The concept of a holistic inpatient mental health center developed on the cusp of the 21st century, along with the founding of the Alternative to Meds Center.
The holistic inpatient mental health center as a broadly known concept has had a long and difficult “birth”, evolving in the wake of many earlier disgraced practices of psychiatry.
Psychiatric “treatment” is a term that is used loosely here, but past examples included the electrically-induced seizures of ECT, still in use in some hospitals (2), insulin-induced coma, handcuffs, incarceration with bodily restraints, some very painful, cranial drilling, feeding iron filings to patients to enable magnetic healing, centrifugal spinning in chairs to reorient/reposition the brain, experiments that entailed injecting patients with malaria, or other pathogens, and many other strange and bizarre practices.
Holistic Treatments vs Shotgun Approaches
Holistic methods of treatment can address a multi-verse of factors that can include physical illness, stress, environmental and social factors, nutrition as well as checking for toxic mold or chemical exposure in the home, and more. In forward-thinking medicine, these are regarded as evidence-based and patient-based treatments.
However, in the past, each very bizarre form of mental health treatment (like drilling holes in the skull, etc.) was directed toward a single, narrow “guess” at what might cure the patient. Something like the way prescribing pharmaceutical drugs of today has become a “shotgun” approach to dealing with mental issues. Got depression? Take antidepressants. Does one size fit all? No, it doesn’t. And the medical community is largely turning away from the over-reliance on medication alone for effective mental health treatment.
No Longer in the Dark Ages
There have been some dark days indeed when it came to the treatment of mental illness. In the early part of the 20th century, doctors injected patients with malaria for the purpose of inducing fever. Though the practice seems bizarre in the extreme, it was done after observing that malaria patients often suffered delusions and hallucinations with fever. But after the fever passed, the malaria patient would no longer hallucinate or act delusionally.
Apparently impressed by this, Dr. Wagner-Jaurreg began injecting his patients with malaria (and also experimented with tuberculin) so as to produce this fever phenomenon. He hoped that as the fever passed, so would the patient’s mental distress fade away. The practice did not have any curative properties and “yielded unsatisfactory results”. (1) This would be an example of a shotgun approach to mental health. Thank goodness we are no longer in those dark ages.
The Alternative to Meds Center Offers Holistic Treatment
In our beautiful inpatient retreat-style center, clients can receive a wide array of treatments to address mental health concerns, without undue attention on labeling or the over-use of medications. Our approach not only provides comfort and healing therapies but seeks to get to the root(s) of the problem(s), whatever they may be, through testing and other assessments.
Where neurotoxic chemical exposure has occurred, including from dental amalgams, past drug use, or other sources, cleansing these harmful residues in a pleasant non-invasive way can bring much relief. Clients often report sleeping better, more energy, a lift in mood, and other improvements on this action alone.
Other treatments include talk therapy, life coaching, clean and corrected diet, nutritional supplements that act as precursors to help rebuild neurotransmitters, Equine Assisted therapy, massage, Reiki, yoga, nebulized glutathione, ionic foot baths, soothing mineral baths, as well as many many more types of treatments.
Each program is tailored to the unique profile and health goals of the individual. The client takes part in consultation meetings daily and weekly with their health team in planning and making the most desirable and effective adjustments to their regimen as they progress through the steps.
Find Out More About Our Holistic Programs
Would you like to know more about the programs and treatments at the Alternative to Meds Center? Please call us and speak to a friendly and knowledgable consultant who will be happy to provide you the information you would like, including insurance acceptance, recommended length of stay, and any other questions you may have.
The Alternative to Meds Center is the only center in the world providing such a wide range of top-level care, with documented success statistics that show our excellent results. Whether you are seeking such help for yourself or for a loved one, we would be happy to give you a more detailed description of the programs at our holistic inpatient mental health center, located in Sedona Arizona.
(1) The Nobel Prize Journal, “Julius Wagner-Jauregg.” The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1927 [INTERNET] [cited May 6, 2020]
(2) Robertson H, Pryor R, “Memory and cognitive effects of ECT: informing and assessing patients.” Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, Vol. 12 Issue 3 [INTERNET] May 2006 [cited May 6, 2020]
Dr. Samuel Lee
Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente. He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.