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Why is Lithium used for people with Bipolar disorder?

Discussion in 'Redox Rx' started by Jack Kruse, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. Jack Kruse

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    A list of Standard electrode potentials for various reactions is given at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_electrode_potential_(data_page)

    This table illustrates that Eh values that are very negative, such as for lithium (Li, Eh = -3.04), are strong reducing agents, that is, electrons are given up quickly and the oxidation number becomes more positive. Lithium is used in mental disorders because it adds electrons back to the cellular environment because the person does not spend enough time in Nature building their redox potential from the sun. On the other end of the chart, fluoride (F, Eh = +2.87) is a strong oxidizing agent meaning that it takes electrons and the oxidation number becomes more negative. Giving a person with mental illness fluoridated chemicals is about the worse thing one can do because it dulls the electrical potential in the brain. Yet that is what every medicine used for depression does.

    More negative values indicate reducing reactions occurring (loss of electrons; more positive ion results) and oxidizing reactions (gain of electrons; more negative ion results). Higher Eh positive values suggest that reaction is more likely to occur spontaneously without the need for extra energy.

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