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Book review: Natural Healing for Schizophrenia

Nutrition & Mental Health, The Quarterly Newsletter of the International Schizophrenia Foundation,   Autumn 1996

"Eva Edelman has put together an excellent sourcebook with a wholistic view of the many causal factors which come together to create schizophrenia. This is not a dry DSM-like catalogue of schizophrenia's symptoms. Edelman's approach is to show how each individual stands at a unique junction of environmental, nutritional and biochemical continuums. By this view, the success of nutritional healing of schizophrenia depends on the acumen of the health practitioner in identifying and correcting as many causal factors as possible. In defining the schizophrenias, Edelman combines clinical descriptions with first hand accounts. The sidebars of the book contain many short testimonials which are emotionally charged and often poetic and describe the subjective experience of schizophrenia from those who have lived with it.

Edelman also compares the major biochemical patterns (called biotypes) prevalent in schizophrenia with a comprehensive discussion of frequency, biochemical markers, diagnostic tests, and the physical and psychological symptoms associated with them. Along with this is information on virtually every nutritional praxis for these syndromes.

From the work of Carl Pfeiffer and others, Edelman identifies three major patterns in schizophrenia. Histadelia is characterized by high levels of histamine and low levels of serum copper; histapenia is the opposite with low levels of histamine and elevated copper; and a third syndrome, pyroluria, which is diagnosed by an elevated level of urinary kryptopyrrole and is very responsive to vitamin B6.

The contribution of other biochemical profiles implicated in mental illness is also explored: Vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiencies, fatty acid abnormalities, cerebral allergies to gluten and casein, and abnormalities in sugar metabolism can all have deleterious effects on brain function of themselves, and in combination with existing mental illnesses.

Edelman has thoroughly researched environmental medicine and summarizes what it has to teach us in her discussion of neurotoxins and schizophrenia. The neurological effects of the three great socially accepted toxins - alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine - are also brought to light, information often overlooked with the more common perceptions about their physical side effects.

In the section entitled Somatopsycho, Edelman explores the body-mind connection in schizophrenia. Somatopsycho is a term used to describe the influence of physical health on the mind and vice-versa. There are many physical illnesses such as thyroid disorders and porphyria which can also have negative mental symptoms. Conversely, schizophrenia can cause immunological dysfunctions and expose the body to more chronic and serious diseases. The idea presented here is that there are so many pathways between body and mind, the practitioner must be able to consider a host of indirect causal factors in diagnosing any mental illness.

Edelman writes at length of the consequences of extended "toximolecular" treatment regimes on the long term well-being of persons with schizophrenia. The success of conventional treatments are compared with that of nutritional therapies, and we see how vitamins, amino acids and herbs can serve as primary treatments themselves, or at the very least vanquish the dyskinesias and negative symptoms of neuroleptic drugs.

How did it happen that these life-saving therapies have been brushed aside? Writing of the history and politics of schizophrenia, Edelman raises many interesting possibilities. There has been a great loss in innovation by medicines's insistence that controlled clinical trials are the only way to uncover schizophrenia's secrets. This is the reigning mindset in medicine which rejects out of hand the entire basis of orthomolecular medicine that individuals are biochemically unique: we are all exactly alike, we just need to develop better drugs. The historical resistance to nutritional therapies can also be traced to the influence of psychosocial theories which assert that schizophrenia is conditioned into people by purely psychological means.

It is a daunting task for person with schizophrenia to find objective information to make informed decisions on therapy. Edelman's excellent book addresses that need: a resource which brings together the rich diversity of orthomolecular treatments. The book is informative and accessible to those with schizophrenia and their families and is a valuable reference for health care practitioners."

  • Greg Schilhab

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