Lithium (Li)

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Mineral Health Connection

Lithium gets its name from the Greek word for stone, lithos because it is present in trace amounts in virtually all rocks [4]. In the human body, lithium is a trace mineral and only needed in minute quantities. Initially discovered in 1800, by the Brazilian chemist José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva in a mine on an island in Sweden.

Major depression is far more disabling than many other diseases, including lung disease, arthritis and diabetes.. Depression is a world-wide phenomenon, happening at young and younger ages.
— Dr. Myra Weissman, psychiatric epidemiologist at Columbia University Presbyterian Medical Center in New York [3]

More than 10 million people in this country suffer from clinical depression in a given year, and two-thirds of them go undiagnosed or untreated, says Dr. Frederick Goodwin, director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Gerhard Schrauzer, in a study relating violent crime and the drug use rate of Texas counties lithium levels in the counties drinking water:

Using date for 27 countries from 1978 to 1987, it is shown that the incidence rates of suicide, homicide, and rape are significantly higher in counties who drinking water supplies contain little or no lithium than in other counties with water levels ranging from 7-=17 ug/L;
the differences remain statistically significant (p<0.01) after corrections for population density. The corresponding associations with the incidence rates of robbery, burglary, and theft were statistically significant with p<0.05. these results suggest that lithium has moderating effects on suicidal and violent criminal behavior at levels that may be encountered in municipal water supplies. Comparisons of drinking water lithium levels in the respective Texas counties, with the incidence of arrests for possession of opium, cocaine, and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, and codeine) from 1981 to 1986 also produced statistically significant inverse associations.. [1]
— Lithium in Drinking Water and the Incidences of Crimes, Suicides, and Arrests Related to Drug Addictions [1]

Sources Of Lithium

  • Small amounts are found in a wide variety of foods

  • Lubricating grease

  • Batteries

  • Ceramics and glass

  • Used in medication to treat bipolar disorder

Dietary Sources Of Lithium

Neurotonics, functional foods that have been defined as having a nourishing and tonifying effect on the brain and nervous system, are excellent sources of Lithium such as:

  • Cacao, oats, seafood, seaweed, goji berries, various fruits and vegetables (depending on the soil in which they’re grown), and

  • egg yolks are significant sources of lithium, along with other trace minerals such as iron, copper, and manganese, which are known to co-migrate along with lithium from the soil to the plant. [2]

Functions Of Lithium

  • Decreases manic symptoms in manic-depressive patients

  • May modulate the conversion of essential fatty acids into prostaglandins

  • Anti-aggressive action

  • Correlated with the amino acid histidine

  • Stabilizes the neurotransmitter serotonin, activates glucocorticosteroid receptors and affects the production of CAMP.

Roles In The Body

  • Research by Frazier found that those patients who were helped by lithium experienced increased uptake of sodium through their cell membranes.

  • According to Sheard, lithium can replace sodium in the cells, and its structure resembles calcium and magnesium. It appears to have the same stabilising effect on nerve cells as calcium and magnesium.

Symptoms Associated With A Lithium Deficiencies

Deficiency is associated with excessive aggressiveness, manic states, depression alcohol cravings, impotence and increased suppressor cell activity.

  • Mass Murder - Austin, TX, Waco TX, Oklahoma, Columbine, Fort Hood, Virginia Tech, Batman Theater, Sandy Hook, Boston Marathon, Washington Navy Yard)

  • Serial Killers - Jack the Ripper, Boston Strangler, Jeffrey Dahmer, Green River Murderer, Michigan Old Man Stabber, etc.

  • Cannibalism

  • Domestic Violence

  • Violent Crime - Arson, Murder, Rape, Assault, Armed Robbery, etc

  • Suicide - and Suicide Bombers.

  • Signs of possible deficiency include behavioural problems,

Symptoms Associated With A Lithium Toxicity

Signs of possible deficiency include behavioural issues, depression, alcohol cravings, manic depression, impotence and increased suppressor cell activity. Disturbed mineral transport and fluid balance, nausea, vomiting, tremors, thirst, excessive urination, thyroid swelling, weight gain, drowsiness, confusion, disorientation, delirium, skin eruptions, possible kidney damage, and even seizures, coma and death.

Fluorine also has the capacity to bind to lithium in the brain. [3]

 

Hair Analysis Notes

  • Lithium appears to lower sodium levels. This would correlate with the research by A. Frazier.

  • The meaning of hair lithium levels is a topic of research.

Indications For Supplementation

Aggressive behaviour, manic-depression and some cases of depression.

 

[1] Lithium in Drinking Water and the Incidences of Crimes, Suicides, and Arrests Related to Drug Addictions GERHARD N. SCHRAUZER AND KRISHNA P. SHRESTHA

[2] Lithium as a Nutrient Timothy M. Marshall, PhD.

[3] Walters, Charles. Minerals for the Genetic Code: An Exposition & Analysis of the Dr Olree Standard Genetic Periodic Chart & the Physical, Chemical & Biological Connection (p. 10). Acres U.S.A.. Kindle Edition. 

[4] Lithium: occurrence, dietary intakes, nutritional essentiality. Schrauzer GN