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Mental Health, Naturally—first-of-its-kind, comprehensive guide to nonprescription therapies

for mental and physical well-being


For Release: Monday, March 1, 2010

CHICAGO -- Many parents wonder how to handle a child who has been diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety or depression – or even one who is struggling with day-to-day stress. In her new book, Mental Health, Naturally: The Family Guide to HolisticCare for a Healthy Mind and Body (American Academy of Pediatrics, March 2010), pediatrician and holistic medicine expert Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP, provides practical guidance to those who seek natural methods of treatment.

Dr. Kemper is a leading international authority on complementary therapies for children.  With up-to-date research, illustrative examples and a practical approach for individuals and families, Mental Health, Naturally provides a comprehensive overview of mental health disorders, outlines specific strategies for improving mental health, and offers detailed approaches for those suffering from ADHD, anxiety, stress and substance abuse.

Dr. Kemper also covers fundamental techniques used to combat mental health problems such as maintaining proper nutrition, rest and exercise, while detailing stress-management practices and methods such as acupuncture, homeopathy, massage and chiropractic and osteopathic therapies. Detailed chapters on dietary supplements, a chapter on advocacy, and a section with action plans and additional resources also are provided.

Mental Health, Naturally will be available in bookstores nationwide in March. The guide may also be ordered through the AAP BookStore. For interviews or review copies, please contact the AAP Department of Communications. Cover art is available.

About the author: Kathi J. Kemper, MD, MPH, FAAP, is recognized internationally as the leading authority on holistic, integrative and complementary therapies for children. She is the chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine. She is the Caryl J. Guth chair for holistic and integrative medicine at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the 2008 recipient of the inaugural Leadership Award from the Integrative Pediatrics Council. Dr. Kemper lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.


The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.














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