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Schizophrenia


 

(Paranoiac, Catatonic, Hebephrenic Dementia Precox)

Symptoms – Principal signs are moodiness, solitary habits, stupor and excitement, delusions and hallucinations.

Hallucinations are common, especially of hearing. Loss of emotion or, if shown, it is out of place. Actions are absent or inappropriate. There may be impulsive destructive acts and negativism. Extremities tend to be cold, blue, and edimatous (puffy and fluid). Conscious, but takes little cognizance of what is going on about him. Delusions frequent but absurd, often of grandeur and persecution. May have attacks of tears or laughter. There may be exited activity. May remain in stupor. Grimaces and mannerisms are frequent. Symptoms sometimes change form.

Schizophrenia affects about 3% of the population at some time in their lives.

Causes – This is the most important of the psychoses, and is characterized by a loss of contact with the environment and a disintegration of personality. The earlier name for it was dementia precox.

There are four primary types. A vague sense of being personalities and “changed” occurs in all types:

  1. Simple schizophrenia: The person becomes dull emotionally, loses ambition, and tends to withdraw; Yet there is no serious intellectual impairment.
  2. Paranoid schizophrenia: The person develops extensive delusions of persecution. He believes people are plotting against him.
  3. Catatonic schizophrenia: The person may show stereotyped excitement or simulate a stupor. But, if he recovers later, he will clearly remember it.
  4. Hebephrenic schizophrenia: There are mannerisms, speech anomalies, hysteroid symptoms, delusions, hallucinations, and often a dreamy, ineffectual reaction.

Some believe schizophrenia is hereditary; others think that only attitudinal, dietetic, and external factors lead to it (head injuries, complications during birth reaction to a virus or medicinal drug, environmental poisons).

A wide range of medicinal drugs can produce schizoid symptoms. It is known that many schizophrenics had birth complications or a head injury in childhood.

Being born in the winter in cities is more likely to produce schizophrenia. The lack of good nutrition of the mother and child is the likely cause.

NATURAL REMEDIES

When using orthodox psychiatric treatment, complete recovery is rare. The orthodox methods use various tranquilizers, all with severe side effects. These include electroconvulsive shock therapy and psychotherapy. Orthodox remedial substances deplete many essential vitamins, are highly toxic, damage brain tissue, and should be avoided.

Solutions are more likely when using natural remedies.

MINERALS AND HEAVY METAL POISONING

  • Schizophrenia is linked to a excess of copper in the body. High copper levels cause vitamin C and zinc levels to drop.
  • It is believed that zinc deficiency may be a key factor inducing schizophrenia. A full 80% of those with this disorder have a deficiency of zinc and an excess of copper and iron in their body tissues. Supplementation of zinc (30 mg) and manganese (25 mg) are needed to correct this. Zinc deficiencies occur more frequently in the winter; and this is when this disorder frequently begins. It is now known that some individuals, who later in life are schizophrenic, had a prenatal zinc deficiency from their mother’s diet and way of life. The pineal gland in the brain normally has high levels of zinc; and weakening of this endocrine gland may be the factor.
  • Magnesium deficiency may also be involved, since schizophrenics have lower magnesium levels in their blood; when they recover from it, their magnesium levels are higher.
  • An excess of lead or mercury in the body can also induce schizophrenic symptoms

DIET AND NUTRIENTS

  • Eat a high-fibre diet, including plenty of fresh raw vegetables and quality protein. Complex carbohydrates in the diet are important for a normal blood sugar level/
  • High quality food should be eaten. Mineral and trace mineral imbalances exist in schizophrenics. A nourishing diet, along with vitamin/mineral supplementation is needed.
  • Severe vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency (pellagra), with its characteristics such as nervousness, loss of memory, confusion, paranoia, insomnia, depression, and hallucinations – resembles schizophrenia so closely, that the two disorders probably are the same. Here is an interesting fact: When experiments were made on prisoners who were given no niacin for extended periods of time before they were again given normal diets, it required 60 times as much niacin to return them to normal in order to prevent pellagra.
  • Go on a fruit and vegetable juice diet for a time. This will provide vitamins and minerals while keeping the blood sugar normal during the fast. Repeat short juice fasts or one longer juice fast for 4-6 weeks. Overly sweet fruit juice should be avoided or diluted 50-50 with water.
  • During this fasting time, give massive doses in the form of niacinamide (1.000-3,000 mg with each meal; often as much as 25,000-30,000 mg per day). An equal amount of vitamin C, B vitamins (especially pantothenic acid), and 3-5 Tbsp. Of brewer’s yeast should be given. Repeat: do not give massive doses of niacin; instead, give niacinamide.
  • After recovery, a large daily dose of niacinamide will have to be continued indefinitely.
  • Severe deficiencies of other B complex vitamins can also produce schizoid symptoms. Severe B12 deficiency caused difficulty in concentration , poor memory, agitation, hallucinations, and manic or paranoid behaviour.
  • Biotin deficiency causes depression, lassitude’ panic attacks and hallucinations.
  • Faulty essential fatty acid deficiency or metabolism is another factor leading to schizophrenia. The remedy is 2-6 Tbsp. Of flaxseed oil in divided doses, given daily. Wheat germ oil or sunflower seed oil works just as effectively.
  • Hypoglycemia appears to be frequently involved in schizophrenia. A good blood sugar level is vital. If oxygen is going to be regularly provided to the brain. Yet it is believed that an undersupply of oxygen is a key factor inducing the disorder.

AVOID

  • Avoid all processed, junk, and fried foods. Do not use white flour or sugary foods. Stop eating meat. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine.
  • Schizophrenia is rare in areas of the world where little or no cereal grains are used; but it is more frequent where wheat, rye, or barley are common. Celiac disease is especially caused by infants being fed wheat before six months of age. Schizophrenia is more common in celiacs. When a gluten-free diet brought improvement to celiac symptoms, the mental problems improved also (gluten in wheat protein). Milk protein (lactose) increases the deleterious effects of wheat gluten in some celiac. In one study, schizophrenics placed on a milk-and cereal-free diet were released from the hospital in half the time. Gluten was found to be the key factor.
  • A 1982 study noted that 80% of schizophrenics were allergic to eggs.
  • Caffeine worsens symptoms of schizophrenia.

Encouragement – Serving Christ will place upon you no restriction that will not increase your happiness. In complying with His requirements, you will find a peace, contentment, and enjoyment that you can never have in the path of sin. Psalm 31:20.

This extract was taken from “Natural Remedies Encyclopedia”, (Heritage Edition 2004), Harvestime Books, - Pages 500-501