Nutritional & Orthomolecular medicine for Mental Illness
Mental Illness

See: Nutritional Medicine

Urgent Appeal from an Orthomolecular Psychiatric Survivor: Vitamin Access Threatened Globally By John C. Hammell

[News target June 2006] Fish oils treat ADHD better than prescription drugs, study shows

The FDA Ban of L-Tryptophan: Politics, Profits and Prozac By: Dean Wolfe Manders, Ph.D.

Orthomolecular Psychiatry by Linus Pauling, Ph.D.

Clinical Depression ... a Biochemical Problem by Charlotte Gerson, President, The Gerson Institute

"I tell patients that tranquilizers alone never cure anyone. They merely reduce the intensity of the symptoms and make life slightly more endurable. They create a better behaved, chronic dependent person. Only with orthomolecular treatment can the majority of schizophrenic patients hope to become well and normally independent."---Abram Hoffer, M.D.

"Orthomolecular treatment does not lend itself to rapid drug-like control of symptoms, but….patients get well to a degree not seen by tranquilizer therapists who believe orthomolecular therapists are prone to exageration. Those who’ve see the results are astonished."---Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.

"Omega 3 deficiency symptoms: growth retardation, vision & learning problems, motor inco-ordination, weakness, tingling in arms & legs, behavioural changes. All except the first are symptoms used to diagnose MS."—Udo Erasmus, author Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill. (lecture).

"We were using niacin and niacinamide before the new psychiatric drugs entered the North American market. Our results were better and safer but we had no one to support us. While drug results were more often more dramatic,  they were also much more dangerous. Eventually, it turned out that drugs, while helping in the short run and used in small doses, in the long run stopped the process of recovery long before the patients became well, and  froze them into a chronic semi-invalid state from which they can not recover as long as they remain on the medication.
    "Today, 47 years later, orthomolecular vitamin treatment is still relatively unknown. The use of drugs is world wide and sanctioned by powerful drug interests, the professional associations and governments. It seems not to matter that huge numbers of patients are being denied their chance for full recovery...... niacin has not been fenced in and the treatment has indeed been trampled on for the past 40 years by the galloping hordes of professional establishments, the American Psychiatric Association, governments, the FDA , the National Institutes of Mental Health, and by nearly every health-professional organization. It is a wonder that there are any orthomolecular doctors at all. ---Abram Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D.

External links
Dr Hoffer, M.D

OrthoNet & Journal of Orthomolecular medicine

Anxiety Disorders, Phobias, and Depression by Gary Null

Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D. , Abram