Natural Treatments For Schizophrenia




Schizophrenia is a cerebral disease which causes the sufferer to create illusions, which maybe auditory and or visual. The sufferer reacts irrationally due to the illusions or delusions.

The sad reality is that conventional medicine does not cure this disease and manages only to suppress the symptoms so that the sufferer is not extremely dysfunctional and exists in a highly medicated state [ tranquilizers/lithium] whereby feelings and emotions are suppressed by prescribed drugs.

The sufferer does not lead a normal life but instead a highly sedated and unreal existence – akin to a chemical lobotomy.

This article is about a natural healing process developed by Abram Hoffer, M.D., PhD., which he used to cure many patients of the disease of schizophrenia and for others reduce the amount of prescribed drugs they were forced to take to suppress the symptoms of the disease.

This is natural healing that has been proven to work by a medical doctor.

Dr. Hoffer specialized in psychiatry and worked both privately and in the public health system.

He published many papers based upon his clinical experience and other medical practitioners successfully used his protocol to heal their patients with schizophrenia.

Dr. Hoffer wrote the book entitled : Orthomolecular Treatment For Schizophrenia – megavitamin supplements and nutritional strategies for healing and recovery, published by Keats Publishing, 1999.


This book describes the disease, its causes [ including allergic reaction] and how to cure it.

It is only fifty pages long and very well written and easy to read.

If you know someone afflicted with the cerebral disease of schizophrenia know it can be cured and a live saved from years of misery and drug induced numbness.

Dr. Hoffer was not able to avoid the use of tranquilizers for all patients that had suffered from schizophrenia for many years, chronic patients, however his treatment led to a big reduction in the amount of tranquilizer these patients required to remain well and freed them from the numbing effect of large daily doses of tranquilizers.


Allergic reactions can seriously affect the functioning of the brain.

Dr. Hoffer would put all of his new patients on a four day fast and then onto a diet of know non-allergenic foods. He did this to ensure that the cause of the schizophrenia was not allergy related. He had patients who quickly returned to normal health due to allergies to :

– aspirin

– cigarettes

– animal protein

These were identified by the 4-day fast process and then elimination of foods or other substances which were found to be the cause of the allergic reaction.


Dr. Hoffer found that vitamin B complex group of vitamins and vitamin C were very effective at curing schizophrenia.

Of the B complex vitamins Dr. Hoffer found the following to be very effective

  • Vitamin B3 in the form of niacin
  • Vitamin B6 [Pyridoxine]
  • Folic Acid and Vitamin B12

Some people are unable to metabolize vitamin B12 from their food and need to receive injections on a regular basis to make sure they have enough B12 to remain healthy. Blood tests can show if this is an issue.

Vitamin C is required by our body to remain healthy but unlike lots of other mammals we can make it ourselves and need to get it from food however most people do not get enough vitamin C in their food and to remain well it is necessary to supplement – up to 3000 mgs per day is recommended in three divided doses over the day.

Essential Fatty Acids – EFAs

Vitamin B3 and essential fatty acids were found to be essential for the body to make prostaglandins. These are critical for good mental health.

A good source of EFAs is flax oil and fish oil.

The EFAs are essential nutrients for good health and must be taken as part of the healing protocol.


The essential minerals for good mental health are :

  • zinc- 20 mg daily
  • copper – 1to 2 mgs per day only
  • manganese – 1 mg per day
  • selenium – 20 mg per day
  • magnesium – 50 to 100 mg per day

Note that there is a disease called Tardive Dyskinesia. The symptoms are uncontrollable shaking of hands and sometimes arms and legs and head in more severe cases. This can be successfully treated by supplementing with manganese daily in small doses not exceeding 5 mg per day, reducing to 1 mg per day as the symptoms reduce.

Time and Support

Dr Hoffer would see his patients on a regular basis to monitor their health and supplementation and quantity of tranquilizer used where necessary to support the protocol.

Many of his patients responded quickly to his protocol and he kept them on the vitamin and supplement regime for some time – usually years to prevent relapses and lock in the healing effects.

He worked on chronic patients for years, some up to seven, to effect positive healing outcomes. These chronic patients suffered from schizophrenia for many years and some were addicts of alcohol and other toxic substances.

He was a skillful, conscientious and compassionate healer.

Pellagra Disease

This a disease caused by a deficit of vitamin B complex and in particular vitamin B3.

It is a disease of malnutrition caused by insufficient consumption of vitamin B. There was an epidemic of this disease in the USA and Europe up to the 1940ies. No one knew what caused it but it coincided with the industrial production of white flour and the widespread use of white flour in modern economies.

This disease caused

  • fatigue
  • depression
  • skin disease
  • mental ill health – from dementia to schizophrenia
  • diarrhea
  • death

In 1938 a US scientist discovered that this disease was due to insufficient vitamin B3 in diets because the process of making white flour stripped out all the vitamin B part of the grain. Many countries made it mandatory for vitamin B to be added to white flour and the epidemic began to end.

For some pellagra sufferers additional vitamin B3 was required to regain good health and they needed to continue to supplement with B3 to remain well. They had suffered from pellagra for many years and depended on vitamin B3 supplementation to remain well and not relapse into pellagra symptoms.

This cure of pellagra was the first known nutritional cure for schizophrenia. Many pellagra sufferers had been committed to mental illness institutions with the symptoms of schizophrenia. The vast majority were soon healed with vitamin B supplementation and released fit and well back into their communities.

How Safe Are Vitamins

Vitamins Are Safe

vitamins are safe

No one has ever died from an overdose of vitamins. This is data from US poison control center annual data. See :

Doctor Yourself, pp372-374, AW Saul, Ph.d, Basic Health Publications,2013

“Over a twenty eight year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of 11 people in
the USA.

A new analysis of US Poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins… none at all, in the 28 years since such reports have been available.”

If anyone claims that someone has died from the effects of taking vitamins it is a lie.


The majority of vitamins are water-soluble and are not stored by your body so this is one of the main reasons why daily vitamins are
essential for good health.

Its a small daily cost for good health and a fatigue free life.


If you are affected by schizophrenia or have friends or family who are then please get Dr Hoffer’s book and look to alternative to drug induced suppression of the symptoms. The book provides a process and case histories that detail how the protocol works.

Find a doctor who will help with the protocol and move into a healthy life.

I have included further references in the bibliography

Wishing you good health and happiness.



Orthomolecular Treatment For Schizophrenia – megavitamin supplements and nutritional strategies for healing and recovery,
Dr. A Hoffer, M.D., PhD., published by Keats Publishing, 1999.

Orthomolecular Medicine For Everyone – Megavitamin Therapeutics for Families and Physicians, A Hoffer, M.D., A.W.Saul, PhD, Basic Health, 2008

Your Body’s Many Cries For Water, F Batmangelidj, M.D.,Global Health,2008

The Vitamin Cure For Depression, B.H. Jonsson, M.D., PhD, A. W.Saul PhD., Basic Health, 2012

Thyroid Power : Ten Steps To Total Health, R.L.Shames, M.D., K H Shames, R.N., PhD, Harper Collins, 2005

Niacin The Real Story, A.Hoffer, M.D., Ph.D, A.W.Saul, Ph.D, H.D.Foster, Ph.D., Basic Health, 2012

The Orthomolecular Treatment Of Chronic Disease, A.W.Saul Ph.D, editor, Basic Health, 2014

The Vitamin Cure For Alcoholism, A. Hoffer,M.D.,Ph.D, A.W.Saul, Ph.D, Basic Health, 2009


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