Fundamental strategies include advice on avoiding environmental hazards like toxic cleaners and pesticides, and techniques for stress management like positive thinking and meditation. Discussing specific herbal remedies, Kemper summarizes research into health claims (crocus for depression, Gingko or Pine Bark for ADHD), as well as pertinent safety information. In Kemper's opinion, most homeopathic (plant-, mineral-, or animal-based) remedies are safe (in moderation) but of questionable benefit; she is far more positive about massage therapy and acupuncture. For those investigating alternative medicine for mental health, this makes an informative and reliable resource.
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