Whenever someone mentions or especially recommends lithium, people tend to get nervous. They think it’s only for manic-depressive or bipolar types with the normal expectations of pharmaceutical side effects. But more recently, holistic doctors, naturopaths, and chiropractors have been recommending a natural form of lithium that’s safe and effective as both a mood stabilizer and overall neuroprotective nootropic, a cognitive enhancer that improves memory and motivation in normally healthy individuals. This is lithium orotate. As expected, the pharmaceutical compound, lithium carbonate, has long-term side effects created from renal (kidney) damage and hypertension (high blood pressure) and rapid weight gain. Even so, lithium carbonate was considered psychiatry's last sane drug until the pharmaceutical industry's take-over of psychiatry with newly-designed, dangerous drugs, starting in the 1990s. For around 30 years, holistic Dr. Jonathon Wright, MD has been using lithium orotate on his Washington State Tahoma Clinic patients and himself. He declares: "I’m convinced that lithium is an anti-aging nutrient for human brains. And there are also some very strong reasons to believe that lithium therapy will slow the progression of serious degenerative mental problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, senile dementia, and Parkinson’s disease."