Lithium Is A Brain Nutrient Series – Part Three


           Lithium, Depression, Prof. Krusei, and Me

                                                     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.

In 1996, I received my appointment as President of Capital University of Integrative Medicine, I had the great honor of working with a most extraordinary community of enlightened, knowledgeable, compassionate, and ethical physicians. Among that community was professor Oscar Krusei, a human that I will always feel deeply privileged to have known. He considered low-dose lithium as a supplements of high value in caring for patients with anxiety, depression, psychosis, autism, and related developmental challenges.

I am a pathologist. The first time I heard Prof. Krusei speak on lithium, my mind drifted to aspects of lithium:

  1. We used lithium as a reference solution in our lab for testing for electrolytes, such as sodium;
  2. Lithium and sodium share an important commonality in the Periodic Table, in which sharing often has important biologic significance.

I learned much from Prof. Krusei during the nine years I served as President of Capital University. I prescribed lithium in small doses (50 to 150m mg) for many of my patients, often with some benefits, sometimes with most gratifying long-term clinical benefits.

Lithium Series

* Lithium – A Brain Nutrient Series – Part One: Introduction

* Low-Dose Lithium As a Brain Supplement – Part Two

* Lithium, Depression, Prof. Oscar Krusei, and Me – Part Three

* Lithium for Brain Cell Development – Part Four

* Lithium for Depression and Mood Disorders – Part Five

* Low-Dose Lithium For Prevention and Treatment of Dementia – Part Six

* Lithium Toxicity and Blood Testing – Part Seven

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