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Anxiety/Depression Specialist

Dr. Rainer Fischer of the European Integrative Medicine Center offers a unique and comprehensive approach to
anxiety/depression called the “Five Star Program” to residents of Scottsdale, Arizona.


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Anxiety/Depression Q & A

by Rainer Fischer, ND

Is Anxiety/Depression Normal?

Almost everyone has periods in which they become anxious or depressed. A significant loss or stress can trigger these feelings, which gradually resolve with time. In others, however, anxiety and depression seem to appear for no obvious reason and remain for extended periods of time. When that happens, people often (and should) seek medical help. A period of severe anxiety or depression (even with a precipitating factor like the loss of a loved one) that lasts more than a few months is cause for concern.

What’s the Brain Connection in Anxiety/Depression?

The brain is the seat of all emotions, and certain conditions, including anxiety and depression, often signal a chemical or nutritional imbalance. Chemicals called neurotransmitters are what the brain uses to function, and these chemicals are made in the body from the food you eat. Many are made from amino acids, which are found in protein; a diet deficient in protein can result in problems. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can also affect the operation of the brain as well as other organs in the body.

How Does the Five Star Program Work?

The Five Star Program, as the name implies, consists of five steps. First is an evaluation of the patient’s current status, which includes a thorough medical history, lab tests, and a physical examination. During the second and third stages, the doctor develops a plan to remove obstacles to health and stimulate self-healing. Specific organ support is the fourth stage, as all body organs act in a synergistic fashion. In severe cases, pathology (disease) must be addressed with additional treatments like surgery.

What Treatments Are Used in the Five Star Program?

Naturopathic physicians have a wide array of therapies for anxiety and depression. Part of the diagnostic process includes the identification of nutritional deficiencies, environmental toxicity and hormonal imbalances. These can often be corrected with proper diet, vitamin, mineral and herbal supplements and/or bioidentical hormones. Other lifestyle strategies include coaching, psychotherapy, nutritional counseling and exercise recommendations. Treatments may also include hydrotherapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, spinal adjustment, botanical medicine and glandular extracts.