Lithium Is A Brain Nutrient Series – Part Two: How Lithium’s Benefits Were Discovered
Majid Ali, M.D.
In 1970s, animals living in areas with minimal amounts of lithium in the drinking water supply were found to have higher mortality rates, as well as abnormalities of reproduction and behavior. This was not the first time professionals who cared for animals proved to be more nutritional enlightened than doctors.
In 1990, a study of lithium in drinking water showed that lithium in drinking water was also significant for human health. Specifically, an analysis of lithium levels in the water in 27 Texas counties showed an inverse relationship between lithium and mental health. Specifically, people with the lowest lithium intake had significantly greater levels of suicide, homicide and rape suxh that with a variety of lithium levels in their water.
The group whose water had the highest lithium level had nearly 40 percent fewer suicides than that with the lowest lithium level.
About 20 years later, Japanese researchers confirmed the lithium-mental health link with a five-year study. The lithium levels in drinking water of 18 municipalities (over a million inhabitants) also correlated with suicide rates.