Medical Psychology

Published on January 21, 2020

Medical Psychology, a field that ‘we will redefine, is typically seen as the application of psychological principles to the practice of medicine. However, in my new course Mindless Psychology, (coming soon) we are going to give equal air time to the application of Natural Allopathic Medicine to the practice of psychology and psychiatry. A comprehensive unified approach, rather than primarily drug-oriented one, is what is called for.

Things are bad enough and many of us feel it so the last thing anyone needs today is to be hurt further by others who dump their trips on us. This goes for medicine as well psychology and therapists. We can end up in the wrong doctors or therapists office and not get what we need or worse, get what we don’t need which can hurt and even kill us.

This course will lay out the foundations for proper medical care for mentally and emotionally compromised populations. Proper care starts with turning away from the pharmaceutical poison the patient paradigm to safe and effective natural medicines that can be concentrated just like they are in ICU and emergency departments. The new paradigm is safe, effective and does no harm.

There are many strong answers that can be given to patients on their first visit and those answers are universal. Establishing  general needs is not difficult for the heart but the mind will argue forever over the simplest things. The mind fills itself up with all kinds of trips, that can be laid on others, but the heart tends to easily alight on truth and hold onto it like a dog holding onto a bone.

Medical psychology revolves around the idea that both the body and mind are one, indivisible structure. Continuing with this line of thought, all diseases whether of the mind or of the physical body must be treated as if they have both been effected.

“Medical psychology has historically been defined as the branch of psychology concerned with the application of psychological principles to the practice of medicine. Medical psychology shares with the fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine an interest in the ways in which biological, psychological, and social factors interact to influence health Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Over the last 30 years increasing evidence has been found for
the existence of complex links between the immune system,
the central nervous system and the endocrine system on
the one hand, and psychological phenomena…on the other.
Van Gent, et al.

In my many other published books I have redefined the practice of medicine. From ICU to home care, many are trying to escape from the mainstream pharmaceutical paradigm. In this volume we are going to reach escape velocity from the nasty drugs that psychiatrists are shoveling into mentally and emotionally compromised populations and replace them with concentrated nutritional medicines that are a thousands of times safer than pharmaceuticals. 

Twenty-seven drug regulatory agency warnings cite psychiatric drug side effects of mania, psychosis, violence and homicidal ideation; 1,531 cases of psychiatric drug induced homicide/homicidal ideation have been reported to the US FDA; 65 high profile cases of mass shootings/murder have been committed by individuals under the influence of these drugs, (and the numbers have been increasing dramatically) yet there has never been a federal investigation into the link between seemingly senseless acts of violence and the use of mind-altering psychotropic drugs.

Personally I have no compassion for psychiatrists who will not look at safer alternatives. And now we have some clinical psychologists jumping on the pharmaceutical gravy train instead of using their intelligence to determine what their patients actually need, which are substances like magnesium, that help reset inflammation and stress while calming the entire nervous system.

Magnesium The Unseen Key

Magnesium deficiency causes serotonin-deficiency
with possible resultant aberrant behaviors,
including depression suicide or irrational violence.
Paul Mason
The Magnesium Librarian

And instead of pharmaceutical poisons, that drive mentally compromised individuals over the cliff into violence, suicide and even mass shootings, this book prescribes very strong natural medicines, many of which are used in the finest emergency rooms and intensive care centers, not only for physical problems but emotional and mental problems as well.    

Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased
sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression,
confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia.

It is clear though that magnesium deficiency or imbalance plays a role in the symptoms of mood disorders. Observational and experimental studies have shown an association between magnesium and aggression[1],[2],[3],[4],[5] anxiety[6],[7],[8] ADHD[9],[10],[11],[12] bipolar disorder[13],[14] depression[15],[16],[17],[18] and schizophrenia [19],[20],[21],[22]. Patients who had made suicide attempts (by using either violent or nonviolent means) had significantly lower mean CSF magnesium level irrespective of the diagnosis.[23]

New research data adds to mounting evidence that depression is linked to an inflammatory response. Inflammation influences the quality of sleep, metabolism, stress response and the release of cytokines. Magnesium medicine is perfect for bringing down inflammation.

When magnesium levels become dramatically deficient we see symptoms
such as convulsions, gross muscular tremor, atheloid movements,
muscular weakness, vertigo, auditory hyperacusis, aggressiveness,
excessive irritability, hallucinations, confusion, and semicomma.

Though I started this book leaning into the spiritual and psychological side of myself and my work I cannot forget the medical side and how in the beginning of any work with a patient certain points have to be addressed. That should be as clear as a patient stopping breathing in ICU. Everything is off the table then and 100 percent of attention goes to re-initiating respiration. Breathing actually is a good place to start in every patients journey. ICU should teach us that, however we do not need to be in ICU to pay attention to our breath and how we breathe.

The faster you breathe the
less oxygen your cells get.

If we are breathing too fast and shallow we are going to have problems. Mental, emotional and physical problems. Whatever other interventions we might want to make nothing will really reverse the negative effects of too fast breathing. We can only slow it down to change or reverse the negative effects on our minds, emotions and bodies. Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists who prescribe dangerous drugs without paying attention to something as basic as breathing are dangerous.

Bicarbonates can compensate, in part, for too fast breathing, by replenishing the carbon dioxide that is being blow off too rapidly. Eventually we will need to see that CO2 (bicarbonate turns to CO2) is a medicine that can also be employed in psychiatric disorders.

The entire field of psychology, psychiatry and all branches of medicine should have received the message already that magnesium deficiency is at the root of a broad range of mental, emotional and physical disorders. Again it does not matter what any professional will do in terms of other treatments nothing stands in for magnesium medicine. A therapist can work for years with a patient but if that patient remains magnesium deficient they are not going to get better.

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is administered. It is truly frightening to see that the vast majority of people are magnesium deficient, and often severely so.

Magnesium chloride is a nutritional medicine/supplement that doctors sometimes use when they are really desperate to save someone’s life in an emergency room or intensive care unit, but today people all over the world are simply splashing it on their bodies for transdermal absorption. Kind of like splashing on aftershave lotion, it stings a bit for some people but gets absorbed in through the skin quickly.

It really is astonishing that psychologists and psychiatrists remain mostly ignorant about magnesium as are cardiologists who let millions of patients die from cardiac arrest without lifting a finger to promote magnesium medicine. 

Because magnesium is involved in so many processes in the body, once a deficiency develops, that deficiency can spiral out of control. A low magnesium level causes metabolic functions to decrease, causing further stress on the body, reducing the body’s ability to absorb and retain magnesium. A marginal deficiency can easily be transformed into a more significant problem when stressful events trigger additional magnesium loss. In the extreme situations, stressful events trigger sudden drops of serum magnesium, leading to cardiac arrest. Magnesium is considered the “anti-stress” mineral. It is a natural tranquilizer that functions to relax skeletal muscles as well as the smooth muscles of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract.

Magnesium offers a powerful way to treat depression; it helps us to better deal with stress because large amounts of magnesium are lost when a person is under stress. Anxiety and panic attacks are addressed by magnesium by keeping adrenal stress hormones under control so it really helps in dealing with stressful emergencies.

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[2] Henrotte JG. Type A behavior and magnesium metabolism. Magnesium 5:201-10, 1986.

[3] Bennett CPW, McEwen LM, McEwen HC, Rose EL. The Shipley Project: treating food allergy to prevent criminal behaviour in community settings. J Nutr Environ Med 8:77-83, 1998.

[4] Kirow GK, Birch NJ, Steadman P, Ramsey RG. Plasma magnesium levels in a population of psychiatric patients: correlation with symptoms. Neuropsychobiology 30(2-3):73-8, 1994.

[5] Kantak KM. Magnesium deficiency alters aggressive behavior and catecholamine function. Behav Neurosci 102(2):304-11, 1988

[6] Buist RA. Anxiety neurosis: The lactate connection. Int Clin Nutr Rev 5:1-4, 1985.

[7] Seelig MS, Berger AR, Spieholz N. Latent tetany and anxiety, marginal Mg deficit, and normocalcemia. Dis Nerv Syst 36:461-5, 1975.

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[9] Durlach J. Clinical aspects of chronic magnesium deficiency, in MS Seelig, Ed. Magnesium in Health and Disease. New York, Spectrum Publications, 1980.

[10] Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B. Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnes Res 10(2):143-8, 1997.

[11] Kozielec T, Starobrat-Hermelin B. Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Magnes Res 10(2):143-8, 1997.

[12] Starobrat-Hermelin B, Kozielec T. The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test. Magnes Res 10(2):149-56, 1997.

[13] George MS, Rosenstein D, Rubinow DR, et al. CSF magnesium in affective disorder: lack of correlation with clinical course of treatment. Psychiatry Res 51(2):139-46, 1994.

[14] Kirov GK, Birch NJ, Steadman P, Ramsey RG. Plasma magnesium levels in a population of psychiatric patients: correlations with symptoms. Neuropsychobiology 1994;30(2-3):73-8, 1994.

[15] Linder J et al. Calcium and magnesium concentrations in affective disorder: Difference between plasma and serum in relation to symptoms. Acta Psychiatr Scand 80:527-37, 1989

[16] Frazer A et al. Plasma and erythrocyte electrolytes in affective disorders. J Affect Disord 5(2):103-13, 1983.

[17] Bjorum N. Electrolytes in blood in endogenous depression. Acta Psychiatr Scand 48:59-68, 1972.

[18] Cade JFJA. A significant elevation of plasma magnesium levels in schizophrenia and depressive states. Med J Aust 1:195-6, 1964.

[19] Levine J, Rapoport A, Mashiah M, Dolev E. Serum and cerebrospinal levels of calcium and magnesium in acute versus remitted schizophrenic patients. Neuropsychobiology 33(4):169-72, 1996.

[20] Kanofsky JD et al. Is iatrogenic hypomagnesemia common in schizophrenia? Abstract. J Am Coll Nutr 10(5):537, 1991.

[21] Kirov GK, Tsachev KN. Magnesium, schizophrenia and manic-depressive disease. Neuropsychobiology 23(2):79-81, 1990.

[22] Chhatre SM et al. Serum magnesium levels in schizophrenia. Ind J Med Sci 39(11):259-61, 1985.

[23] Banki CM, Vojnik M, Papp Z, Balla KZ, Arato M. Cerebrospinal fluid magnesium and calcium related to amine metabolites, diagnosis, and suicide attempts. Biol Psychiatry. 1985 Feb;20(2):163-71.

Dr. Mark Sircus AC., OMD, DM (P)

Professor of Natural Oncology, Da Vinci Institute of Holistic Medicine
Doctor of Oriental and Pastoral Medicine
Founder of Natural Allopathic Medicine

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