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DISCLAIMER:  All practitioners, organizations, and experts appear in this directory on the basis of their own expression of interest in the field of alternative mental health.  Each practitioner has answered a questionnaire to determine his or her practices and views.  Please be aware that no attempt has been made to verify the information provided or to ascertain  competence, professional credentials or business practices.  Listing in this directory does not constitute a recommendation by and no suggestion is made that any specific practitioner listed can or will cure or prevent any disease or mental disorder.  

Anyone consulting a practitioner on this list should approach such consultation exactly as they would any other unknown practitioner. 

The practitioners listed have completed our questionnaire and stated they meet our criteria, which is primarily no psychosurgery, no shock treatment, little or no drugs, and no "talk therapy".  The possibility always exists they may refer a client to a doctor who does not meet this criteria.  If you are ever told you should receive a form of treatment that you do not want, such as shock treatment, talk therapy, or unnecessary drugs, remember you always have the right to decline such treatment



Sociedad Argentina de Medicina Orthomolecular
President:  Alberto Dardanelli, MD
Casilla de Correo 165, Suc. 28
1428 Buenos Aires
Phone:  (011 4703 4252)




Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine
Mail: PO Box 298, Sandringham, VIC, 3191, Australia
Phone: +61 (3) 9597 0363
Fax: +61 (3) 9597 0383

Orthomolecular doctors.   Dedicated to teaching nutritional and environmental medicine.  Many of our practitioners use nutritional medicine in treating psychiatric and mental disorders.
Operate a free referral service for Australia and New Zealand for doctors who use nutritional medicine to treat psychiatric and mental disorders.  See 

DSP Australia
Disability Support Pensioners Australia, Inc.

National Office
P.O. Box 2092
Werribee, 3030 Victoria. Australia
Listed:  December 2000
Client types: Depressed patients
" To empower those who are declared  ' mentally ill ' with dignity, self esteem and a independent life-style of respectability and accountability to broaden their own day to day living of a high standard. "

The Wannabee Foundation
One College Land
Rose Bay  2029
Phone: 61 2 9327 7750
Mobile: 0438 446 499

The Wannabee Foundation is a Non Profit organization committed to helping children and to assist parents to manage the many challenges facing families who live with young highly sensitive children.

Many highly sensitive children may be diagnosed/misdiagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Autism, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The immune system can be weakened by exposure to chemicals, stress, anxiety, negative thoughts, highly refined foods and other pollutants, and many children show an amazing recovery when their immune system is strengthened and their brain is receiving the right nutrients, their body is having plenty of exercise and they have a strong sense of self esteem.


Vlaams Instituut Orthomoleculaire Wetenschappen
Contact:  Walter A. Fache, M.D.
Kerkstraat 101, Laarne, 9270
Phone: 32 9 222 2400
Fax:  0032-9-3661838


Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Ortomolecular (SBMO)
President:  Oslim Malina, MD
Rua 7 Abril, 813, Curitiba 80040 PR
Phone:  041 264 8034
Fax:  041 262 4996




New Age Health
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Phone: (780) 799-2707

Mission:  Involved in research and treatment of Orthomolecular Medicine for mental 


Canadian Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (CSOM)
Secretary: Steven Carter   
16 Florence Avenue
Toronto, Ontario  M2N1E9
(416) 733-2117
Fax: (416) 733-2352
Web site:
Listed: March 2000

What type of practitioner are you?    An organization for the promotion of orthomolecular ("correct molecule" - nutrition) treatments in mental health and other fields of medicine.  Members include M.D.'s, naturopaths, etc. 
What type of treatments do you use?  Promote nutritional treatment
Do you use psychiatric diagnosis (such as "ADD" or "schizophrenia")?  Up to individual practitioner
Do you prescribe or recommend psychiatric drugs?  Up to practitioners
Do you help take patients off of psychiatric drugs if they wish to do so?  Up to practitioner
What type of clients do you serve? 
All mentally disturbed patients


NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action 
An Ontario-based social and occupational improvement organization for mental health consumers. 


Dansk Selskab for Orthomolekylaer Medicin
President:  Clause Hancke
Lyngby Hovedgade 37, DK 2800 Kgs. Lyngby
Phone:  45 88 09 00
Fax:  45 88 09 47


Association pour la Developpement de la Medecine
Orthomoleculaire (ADMO)

President: Dominique Rueff, M.D.
85 Avenue du Marechal Juin
Cannes 06400


Journal Fur Othormolekulare Medizin
Publisher:  Ralf Reglin
Sikestrabe 3
50999 Koln-Weiss
Phone/Fax:  (02236) 96 39 03

ADD Organization

The following group promotes natural treatments for children labeled with Attention Deficit Disorder: 



Associazione Internationale di Medicina Ortomolecolare (AIMO)
President:  Adolfo Panfili, M.D.
Via Valdieri 23, 00135 Rome
Phone:  39 06331.58.61
Fax:  39 06331.59.43


Korean Society for Orthomolecular Medicine (KSOM)
President: Sung Ho Park, PhD (Korea)
Bupyong-Dong 199-20
Bupyong-Gu 403-821 Incheon
Phone: 02-416-0935
Fax: 02-414-0934
Vice President: John Joon-Suk Park (Canada)
Listed: April 2000

For more information on orthomolecular medicine see listing for International Society for Orthomolecular Medicine under "Ontario"


President: Hector Solorzano del Rio, M.D., DSc
Los Aipes No. 1024, Col. Independencia
44340 Guadalajara, Jal.
Tel: 52 3 651 5476 Fax: 52 3 637 0030


(Orthomolecular Society of the Netherlands)
Maatschappij ter Bevordering van de 
Orthomolecaire Geneeskunde (MBOG)
Maatschappij ter Bevordering van de
Orthomolecaire Geneeskunde
Contact: F.J.A. Eissens-van Goor
Zuiderstraat 4, 9479 PP Noordlaren
Tel: 31 50 409 2717 Fax: 31 50 409 2738


Swiss Society for Orthomolecular Medicine
Secretary:  Alexandra Pavlovic, M.D.
Zurcherstrasse 146/148
8640 Rapperswil
Phone: 41 55 210 7045
Fax: 41 55 210 2481


Allergy in Autism
8 Hollie Lucas Road
King's Heath
United Kingdom
Fax: +44(0)173333177

Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION)

Contact: David Nicolson
Avalon House, 72 Lower Mortlake Road
Richmond, Surrey TW9 2YJ
Tel: 44 020 8614 7800 Fax: 44 087 0979 1133

Mental Health Project
34 Wadham Road
London SW15 2LR   UK
Phone: 0044 (0)20 871 2949
Fax:  00 44 (0)20 874 5003


International Network of Integrative Mental Health: 

International Society of Orthomolecular Medicine: 

An organization to assist families in the mental health system find alternatives to psychiatric treatment. 



Alzheimer's Prevention Foundation
Educates on healthy approaches to preventing Alzheimer's
2420 N. Pantano Road
Tucson, AZ 85715
Telephone: (520) 749-8374
Fax: (520) 296-6640


Autism Research Institute
4182 Adams Avenue
San Diego,  CA   92116
Fax (619) 563-6840

The Autism Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization, was established in 1967.  ARI is primarily devoted to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the causes of autism and on methods of preventing, diagnosing and treating autism and other severe behavioral disorders of childhood.   We provide information based on research to parents and professionals throughout the world.

Society for Orthomolecular Health Medicine (OHM)
President:  Richard Kunin, M.D.
2698 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco,  CA  94155
Phone:  (415) 922-6462
Fax: (415) 346-4991


Freedom Center
Northhampton MA
P.O. Box 1358
Northampton, MA  01061-1358
USA   Cpmtact:  Shana Bulhan Haydock
Phone/Text:  (413) 657-1536

Client types:  All mental health conditions
Does not prescribe psych drugs and helps clients off of psych drugs

Practice includes peer support, advocacy and activism group working against human rights abuse and for holistic alternatives.

Treatments are free weekly yoga classes, resource exchange through weekly support  groups.   We work from our experience reducing/going off medication to help others find what works for them.


Well Mind Association of Minnesota
4003 Pillsbury Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55409-1540
(612) 823-8249
Director:  Louise Bouta

The Well Mind Association assists people looking for alternatives to psychiatric treatment.  Specializes in education about the physical causes of severe mental symptoms.

New York

Michael John Carley
The Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership, Inc.

419 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
New York, NY 10003

Fax 212 529-9996  

We support non-drug approaches.  We help people through discussions of nutritional and dietary improvements and by dealing with the various problem having Asperger Syndrome (a mild form of autism).

Elizabeth A. Plante
Huxley Institute

1209 California Road
Eastchester,  NY  10709
Phone: (914) 337-2252
Web site:
Listed: March 2000

What type of practitioner are you?   We are an organization that refers practitioners of many disciplines who use alternative mental health treatments.
What type of treatments do you use?  Homeopathy, Nutritional therapy, allergy testing
Do you use psychiatric diagnosis (such as "ADD" or "schizophrenia")?  Yes, we believe they are diseases
Do you prescribe or recommend psychiatric drugs?   No
Do you help take patients off of psychiatric drugs if they wish to do so?  Yes
What type of clients do you serve? 
All mentally disturbed clients
Depressed patients
Psychotic Patients (Includes those classified as "schizophrenic" or "bipolar.")
Clients classified as "autistic".
Mentally retarded


Foundation for Excellence in Health Care
PO Box 279
317 West Meeker St., Suite E
Kent WA 98035
206 755 4206

Well Mind Association
4649 Sunnyside, Room 344
Seattle,  WA  98103 
This organization is an information source regarding practitioners and methods of alternative mental health treatments such as allergy testing, toxic metal testing, toxic conditions, nutrition, full physical exams, etc.
(206) 547-6167
Listed: March 2000


NeuroScience, Inc.
373 280th Street
Osceola, WI 54020
(715) 294 2144

Our specialty is two-fold: the urinary assessment of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, that serve as biomarkers for many mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, ADHD, and many others.  This non-invasive test gives clinicians the ability to measure biochemical imbalances that may be lending to their problems.

Secondly, we have developed all natural, non-prescription formulas that specifically target the imbalances unique to mental health issues.

Our mission is to "Optimize human health through the nervous system".  We have provided relief for thousands of individuals with a variety of mental health issues.


A group of physicians, researchers, and concerned citizens dedicated to educating others about the dangers posed by many prescription drugs.



Dr. Fred Baughman, Jr., MD
1303 Hidden Mountain Drive
El Cajon, CA  92019
Phone:  (619) 440-8236
Fax:  (619) 442-1932
Web Site:
Listed:  April 2000

Specialty: Adult and Pediatric Neurology, Medical and legal consultant, author of numerous articles on the false diagnosis of ADD

Randy Martin, OMD, PhD, QME, CCH, LAc
Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Certified Classical Homeopath
Nutrition - Herbs - Acupuncture
Women's Health - Pain Control - Pediatrics

12340 Santa Monica Blvd #132
West Los Angeles, CA  90025
(310) 979-6495 - Monday & Wednesday (11 AM - 7:30 PM)

17000 Ventura Blvd. #220
Encino, CA  91316
(818) 905-6171 - Tuesday & Thursday (11 AM - 7:30 PM)


John L. Price, Ph. D.
100 Mountain Charlie Road
Scotts Valley, CA  95066
(831) 461-0857

Professional activities include (1) development of holistic methods and environments for the treatment of mental disordes and addictions, (2) design of holistic mental health care programs and services, (3) psychospiritual counselling for wellness and personal growth and (4) planning and design of holistic health facilities, communities and retreats.  Certified Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist, Crisis Resolution Team Coordinator, fully healed and happy ex-client, and director of EcoSpirit Institute, a public benefit corporation promoting mental, environmental, and spiritual health. 

Consultation and Education of Individuals, Families, Groups, Facility Residents and Staff for Holistic Mental Health Care for Attainment of Optimal Physical, Nutritional, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Relational, Social, Occupational, and Environmental Health; Design of Healing Environments (Home, Office, Facilities, Recreational, Natural).


Broda Barnes, M.D. Research Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 98
Trumbull, CT  06611
(203) 261-2101
Director:  Patricia Puglio

A non-profit organization that educates on the importance of balancing the body's hormones and how to do it.  Hormones have a dramatic effect on emotional states.   Experts on hypothyroidism and how to detect and treat it.  They estimate 40% or more of the population may suffer from hypothyroidism, an ailment that can cause severe mental problems of all kinds including depression and, at times, psychosis.



Herb Research Foundation
1007 Pearl Street  Suite 200
Boulder Colorado   80302   USA
(303) 449-2265
(303) 449-7849


Howard Peiper
Safe Goods Publishing
P.O. Box 968
Mokomis, Florida  34274
(941) 483-4518
Fax: (941) 484-5941

What type of practitioner are you?   Naturopath 
What type of clients do you serve?Note: Dr. Peiper has authored two books about "A.D.D":  A.D.D.: the Natural Approach and The A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Diet.



Jerry Cott, Ph.D.
PsychoFarmacology Consulting Services
9002 Acredale Ct.
College Park,  MD  20740-4001
(301) 935-5343
Fax: (202) 746-9693

Former Chief of the Psychopharmacology Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1991 until June 2000, Dr. Cott's present interest is in the integration of mainstream psychiatry with nutritional and botanical interventions for the treatment of severe and chronic mental disorders. 


Toby Watson, Psy.D.
Tele: 920-457-9192
2808 Kohler Memorial Dr., Suite 1
Sheboygan, WI 53081

Dr. Watson has successfully aided individuals wishing to squash medication commitment orders by providing expert testimony pertaining to damage caused by psychotropic drugs and long term outcome studies. Please call for consultation.



Flaman-Morris Home
Box 59
Lebret, Saskatchewan
306 332-3003
Contact:  Sister Theresa Feist
This is a holistic healing center with 12 beds.  Will take some mental health cases.  
Fees in 2007 were $75 per day.


Marc Vallieres
Maritza Jimenez
Mirabal #92
Santiago, Dominican Republic
Phone: (615) 563-4292


NaturaMed Vitalclinic GmbH
Badstrasse 31C
D-88339 Bad Waldseet
Phone: 0049-7524-990-222
Fax: 0049-7524-990-233
Internet:  www.naturamed. de

Vier Jahreszeiten am Schluchtsee
Am Reisenbuhl
D-79859 Schluchsee
Tel:  0049-07656-70-0
Fax:  0049-07656-70-323

They use ayurvedic medicine.  This is a hotel with ayurvedic program.
Hotel is in 1000 m.


Centre for Clinical Holistic Medicine
CH-6440 Brunnen am Vierwaldstätersee
Phone +41 41 825 49 49
Fax +41 41 825 48 00

This clinic treats depression by addressing the underlying physical causes.



Alternative to Meds Center
40 Goodrow Lane 
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone:   (800) 359-9698
Based on the Orthomolecular, Naturopathic and Addiction Medicine Models.

We are a residential facility designed help a person taper off of psychiatric medications.  We employ the service of an Orthomolecular doctor with forty years experience in this capacity.  Through the use of brain chemistry testing, we isolate imbalances.  We then seek to create balance through the use of naturally occurring substances  specifically aimed at correcting those imbalances, thereby countering the need for medications and offsetting addictive biochemistry.

We work with people who are on antipsychotics,  benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and pain medications.  The standard program duration ranges from four to twelve weeks.  In this time, under the guidance of a board certified psychiatrist, the medication is tapered.   The client spends their time on course learning clinical nutrition, participating in inventive physical exercise and stretching, working with a counselor, focus groups, acupuncture, supervised client outings, or working with a needs specialist, and is free to enjoy activities of their own choosing.  Each client is viewed as a success story, and we individualize the treatment that best tells that story along the way.  

Type of Practitioner: Program Director, Medical Doctor, Ph.D, MPH
Type of Treatments: Medication tapering, orthomolecular supplements based on brain chemistry labs, allergy testing, heavy metal removal , yoga, acupuncture, organic and whole food diet, residential care, sauna detoxification and chelation, IV nutrients
Prescribe or recommend Psychiatric drugs? No
The drugs are tapered. If it is necessary for us to fill a prescription so that there is enough medication to taper with we can.
Help take patients off Psychiatric drugs if they wish to do so? Yes
The neurochemistry is evaluated with labs, then a tapering schedule is combined with targeted nutrition to rebuild balanced neurochemistry 
Other Notes: We Specifically focus on balancing people without medications
Types of clients served: 
Depressed, Anxious, Opiate Users, Anti psychotic withdrawal

Our help line is:(800) 359-9698

The director may be contacted at



Carolyn Costin
Monte Nido Residential Treatment Center
27162 Sea Vista Drive
Malibu,  CA  90265
Phone:  (310) 457-9958
Fax:  (310) 457-8442
Web Site:
Listed:  April 2000

What type of treatments do you use?  Herbs, vitamins, yoga, exercise, holistic approach, individual and group counseling [Note: Although does not usually list practitioners using "counseling" techniques, this facility is listed for the convenience of those seeking an alternative to a drug-oriented approach.]
Do you prescribe or recommend psychiatric drugs?  Don't recommend drugs unless they are needed and don't force drugs on people who don't want them.
Do you help take patients off of psychiatric drugs if they wish to do so?  Yes
What type of clients do you serve? 
Anorexia, Bulimia  (Women Only)

Safe Harbor Crisis House
Yolo Community Care Continuum
Deborah Ralston, Program Director
580 Kentucky Avenue
Woodland, CA   95695
Mail Address:  P. O. Box 1101, Davis Ca.  95617
Phone: (530) 661-3213
Fax:  (530) 661-3027

Golden State Psychological Center
100 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA  94133
Phone: (415) 986-4029
Fax: (415) 986-4015


Novus Medical Detox
New Port Richey, Florida
(800) 505-6604
Novus Medical Detox Center is an inpatient facility located in the Tampa Bay, Florida area that provides a private room with internet access, flat screen television and telephone.  On 3.25 acres, Novus has developed protocols that allows people on prescription and street drugs to more comfortably and safely detox.  Novus uses a combination of medical and natural treatments with an individually designed detox for each patient.  This results in patients completing their detox more rapidly, more comfortably and more safely than in most other detoxes.


Windhorse Associates

Jeff Bliss

211 North Street, Suite 1

Northampton , MA 01060

413-586-0207, Ext. 113 or


Windhorse programs have been successful in reducing hospitalization, as an alternative to group care, and for structured support in daily living towards greater independence and significant recovery. We work with those experiencing extreme mind states which may be labeled as: Schizophrenia, BiPolar Disorder, Severe Depression, or Severe Anxiety.


A Whole Person Approach to Restoring Connections

At every level of Windhorse care the intent is to take into account each aspect of the client’s situation, working towards integration and balance. For a person needing intensive support, we offer a full clinical team that works with clients in home environments we create with them in the community. For a person wishing to remain at home locally, work with a smaller team or a single clinical mentor might be most beneficial.  All services are fully integrated with the community.  All clinical work is done within the context of a team that forms partnerships with family members and other health professionals involved with the client. Our focus is to connect and integrate each aspect of the client’s care, continually viewing his or her situation as a whole.


Integrative Medicine

It is a basic premise of our approach that the health of the mind and the body are closely linked. A wellness nurse consults to each team, emphasizing the cultivation of life-long habits of good health. If medications are being used initially, she works closely with the client’s psychiatrist to optimize medication regimens by integrating medication with other health enhancing measures.  When appropriate, a long-term effort to reduce or eliminate medications can be considered.


Community Life

All clients are full members in the Windhorse therapeutic community. We invite clients to participate in an array of educational events, classes, discussion groups, celebrations and social activities. Activities include: Yoga, hiking, a writing group, a wellness group, games nights, potluck dinners, volunteer opportunities, internships, and community council. Whenever possible, activities are drawn from the community at large to promote integration.


New Hampshire

Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
Dr. Khara Lucius
1228 Elm Street , Suite 201
Manchester, NH 03101
(603) 623-1916

This is a standard psychiatric inpatient facility that offers an option of a naturopathic physician, Dr. Khara Lucius, to provide natural treatment to hopefull reduce or eliminate the need for medication.


New Jersey

Earth House
521 Canal Road
East Millstone, N.J.  08875
Phone: (732) 873-2212
Fax: (732) 873-6567
Listed:  May 2000

Earth House is in a rural setting and specializes in the treatment of "schizophrenia" through orthomolecular (nutrition) treatment.  Diet, exercise, and education are emphasized.  Residents are called "students" instead of patients.

"Each person is on an individually prescribed regimen of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to normalize brain chemistry prescribed by our nutritional consultant, who is an M.D., after biochemical testing is performed.  Medication is also used to help control symptoms but a smaller doses is usually possible when the person follows our lifestyle."

"As a rule, schizophrenic patients dislike taking psychoactive drugs because of the unpleasant side effects.  The Earth House goal of substantially reducing or eliminating the need for these medicines is a strong motivating factor for student compliance and perseverance. Student input about medication is taken seriously, and their concerns are addressed."



Life Center for a New Tomorrow
Woodbury, TN 

Contact: Marc Vallieres
CELL: 615-542-7316  PHONE: 615-563-4292

We provide a peaceful and quiet environment surrounded by nature in the sunny hills of Tennessee, 3 nutritious well balanced meals a day, as well as administer any vitamin protocol their physician has recommended as part of their recovery process. 

We provide supervisors to take long walks with our guests as well as do light processes to help them get in communication with their bodies, environment and be more in present time rather than stuck in their past. Every case is unique and different and is handled according to their ability at that time.




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