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Nutrition and Mental Illness: An Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry Paperback – April 1, 1988
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"Many of the chapters outline possible causes and nutritional treatment for different mental disorders-from depression to senility. His methods may be a valuable adjunct to traditional therapies, and may offer hope to those who have had no success with those therapies." (Let's Live)
"Nutrition and Mental Illness is very readable for physician and patient, presenting itself almost as a cookbook for approaching mental illness and most chronic physical illnesses." (Jonathan Collin, M.D., Townsend Letter for Doctors)
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After doing all sorts of tests - examining patients' blood and urine for unusual substances and characteristics, looking at hair mineral contents and much, much, more Dr. Pfeiffer, (and some coworkers) announced that they had made a number of breakthroughs. 30 some percent of this patient population, they announced, had a previously unknown form of Wilson's disease, a disease in which toxic copper accumulates in the brain. Another 30 some percent had a disorder in their body's ability to synthesize hemoglobin, which caused the depletion of vitamins crucial to a well-tempered brain. Another 10 or so percent had very unusual blood chemistries, yet another 10 percent or so suffered under food allergies that went undiagnosed because they only affected the brain. Dr. Pfeiffer attributed the last 10 percent to various rare or unknown causes. Even more dramatically, Pfeiffer found that all of the conditions he had discovered could be treated with nutritional supplements instead of expensive and side-effect laden medications. Interestingly enough, Ashley Bush, a neurologist at Massachusetts General Hospital, is reporting that some forms of Alzheimer's most likely are caused by the same tendency to accumulate copper that Dr. Pfeiffer identified.Read more ›
After all, we already know that the food we eat does not actually provide the nutrients that the FDA claims they do since 40 years ago an orange offered more vitamin C than it has in it today. The beef today is more marbled with fat than 40 years ago since cattle used to be free range and so had more muscle and less fat in their tissue. And how does every living mammal (including humans) deal with toxins? They are stored in the fat cells. So if you eat beef marbled with more fat than 40 years ago, you are consuming more toxins (from the cattle) too. With digestive problems fast becoming an explosive problem in the U.S., is it any wonder that whatever is consumed may not be absorbed even if it provided the nutrients it was supposed to?
I have been taking a megavitamin/mineral/fatty acid and very good nutritional regimen for 2 1/2 years. Basically, I'm a different person: much healthier, more energetic, confident, more productive, creative, enthused, and able to help others, and loving it~! This field of orthomolecular medicine and psychiatry is the preeminent methodology for effectively, naturally, and inexpensively improving body, brain, and behavioral health.
Overall, it is the safest and most cost-effective therapeutic regime by far. It needs to be taught, learned, applied, researched, and ramified throughout our failing health care system to revitalize it with life-giving elements that are in our food to begin with!
The results of orthomolecular doctors such as Hoffer, Cass, Holford, Gambee, Riordan, and dozens of others are in a different category than conventional medical providers. It is like trying to compare a natural orange and some strange orange-flavored candy (orthomolecular medicine vs. drug-based therapy).
Most doctors recognize the strategic limits and theoretical & practical problems with their trade--it is allopathic, relying on powerful unnatural agents to suppress, stimulate, or knock out disease, while other problems break out elsewhere from the effects of the same drug.Read more ›
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This is an invaluable resource for those working in the natural health or mental health fields. Lots of good information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Rice
Pfeiffer's work and conclusions provide some interesting starting points in approaching mental problems. As an adjunct approach the text and its information is of value. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ralph Pifer
Very revealing and interesting for those who want to know more about mental health related nutritionPublished 4 months ago by ricardo moreno
A very informative book! The author provides valuable insight on the subject. It's very refreshing to read that there is something beyond the toxic pharmaceutical crap being pushed... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Arpad Steven Schummer
Excellent overview of mental illnesses, describing multiple types of schizophrenia and other mental illness symptoms and how they require different nutritional treatments. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Judi Rollings
This book is VERY helpful. It is an excellent resource for practitioners who work with clients or patients who have psychiatric disorders. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BertieHJ
This book, “Nutrition and Mental Illness: Orthomolecular Approach to Balancing Body Chemistry”, and Orthomolecular Psychiatry in general, are ok as far as they go in a superficial... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Guy Drummond