Lithium 102

Trace amounts of lithium are present in the oceans
and in all organisms. The element serves no apparent
vital biological function, since animal and plants survive
in good health without it.

The first recorded use of lithium for the treatment
of mania, based in part on the urate/lithium connection,
was 1871.  Use of lithium carbonate (the current pill form
of lithium) to prevent depression came in 1886.

In 1948, an Australian psychiatrist named John Cade
began treating patients with mania using lithium (1948). 
He had injected guinea pigs with lithium urate and found
that they became placid, and somewhat tranquilized. 
Only later did he determine that the calming effect
was from lithium, not urate.

Coca-Cola was originally created as a patent medicine and included miracle ingredients like cocaine (an estimated nine milligrams per glass) and caffeine. The soft drink 7 Up was also a patent medicine, originally named "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda" and contained lithium citrate until 1950.

Dispels hangovers. Takes the "ouch" out of grouch.

Lithia water is mineral water containing lithium salts.
Lithia water can occur naturally in spring form. One example can be found in Ashland, Oregon's Lithia Park. The water is pumped to a fountain where hundreds of people come to drink it for its supposed positive psychological effects.

Do I look like I've been sedated?

Lithia Park is the largest and most central park of Ashland, Oregon. Its name originates from lithium oxide (Li2O)
or "lithia," which is found in the stream water pumped
to the park.

Used extensively in countenancing excess activity

In 1907 a lithia water spring was discovered at Emigrant creek several miles to the east. Upon analysis, the water
was shown to have the second-highest concentration of (presumably beneficial) lithium in any natural spring.

The highest
highest concentration was found
in the famous springs of Saratoga, New York.

Lithium? You're soaking in it!

The lithium ion Li+ administered as any of several lithium salts has proved to be useful as a mood-stabilizing drug due to neurological effects of the ion in the human body.

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As a mood stabilizer, lithium is probably more effective in preventing mania than depression, and may reduce the risk of suicide in certain bipolar patients.

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