Welcome to A Healthy State of Mind (AHSOM) Blog

In this blog, we will be regularly posting material to inform our readers about mental health issues and naturopathic approaches to treating mental illness. While our focus is mental health care, it has been our experience that a number of physical health conditions can cause, contribute to, or result from, mental health complaints. Thus you will see postings covering a range of physical and mental health topics along with information on naturopathic modalities. I hope that you find the blog informative. If you know of others who could benefit from it, please let them know.

Mary Fry, ND completed a National Institute of Health post-doctorate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. She is an Associate Professor in the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health, lectures and writes on topics of Nutrition, Naturopathic and Functional Medicine and practices in Oregon.

Homeopathy

Homeopathy speaks of a vital force, which encompasses one’s energy, strength and capacity to heal. Perturbations of the vital force, as a result of stress, trauma and other factors,  appear as symptoms and this is the means by which the disease can be seen and the appropriate remedy determined. Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, believed that no illness is wholly mental or wholly physical, but rather every illness involved the organism in its entirety: on mental, emotional and physical levels.

Symptoms are an effect of an imbalance in the vital force and individuals are treated on the basis of how this imbalance manifests within them; not according to what disease they may or may not have. Homeopathic remedies stimulate the vital force to enact healing from within. Cure in homeopathy is thus not only the eradication of symptoms, but also a restoration of balance within the individual. A balanced and healthy person possesses mental, emotional, physical and spiritual freedom and thus is able to manifest their unique potential in the world.

From a homeopathic perspective, mental health disorders are a deeper illness than physical health disorders (they are a greater threat to the health of the vital force). Thus more aggressive and sustained treatments are required to heal. Homeopathy has the potential to offer profound transformation and even cure from mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders and even psychosis, mania and more severe mental illness. As homeopathy views the organism as a single integrated organism, physical healing often accompanies mental and emotional healing.

In my clinical experience, homeopathy works very well alongside other medicines and natural medicines and is safe and highly effective. I use it frequently in concert with dietary changes, supplements, herbs (and pharmaceutical medications, as needed). A wise teacher of mine (Durr Elmore, ND, DC, LAc) said that the key modalities to shift health at a deep and profound level include homeopathy and spiritual practices. Then keeping someone well is the purview of naturopathic approaches (nutrition, herbal medicine, etc.).

Read more about homeopathy from the clinic blog:

Testimonials

I was introduced to Dr. Fry at a time when I was disillusioned with antidepressants and the typical “Western Medical” approach to mental health. She worked with me to find natural and homeopathic remedies that helped stabilize my depression and obsessive-compulsive behavior. I am thankful to not be dealing with the side effects of Lexapro anymore, or any other antidepressant medication. I have been off of prescription meds for over 2 years now and feeling strong! Dr. Fry helped me to help myself in dealing with my mental health issues and I grew as a person during my treatment with her.

-AS

I’ve seen Dr. Fry on-and-off for the past few years and just think so highly of her. I saw her initially to find alternative methods for addressing depression. She was able to help with her counsel, and naturopathic remedies. She has a great demeanor and is so very knowledgeable about so many things. When she’s not sure she researches and gets the information you need. She really cares about her patients. When I reach out to her for some information or support, she is great about follow-up.

GJ

Dr. Fry took a thorough history of my health and spent lots of time listening to what my concerns were. We discussed a plan to help me feel better. She figured out a remedy that was individualized to me.

Now I no longer have depressive moods. My mood is stable and good. I have supplements for my adrenal glands which have given me energy. We are working on other areas of my health as well. And I feel better than I have in years!

-BB

I believe Dr. Fry helped me gain power over my thoughts and taught me how to approach my feelings if and when I have them. I’m more able to ask for help and less concerned with how I’m seen by other people.

 -SC 

I made my first appointment with Mary with a vague hope of improving my health and my immune system. Her intake evaluation was the most thorough discussion I had ever had about my overall situation. Mary promptly focused on food intolerances as a possible cause for several problems I had been dealing with for decades. When this was clarified with tests, she was very informative and supportive about changes I could make to be healthier. The results have been surprising. The migraine headaches and ulcerative colitis I have been dealing with for 30 years are largely gone. After decades of seeing MDs of various specialties who treated symptoms rather than causes, I am now largely free of these problems. Mary’s approach of supporting the body to deal with the problems it encounters has been very helpful and healthful for me.

-CW

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I was introduced to Dr. Fry at a time when I was disillusioned with antidepressants and the typical “Western Medical” approach to mental health. She worked with me to find natural and homeopathic remedies that helped stabilize my depression and obsessive-compulsive behavior. I am thankful to not be dealing with the side effects of Lexapro anymore, or any other antidepressant medication. I have been off of prescription meds for over 2 years now and feeling strong! Dr. Fry helped me to help myself in dealing with my mental health issues and I grew as a person during my treatment with her.

-AS

Dr. Fry took a thorough history of my health and spent lots of time listening to what my concerns were. We discussed a plan to help me feel better. She figured out a remedy that was individualized to me.

Now I no longer have depressive moods. My mood is stable and good. I have supplements for my adrenal glands which have given me energy. We are working on other areas of my health as well. And I feel better than I have in years!

-BB

I believe Dr. Fry helped me gain power over my thoughts and taught me how to approach my feelings if and when I have them. I’m more able to ask for help and less concerned with how I’m seen by other people.

 -SC 

I made my first appointment with Mary with a vague hope of improving my health and my immune system. Her intake evaluation was the most thorough discussion I had ever had about my overall situation. Mary promptly focused on food intolerances as a possible cause for several problems I had been dealing with for decades. When this was clarified with tests, she was very informative and supportive about changes I could make to be healthier. The results have been surprising. The migraine headaches and ulcerative colitis I have been dealing with for 30 years are largely gone. After decades of seeing MDs of various specialties who treated symptoms rather than causes, I am now largely free of these problems. Mary’s approach of supporting the body to deal with the problems it encounters has been very helpful and healthful for me.

-CW