Louis Cady, M.D.
Louis Cady, M.D., straddles the world between science and art. Trained first as a classical pianist, he obtained two degrees, with honors, from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Later, he went on to obtain his medical degree in 1989 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Afterward Dr. Cady studied psychiatry at the world-famous Mayo Clinic where he began his pyschiatry practice in Evansville, Indiana in 1993. His main focus is helping patients achieve total wellness and optimum levels of performance through the integration of mind and body. He believes in using all possible healing options in scientific and medical literature, including nutritional supplements and hormonal optimization. Dr. Cady founded the Cady Wellness Institute, which opened in Evansville on July 1, 2005.
Q & A with Dr. Cady
Featuring Louis Cady, M.D.
Q. Can you discuss if your training at the Mayo Clinic gave you any exposure to integrative medicine?
A. No, I was never directly exposed to functional medicine at the Mayo Clinic. It was nevertheless a spectacular and wonderful education of the best that conventional allopathic medicine offers, and it was world class. I did have a supervisor, Dr. John Graf, who was widely thought of as the best psychotherapist there. I once asked him a question and when he didn’t know the answer he said, “Let’s go to the medical literature.” That left an indelible mark on me. I realized no one has all the answers, and that you have to be humble enough to seek them out.
Q. At what point in your career did you move towards integrative medicine?
A. I experienced a transformation in my own health using functional medicine. In the late '90s I was treated for a vocal chord granuloma, twice. It was removed with a laser and then snipped off in two different surgeries. After it grew back again, I began looking at my disability insurance plan because I couldn’t make a living if I couldn’t talk with my patients. I finally went to see a chiropractor and was advised to take fish oil, MSM, turmeric, Wobezyme (enzyme supplement) and other vitamins. Shortly after starting the supplements, my granuloma was gone and I was a believer. I would likely not have had this type of success using only conventional treatments.
Q. Can you describe your practice and the tools that you currently use to achieve positive patient outcomes?
A. The NeuroVitality® Breakthrough program at the Cady Wellness Institute is a unique process. When a prospective patient calls the office they’re greeted by a human, not a machine. We then try to determine if they’ll be a good match for the program and that their needs are congruent with what we have to offer. The first consultation is called the NeuroVitality® Interview. This is where I take a lot of time to get extensive personal, family, and medical histories. I try to determine levels of environmental toxic exposures, possible GI problems, and what kind of diet they have.
Q. What sort of results do you see when you use this program?
A. Patients suffering from depression, anxiety, “brain fog”, poor libido etc., have transformative experiences upon treatment. Patients also said their depression, anxiety, and ADD issues stabilized.
Q. Do you have any additional thoughts that you would like to share with our readers?
A. In 1993, when I started my practice, I was treating a lot of ADHD patients and at the time there were very few options when it came to optimal, conventional medications. Many times, there were unwanted side effects or inadequate duration of action, or “rebound hyperactivity” at the end of the day. I looked for alternatives to turbo-charge my treatment plans. I wanted to prescribe fewer medications or make them more effective. The amino acid L-tyrosine did just that. I also saw a high correlation between low levels omega-3 essential fatty acids and hyperactivity.
Over the last 10 years, I’ve integrated some key diagnostic testing that’s been very helpful. I saw remarkable benefits in my practice when utilizing the IgG
Food Allergy Test. In addition, the Organic Acids Test has been remarkably helpful in detecting nutritional deficiencies, yeast overgrowth, and dysbiosis in my patients.
Q. Do you have any final thoughts that you would like to share with our readers?
A. My key message is that the patient doesn’t have to accept feeling mediocre. The entire notion of maximal function and/or emotional improvement is dependent on stabilizing and optimizing the biological foundation. The NeuroVitality® process that I use recognizes that unless the body or biological systems are 100% optimized, the physician can’t make any conclusion concerning the patient’s mental status. If the patient isn’t getting better, we need to ask why. This forces us to seek answers outside our usual frame of reference in the scientifically validated, peer reviewed literature and current research.
For additional information and resources, please visit www.cadywellness.com.
Dr. Cady was a distinguished speaker at our recent “Integrative Medicine for Mental Health” conference in Sedona, Arizona. His talk included a discussion of the pitfalls of traditional psycho-pharmacology. To order a copy of the conference DVD, click here.
Inflammation and Neuropsychiatric Illness
James Greenblatt, M.D.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
"Inflammation and Neuropsychiatric Illness: Treatment and Testing Protocols" will be presented by Dr. James Greenblatt on November 9, 2011.
Inflammation plays a powerful role in physical and mental health. Because the brain and the immune system communicate with each other, inflammation (due to an infection, stress, or other source) will affect the body as well as the brain. Inflammation has been shown to result in psychological effects such as depression and other mood changes. This webinar will address how chronic inflammation affects the synthesis of neurotransmitters and contribute to depression and other psychiatric disorders. Nutritional and dietary interventions will be discussed in relation to chronic inflammation.
Please Note: This webinar is a one-time, live event but will be recorded and available on IMMH.org.
The webinar begins promptly at 5 p.m. PST, 7p.m. CST, 8 p.m. EST.
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Pre-order the IMMH Conference Recordings
The 2011 IMMH conference in Sedona, AZ explored the field of Integrative Medicine as it pertains to the treatment of mental illness and related disorders. The current trial-and-error, poly-pharmacy approach to treating mental illness does not work for everyone. Presented by James Greenblatt, M.D., William Shaw, Ph.D., Kurt Woeller, D.O., and Louis Cady, M.D.
Please note your credit card will not be charged until the DVD-ROM is shipped. The expected date of availability is January 2012.
L-Theanine is a unique amino acid found in green tea, which has been traditionally used for centuries to promote relaxation. This product has been studied for its use in causing relaxation, without drowsiness. L-Theanine is also involved in the formation of the inhibitory neurotransmitter, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA influences the levels of two other neurotransmitters, dopamine and serotonin, producing the key relaxation effect.
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Lithium is a naturally occurring alkali metal that living organisms ingest from dietary sources including dairy products, eggs, fish, potatoes and vegetables. At high doses (900,000 micrograms a day or more for an adult) lithium has been used as a pharmaceutical agent to treat manic depression, conduct disorders, self-abusive behaviors, and aggressive behaviors. It has been suggested that lithium, at low-dosage levels, has a generally beneficial effect on human behavior. Hair lithium has been shown to be a good indicator of dietary lithium intake and in studying hair mineral levels. Some symptoms of lithium deficiency can include ADD, depression, aggression, infertility, mood swings, and reduced growth rate.
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