Lithium and depression

Once lithium was treating gout and eczema. And only in 1949, F. j. Kade from Australia described psychotropic properties of the metal. Of course, the treatment of severe cases of mental illness should be carried out in special medical institutions, but more mild forms, such as depression already successfully are treated as outpatients lithium carbonate (Litium carbonicum).
In 1971 it was reported Earl Dawson of the University in Texas that the admission of patients to a psychiatric hospital on 12 cities of the state of Texas has decreased, while the lithium content in drinking water was maintained above 70 mg per 1 l If after rains lithium concentration in drinking water was down immediately increased the number of patients with mental diseases. In El Paso, where lithium in drinking water is much more than, for example, in Dallas, mental diseases in 7 times less.
This metal can quite effectively to treat drug and probably even of hypochondriacs, people aggressive, etc., where drinking water is enough lithium, people kinder, calmer, among them, less than bullies and brawler. Not to go far for an example, compare the psyche of the Polish transporting the Kashubian cottage and the highlanders. After all, Under-gala where the tenacious Gorely, 300 times less lithium than Pomorie, the homeland of transporting the Kashubian cottage.
What you can find lithium? Some mineral waters, as well as in rock salt. So won't regret mineral water to our obnoxious teenagers (you only need to read the table of contents of trace elements, placed usually on the label).
This element is found in plants, but the concentration of them in any trace elements depends not only on the type, the anatomical parts of the plant, but also on the time of year, even of the day or night, from the conditions of collection and weather from geochemical features of the area, etc., In the USSR these issues very carefully studied centuries Kovalsky with employees. Specially lithium did I. F. Borovik-Romanov and E. A. Belov from the Institute of Geochemistry them. Acad. C. I. Vernadsky, USSR Academy of Sciences in Moscow. As a result of their research found that terrestrial plants richer lithium than the roots. Most of lithium in the plants of the rose family (average of 2.9 mg per 1 kg of dry mass); 2.2 mg/kg of dry mass contain representatives of the family of clove, 2 mg - toad and 1.9 mg - Solanaceae, to the last family, as we know, are potatoes and tomatoes. The authors add that in the framework of the same family, the difference can be huge - in dozens of times, depending on the geographical location of the plantation. In France, for example, a large number of this metal contain Ranunculaceae, and in Kyrgyzstan - Solanaceae. So before will be laid plantation, should conscientiously study the environmental conditions of the location.
More and more often we hear that lithium is one of the most valuable minimetro that he warns sclerosis and heart disease, as well as, to some extent, diabetes or hypertensionthat helps magnesium in its anti-sclerotic action. In late 1977, published the results of works on research of influence of lithium in the hematopoietic system, held in Krakow Hematology clinic. It turned out that Li activates the action is not yet dead cells of the bone marrow. But work on lithium continue and will see, what will science, for example, 10 years.