November/December 2010 Newsletter
A Newsletter for Integrative Treatments

Complementary treatments can be integrated with conventional medical practices to offer patients the best of both worlds. As clinician/researchers we seek new approaches to relieve emotional and physical problems while reducing medication side effects. The goal of this newsletter is to share with you Integrative Treatments we find to be safe and beneficial. If there are topics you want us to cover, please let us know.

Overcoming Depression and Thoughts of Suicide

As we begin the holiday season, most of us are looking forward to loving, happy times with our family and friends. But many people are unable to enter into the holiday spirit because of depression. Sometimes, the person suffering from depression holds back, afraid to tell others because they don’t want to spoil their good time. There is also a fear that other people will think less of them or reject them.

In a two-hour radio show, host Andrea Garrison interviews Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and Letricia Hendrix, author of Behind Our Faces: Thoughts and Reasonings of Suicide. As Letricia Hendrix, talks about her experiences with depression and suicidality, Dr. Gerbarg discusses depression and suicide in the U.S. and around the world, common causes of depression, how stress, loss, low self-esteem, medical illness, seasonal changes, and other factors contribute to depression, the impact of the holiday season on depression and suicide, and warning signs that it is time to seek professional help for oneself or a family member. Emphasizing the importance of prevention, she points out warning signs parents should be aware of that indicate their child may be at risk. Dr. Gerbarg also reviews integrative treatments: the use of medications, psychotherapy, natural treatments, and mind-body practices to overcome depression. 

The conversation between Gerbarg, Hendrix, and host Garrison provides unique insights into the experience of depression, treatment approaches, and why there is hope for people living with depression. This week, the interview is playing at: where it will be archived. This radio show will be available at starting next week.

Lectures, Workshops, Conferences 2010 and 2011

Friday Dec. 10, 2010
Cutting-Edge Complementary & Integrative Treatments for Mental Health Disorders with Richard P. Brown, M.D. Live Video Webcast!!!

Jan. 2-5, 2011
First International Conference on Yoga for Health and Social Transformation at the University of Patanjali, Haridwar, India

SAVE THE DATES: Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2001
The First Intensive Breath~Body~Mind training at Kripalu Yoga Center, MA, for yoga teachers, therapists, health care providers, and disaster relief workers with Dr. Richard Brown, Dr. Patricia Gerbarg, and Heather Mason (Yoga for the Mind). Watch for details and registration information in 2011.

Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events

Nancy Kardon offers Free Iyengar Yoga Group for Full Hearted Living Beyond Breast Cancer in Scarsdale, NY and Greewich, CT.

Dhara NYC Update: Courses sponsored by National Association for Mental illness NAMI-NYC

Book Awards

How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care

  • National Best Book Awards 2009 – Health Alternative Medicine – Winner First Place
  • Living Now Book Awards 2010 – Health/Wellness – Winner Bronze
  • International Book Awards 2010– Health: Alternative Medicine – Winner First Place
  • International Book Awards 2010 – Psychology/Mental Health – Finalist

Cutting-Edge Complementary & Integrative Treatments
for Mental Health Disorders

Live Video Webcast Friday, December 10, 2010
Richard P. Brown, M.D.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) Break from 12:50 p.m until 2 p.m.
Attend the Webcast or Purchase the DVDs for your office

  • The latest evidence-based integrative medicine approaches in treating depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD & insomnia
  • Herbs, nutrients, hormones, mind-body practices & Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation

Dr. Brown anchors his presentation in the latest research and provides clinical guidelines for complementary treatments. He focuses on specific treatments that are the most useful for clinicians to integrate into their practices including: herbs, nutrients, hormones, mind-body practices and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation.

You will have an experiential introduction to Dr. Brown’s unique and groundbreaking Breath~Body~Mind program of movement and breathing techniques that are proven to relieve stress and anxiety. This approach fuses three breath practices for immediate and powerful long-term benefits from the first time used. Mental health practitioners will gain the added benefit of enhanced well-being and reduced professional burn-out. The Breath~Body~Mind program has been shown to relieve long-standing, treatment-resistant symptoms in patients with generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD and trauma related to the September 11th World Trade Center Attacks.



Mood Disorders Treatments: Depression and Bipolar Disorder

  • Herbs: St. John’s wort, valerian, passion flower, rhodiola rosea
  • S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e), Omega-3 fatty acids ,DHEA (dihydroepiandrosterone)
  • Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulators

Anxiety Disorders Treatments: GAD, PTSD, combat stress, mass disasters

  • Herbs: Valerian, lemon balm, passion flower, butterbur, rhodiola rosea
  • Targeting PTSD & dissociative disorder with 7-Keto DHEA
  • Breath~Body~Mind Practices:
    ·Neurophysiological model & the effects of mind-body practices, Yoga breathing
    ·Stress response systems & Sympatho-vagal balance
    ·Limbic system, thalamus, prefrontal cortex, Interoceptive pathways to the insular cortex

Clinical Studies

  • Southeast Asian tsunami survivors
  • Australian Vietnam veterans with PTSD
  • Patients with generalized anxiety disorder
  • Anxiety and PTSD related to September 11th World Trade Center
  • Disaster relief in Haiti, Rwanda and Sudan


Breath~Body~Mind Experiential Training

  • Unique combination of breathing techniques: Coherent breathing, Resistance breathing, Breath moving
  • Qi-Gong and Brief guided meditation

Registration: Online or via phone 1-877-880-1335.
Cost: $169.99
One CE certificate included. $19.99 per CE certificate for each additional participant.
Just like a live seminar, you attend a webcast at a scheduled time, from a web page on your computer. Webcasts include video and audio of the speakers, slides, and seminar handout materials.

First International Conference on Yoga
for Health and Social Transformation

January 2-5, 2011 at the University of Patanjali, Haridwar, India

The University is a center for Yoga and Ayurveda research internationally. Swami Ramdev, the Yogpeeth founder, has taught 85 million Indians pranayama and yoga asana on TV (
The conference brings together international leaders in yoga research and therapy.

Luciano Bernardi, M.D.
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pavia and IRCCS, Italy
Leigh Blashki
Director, Australian Institutes Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Advisory Council Member, Australian Association of Yoga Therapists, Australia
Ginger Carrieri-Kohlman, R.N.
Professor, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Director of the Integrative Medicine Program, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Eleanor Criswell, Ed.D.
Professor of Psychology, Sonoma State University, President, International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA
K.K. Deepak, M.D., Ph.D., M.N.A.M.S.
Professor of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
James Fox
Founder and Director, Prison Yoga Project, USA
Programs Coordinator/Core Faculty, Insight Prison Project
B.N. Gangadhar, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bengaluru, India
John Kepner
Executive Director, International Association of Yoga Therapists
Krishna Kaur Khalsa
Founder and Director, Yoga for Youth, USA
Sat Bir S. Khalsa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Research Director, Kundalini Institute & Kripalu Center for Yoga USA
Elisa Kozasa, Ph.D.
Professor, Health Department Universidade Nove de Julho, São Paulo, Brazil &  Researcher at the Brain Institute São Paulo, Brazil 
Robin Monro, Ph.D.
Director, Yoga Biomedical Trust and Yoga Therapy Center, UK
Terence Ryan, M.D.
Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, UK
Robert Saper, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Director of Integrative Medicine, Boston Medical Center, USA
Shirley Telles, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Research Director, Patanjali Yogpeeth, India
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Medical Director, The Trauma Center, USA
Amy Weintraub, M.F.A. , ERYT-500
Author, Yoga for Depression, USA, Founding Director, LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute

Registration Form –

Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Nancy Kardon offers Free Inspirational Groups for Full Hearted Living Beyond Breast Cancer

Come practice restorative and recuperative Yoga and meditation

Mondays in Scarsdale (1st and 3rd Mondays-with adjustments for holidays) 4:30- 6:00 p.m
74 Brewster Rd. Studio, Scarsdale N.Y.

Wednesdays in Greenwich (2nd and 4th Wednesdays-with adjustments for holidays) 1:00 -2:30 p.m, 3rd fl. Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., CT

Scarsdale: Oct. 18th, Nov. 1st, 15th & 29th, Dec. 13th

Greenwich: Oct. 13th & 27th, Nov. 10th & 17th, Dec. 8th & 15th

In March 2010 a diagnosis of breast cancer started Nancy on this healing journey. A specific “breast health” Iyengar Yoga sequence and practice combined with meditation have been a source of strength and renewal which Nancy would like to share with others.

Contributions to cover the Greenwich rental studio are welcome.
See for Nancy’s full yoga teaching schedule and bio
Call 914-629-1994 with questions and to let her know you are coming


Jenna, founder of DHARA, teaches healthy living skills of practical Eastern self-healing yoga to low income individuals living with mental health issues and those who serve them. Many experience great benefits from the work and the organization hopes to expand. Dhara is offering a monthly e-newsletter, sign up on the website

Programs for the coming year:

  • 3 Six Weeks to Wellness Workshops will run under the support of NAMI NYC-Metro
  • Open classes at The Breathing Project and Services for the Underserved will expand to additional sites
  • Participation in a research study of the effects of the practices on schizophrenic population will commence;
  • New videos of the work and it's benefits will be uploaded to the website and youtube
  • A day-long retreat for service providers will be offered
  • Save the date! A sound-healing fundraiser April 7, 2011.

Of course, in order to keep the work happening we need continued support. Donations are being sought to secure space for the open weekly classes. Administrative support is also needed. Currently most teaching is offered pro bono. For information and donations, please visit

Dr. Richard Brown Offers Space in His Manhattan Office

Looking to rent one comfortable, large, sunny psychotherapy office in a ground floor suite staffed by psychiatrists and psychologists at 30 East End Avenue (between 80th and 81st). Spacious waiting area with 2 bathrooms for clients. Utilities (A/C, electric, water), maintenance and cleaning included. Currently available. Contact: Dr. James Spencer at 212-249-3160.

Publications & Reviews

Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Bottiglieri T .S-adenosylmethionine in Depression: Biochemical and Clinical Evidence. Psychiatric Annals, 32(1):29-44, 2002.

Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Bottiglieri T S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) in the Clinical Practice of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Internal Medicine. Clinical Practice of Alternative Medicine, 1(4):230-241, 2000.

Brown RP and Gerbarg PL. Herbs and nutrients in the treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraine, and obesity. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 7:75-91, March 2001.

Brown RP and Gerbarg PL: Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part I-neurophysiologic model. J Alternative and Complementary Med. 11(1):189-201.

Brown RP and Gerbarg PL: Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part II – Clinical Applications and Guidelines. J Alternative and Complementary Med. 11(4):711-717, August 2005.

Brown RP, Gerbarg PG, Muskin PR. Chapter 108 Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry in Psychiatry 3nd Edition edited by Tasman A, Kay J, and Lieberman J. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, London, UK. 2008, Pp 2318-2353.

Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Muskin PR. How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 2009.

Effects of a Yoga-Breath Intervention Alone and in Combination with an Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Depression in Survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami. Descilo T, Vedamurtachar A, Gerbarg PL, Nagaraja D, Gangadhar BNG, Damodaran B, Adelson B, Braslow LH, Marcus M, Brown RP. Acta Psyciatr Scand Aug 2009.

Richard P Brown and Patricia L Gerbarg. Part I. Longevity and Aging Advancements. Yoga Breathing, Meditation, and Longevity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2009, 1172:54-62.

"Yoga for Anxiety and Depression" Harvard Mental Health Letter April 2009

Review of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, by Cathy Durga, LA Yoga magazine, June 2009.

About the Authors

Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, NY is a psychopharmacologist and a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, New York Medical College, has a clinical practice in psychiatry and provides consultation for research on mind-body practices.