Monday, May 04, 2009

Natural element in drinking water 'reduces the risk of suicide'

Lithium, an element (as in, an element on the periodic table) prescribed to treat mood disorders, seems to "reduce the risk of suicide" when traces of it show up in drinking water. (BBC)

In a Japanese study, researchers found "the suicide rate was significantly lower in those areas with the highest levels of the element." However, they didn't explain how lithium ended up in the drinking water in varying amounts. Is it just nature?
Or something more controversial?

What next? Should lithium be added to drinking water to control suicide (like fluoride to control cavities)? Part of us at Pound360 say, "sure, why not?" Another part says, "we'd rather have our medication prescribed by a doctor."

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.