Fascinating Orthomolecular Facts
Studies find that vitamin C levels in schizophrenia are almost as low as in patients with scurvy.
See Vitamin C, page 26, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
If all vitamin B3 were removed from our food for a year, most of the population would show signs of mental illness. ( Dr. Abram Hoffer )
See Pellagra, pages 17-18, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
Some chronic schizophrenics recover completely in days after avoiding foods to which they are allergic. They relapse if these foods are again consumed.
See Allergies, pages 64-69, and Fasting, pages 77-82, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
In perhaps 70% of schizophrenics, key brain neurotransmitters are either over or undermethylated. Corrective nutritional treatment has led to great improvement or recovery for most such patients.
See Histamine Imbalances, pages 43-53, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
A diagnosis of schizophrenia is one of the most reliable predictors of the presence of a serious and undiagnosed physical illness.
See Somatopsychic Influences, pages 101-26, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is common in patients receiving long-term treatment with neuroleptics (standard protocol in treating schizophrenia). It is characterized by uncontrollable spasms of the face, limbs, and/or torso. However it is extremely rare in people taking these drugs but also treated with nutritional (orthomolecular) methods.
See Tardive Dyskinesia, pages 152-53, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
Dr. Pfeiffer suspected that early stages of schizophrenia may underlie many teenage suicides and car accidents. Dr. Hoffer found that the 10% rate of suicide in schizophrenia goes down close to 1% (the rate in the general population) with sufficient time on orthomolecular treatment.)
See Symptoms, pages 8-11, and Suicide, page 137, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
The few studies commonly cited to refute orthomolecular methods did not accurately replicate these methods (treating chronic patients with methods developed for acute patients, and thus providing inadequate dosage, length of treatment, and variety of supplements). Even so, prominent researchers involved these studies later found subgroups had shown improvement.
See Orthomolecular Psychiatry, page 21, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
Practitioners find that 75-85% of schizophrenics recover or are greatly improved upon orthomolecular treatment. Such treatments have benefitted many tens of thousands of patients. They no longer hear voices and become capable of resuming their profession at the same level as previously, measurable by equivalent income tax. This degree of improvement occuring in such a high percentage of patients is unheard of with conventional methods.
See Prognosis, pages 13-14, in Natural Healing for Schizophrenia.
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