Last Modified on Mar 06, 2014
Treatment for schizophrenia ranges from dietary changes to nutritional supplements and replacements. These treatments eliminate nutrition imbalances that may be contributing to the disorder. Likewise, nutritional supplements boost nutrients in the body to support better function.
What is Schizophrenia?
Schizophrenia is defined as a severe brain disorder that involves an individual’s inability to normally interpret reality. Symptoms of the disorder include hallucinations, disorganized thinking and speech, abnormal motor behavior, withdrawal, trouble sleeping, irritability and an overall depressed mood. The cause of the condition is unknown; however, it is thought to be associated with both genetic and environmental factors.
Natural Remedies for Psychiatric Conditions
Natural remedies for schizophrenia vary but include such options as dietary changes and nutritional supplements. Avoiding trigger foods allows the body to function more optimally while supporting it with supplements realigns any nutritional deficiencies. Vitamin B3 and omega-3s are especially important nutrients for treating the condition.
Many of the foods individuals eat negatively affect their health without their realization. Gluten is one such category of foods that can be detrimental to one’s health. Eliminating gluten and avoiding sugar eliminates stress on the system and supports the mood, making it an effective treatment option for schizophrenia and other psychiatric conditions.
All of the B vitamins are important for helping the body produce energy; however, vitamin B3 is particularly important as it functions in producing a number of vital hormones in the body. Vitamin B3 or niacin regulates stress-related hormones as well as the levels in the adrenal glands, which facilitates better functioning of the brain. Reducing stress and improving coping mechanisms are important factors in treating schizophrenia.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for good health in a number of ways. In regards to schizophrenia, however, these nutrients function to prevent depression and other emotional-related conditions. The omega-3 fats lubricate the pathways to the nervous system, making for more effective communication to the brain and alleviating many of the symptoms of various psychiatric conditions.
A severe brain disorder, schizophrenia is characterized by an individual’s inability to interpret reality normally. An individual affected by the condition often exhibits hallucinations, delusions and distorted thinking. Effective nutritional supports as well as other remedies effectively treat the condition and facilitate more appropriate brain pathways.
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08/24/2012: Afsoon from Tehran, Iran: "I just heard this remedy that is useful for Schizophrenia and even for other psychiatrist problem such as depression, OCD, anxiety.
U should drink 4 glasses of it every day. This drink should contain 15 almonds 1 glass of water 1 table spoon of natural honey. Mix them and drink."
B-3 and Niacinamide
08/03/2012: Consius from Rdam, Holland: "Hi, I wonder if Ted or anyone else could help me with this one. I suffer from schizoaffective disorder with manias and depressions with psychotic episodes sometimes. I am very shy and as a kids always been and maybe that was the cause of having paranoids or stress factors. Not sure.
I have been doing well for 3 days after using Abilify (15 mgs). I feel the meds cause me irritation, sleepyness and sometimes I feel like anxious and not well. I am 35 years old now. I practice meditation to ease the thoughts and be calm.
So I started one day finding a cure for schizophrenia online. I found abram hoffer and his b3 vitamin therapy. I found out that for the illness I should use the following supplements. Correct me (ted or others) if I am wrong:
- 3x 500mg or 3 x 1000mg b3 each day (niacinamide)
- b-complex...... 50 or 100 ( not sure which one)
- vitamine C (ester-c), 3 x 1000mg
- magnesium.. 400 ( at night to sleep)
- zinc: 30 mg ( in case of pyroluria)
- selenium; dose is unkown for me (works well with all B vitamins, not sure)
- manganese ( in case of tardive kineasea)
- vitamin E (anti oxidants)
So, I am not sure if I can leave away the selenium and vitamin E. I eat healthy food and no sugar at all. thanks"Replies
08/23/2012: Sharon from Miami, Fl. replies: "Hello Consium from Holland: I am doing Dr. Hoffer's B3, Niacin treatment plan with my 20 yr. old son who is autistic and developed schizophrenia in the last year. I found a doctor who follows his program and the first thing he told me was that in his experience niacinamide was not effective in treating schizophrenia. So he had me start my son on pure niacin. We started with a 250 mg. Dose increasing by one 250mg pill per day. There was a little bit of flushing as he reached higher levels but really very little.
I know this sounds crazy but my son is up to four doses a day taking a total of 13,750 mg. The doctor regularly monitors his blood to check his liver and kidneys and he is fine. Dr. Hoffer states that, "The keys to taking niacin therapy are quantity, frequency, and duration. "
Here is a link where Dr. Hoffer talks about doses. See page 193, 2nd column, 3 para down.
Dr. Hoffers book, "Niacin, The Real Story", says, "As there is a certain, large amount of fuel needed to launch an aircraft or a spacecraft, there is a certain, large amount of a nutrient needed to cure a sick body. With vitamin therapy speed of recovery is proportional to dosage used."
His book is really excellent and available from Amazon.com in Kindle format. Good luck.
Sharon, my email: SharonRose07(at)yahoo(dot)com"
08/24/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "You should look up the difference between Niacin and niacinamide. One is manmade and one is not. I've researched this myself. Take care."
08/27/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Also, refrain from "flush free" niacin. It is useless and has no effect. The flushing is actually very good for you, super for your skin as well as your veins, among other things."
12/11/2012: Kmbrown3 from Chicago, Illinois replies: "Hi Sharon, how is your 20 y/o son doing with the Niacin treatments... Do you see improvements? Also what were some signs that you knew he was ill? I have a family member who I suspect may be schizophrenic now and I'm very curious what steps to take to get him help. He's 20 as well. Thanks :-)"
02/05/2013: Clint from Rochester, Ny replies: "Along with niacin, I found you should double the amount of c, but you also shouldn't do more than 5000mg to be on safe side."
[YEA] 08/02/2010: Cordell from Minto, New Brunswick Canada: "I would like to share a remedy I successfully used to cure schizophrenic thoughts. I was always shy as a kid, and little bit "paranoid" I guess you could say. But when I turned 24 I gradually began to have more paranoia, coupled with anxiety, and sometimes felt I was hearing voices. No, not the audible kind that people usually hear, but more or less I felt there were more thoughts in my head than my own; too many to deal with at once. Some very hateful thoughts had emerged and I sometimes became obsessive over certain angry thoughts, feeling like I couldn't relax and eventually would have a panic attack and feel out of control, possibly cry from too much stimulation etc. I soon found myself trying to figure my thoughts out, but they often made no sense, and I would play psycho-analytical games with other people thinking I realy knew what they were thinking about me. I was always suspicious, and eventhough I didn't want to feel this way that's what happened. Anyway, I know there are others out there that share a similiar story: how they once felt normal than started having some sort of mental illness, be it brain fog (which I also had from the obsessive paranoia), or adhd or whatever it may be. Niacinamide could be the answer to your problems. On the advice of Ted, a famous contributor to this site, I began taking 2000mg - 3000mg of Niacinamide (niacin can be used, but the flushing may become too annoying at such doses for some people). I noticed within a couple days my excessive paranoid thoughts dimnished almost completely, but I continue to take 500mg tablets everytime I feel them coming back. I also continue to take at least one B 50 tablet a day to prevent deficiencies. It works~! I realize not every form of schizophrenic thoughts may be cured this way, but its worth a try for anyone seeking help like I did. High doses of niacinamide have cured my excessive anxiety, paranoia, schizophrenic thoughts, and even helped to solve stomach ailments I have had for years along with keeping myself more alkaline. The alkaline remedy I used with most success in over-acidity was 1/4 sodium bicarbonate, and 1/4 potassium citrate (a 99mg tablet) in a glass of water 3x a day. This also helps to keep me much more stable. When I added sodium carbonate to this mixture sometimes it also helped with over-anxious thought patterns, and to calm the brain down. I hope this helps someone like it did for me. Peace and love. Cordell"Replies
11/07/2010: Cathy from Tucson, Az replies: "Check out GAPS diet- Dr Natasha Campbell-Mcbride is a physician who developed this protocol to heal her son of autism. She calls mental disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, ADHD, autism, GAPS--Gut and Psychology Syndrome, because these disorders are caused by intestinal disease. When a child is born, s/he may acquire unhealthy gut flora from the mother. Later, if the child is given antibiotics, and/or fed processed foods (including formula), unhealthy pathogenic bacteria take over the gut, overcoming the good bacteria we all need in our intestines to maintain good health. A leaky gut situation occurs, where toxins from undigested foods are leaked into the bloodstream, causing allergies. Nutrients do not get to the brain, and that is why we have symptoms of mental illness.
People with schizophrenia, depression and autism have very toxic bodies and are very malnourished. The goal here is to repopulate the gut with good bacteria, get rid of the pathogenic bacteria and detoxify the body. It's a long process, but there is a lot of information on line and some Yahoo support groups to help. Please check out the websites and you will be directed to other sites related to GAPS that will be helpful."
[YEA] 05/19/2012: Tf4624 from Usa replies: "Zinc and Niacinamide- Dr. Hoffer in Victoria, B. C discovered that if you have schizophrenia, you are not crazy, you have Niacin dificiency.
Treatment -3grams of Niacin and Niacinamide a day and zinc. In a couple of months you will go back to a normal life. That's the end of the schizophrenia but you have to continue taking niacin because schizophrenics have a built in deficiency of that vitamin."
07/02/2012: Danyboi8 from Playa Del Carmen, California replies: "My name is Daniel Rodriguez, from Orange County California, 20 years young) I'm here to shed some light on all this darkness:), It seems as if Dr. Abrahm Hoffer along with his colleagues and all there work they've been through, is finally catching up to 'mainstream'. Or so it seems.. ) Im just here, 'to stop in real quick', and to say schizophrenia, bi polorism and depression ed alzihmers, sha la la , in its ever so similarities, are nothing like living on dialisis or having an organ removed, or suffering through chemo becuase you have cancer or this or that or whatever, especially cause most of us arent millionares. Having said that, I think all here who have experienced change through these god given supplements and by that I seriously meen not only being cured, treated, medicated, sedated, watever, but have endured past that horrible brain blinding, uncontrollable diseasee and are no longer sick!! Can really take on a whole lot extra, if n e thing we r not jsut devoted but Elite almost) ha, buttuh, From therapy to good times with good people, having some legit strenght, and I meen legit strenght and having God on your favor, THIS SICKNESS WILL be LIKE A COLD THAT LASTS FOR MONTHS!! But this does depend on oneself, theres actually people that prefer being sick, mentally ill, I still dont understand that, but watever, , What doesnt kill you makes u stronger... All you need when hunting big game is your CONFIDENCE, believe me:) and something funny I thought, .. I realized, is that your sicker, when ur healthy.. Per say, right? I recently found that out... :) idkifyougetit?)) any who, summing up, it feels good when you recieve an 'answer' or motivation through someone else and I think theres still alot of people out there , not jsut sick, but healthy people, who deserve it. especially , as I hate to say this horrible phrase. , the mentally ill, who are just an excuse, for someone wanting to help, go an help, like us who know the answer to this nasty puzzle.. Yuk.. Mind over matter always right?) Once again, good job people, cause the way to beat evil is with great, and Knowledge is key.."
07/15/2012: Desperatemom from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada replies: "Cordell, I wonder how long you were on the 2g-3g per day of Niacinamide supplement before you stop or switch to a maintenance dose. In your worse situation, did you get into a nervous breakdown ? My son has a lot of symptons similiar to yours, except he sometimes get to a nervous breakdown in a manic episode. GABA 500mg can calm him down but I want to try the B3 remedy. I appreciate if you can response and update your current situation."
08/10/2012: Gp from Lansing, Michigan/usa replies: "To Danny: I don't know if you were just trying to boost your own ego with that rambling line of filth, but if you walked an inch in my shoes, you could NOT handle it. You admitted you don't really understand these things and yet you persist with your degradation of them. I highly doubt there has ever been or ever will be an MD after your name so take what you think you know somewhere else. And for those actually trying to be helpful, Thank You! For those at all interested I will be a test subject and report my findings periodically. Hope it works!"
10/30/2012: Dliggz from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "i do not think dannys comment was intended to be negative but actually a compliment to the site and how it can help others that suffer frome schizosyptoms. reread his whole statement before you attack him"
11/10/2012: Daniel from Orange, California replies: "yes. Im DANNY, and I did post up what I posted , not to long ago, but only to give everyone hear props, nothin more, mS. LansingMICHIGAN... Per say. And if I didnt make to much sense, I honestly tried my best at 7 months in of Dr. Hoffs, treatment. ') So I was still pretty sick, and that was tough.
AND AS TO HOW RECOVERY GOES. ID LIKE TO LET EVERYONE IN, THAT ITS BEEN 11 MONTHS NOW OR SO, AND I FEEL 1000 X BETTER... I still have that stupid brain fog, every morning I wake up and ask my self if I feel wierd 0_o, and even today I still have it.... So, am I cured of schizophrenia.... NO.. unfortunatelly not yet...
BUT I CAN CLEARLY SEE THE LIGHT.. Lol,
i read everyones comments, and I enjoy it. The ideas, the comments, concerns, etc. So I felt as if talking to all of this community, I wanted to give you all a look at my case, or what ever. But in other words.. I feel better every day and I know only a small amount more of time and treatment.. this will be like a cold'...
so everyone once again, I give u all tremendous amount of props. Keep it up. Dont stop. Dont forget to take the supplements. Excersice, look good, EAT WELL!
and I really recomend u all look into brain supplements... Thanks to my mother , I have these pills, just whith what the label says, it makes u feel better. I First tried them about 2, 3 months ago, also adding lecethin in to the whole mix and match of my vitamins, and man o man, my brain really loved it.... ") REALLY. SOME GOOD STUFF, IT SURE HELPED THE HEALING PROCESS ALONG...
So, according to Dr. Hoffer, his treatment should work on anyone, and those who are first timers, should go NO LONGER THAN 2 years and finally hit recovery. =)
yes 2 yrs is a long time.. But IF IM AT MONTH 11 like I said, or 10, AND I ALLREADY TAKE LESS NIACIN, (because now, if I take the full 4 grams a day, ill have a horrible crashing headache the next day, which is indication I took, and have, waay to much niacin in my system, moree than it needss =)) so along the lines of keeping up with the regimine, you'll def. Love life again, no more abyss, you'll look forward to the day where youll only have to be taking a 1gram niacin, 1 vitamin C, 1 zinc , 1 b 6 , and b general 50, 1 lecethin.")
I know I am.... cause I hate popping pills like if it where in style. i hate it...
and I really do meen it, when I say, u should excersice, pretend ur sweating out black tar thats the causing agent of ur schizophrenia, depression or bi polarism, , , cause u really are. , , that should speed up the healing process....
i have drug induced schizophrenia... so I was extremely dirty, and still, but, and so, I can only speek as to my case...
u all have a good day. =)"
04/04/2013: Lily from Kelowna, Bc replies: "Hi Danny, You may want to research & add the OMEGA 3 & Omega 6 fats in good quantity. Omega 3's best from cold H2Ofish , SARDINES , COD Salmon best. OMEGA 6's from Evening primrose oil or Borage oil. Our brains are about 60% fat. Schiz folks are deficient. Zinc, Vit C Folic acid and Niacin help convert the fats into VITAL brain fats. Look up Patrick Holford & his recommendations for Schiz. Good Luck I am a Mom who is concerned just like yours.
Cudos to you for 11 months of hard work. Keep going Dear one."
[YEA] 02/29/2008: Shaynna from San Diego, CA: "This is a site for B-3 and Niacinamide.
Like john was saying about this vitamin, good for SZ and Bi-Polar, Depression, ect. I found on this site that they also say coffee is a source of this. I feel for you all and especially empathize with the lisanna. I have been dating someone with full-blown, ( there are different levels of course) SZ. He is the most wonderful person, brilliant infact you can see the war inside him almost, and I say almost all of the time. She mentioned something about coffee intake with her friend. Almost every friend I know who has SZ, BI-polar, Major Depression are insane coffee drinkers. Could this be a craving? an attempt to compensate? In that site above it mentions coffee a decent source of this. Its terrible though. He gets sick quiet a bit. Alot in fact. And from being with him almost everyday for 3 1/2 yrs. I believe it is the toxicity of his meds. in fact my beliefs where backed up by his doctors sight for med combinations. doctors rate meds and there combinations on a scale of 1-10. To give you an example, i am on Wellbutrin and Seroquel. My level is 6. Possible seizure. His on the there hand is rated a 2! He is on Geodon, Seroquel, and a Hypothyroid medicine. It feels as though his body is shutting down. Like i can feel him wilting inside. This rating of 2 gives to him the possibility of QT'S. These are the signals between the brain and the heart. The possibility that the communication can lapse and his system shut down! If it doesn't restart itself.
Why if it is a chemical imbalance don't we find a wholistic way to balance it instead of forcing the brains chemistry!!! With dir consequences for the rest of the individuals running system!! its as if we cut off there heads to examine it and treat it forgetting there is much more to the individual and in the process, harm them. During this time of me seeing him. We had attempted moving in with one another. Which brought on him becoming abusive towards me. Turning against me. An episode, after episode. He has thus moved back in with his parents. it was hard because, he became semi-physically, definitely emotionally and verbally abusive. At the same time asking for my help, and then turning against himself abusively, for having realizing what he had done and back again. He is a golden person inside but you can see this scenario play out. To see him in all this pain. And as of 2 wks. ago he has had a none-stop migraine which he has been to the ER with, then later to see our doctor who is running tests. And then for an MRA. Our Doctor who is an excellent one. God Bless him, is actually going to send him to an Acupunturist Which brings me to want to type with Lisanna, because she was saying she did this for this friend of hers and it helped quite abit. This is soooo so hard. It also plays a bit of havoc with my head and I hate to say it. Due to issues I have. But I must find a way!!! This is too much seeing this happen to this Extrordinary person.
Here is an incredible sight called 29 causes of SZ. Please check it out. See what you think. I am going to keep on, and keep on doing research. I will let you all know what we find out. Thank God he has such a wonderful family. His poor mother is always worreid sick. And that is another thing for individuals with this, especailly when they realize that their Condition, causes others so much pain, on top of what it causes them. Why does the medicl community believe more in masking problems treating things singularly and not as a whole part of that persons funtionality. Come on guys we can do this. And anybody is welcome to get ahold of me. And PLEASE. Get ahold of me if you find anything, any nuance that you deem worthy, your Logic OR Intuition.......Here is that website. I am absolutely studying into these.
10/15/2010: Cure4schizophrenia from Tallahasee, Fl replies: "Hi, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 18. The disease was very disabling for me, and ruined a few years of my life. The whole time I was on meds I was ALWAYS tired. I always felt terrible, and I was never "truely" well. For example, although I was on medicine, which was the "approved approach" for treatment by modern medicine, I still frequently had delusions. Although I was diagnosed at age 18, when I had my first episode. When they told me what I had, I didn't believe it and I stopped taking my medicine. I went almost a year without another episode, but finally a little less than a year later, I had another episode. This time I stayed on the meds, and again I never felt right. I always felt terrible. So later I got a job at a GNC. And at first I didn't take any of their supplements. I told my manager one day that I was always tired, and he recomended one of GNC's multivitamins because it was high in B-Complex vitamins. So I started taking it, and I started feeling a little better. I eventually read a book called "Prescription for Nutritional Healing, " which had a section in it for schizophrenia. So I read that section and made a few changes, I started taking a few more supplements. I added ginkgo biloba, fish oil (omega 3's), vitamin C, and more B-Complex. Again, it made me feel a little better, but still nothing spectacular, deffinitely nothing in the realm of "being cured. "
So later, in another attempt to get well, I went back to my book "prescription for nutritional healing, " hoping to find something that I had missed that I could start doing to make me better. Lo and behold, I see in the section for schizophrenia this - "Psychiatrists found a link between schizophrenia and pellegra, a Vitamin B3 (Niacin) defficiency disease. Using large gram amounts of niacinamide to treat patients, they get good results. "
So I though hmmmm, niacin and schizophrenia? So I google searched the words "niacin schizophrenia" in my google tool bar, and several pages came up claiming niacin cures schizophrenia. But another name seemed to be mentioned several times, a Dr. Abram Hoffer. So I searched "Abram Hoffer schizophrenia naicin. " He had a book called "Healing Schizophrenia: Complementary Vitamin & Drug Treatments. "
I bought the book, and in it he claimed to have a high success rate treating schizophrenics with gram doses of niacin. His book was very well written, and gave me hope even before I started on his treatment. Mind you by now I was taking a million supplements trying to cure myself. But after reading this book I added niacin and FINALLY started getting well. So well in fact that after 3 years of not doing anything, I started going to school (college) and am doing VERY well, my grades are excellent.
Here's a full list of what I'm taking and why. A GNC multivitamin, to supply a good balance of vitamins & minerals, which is necessary for proper brain function. Also it's very high in B-Complex, and it's timed release, meaning I get a steady release of b vitamins. B-Complex 50, also timed release, for a steady release of b vitamins. Niacin. 1,000 mg (1 gram) 5x per day, for a total of 5 grams per day. Fish oil for the omega 3's, which is very good for brain health. I take 2,100 mg daily in divided doses. Ginkgo Biloba, enhances blood flow to the brain. Ester-C. A supurior form of vitamin C. 1,000 mg with breakfast and dinner. Vitamin E, 400 IU for the antioxidants. Alpha Lipoic Acid, because it regenerates Vitamins C & E after they've nuetralized free radicals. Magnesium, a good brain vitamin. Biotin, since I take so much of the other B vitamins I take a lot of biotin too. Manganese, enhances the action of the B vitamins. Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin), best form of B12, most absorbable form. 1000 mg twice daily
Folic acid. Vitamin B6 300 mg, a lot of schizophrenics have a condition where zinc and b6 bind and are excreted in the urine, making them deficient. I think it's called pylloria. Zinc, because of pylloria. Flax Seed Oil, VERY potent in Omega's 3, 6, and 9. Great for brain health. So after 3 years of being on meds, and meds alone. I stayed on the same dose of meds. Then after 3 months of being on those supplements listed, I got so much better that I started school, am excelling in school. And had the meds I was on for 3 years reduced from... 1000 mg to 500 mg, and the other one from 60 mg to 40 mg. I highly recomend anyone who has schizophrenia checks out these 2 books, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" and "Healing Schizophrenia: Complementary Vitamin & Drug Treatments. ""
02/02/2012: J.d. from Tallahasse, Florida replies: "To:Cure4schizophrenia
Hi, I am currently living in the Tallahasse area, I just moved here from NY a couple of months ago where I left my brother who is 18 and suffering from this same disease. I would appreciate if you could contact me my email is jahdee827(at)aol.com I have been doing research for months and your post hit home for me because I used to suffer from depression and was prescribed medication and know exactly what you're talking about when you say it did nothing. I'm worried for my brother and desperately want to help him! I know natural is the best way to go and since you had this experience I feel you can best help... If you are willing and have any time I will forever be indebted!"
07/30/2012: Cari from Carterville, Il replies: "I was wondering if Cure4schizophrenia could send me an e-mail. I have tons of questions for you. Thanks c.carilynn(at)siu.edu"
04/04/2013: Lily from Kelowna, BC replies: "Dr. HOFFER did not only recommend vitamins and supplements. He also recommended a gluten, dairy & sugar free diet for most patients. It has been well known since the 1950's that wheat gluten can cause various schiz type behaviors. I heard Dr. Hoffer speak at a psych class at the uof S in 1964 also later at a public forum in saskatoon."
04/11/2013: Kathy from the USA replies: "Lily, Thank you for this information. I had noticed that when my husband ate 100% Whole Wheat his temper got worse. This is another post I will bring to his attention. Thank-you, Thank-you EC!!"
11/17/2009: James from Los Angeles, Ca: "Suggestion:
A friend of mine was diagnosed with Schizophrenia a few years ago and has rotated through a variety of medicines, some that have caused him to have dramatic muscle paralysis, others audio hallucinations. What I am finding very important in the discussion of brain related problems like Schizophrenia, is knowing the persons history. I think it's difficult to find cures if people are not listing, sharing, and linking together common causes. What I am finding in my research is that a lot of these brain diseases have overlapping symptoms and are likely being misdiagnosed. Upon further research, I believe he actually has Parkinson's Disease Dementia.
He has problems walking and with balance, his hands tremble and shake, he has problems learning and problems talking. Many people assume that if someone is hearing voices and is paranoid they have Schizophrenia. However the dementia aspect causes the same thing. I only uncovered this after looking into the cause, since I know what the cause of his problem is. I just have yet to find the cure.
1. He he a history of drug abuse: he was heavily into smoking marijuana in high school. He has done other drugs like ACID on rare ocassions. In high school there has been alcohol poisening through drinking liquor requiring a stomach pump. Heavy beer drinking throughout the process to the point of severe alcoholism. Never during this point or after did he hear audio hallucinations, have severe paranoia, or have muscle problems.
2. Escalated severe substance abuse: he started huffing lacquer thinner over the course of a year. Following this time period, he began having audio hallucinations, severe paranoia, and had muscle problems.
3. Violent behavior led to medication: after a violent act of agression and threats of personal harm to himself, he was medicated and diagnosed with Schizophrenia.
4. Mixing drugs: He took his drugs and continued drinking alcohol because he was addicted, even with AA meetings. He stopped his medication.
5. Poor evaulation of hallucinations: It's unknown whether the audio hallucinations began to happen during huffing, of after huffing. If after huffing it would suggest that the brain damage caused ongoing hallucinations afterwards, even as huffing was discontinued. What is known is that while on his new meds, audio hallucinations continue to occur, possibly less frequently, it's hard to define when no proper evaluation ever done.
It's possible that huffing caused the hallucinations as he huffed, and the new meds cause the current hallucinations to continue. For those that say they have stopped medicating and continue to hallucinate, the question arises of dependency and lingering toxicity in the system of that med. Also the question arises, what would happen if a normal healthy person took those drugs, would they hallucinate? If so it would suggest strongly that the drugs are causing it. Research could be done into the recreational use of these drugs to see if there is any truth in this and to testimonials of people who quick usage that stop hallucinations.
Theory 2: Based on all his symptoms, it appears he was misdiagnosed with Schizophrenia and actually has Parkinson's with Dementia. I've come to this conclusion after not research Schizophrenia or Parkinson's, but by researching Huffing Lacquer. I came across an article of someone else who huffed for was diagnosed with Parkinson's and shown to have it for at least 3 months at the point of diagnosis.
We report the first description of a patient with parkinsonism induced by solvent abuse. Our patient developed parkinsonism acutely, following heavy abuse of lacquer thinner. Her clinical deficits wee indistinguishable from idiopathic parkinsonism (Parkinson's disease) and she responded to levodopa. Parkinsonism has persisted for more than 3 months. Brain computed tomography was normal. Positron emission tomographic studies showed normal fluorodopa uptake and reduced raclopride binding, indicating an unusual disturbance of striatal dopaminergic function. This patient suggests that organic solvents may cause parkinsonism in susceptible individuals."
What this is suggesting is that things you inhale like lacquer thinner, can lead to Parkinsons. This pushed me to research the symptoms of Parkinsons, all things he appeared to have problems with. Showing that a strong comparison of history can help tie together causes and find links, leading to possible cures.
It should also be noted that Celiac Disease is associated with wheat related foods causing intestine problems, that cause nutrient absorption problems. My research showed that almost all beer has gluten in it because they are mostly brewed from malted barley or wheat. This like ties in a series of additional problems like depression and severe anxiety and irratibility.
Theory 3: Many symptoms are actually pre-existing to the disease. If you lookup Schizophrenia, Parkinsons and Dementia, their are similarities. Also they list things like anxiety, feeling uncomfortable in social settings, etc. These are actually things that he felt prior to any hallucinations or any severe issues. This was actually the reason why he started heavily drinking. He stated that it made him loosen up and took the edge off in a social setting. He would drink to talk to women. This theory suggests that many of the symptoms are not symptoms of the disease because they prexist it. It was the huffing lacquer that started the cycle of audio hallucination and paranioa followed by medication that continued it. When forced to stop drinking, the crutch was removed and he was forced to face that underlying issue of anxiety and fear of social situations. It was amplified by his inability to walk, muscle parilysis and inability to talk and think normally that made him even more conscientious. However it was a pre-existing problem that shouldn't be used to define the disease directly because it misleads people and creates an overlapping of disease symptoms and misclassifications."
11/17/2009: Brandon from Baltimore, Md replies: "Basically, in up to 90% of schizophrenic cases, there is one of three underlying problems. It's either undermethylation (high-histamine histadalia), overmethylation (low-histamine histapenia), or Pyroluria.
All of these have been shown to be treatable with mega-vitamin therapy.
4 of the other 10 percent have cerebral allergies which may be treatable with niacin and vitamin-c. The remaining 6 percent are still unknown.
Keep in mind schizophrenia is a catch-all for serious mental illness that is unknown. It's a BS label, because up to 94% CAN be known as to the major cause ( not necessarily the root cause, but science is working on that, day by day), and treated effectively.
Schizophrenia used to be known as insanity, now-a-days it's usually labeled bi-polar, with psychotic tendencies, or something similar. They are looking at effects and symptoms which seem to stem from biochemical imbalances.
It's horrible that society tends to demonize and/or immoralize these individuals for something that they were most likely born with!
Also, if you check into the occurrences of schizo/insanity before and after the industrial revolution, you will see a clear sharp rise! This gives way to an understanding of how heavy metals and hardcore pollutants used in industries, interact with genetic anomalies to bring about these diseases.
11/17/2009: Amy from Ontario, Canada replies: "Based on the works of Abram Hoffer, M.D., pioneer of nutritional psychiatry, as reported in Nutritional Influences on Mental Illness by Melvyn Werbach, M.D.
The following dietary and nutritional regimen is reported to have over a 90% success rate with patients who are ill for the first time or who are suffering their second or third episode with healthy periods in between. It is reported that after two years over 90% will be well, none will be worse, and none will have tardive dyskinesia (drug-induced involuntary muscular movements). They will have to remain on the regimen many years, perhaps their entire lives.
For chronic patients - those who have failed to improve from previous treatment, including those mentally disturbed for years (although not the chronic patients seen in the back wards of mental hospitals)- about 50% will improve after 10 years. However, not all will be working.
These results are based on:
Six prospective double-blind studies. 1
Personal observations of over 4000 patients.
Studies conducted by colleagues.
Letters received from patients who were never personally seen but tried the treatment program.
Elimination of all processed or prepared foods containing added refined sugars and probably 90% of other additives, as foods that contain added sugars usually contain other additives.
Elimination diets to remove all foods to which the patient is allergic or sensitive.
Vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide) 0.5Â - 2 grams 3 times daily.
Vitamin B6 (for many) 250-500 mg daily.
A general B vitamin formula.
Vitamin C, 3 or more grams daily.
Zinc (gluconate or citrate) 50 mg daily.
Manganese 15-30 mg daily (if there is danger of tardive dyskinesia).
I also use omega three essential fatty acids rich in EPA and less rich in DHA. The best preparation contains three times as much EPA as it does DHA. I use four large capsules twice daily."
12/24/2011: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "The ANSWER is a HIGH FAT DIET, specifically do the Gut and Psychology Diet (GAP) or the Specific Carb Diet (SCD) but add plenty of high fat foods, ESPECIALLY organic coconut oil. The illness is caused by microbes and these diets address the microbes by using meat and bone broths to introduce the minerals that we are missing in our GUTS to heal ourselves. There is a direct correlation between INTESTINAL HEALTH and BRAIN HEALTH... it is what we eat that is making us crazy and anxious and paranoid, etc.
I do want to emphasize though, ORGANIC COCONUT OIL must become a stable in the diet along with olive oil and real butter and raw milk and eggs if you can get them... Try to find a COOP in your area, it will make a world of difference in your health.
The bone broths are cooked all day, for two days in a crockpot. There are various nourishing traditions blogs by people that have plenty of recipes and information on how to make the broths and sites on the specifics of the diets so you won't have to purchase a book if you don't want to...
Please cross-reference this post with other MENTAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL disorders... and for healing of many illnesses.
Here's to a year of better health for us all!
01/01/2014: Slim from Miami Florida replies: "I have been trying to treat my 28 year old son, diagnosed with schizophrenia for 9 years. I have always been a naturalist and did not believe in the harmful medicines prescribed, but he has taken them on many occasions, or been shot up with needles in the Crisis unit of the hosp.
The medicines change very little with him, sometimes surprised that he is the same in 4 days he spent in Crisis unit. His hair test indicates he is not low in Zinc or high in copper. I believe I had the correct test done to show his histamine was within range.
He is talks to himself in about 3 voices, answers back too. He is very uncooperative with everything. I pay him to take the supplements, but cannot get him or afford to pay him more than 1 times a day. Any suggestions
Thanks, Beverly from Miami Florida"
01/02/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "I would approach the schizophrenia from a spiritual angle. Find a shaman, someone with spiritual vision, an intuitive etc. Try a few to see if they can detect spiritual related problem. There is a book called psychic defense by Dion Fortune. Some people are born as sensitives and they can have all sorts of health problems because of it. Health in this realm is generally approached from the purely physical. Health problems can also come from the spiritual realm side too but that is generally ignored. Humans are made up of physical and spiritual parts."
01/02/2014: Lola from London replies: "Slim, check for an excess of Pyroles by ordering a urine test. It sounds like he may have pyolyria. Check out the mood cure by Julia Ross, or depression free naturally."
01/02/2014: Jillery from North America replies: "Check the book Nutrition Power by Dr. Walsh. My shrink suggested it to me (uses diet and supplements only). There is a chapter in there about Schizophrenia. I hope this is helpful."
01/03/2014: Graham from Uk replies: "Please google Dr Abrahm Hoffer and his use of Vitamin B3 Niacin (must use the type that gives the flush).
I have used this with my mother when she was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and the results were nothing short of miraculous.
You will also find a lot of information on this site about Schizophrenia and Vitamin B3.
My thoughts are with you and your son."
01/03/2014: Thehandyman1947 from Ohio replies: "http://alternativementalhealth.com/articles/pyroluria.htm. Hope this helps"
08/03/2009: Alan from Amsterdam, Holland: "Hi, To those who hear voices, place a soundrecorder or microphone close to your head. Play back what you've recorded, and you may hear the same voices, amplification may be needed. I have discovered they're entities, I got the voices after some EVP sessions, saying exactly the same words on the pc as in my head. The world must know, don't expect answers from science, they'll never accept a supernatural explanation, people must figure this out themselves."Replies
09/27/2009: Schzophonic from Davie, Florida replies: "I did that with my brother but he not only hears the voices but everyone else does too."
12/18/2010: Nivre from West Covina, Ca replies: "Your comments may be true, but they don't help and science is not interested in finding out."
09/24/2011: Joseph from Lajolla, Ca replies: "A mixture of copper, gold, and magnesium to mute the "psychosis". Google "metallic ear plugs"."
02/01/2012: Max Power from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "Lol, don't stop taking your meds dude..."
02/27/2008: Lisanna from St Catharines, Canada: "I liked the bio Dawn shared with us about her awfull ordeal with SZ . It was concise simple and practical. Something a layperson could understand or even better by someone with SZ.This is actually the point of my commentary. Dawn mentions her frustration with nobody in the medical community explaining her illness to her. Personally that would terrify me more as well as make me angry. I am an acupuncturist who dated a lovely man with SZ for 15 months. He was medicated relatively stable but obviously unwell. I openly discussed his illness with him asking him more personal questions as well as medical ones. This poor man knew nothing nor did anybody apparently know anything about him. Although on meds voices was very bad making him cautious and isolated. I offered him acupuncture .The results were instant after fist treatment he experienced total silence for the first time in 18 years .Treatment lasted up to 3 to 4 days at time .(Although overjoyed initially adjusting was Hard for him )He continued also with his meds .I also made some minor adjustments to his food habits . Coffee act...he drank up to 18 cups a day. Got him down to 4 .This and the Acupuncture combined stopped the severe tremors he had. We thought they were due to meds but were stressed related. Being a cautious person I was moving slowly to broaden our natural approaches. After 9 months he was inspired and also wanted to do therapy. He changed psychiatrist. On first meeting he seemed so well that this med suggested his diagnosis was grossly overboard. He stated he would take him off meds altogether in the very near future ,and that with counseling his longer term prognosis was very good .Well so many radical' improvements in his physical and mental health including this meds hasty' comments S chose to go right off the meds . It took 3 weeks for him to have a major psychotic episode .The change was so swift he took my advice for only a short time later. By then he was refusing acupuncture claiming I was hypnotizing him hence giving me the power over him to change him so. Things got progressively worse .By Dec he'd had 2 hospitalizations. When released he got worse .The paranoia's escalated for him to a point of terror and rage directed at me .He quite brutally amputated the relationship Dec 21. He blocked my phone number .I did not see him until mid February going to visit him unannounced. I could not stand anymore worrying about him .It was disastrous he is worse. Now the heartbreaking part here is this man had a chance to get well. He was eager to try new things and learn .However me trying to teach him what I could was significantly made less effective by the fact that after more than a year of nearly daily research, I did not find a single article of information on schizophrenia addressed specifically to the actual patient. It seems the allopathic community only share indebt information with each other, and often the very good or recent findings are only available to them via subscription to the site on the condition that you are qualified by their defining standards to do so. As well the information for friends and family are superficial in content. Where is the information for the lay person who needs to learn and is not versed in so much obscure scientific jargon. Myself having a non allopathic degree in medicine still have the fundamentals. I find the recourses difficult and get by continuance cross referring and having to look terminology up. Dawn is right in stating that in her experience often this illness is stigmatized still and far too many suffering clients are treated by far and large as if they were "stupid" .There are many highly intelligent individuals out there afflicted with this tragic illness wanting recourses and finding none. I use the word tragic because the lacking availability of information on their illness and current varied modes of treatment is not shared with them .Resulting in much life long suffering. At best they are maintained whereas a broader field of presented forms of treatment often would make a significant difference in their quality of life. Not withstanding that many patients at moment are benefiting from the pharmaceutical approach, allot more investigation needs to take place on the results of altering biochemical imbalances via nutritional and other alternative methods of medicine. I find myself at moment laughing at my own influencing by the present status quo of mistakenly identifying neutrino as a form of alternative medicine. Mother Nature does shudder and rightly so. The old adage we are what we eat should become more familiar. At the onset all life on earth follows that any organism is dependent on a set of other organisms. Nature takes from nature - humans we can identify ourselves as a part of nature hence the same applies. Yes there is more to be tapped into than what most doctors generally present us with. I would like to see allot more information tailored and directed specifically to those diagnosed with schizophrenia. Easily found straightforward and comprehensive. Written clearly for the patients and the average layperson .Many of us are looking for that. We need to understand what ails us and what treatments are available to us. How they work on our bodies and the possible pros and cons. This would be a huge asset to us .As well as making it easier for us to explain to our practitioners what treatments we have followed and how they affect us. Thanks Dawn for sharing your experience and sentiments with us. I can barely imagine the suffering you went through. I, loving and standing by the side of a wonderful man, clearly suffering in great distress; confused and frustrated by this illness was hard. I cried daily and still do just witnessing the pain I did. Those of us who are personally linked and loving an individual with schizophrenia also need this information. Even after the first psychotic break of my close one, there was a window of opportunity of six weeks where he wanted to educate himself and explore something else he might immediately try. His cognition was still sufficient but his paranoia about me being heightened he did not want to take my word for anything. I would have needed to present him with the official type of information I have mentioned above. The window of opportunity is now closed. We might have been spared allot of lasting grief. There is nothing I can do and this hurts. No one in his environment, family and friends, including his medics are informed either. What will happen? In closing I would like to rally you all into expressing your questions and concerns confidently to the doctors who attend you. This is your right you are bright people that can grasp this and dismiss any ignorant attitudes. Encourage those close to you to do the same. Read the longstanding unrevised Hippocratic Oath. This is your medical community's promise to you on how they will attend to your care and in what spirit. If you are a fractioned reread the unrevised Hippocratic Oath. It is lovely and should inspire you.
Respectfully, Lisanna Garrett D.O.Ac"
Gluten-Free Diet to Cure Schizophrenia
Even psychiatrists are now considering the idea of recommending a gluten-free diet to help patients get control of a schizophrenic condition. Some people have been able to go off their medications thanks to this dietary change!
11/15/2009: E from Bklyn, Ny: "schizophrenia and gluten free: I did hear from a psychologist that trying to be Gluten Free is going to be something that people will be recommended to try."
[YEA] 04/16/2008: Danielle from Bratt, Vermont: "I myself have schizoaffective a type of schizophrenia and I am gluten free. no sugar flour and wheat. when I went back to those foods I was sick very quicly. the diet works well for me. I tend to become overweight also adn decompensate quickly under stress and with the wrong foods. without b-complex vitamins I am also in a bad spot. I try to keep up with everything. I take a b complex, fish oil, green juice and a multi. without the supps I am pretty bad off. I have hallucinations and things like that. delusions. I become very psychotic. I may add that I also need antipsychotic and mood stabilizing meds. currently I do not require an antipsychotic med. I take that where necessary."Replies
[YEA] 04/08/2009: Anonymous from South Pasadena, California replies: "Hi Everyone: I am was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia six years ago. At the time I believed the conspiracy theories out there that the meds for schizophrenia caused your brain to atrophy. Now, I know that studies have proven the opposite, that antipsychotics are essential to preventing or curbing the brain atrophy associated with schizophrenia as it is a degenerative brain disorder. Anyway, at the time, I tried high doses of Niacin and b-complex and magnesium, all to no avail. The only thing which took away the voices was antipsychotics. Unfortunately, they didn't take away all of the voices. As time went on, I realized that gluten made my fibromyalgia symptoms flair something terrible so I stopped eating all gluten. Around that time, the residual voices my meds weren't taking care of went away. So, now... after reading about gluten on this site I wonder if the gluten free diet helped with my voices.
BTW: I also eat large quantities of soy and estrogen has been proven to help women sz's. As I'm sure many of you know, soy is estrogenic. Now, I only hear one or two words every six months to a year and they are not nerve wracking like before. I am so grateful. Unfortunately, I get very fatigued between the sz meds and pain of fibro. Luckily, I discovered by accident really that taking 2,000 mg of B-12 and 2,000 mg of Inositol a day along with 600 mg of B-6 helps the fatigue to the point where I nap for about half of the time to no time on a good day. I will also say that for women taking antipsychotics you may find that you are producing a little breast milk. B-6 helps with this a little if you take 300-600 mg a day. Talk to a doctor first though as high doses of B-6 are linked to possible neuropothy. I will also say that if you have akathisia from the meds, (a movement disorder which causes you too pace and shake feet and fidget)... Stopping all caffeine took that away for me. Thank G-d for the meds and thank G-d for having discovered these few things which help with some of the side effects. Also, I started taking Armour a natural thyroid medication to deal with weight gain associated with the meds. I'm not necessarily advocating this though because it can lead to osteoporosis eventually if you get into the hyperthyroid range.
Hope this helps someone.
04/10/2009: Anonymous from South Pasadena, California replies: "P.S. I was tested for celiac disease a while ago and the test was negative. So, you can't say all schizophrenics are celiacs. I do happen to have a sensitivity to gluten though, pain wise. I will also say that the gluten free diet alone isn't sufficient to keep voices at bay... I absolutely need medicine and I believe this may be the case with many if not all sz's as the medicines minimizes the brain damage the disease itself causes even if many other things can be treated naturally. In other words, in my case a gluten free diet and b vitamins couldn't cure me but the diet might have helped. All the best.
[YEA] 03/06/2006: Mary from Nevada City, CA: "This helped a young man I know of. There is research coming out on this. Many or most schizophrenics are also celiac - but they don't know it. I also have another friend who's brother was homeless in NY and later committed suicide. The family was able to stay in touch with him somewhat (a caring family) - Somehow they learned (possibly from medical records after his death, I don't know) - that he was also celiac. I am sure he did not follow the gluten free diet. It would be nearly impossible as a homeless person. A very reliable web site on the latest research is www.celiac.com (please don't edit out the web site! It is similar to this site - it is there to help people!)
Not all celiacs are schizophrenic - in fact only very few are - but the reverse case is that all or nearly all schizophrenics may be celiac. This can cause severe vitamin and mineral deficiencies because the small intestine is damaged - so in the schizophrenic cases it must be the areas of the intestine that would take in nutrients for the brain"Replies
[YEA] 01/17/2009: Jodi from Tampa, Florda replies: "Schizophrenia and celiac disease: I just listened to Nutrition & Behavior: A Lecture By Russell Blaylock, MD (you can buy it on his website Russellblaylock.com).
He cited a study of schizophrenics who had gluten and gliadin removed from their diet and were 100% recovered. When the gluten and gliadin were reintroduced to their diet they became schizophrenic and had to be hospitalized again."
Andrew from Long Beach: "I don't see what Celiac cure has to do at all with trying to help a person with Schizophrenia. This Celiac should be reclassified and taken off a Schizophrenia natural cure thread because there is none as far as we know"Replies
[YEA] 07/01/2008: K.A. from New Jersey, USA replies: "Actually, this comment is what should be taken off this board. The identification of Celiac Disease as a causative agent in Schizophrenia has already been well-established by mainstream medicine, though not adequately explored as of yet. You can't "Nay" something just because you, in your infinite wisdom, decided that your MD-lacking personal opinions, inability to shift a few fingers and do a 5 second search on Google, and having not tried this remedy as a patient yourself, all somehow qualify you to offer up formal votes negating the remedy--y'know, because you PERSONALLY don't like it though you couldn't know any less about the topic. Seems reasonable to me!"
11/11/2008: Traderjosie from Maricopa, AZ replies: "I strongly agree, this comment should be removed. It has no place here."
07/10/2013: Leah from Philly, Pa: "Hello, I'm reading a book by Harold Foster on alternative treatments for schizophrenia. There are different forms of the illness and therefore different nutritional approaches. The main concern is that, while there are definitely genetic aspects of the disease, these can be mitigated through early nutritional support and social support. A low sugar diet, low allergy diet such as paleo (no grains, no dairy) plus a high intake of antioxidants and B3 niacin, and B12, should show improvement if not remission. See more in the full book here: http://www.hdfoster.com/sites/hdfoster.com/files/users/user10/WhatReallyCausesSchizophreniawithp54.pdf"Replies
07/10/2013: Prioris from Fort Pierce, Fl, Usa replies: "I don't have this condition so can't speak too much about it. I wonder if at least a subset of so called schizophrenics that hear voices may have heightened aspects of psychic abilities and they are actually experiencing the ability to read thoughts of other people and / or spirits in communication. Maybe also there may be other spirits residing within themselves. I would go to some good quality shamans and psychics to investigate a different perspective."
01/02/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn: "From the Townsend Letter
It was nearly 60 years ago when Abram Hoffer and his colleagues began curing schizophrenia with niacin. While some physicians are still waiting, those who have used niacin with patients and families know the immense practical value of what Dr. Hoffer discovered. Abram Hoffer's life has not merely changed the face of psychiatry. He has changed the course of medicine for all time. His 30 books, 600 scientific papers, and thousands of cured patients have yet to convince orthodox medicine.... http://www.townsendletter.com/Nov2009/hoffer1109.html
10/27/2012: Nancy from West Orange, Nj: "I read that on Ted's advice a reader was able to cure schizophrenic thoughts. I have schizophrenia and I'm currently on 3mg Halodol. I also have depression so I'm 5mg of Lexapro. I would like to get off of them. What should I take and How should I go about doing this. Never mind the depression I just want to get off the Halodol. Will the niacinamide work for delusions and hallucinations?"Replies
10/28/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky replies: "Nancy: Imho most doctors "over-prescribe" medications and patients are left w/ excessive negative side -effects. I would set my first goal of reducing the mg's of your meds by 50%. This is a much more realistic goal compared to getting totally off, but that's a good intent.
There are different forms of Niacin and I don't know which is best for Schizo but you will find the answers here somewhere and probably get some additional replies.
Consider the amino acid Taurine as it is very beneficial for the brain, and has a calming effect on the nervous system. Another amino to consider is SAM-e, a great mood lifter and liver aid.
Find some good Harmonic Music especially for extreme conditions like you have. There are 3 kinds: 1) Binaural 2) Monaural 3) Isochronic. The music tones have very specific actions on the brainwave frequency thereby balancing the neurology by frequency alone. Many web-sites available. YouTube has many sample vids/music from these creators and vendors for any specific condition. You will need headphones to utilize this technology.
Lastly, there are several herbs and herbal formulas that are beneficial to the nervous system. Herbs like Valerian, Passion Flower, Hops, Chinese Skullcap. One homeopathic nervine I have always been fond of is the Hylands brand Calms Forte'.
Hope this helps and good luck."
10/28/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nancy, read up on Abraham Hoffer and also Linus Pauling for schizo. Google them. When you do get off the medicines, do so s-l-o-w-l-y, diminishing LITTLE by LITTLE."
10/29/2012: Bill from San Fernando, Philippines replies: "Hi Nancy... Abram Hoffer cured thousands of people who had shizophrenia in his lifetime using larger dose niacin or niacinamide. He normally recommended a protocol that used between 3 grams and 10 grams of niacin/niacinamide together with daily B50 complex, higher dose Vitamin C, higher dose lugols iodine, Selenium, Magnesium and zinc. Abram Hoffer also records that he had, on occasion, to use daily dosages of up to 30 grams of niacin to help cure schizophrenics. He also believed that schizophrenia could be caused by niacin deficiency for two basic reasons.
First -- schizophrenia and depression can be caused simply by a diet defficiency due to a lack of B vitamins and particularly niacin in the diet. Secondly, he believed schizophrenia could also be caused by a permanent genetic aberration that made the processing of niacin in the body pathways inefficient -- requiring lifelong larger dosages of niacin/niacinamide to normalze the brain in order to cure the schizophrenia. Abram Hoffer referred to this kind of niacin problem as a lifelong niacin dependency. All this and more is described in his wonderful book Niacin: The Real Story -- which I have just read.
Dr Orian Truss also records how he discovered that lugols iodine, in larger dosage, could also be used to cure schizophrenia as well as depression because of the possibility of the psychological and physiological effects of candida infestation and candida fungal metabolites -- poisonous aflatoxins and mycotoxins -- acting upon the brain. See this link:
Truss wrote a book called Candida: The Missing Diagnosis which is a diamond of a book. In it he describes the many facets of candida symptoms, the inability of modern medicine to diagnose let alone treat candida successfully and he also describes not only the physiological effects but also the mental effects of candida infestation of the body -- which can be considerable."
11/03/2012: Nancy from West Orange, Nj replies: "What are the dosages for the supplements? Can you help me Ted? I need to know how much to take of the niacin, selenium, magnesium, vitamin c, b-complex, and iodine."
07/09/2011: Earl from Brantford, Ontario, Canada: "Hi, I am a little perplexed. My son was diagnosed with this disease 6 years ago. He is now 26. He is on medication but it doesn't seem to be working. He drinks heavily and smokes about 2 packs a day. He is scaring me to the point I fear for his life. He says he sees aliens all the time and one day he won't be around because they will take him. Then he immediately jumps into if I am still alive that is. I tried talking with his pyschiatrist but with the laws on privacy they won't talk to me. Is there something I can do? I would like for him to try the vitamin d and niacinimine. But I don't know if he would take it. He is also keeping food stored in a closet because the end of the world is coming. Please let me know what I can do to help him cope with this disease or beat it."Replies
07/10/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Earl, please read this article.
In 1952, Abram Hoffer, PhD, MD, had just completed his psychiatry residency. What's more, he had proven, with the very first double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in the history of psychiatry, that vitamin B-3 could cure schizophrenia.
Niacin I think is also good for alcoholics. Search on the below website.
Please let us know if this helps your son.
Also vitamin C mixed with water and sprayed into the mouth when you feel a craving will stop cravings for cigarettes."
07/11/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Earl, Is there a support group near you (one for relatives & friends) that you can get some support for yourself? To be able to continue to help your son you need someone to talk to, even just for a bit of encouragement for you when times are tougher, which they obviously are now. Whilst the law prevents your son's psychiatrist from discussing him with you, you can consult another psychiatrist to help you, providing they are not involved with your son's treatment plan. If you can find one that is in orthomolecular psychiatry that would be better, then you may even encourage your son to see them. Or you could see a caring professional re your situation, this can be a natural therapist, nurse or Dr who has some experience in this field.
The medication that your son is on sounds like it is no longer working for him or it may be that he is no longer taking it (do you ever see the empty bottle/packet). Sometimes their voice/s tell them to stop taking it. Medications can be very useful in the acute stages, but long term it can poison the system. If your son is living with you and eating at home try to have a very nutritious diet. No white (processed) foods especially sugar. Processed foods deplete our nutrients. You are on the right track regarding B-3 (singularly the best for this with Vit C) and other nutrients especially brain nutrients like fish oils. Here is a link to a Dr in the UK to look at along with the link that Debbie gave you.
Your son's drinking & smoking can be cravings for B-3. Addictions to alcohol, cigarettes & sugar are not uncommon. Whilst food hoarding is not common it does happen. I have seen the results of a locked cupboard with only fresh food stored in it for a month or two! If he does have B-3, ALWAYS start with smaller doses first and build up. He will also need a complete B as well. On the web site there are other nutrients that are needed. If you can talk with him about taking supplements then do so. First I would research them and work out which ones you can do before talking with him. I suggest choosing a time when he is more coherent (I mean when his conversation is in reality) if possible. Earl many people have had great success with nutrient therapy, so it is worth the hassle to pursue.
Music therapy can also be of help for your son and I might add for you also as if you are stressed and hassled it can aggravate your son. If you have not already done so read the EC schizophrenic page, especially the link from Joyce re Dr Hoffer
Some other links: http://www.4optimallife.com/Alternative-Medicines-Cures-For-Schizophrenia-Mental-Illness.html
Not sure if this one is of any help but they are at least in Canada and they may be worth contacting. http://www.nmrc.ca/pages/SCHIZOPHRENIA.cfm
All the best, Maria"
07/20/2011: Naresh H from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India replies: "Hi. Please visit watercure2.org. Click on Schizophrenia cure under testimonials. Hopefully that will help. Good luck to you and your son."
08/17/2011: Biogirl from Salt Lake, Ut replies: "In direct response to Andrew who does not see a link between Celiacs and Schizophrenia. I am a biologist very interested in medicine and will try to explain the possible link. Celiacs causes inflammation, deteriation and damage of the intestinal tract. The intestinal tract is where our bodies absorb nutrients, vitamins, etc. These precursors are then used by the body to produce all the multitudes of chemicals that our bodies require to function properly including brain chemicals. If the intestinal tract is damaged then it is almost without a doubt going to cause all kinds of problems because the precursors can not be absorbed that are required in this case to create normal chemistry in the brain. The brain is a very sensitive organ that requires just the right balance in chemicals and glucose to keep it functioning correctly. It does not take much and in certain individuals for this balance to be disrupted. There has been much research linking mental illness with digestive disorders that create malabsorbtive syndromes. Hope you can understand why celiacs is being looked at for having a connection with schiz. Its all biochemical really."
08/29/2011: Mona from Irvington, Nj replies: "To Earl, please, admit that your son is little out of control. Living in Western world, you almost can't see his other natural treatment, 'cause there are laws and regulations. I have same experienced like you, so I know exactly what you are saying. There is a GOOD DOCTOR IN INDIA, where I live now, and my son is getting better there. But I do have guardianship, so I can have some control over my son's health. You also need this to save your son from. You can contact with me or directly search the name of doctor Ratan Singh, in Jaipur, India, who is saving my son's life. My son is your son's age and he is having same things. Living in Western world, you can't give him vitamins, 'cause he will through them away. So I did not have any choice and now he is doing much better with orthomolecular treatment. I hope that will help you too."
09/05/2011: Majid from Mumbai, Maharashtra replies: "To Mona from Irvington,
Can you pls give the details of Dr. Ratan Singh. Need it for my bro who is suffering from schizophrenia since last ten years. He is on multiple medicines but never got better.
12/17/2011: Kes from Mumbai, India replies: "Hello: My sister has been suffering with paranoid schizophrenia since 18 or 19 years of age. Will appreciate any resources in India we could approach to get her help.
Mona from Irvington or Majid from Mumbai please let me know your experiences. You can email me.
Any information is much appreciated."
12/17/2011: Tina from Houston, Us replies: "Hi,
Please look into pranic healers in your area who can most definitely help with mental issues. Good luck, T"
12/18/2011: Todd from Denver, Colorado replies: "Two thoughts -
One - just read a book called "Wheat Belly" which ties wheat consumption to schizophrenia Try a wheat free diet.
Two - look at a recently recognized malady called Pyroluria. This is a blood condition when hemoglobin production creates a byproduct which blocks certain receptors. The condition can be diagnosed by testing and is remedied by increased Vitamin B6 and Zinc - I think liquid form is better.
I have worked in mental health and know what a tough road folks with schizophrenia have.... good luck."
12/27/2011: Faith from Forest Park, Ohio replies: "It is A DIGESTIVE DISORDER... Basically, food is fermenting in the stomach so the bacteria is getting past the blood brain barrier causing the mental illness. Read Gut and Psychology and that will explain it, but A HIGH FAT MEAT and coconut oil diet will help greatly. First do an elimination diet like GAP then slowly add a food in one at a time and journal how you feel. Basically, undigested proteins are causing what I call brain allergies."
01/17/2012: Monna from Brooklyn, Nyc, Usa replies: "To majid and kes, please, contact jimi_han2002(at)yahoo.com or skype me on sittulmonna or call @917-753-8618. Dr. Ratan Singh is trying to establish an orthomolecular clinic to treat schizophrenia. We all should be get involved."
02/24/2012: Fara from Toronto, Canada replies: "My friend's son is suffering from SZ for about 8 years. I found Dr Hoffer 's treatment on internet and the patient started orthomolecular treatment 8 months ago and regularly took the vitamins and Niacin. Her mother paid so much to buy for him vitamins every week. But he ended up with suicide and admitted in hosital for few months. We didn't see any changes of cure on him at all. Sometimes I think this kind of treatment is made up or supported by supplements manufacturers."
04/21/2012: Ema from Creston, Bc replies: "In regards to Doctor Hoffer he states that people who have had the condition for a while(more than a couple years) will take longer to respond (years for some people) he also recommends that is be used B3 that is with their current meds allowing time to work before reducing.. Lots of information to be absorbed not a quick fix.. The B3 has helped my son but the medication interferes the key to it all is to slowly reduce away the psych meds."
[YEA] 03/06/2014: Eliex2 from Miami, Fl replies: "TAKE THESE:
Schizophrenia is a severe Mental Disorder but here are the substances that have been shown to help
Cysteine may alleviate some cases of Schizophrenia & Glycine may reduce the severity of Schizophrenia. Methionine may alleviate Schizophrenia where Schizophrenia is caused by excess Histamine.
Schizophrenia may occur as a result of Folic Acid deficiency. The Nicotinic Acid form of Vitamin B3 (3,000 mg per day) may alleviate Schizophrenia (such as Adrenochrome) within the Brain similar to Mescaline and LSD).
Vitamin B6 may alleviate Schizophrenia. Vitamin C (10 - 20 grams per day) Low levels of Vitamin D.
DON'T Take any of these:
Arginine, Glutamic Acid, L-Dopa, Methionine, Tyrosine, Caffeine among others."