Welcome to the Fall 2011 IMMH Newsletter!


IMMH is about giving people treatment options. Currently, treatment for mental health issues revolves around drug therapy. Not everyone responds well to drug treatments and many prefer not to go this route.


We want to educate practitioners so they are able to provide more options for their patients. And most importantly, IMMH helps patients find doctors through the Clinician Registry.


Clinician Registry eligibility is exclusive to practitioners who have attended an IMMH Conference. In some cases, entry is granted after viewing an IMMH Conference DVD and submitting the corresponding waiver.

Physician Spotlight


James Greenblatt, M.D.


James M. Greenblatt, M.D., a dually certified child and adult psychiatrist, is a pioneer in integrative medicine who has lectured throughout the United States on the scientific evidence for nutritional interventions in psychiatry and eating disorders.


Dr. Greenblatt is the Founder and Medical Director of Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, an integrative psychiatric practice near Boston. His newly published books, "Answers to Anorexia" and "The Breakthrough Depression Solution", draw on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine.


Dr. Greenblatt is also the author of a forthcoming book on appetite. Dr. Greenblatt also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts Medical School. Dr. Greenblatt received his medical degree and completed his psychiatry residency at George Washington University. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School.


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Q & A with Dr. Greenblatt


Q. Dr. Greenblatt, it’s an honor to speak with you today. You are a pioneer in integrative medicine; can you give us an idea of how that differs from traditional medicine for mental health?

A. The traditional model for psychiatry focuses on symptomatic relief of disorders using medications. If one medication doesn’t have enough benefit for the patient, another is added. This is known as polypharmacy, which doesn’t address the underlying causes of mental health disorders. The integrative approach focuses directly on those underlying causes.


Q. What sparked your interest in nutritional medicine and adjunct therapies?

A. During medical school I had an interest in nutrition and its affect on brain function. But what was most striking to me was the very limited success that I saw from prescribing medications. Patients kept coming back with side effects from the medications or their symptoms were not being relieved. With the traditional approach using medications only, there are a lot of residual symptoms, and research supports that these patients rarely find a cure or go into remission.


Q. What motivated you to write your books: “Answers to Anorexia” and “The Breakthrough Depression Solution”?

A. Academic research finally began supporting what I had been talking about. I really wanted to get the information out there, that research shows nutrition affects brain function and depression. 


Q. With respect to your most recent book “The Breakthrough Depression Solution”, can you describe what is novel about this approach?

A. There are two important things. The first is the referenced EEG method. If medications must be prescribed, the referenced EEG method predicts which are most helpful for each patient. The second is using the academic research that supports the nutritional and hormonal causes of depression.


Q.  What are some of the physical problems that might cause or exacerbate depression?

A. There are many that are commonly missed including sleep apnea, thyroid issues, and nutritional deficiencies. Low cholesterol, vitamin B12, folate, and zinc are the most common deficiencies.


Q. Are there any co-morbid conditions that most physicians don’t explore?

A. Mainstream physicians very rarely look into possible food allergies or neuroactive peptides from food sources. This is most commonly seen in the incomplete digestion of the dairy protein casein and a protein in wheat called gluten. These neuroactive peptides called casomorphin and gliadorphin can be detected in urine and I have found elevated levels of these peptides in anxiety disorders, particularly obsessive compulsive disorder.


Q. Is it possible to recover from mental illness?

A. Absolutely, I believe psychiatric illnesses are treatable and people can recover.


Q. You have recently done a lot of very important work on suicide prevention. What patient populations are the most vulnerable and why?

A. People who are at the highest risk of suicide are those with mental illness and a substance abuse problem. These patients typically have profound nutritional deficiencies that increase the risk of suicide, such as low Omega 3 fatty acids, cholesterol, and lithium.


Q. What can society do to help prevent suicide?

A. The most important thing is to spread awareness of the physiological causes to all mental health disorders. Once the underlying causes are identified, treatment is much more successful.


Q. Do you have any other thoughts that you would like to share with our readers?

A. We must understand the causes of depression and anxiety to develop a model of prevention. This is the most neglected area of psychology and psychiatry, the prevention aspect.


Q. Thank you for taking the time to educate our readers on this novel treatment method. Can you please share any resources that are available to practitioners and patients who wish to explore more about integrative medicine for mental health?


Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources


Free Webinar: Nutritional Factors in Suicide Prevention


IMMH Conference: September 17-18, Sedona, Arizona


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Effects of l-theanine on attention and reaction time response

Journal of Functional Foods, Available online 19 April 2011,
Akiko Higashiyama, Hla Hla Htay, Makoto Ozeki, Lekh R. Juneja, Mahendra P. Kapoor


Previous human studies revealed that l-theanine influences brain function. The current study was designed to evaluate the affect of l-theanine (Suntheanine®) on attention and reaction time response in 18 normal healthy University student volunteers. In accordance with preliminary analysis of the manifest anxiety scale (MAS), the subjects were divided into two groups referred to as high anxiety propensity group and the minimal anxiety propensity group. Both groups received l-theanine (200 mg/100 ml water) and placebo (100 ml water) in a double blind repeated measurement design protocol.


Assessments were performed for 15–60 min after consumption under a relaxed condition upon exerting an experimentally induced visual attentional task as well as audio response tests. Self-reports of anxiety as State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) was characterized at post experiments. Alpha bands electroencephalographic activity and heart rate were recorded throughout the trial. The results demonstrate the significant enhanced activity of alpha bands, descending heart rate, elevated visual attentional performance, and improved reaction time response among high anxiety propensity subjects compared to a placebo.


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Free Webinar:

Nutritional Factors in Suicide Prevention

Presented by

James Greenblatt, M.D.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


Understanding the consequences of deficiencies in essential fats and cholesterol is important for the effective treatment and prevention of depression and suicide. Dr. Greenblatt will also discuss other effective nutritional approaches such as lithium supplementation in the treatment of depression and suicide risk.

Please Note: This webinar is a one-time, live event but will be recorded and available on our website.

The webinar begins promptly at 5pm PST, 7pm CST,  8pm EST.


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IMMH, Mental Health Conference, Sedona, Arizona September 17-18, 2011



Don't Miss the 2nd Annual

IMMH Conference

For Physicians And

Mental Health Practitioners

September 17-18, 2011

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 Register today! Space is limited!


About the Conference

This conference will explore integrative treatments for mental illness and related disorders. This whole body approach works with multiple fields of medicine, nutritional sciences, and community-based resources. Attendance of this conference qualifies you to join the IMMH Clinician Registry, making you more accessible to potential patients. Continuing Education and Continuing Medical Education credits are pending.



James Greenblatt, M.D.

William Shaw, Ph.D.

Kurt Woeller, D.O.

Louis Cady, M.D.

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Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

DVD-ROM today!

This 12-hour training for physicians and mental health practitioners provides practical solutions for treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, and eating disorders. Order now!

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Zeebra formulations is a new product line being distributed exclusively by New Beginnings Nutritionals. This product line is designed to meet the unique needs of individuals who suffer from a variety of mental health related disorders including depression, anxiety, bi-polar, OCD, eating disorders, and others. 


These new products and formulations are made available under the careful direction of Dr. James Greenblatt, a child and adult psychiatrist who has been successfully treating patients with mental health disorders - for over 20 years - using an integrative medical approach.


Visit the Mental Health Support product category from New Beginnings Nutritionals for a comprehensive list of supporting products.

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