Press Release from Safe Harbor, California

Alternative Treatments for Psychiatric Disorders:
The First Exhaustive Compilation of Non-Drug Therapies

For Immediate Release

Los Angeles, CA – Safe Harbor, America’s leading nonprofit for nondrug mental health education, has posted the most exhaustive compilations ever created of successful, research-based alternative treatments for psychiatric disorders.

Codex Alternus: A Research Collection of Alternative and Complementary Treatments for Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and Associated Drug-induced Side Effects is nearly 300 pages long and outlines all the successful complementary and alternative treatments to be found in the PubMed literature from the US National Library of Medicine, going back to 1950.

The massive collection includes studies on nutritional supplements, exercise, yoga, meditation, African medicine, Asian herbal medicine, Ayurvedic treatments, and many more. Journal citations are provided for all treatments.

It is available at

It’s companion document for depression and anxiety is Codex Alternus: A Research Collection of Alternative and Complementary Treatments for Dysthymia, Major Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder and Anxiety Spectrum Disorders. This paper includes over two hundred treatment modalities, with corresponding journal citations. Therapies include those cited above plus light therapy, Eastern herbal medicine, mind-body treatments, aromatherapy, Islamic herbal medicine, and others.

It is available at

The Codex Alternus series is the brainchild and work of Safe Harbor’s volunteer researcher Dion Zessin who has spent over 1800 hours compiling the first Codex Alternus for psychotic disorders.

“We are thrilled to present this to the public and medical field,” said Dan Stradford, president of Safe Harbor.

“With so many children and adults being put on psychiatric medication these days, there is a huge demand for safer, healthier options. Many people don’t know where to turn and many healthcare practitioners don’t know any alternatives to offer. With the Codex Alternus series freely available, anyone can see the vast array of non-drug options that have met with success and utilize this knowledge to develop healthier treatment regimens.”

Zessin is currently working on expanding his research into Asian and other medical research databases that could ultimately more than double the Codex Alternus treatment listings.

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Altadena, California, Safe Harbor is a nonprofit dedicated to researching and providing education on safe, nondrug treatments in mental health.


Dan Stradford
Safe Harbor
2333 Lincoln Ave.
Altadena, CA 91001

Office: (626) 791-7858
Fax: (626 791-7867


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