Schizophrenia - a biochemical problem

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I do not get much opportunity to treat schizophrenia because patients are whisked off by the psychiatrists and brain washed into believing that drugs are the only answer. Certainly drugs work well to control the acute symptoms, but there is so much in the nutritional literature about schizophrenia that there are some things which must be tried in all cases.

What is Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a clinical picture, i.e. a group of symptoms which may have many causes. Depression and Anxiety - diagnosis and treatment are commonly found as a prelude to and accompanying schizophrenia. If these symptoms are also tackled by the ecological approach, then there is great potential to do good. Schizophrenics are natural addicts and, indeed, relapses are often triggered by addiction. By this I do not just mean recreational drugs. I also mean sugar and refined carbohydrates. See Hypoglycaemia - the full story. Poor or disordered ability to think clearly is often a feature and sufferers may benefit from interventions for Brain fog - poor memory, difficulty thinking clearly etc

Diagnosing schizophrenia

See Wikipedia:Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is biochemical

What makes it clear to me that schizophrenia is a biochemical disorder is a skin test. When ordinary people take niacin, it makes them flush. Many schizophrenics do not. See

Furthermore, first degree relatives may have minor abnormalities of this test - as in the first linked study above. The problem is in the cell membranes. The cause of this difference is thought to be due to essential fatty acids.

A test has been developed to demonstrate this - the skin flush test - and is one of the first to demonstrate a biochemical defect in schizophrenics, i.e. this is a physical not a mental illness, affecting the whole body, not just the brain. See

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