Vitamin balance key to treating Schizophrenia

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TORONTO, Mar 9, 2009 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Naturopaths urge dietary awareness as part of Schizophrenia treatment.

Naturopathic doctors and those who practice Orthomolecular Medicine are urging Canadians to be mindful of their diets to help treat the symptoms of schizophrenia. One in every one hundred Canadians, or 300,000 people, are diagnosed with schizophrenia, a very complex mental disorder which can affect a person physically, mentally and emotionally. It can change the way a person hears, sees, tastes, thinks and feels.

At present, the origins of the disease are unknown, however it is believed the illness is caused by a biochemical imbalance. Neurologically speaking, schizophrenia is believed to be caused by a communication breakdown between nerve cells.

Some studies have shown that the predisposition to schizophrenia is inherited, and although there is little one can do about genetic factors that might lead to the onset of schizophrenia, nutritional modifications might help to enhance quality of life and slow down the progression of the disease.

According to research by Dr. Abram Hoffer, a psychiatrist with a lifetime of work and practice in the field of mental health, many people with schizophrenia have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and allergies. The most common food allergies found in individuals with schizophrenia are sugars, dairy products and wheat.

Hoffer believes orthomolecular treatment is effective in 80 per cent or more of schizophrenia patients and is the best treatment developed so far. An orthomolecular approach to treating schizophrenia looks at a person's individual biochemistry, nutrient deficiency, and diet, as well as allergies and toxins.

"As a naturopathic doctor, I recommend an orthomolecular approach to preventing schizophrenia," said Dr. Jonathan Prousky, naturopathic doctor and expert advisor to Orthomolecular Health. "It's a science-based approach to healing the body which helps prevent the onset of illness by giving the body the nutrients it needs." Literally translated, orthomolecular means "right molecule" and what's right will differ for every individual.

Orthomolecular practitioners use nutrition plans customized to the health needs of individuals to ensure a diet has the appropriate amount of vitamins and nutrients required to prevent the onset of illness or to treat existing illnesses and imbalances. In the treatment of schizophrenia, an orthomolecular practitioner will typically prescribe a special diet along with vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin B3 in accordance with the individual needs of the patient.

For more information on orthomolecular medicine including how orthomolecular therapy works for schizophrenia, how it can cure disease, how orthomolecular treatment can be used in conjunction with prescription drugs, and a list of orthomolecular practitioners please visit: www.

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Orthomolecular Health educates the public and health professionals on the benefits and practice of the orthomolecular approach to health. It is dedicated to the advancement of orthomolecular medicine in Canada and internationally.

SOURCE: Orthomolecular Health