Mental Health, Naturally: The Family Guide to Holistic Care for a Healthy Mind and Body: / Edition 1

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Those seeking alternative methodologies for achieving optimal mental health will learn effective, safe, natural, and generally more affordable strategies and treatments in this guidebook. With up-to-date research, illustrative examples, and a practical approach for individuals and families, this handbook features an overview of mental health disorders, basic strategies for improving as well as preventing mental health issues, therapies that go beyond the fundamentals, and specific strategies for those struggling with ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse. In addition to outlining the basics—such as the role of exercise and activity, restful sleep, nutrition, and supplements—the text details stress-management practices and discusses alternate techniques including homeopathy, massage and bodywork therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic and osteopathic work. A section on advocacy and resources is also available.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Library Journal
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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From the Publisher

"Dr. Kemper is the new Dr. Spock of modern health care! Here is the best guide for keeping your children (and our future) both healthy and happy!"  —Wayne B. Jonas, MD, president and chief executive officer, Samueli Institute; director of alternative medicine, National Institutes of Health; and author, Essentials of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

"One of the best guides to optimal psychological functioning to emerge in recent years. Dr. Kathi Kemper realizes the interconnections between mind, body, and spirit, and she offers down-to-earth, practical guidelines in harmonizing them."  —Larry Dossey, MD, author, Healing Words, Reinventing Medicine, and The Power of Premonitions; executive editor, Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

"Insightful, sensitive, and evidence-based. Dr. Kemper takes us on a truly healing journey."  —Mimi Guarneri, MD, FACC, medical director, Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, and author, The Heart Speaks

"The truly natural approach Dr. Kemper provides is the first step to safe, effective management for virtually all the mental, emotional, and ultimately physical problems that are best treated her 'old-fashioned' but newly proven way."  —C. Norman Shealy, MD, PhD, professor of energy medicine, professor emeritus, Holos University Graduate Seminary, and founding president, American Holistic Medical Association

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581103106
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 545,828
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP, is the Caryl J. Guth Chair for Complementary and Integrative Medicine and a director of the Program for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. She is the 2008 recipient of the inaugural leadership award from the Integrative Pediatrics Council and the founding chairperson of the Section for Complementary and Integrative Medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is the author of The Holistic Pediatrician and has provided commentary on holistic, integrative, and complementary therapies for the media, including ABC News, Parenting magazine, and USA Today. She lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xix

Part 1 Introduction: Challenges and Goals 1

1 Are Mental Health Problems Really a Problem? 9

2 What Is Mental Health? 21

Part 2 Fundamental Strategies 27

3 Exercise 31

4 Restful Sleep 45

5 Nutrition 59

Dietary Supplements: Overview 79

6 Dietary Supplements: Vitamins 85

7 Dietary Supplements: Minerals 107

8 Dietary Supplements: Essential Fatty Acids 123

9 Dietary Supplements: Amino Acids 141

10 Dietary Supplements: Hormones 163

11 Dietary Supplements: Probiotics 175

12 Positive Environmental Factors 179

13 Protecting Against Negative Environmental Aspects 193

Managing Stress: Overview 225

14 Managing Stress: Emotional Practices 233

15 Managing Stress: Mental Practices 259

16 Managing Stress: Spiritual Practices 283

Communication Skills and Community Building to Promote Mental Health: Overview 293

17 Communication Skills: Being a Friend to Yourself 295

18 Communicating With Others 305

19 Building Community, Support, and Fellowship 321

Part 3 Beyond Fundamentals: Additional Help 329

20 Herbs 333

21 Homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies 361

22 Massage 369

23 Acupuncture 379

24 Chiropractic and Osteopathy 387

25 Magnets and Electrical Stimulation 391

Part 4 Putting It All Together 397

26 Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Improving Focus and Attention 401

27 Anxiety: Improving a Sense of Security, Serenity, Calm, Confidence, and Courage 423

28 Defeating Depression: Building Hope 447

29 Advocacy to Promote Mental Health 489

Resources 501

Action Plans 521

References 529

Index 597

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  • Posted February 23, 2010

    Comprehensive and accessible

    I agree with the cover quote. This book is the Dr. Spock of mental health. It really talks about goals of mental and emotional health -- becoming clear, focused, confident, cheerful, and compassionate. This books provides a lot of references supporting common sense that things that make for a healthy body also make for a healthy mind. There are many tips, helpful tools for making specific changes, and, unusual in a health book, advice about community activities to promote health.

    This would be the FIRST place I'd turn for mental health information. It also provides links to patient and professional groups as well as government and academic web sites. Every primary care doctor, parent, and teacher should read it!

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