What and Why?
In a neurotic mental illness you are aware how your emotional reactions to stress are exaggerated and out of control; in psychosis you are more likely to think everybody else is disturbed. Schizophrenia is the commonest psychosis affecting young people, in which part of your mind keeps its bearings and part is out of touch. You may hear voices or see visions from outside material reality and not realize the distinction.
Many ’sane’ people have similar psychic or other-worldly experiences but know the difference and keep it to themselves. Your mental behaviour may not in itself be extraordinary and may take a wide variety of forms. Your real disturbance hinges on inability to regulate your thoughts and maintain a consistent and orderly view of the world.
Since at one time many victims of this disorder spent all their adult life in hospital, the invention of effective drugs revolutionized its outlook — even though they may leave your mind dull and confused. Drugs, however, brought doctors no nearer to understanding its cause, except to recognize how strongly it runs in families. This does not mean that schizophrenia is inherited, however: medical sociologists have independently shown how closely it associates with the mental and social background against which you grew up.
The most promising development this century took place at the Brain Bio Centre in Princeton, New Jersey in 1971. A patient called Sara made a dramatic and complete recovery from schizophrenia after intensive nutritional treatment. Dr Carl Pfeiffer went on to characterize three main chemical types of the disease.
A half of all its victims lack histamine, a chemical messenger in your brain; these people have too much copper and too little folic acid, and are the most likely to have extraordinary perceptions such as paranoia and hallucinations.
A fifth have the opposite problem — too much histamine, with low stocks of copper — and are inclined to suicidal depressions.
The remainder (30%) have an inherited metabolic defect called pyroluria, which makes them short of zinc and Vitamin B6.
Correction of these imbalances can set matters right within 5-10 days, in Pfeiffer’s experience covering hundreds of cases. Medical recognition is long overdue.
What can I do?
Advice to maximise and maintain your health
1. Whether or not your doctor is prepared to cooperate in all this, do keep him informed of your efforts and set out by asking his advice about them. He can prescribe a lot of the supplements under the National Health Service and may be able to refer you to an appropriate NHS specialist.
2. Make contact with the Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain and read the literature they distribute.
3. Adopt the diet for health, avoiding meat and peanuts which reduce your stocks of an essential fatty acid. Follow the principles set out for hypoglycaemia.
4. Take supplements of Zinc 60mg (or preferably two tablets of food-state Zinc 15mg) and Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 1000mg daily for one month. This will cure pyroluria and does no harm if that is not your problem. Do not continue longer on this dose of Vitamin B6 without expert professional guidance.
5. If this fails, check your symptoms against Pfeiffer’s classification and act accordingly:-
- Paranoia, over-excitement, hallucinations and delusions suggest insufficient brain histamine. Take two food-state Zinc tablets and four food-state Manganese tablets daily together with food-state Vitamin B6 25mg (4 tablets), food-state Vitamin C 250mg (2 tablets) and two bionatured Multimineral tablets. Vitamins B3 (Niacin) 250mg, B12 (Hydroxocobalamin) 100 microg and Folic Acid 2mg daily complete the programme. You may improve well initially, then become depressed; stop the Zinc and Manganese.
- Depressions and suicidal thoughts suggest you have too much brain histamine. You need the help of a Clinical Ecologist or specialist in Orthomolecular Medicine, if you can find one and afford private fees: very few operate within the NHS. Otherwise, if you really want to persevere, attempt the measures which follow.
6. Try a gluten-free and milk-free diet simultaneously for a month, which means avoiding wheat, barley, oats and rye plus everything that originates from the cow — including beef, suet, stock cubes and the small print in packet foods. Only go beyond a month with the aid of a nutritionist or dietician.
7. Add to your supplements Essential Fatty Acids like Evening Primrose Oil 500mg and food-state Vitamin C 250mg, three times daily. Two each of Efavite and Efamol three times daily were formulated to satisfy all these requirements. The amino-acid L-Cysteine Hydrochloride (1.5gm daily) may overcome a block in your use of Vitamin B6, or your shedding of excess copper.
8. With reasonable luck you will find someone and some combination of these measures to help you. Be methodical and determined and keep on believing in yourself.