Lithium Is A Brain Nutrient Series – Part One: Introduction
Majid Ali, M.D.
I dedicate this series on lithium as a brain nutrient to Prof. Oscar Krusei, a physician true to his calling. He served on the faculty of Columbia University, New York, and Capital University of Integrative Medicine, Washington, D.C. He deeply and passionately cared for his patient in Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, New Jersey, until some months before his death.
Lithium is a poorly understood and a widely ignored brain nutrient. Until recently I was seldom, if ever, given attention that it richly deserves among doctors as well as the public.
Lithium’s healing benefits were known to the ancients for millennia, albeit not in modern chemistry. To cite one example, the water of Lithia Springs in Georgia is lithium-enriched and many of its health benefits have been attributed to it. Lithia Springs were considered by the ancient Native American to be a sacred site. By the late 19th century Lithia Springs was a famous health destination visited by many U.S. presidents, including Presidents Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. One would have thought ever itinerants Mark Twain would also have visited the place and one would be right. No surprise then that soda drinks of those times would be expected to have used lithium-rich water. That indeed was the case.
Lithium is neither advertised nor made available at most health food stores. Online, however, there are some lithium spring waters claimed to have high lithium levels.