- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: University Books; 1st edition (1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0821600044
- ISBN-13: 978-0821600047
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,141,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to live with schizophrenia Hardcover – 1974
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From the Back Cover
This book is addressed to the general public, to report an important breakthrough in medicine and psychiatry.
Working with other scientists, the authors have established that Schizophrenia is basically a physical illness caused by disturbances in the biochemical balance of the body, and that this is determined by genetic disposition.
Evidence has accumulated that Schizophrenia may be due to a defective adrenal metabolism which results in production of a subtle poison in the blood of its victims. In varying degree, from mild to shattering, this Schizophrenic toxin interferes with normal brain function and creates bizarre disturbances and changes in perception, mood, and thought.
Drs. Hoffer and Osmond have discovered a new therapy for Schizophrenia which relies on a single, harmless, and highly effective vitamin-- Vitamin B-3, also known as Niacin, Nicotine Acid or Nicotinamide. Massive doses-- 3,000 Milligrams per day, or several hundred times the normal dietary requirement-- successfully counteract the Schizophrenic Toxin.
This powerful and safe vitamin is also useful in treating depression, children with learning disorders and for many cases of senility.
In clear, simple language, the noted doctors cut through the confussion, misconception and myths that have surrounded Schizophrenia, obscuring its reality and compounding its tragedies.
This book will be a godsend to many victims of this dread disease and their families. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Then I read this book ... one of the aspects of the book I really like is how Dr. Hoffer describes the types of perceptual distortions that sufferers typically experience. Many of these perceptual difficulties were explained biochemically, an area in which Hoffer had experience. He explained how he developed the urine test that would show a particular type of schizophrenia, and if this test were positive, he would give his patient the niacin and the patient would become normal.
He would often give case histories. One interesting case was a woman who desired to stay sober, but when she quit drinking she would hear voices. In order to not hear voices (a sensory misperception real to her,) she would drink again. Hoffer suggested she try 1000mg of Niacin and Vitamin C 3 times daily with a mix of other B vitamins and some minerals, and she successfully quit abusing alcohol.
In another area of the book, Hoffer offers more on how he was able to help alcoholics and especially the symptoms of withdrawal from alcolhol and drugs. Hoffer also shows how modern processed food doesn't give us the proper nutrients we need to function properly and suggests to his clients in the book ways to eat a better diet in order to improve thinking.
So Hoffer was able to see that people on junk food diets or drug/alcohol addicts who didn't eat properly for nutritional needs would fail mentally because of lack of the nutrients in the brain to function optimally. Orthomolecular medicine is just giving the body the optimal nutrients that a body part needs to function appropriately.
Also look up Dr Carl Pfeiffer who worked in New Jersey; he wrote some books.
So I borrowed How to Live With Schizophrenia from the library, read it, loved it, decided to buy it, and then found it on my shelf already!
The primary orthomolecular approach to schizophrenia is niacin or niacinamide (vitamin B3) in > 2 g/d doeses. In double-blind trials, 3 grams of niacin daily resulted in a doubling in recovery rate and a 50% reduction in hospitalization. Later double-blind trials did not reproduce the positive results, but Hoffer contends these trials were poorly designed. Subsequent research has been too meager to quote.
There are several complexities to niacin therapy. It must be at least 3,000 mg per day in divided doses. It must not be "time release" forms made by pharmaceutical companies that are dangerous and the root cause of the irrational fears of niacin. There are several forms of niacin. Make sure you follow Dr. Hoffer's guidelines. It's most effective if the patient's schizophrenia is a fairly recent development. Ignoring these issues is probably why some studies are negative.
Please keep in mind there are websites dedicated to trashing megavitamin therapy. They modify other's writings from 1998, change the wording a little, and pretend it's their own recent writing. They then copy and paste the same negative plagerism under several of Hoffer's books. On their web site they reference journal articles "disproving" megavitamin therapy but when you take a closer look, they are often not related to the issue at hand.
Doesn't it seem strange they have to go back all the way to 1973 to find a legitimate and relevant negative reference? That's over 30 years ago. Dr. Hoffer has done a lot of research since then. At 88 he's still mentally active, publishing, and treating patients. His research in the 1950's that showed niacin improves schizoprenia was the first double-blind study in psychiatry. Dr. Hoffer has been trying to make psychiatry a science for a long time, but the influence of money has been a much tougher opponent than ignorance and Frued.
Here's a 2003 interview of Dr. Hoffer: