Canada's Mental Health Crisis

    Exploring alternative options for managing Mental Health

    TORONTO, Aug. 7 /CNW/ - Mental health issues are an emerging concern
among Canadians today. More than six million Canadians are negatively affected
by mental health, which makes up 40 per cent of disability claims and sick
leaves. Every day, 500,000 Canadians are absent from work due to psychiatric
problems with recent estimates pegging the annual economic burden of mental
illness to be a staggering $51 billion. The problem is likely going to get
worse before it gets better. The World Health Organization estimates
depression will be the leading cause of disability in developed countries like
Canada by 2020. Despite the real and predicted prevalence of mental illness,
the topic is discussed rarely due to the stigma attached.
    Taking the time to learn about mental illness and exploring the various
treatment options available could make all the difference. For example, for
those afflicted with mental health issues, careful dietary planning using an
orthomolecular approach to health can curb symptoms and improve quality of
    Canadian actress Margot Kidder - best known for her role as Lois Lane in
the original series of Superman movies - was diagnosed with bipolar disorder
in 1996. Kidder adopted a strict diet and a regimen of supplements prescribed
by an orthomolecular practitioner, leading to the cessation of many of her
symptoms and significantly improving her quality of life. Today, she remains a
staunch advocate of the orthomolecular approach to sustained recovery.

    In the lead up to Mental Health Awareness Month (October), I would like to
offer you an interview with Margot Kidder. Margot is available to discuss:
    -   A review of her personal path to recovery
    -   How she came to orthomolecular medicine for treatment of her bipolar
    -   A review of her diet and dietary supplements and how they have worked
        for her

    Aileen Burford-Mason, PhD, Immunologist, research analyst and
Orthomolecular Practitioner is also available for media interviews. Aileen is
available to discuss:
    -   The scientific basis for the orthomolecular approach to mental health
    -   Specific supplements used to prevent and treat mental health issues
        and how they work

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Sonia Prashar/Michelle Di Rocco, APEX Public Relations Inc., (416) 924-4442
ext. 223/260,

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