Joan Mathews Larson

Joan Mathews-Larson holds a doctorate in nutrition and is the founder and Executive Director of the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an Integrative and orthomolecular (psycho-biological) model for treating addiction and emotional disorders.

This unique focus combines therapy with physiological intervention to repair biochemical damage that often manifests as impaired mental functioning and behavior problems. Her clinic has now successfully treated many thousands of people for more than 25 years and has received national recognition because of the high recovery rates this model produces.

She is a pioneer in the field and has authored national best-selling books, ňúSeven Weeks to Sobriety” and “Depression Free, Naturally”. This has led to over 500 TV and radio appearances. Dr. Larson has also been named as one of an elite group of six national researchers and practitioners who have made a significant contribution to the world of medicine.

The loss of her seventeen-year old son to suicide directly after he completed a conventional treatment program fueled her on-going search for more effective solutions and led to her opening of the Health Recovery Center.

Listen to the interview I conducted and hear her story in the Members area (34 minute audio MP3).

The books listed below are two of the first books I read regarding the related health condition and should be mandatory reading for all professionals in the field.

More information about her recovery center is available at

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