Schizophrenia & Bipolar
Mental disorders have a biological basis. Symptoms of mental disorders often improve with changes in diet and supplementation. The complementary medicine approach to mental disorders assumes that the metabolic causes of all mental disorders are similar. Individuals express these disorders differently….as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and so on.
The following tests offered by The Great Plains Laboratory will help guide therapeutic choices and perhaps reduce the need for multiple pharmaceutical interventions:
The following description of a woman’s recovery from psychosis illustrates how metabolic testing can be used.
The article was written by the editor of Safe Harbor, an organization founded in 1998 to promote the idea that psychiatric conditions can be treated through nutrition and removal of toxins. The website is now www.alternativementalhealth.com. Please note The Great Plains Laboratory realizes that in many cases schizophrenia needs to be treated with medication. Please do not go off of your medication unless advised by a physician.
Woman Recovered from Catatonic Schizophrenia and PsychosisIn 1999 a man called the Safe Harbor office in great distress. His wife was psychotic and he was at wit's end. His story - and the happy ending - is featured by The Great Plains Laboratory, an unsung hero in this saga.
For decades various doctors have been claiming that much of what passes for mental illness is actually a variety of metabolic problems such as yeast infections, unusual nutritional needs, allergies, toxic reactions, and other physical disturbances that turn normal children and adults into bizarre or disturbed ones.
The problem has always been: How do you test for these metabolic disturbances?
Recent breakthroughs, such as those by The Great Plains Laboratory, have now made such testing possible. This is a true godsend for the autistic and others with severe mental symptoms. These tests can detect things like food allergies that can trigger abnormal brain function.
There is a chasm of difference between being told you have a wheat allergy and being told you have schizophrenia. We congratulate The Great Plains Laboratory for contributing so bountifully to the quality of life of those suffering mental disturbances.
The Organic Acids Test Can Isolate Causes of Psychosis, Depression"She has catatonic schizophrenia," the doctor told Linda's husband. No further medical tests would be needed, he added.
Linda's husband was jolted. But he refused to accept this finding. He went through several doctors and researched the internet until he found a physician who would examine her further. The new doctor ordered a unique 62-point organic acid urine test developed by The Great Plains Laboratory in Kansas.
Several abnormalities were found, including a citric acid level that was five times the normal level. The solution? Injections of a simple nutrient called glutathione and additional nutritional supplements. Below is the organic acid test result for the patient mentioned in the article. To view the high citric acid level scroll down and look under Krebs Cycle metabolites. The abnormal compounds are marked with an H for High or an L for Low.
Organic Acid Interpretation:Increased glyceric that is elevated in the hyperoxalurias. Normal oxalic would rule out these disorders.
Elevated glyceric with normal oxalic acid may indicate a yeast overgrowth of the GI tract. Certain bacteria such as Pseudomonas species can convert yeast tartaric acid to glyceric acid.
Increased citric. Since the enzyme needed to metabolize citric and aconitic (aconitase) is dependent on glutathione, this abnormality could indicate an additional requirement for the supplement called reduced (meaning hydrogenated) glutathione.
Elevation of the serotonin metabolite, 5-hydroxyindoleacetic which can be due to celiac or tropical sprue, carcinoid tumors, or ingestion of foods high in serotonin such as avocado, banana, tomato, plum, walnut, pineapple or eggplant.
Decreased pyroglutamic that is derived from the peptide glutathione, which is an antioxidant and a molecule, involved in detoxification of various toxins; low pyroglutamic could indicate glutathione deficiency.
Suggest one tablet per day Thiodox, a nutritional supplement containing glutathione, n-acetyl cysteine (a glutathione precursor) and lipoic acid, a glutathione regenerator. (NutricologyJnc 1 800 782-4274).
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is elevated presumably due to increased intake; this information does not mean that this amount of vitamin C is not nutritionally desirable.
Increased lactic acid.
Lactic acid may be increased to this concentration by a number of nonspecific factors such as vigorous exercise, bacterial overgrowth of the gastrointestinal tract, shock, poor perfusion, anemia and others.
Within 36 hours of her first injection, Linda, who was psychotic for seven months and virtually mute, got on the phone and talked for an hour. A month later she was perfectly normal. "She probably had a severe toxicity of some kind that depleted her glutathione levels," says William Shaw, Ph.D., director of The Great Plains Laboratory. Shaw helped create the lab's remarkable tests. Glutathione helps clear toxins from the body.
Dr. Shaw reports that the organic acid test has been used to find underlying causes in psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, autism, attention deficit disorder, and a host of physical ailments. "A high percentage of people have benefited," he says. "Because they pinpoint the physical basis of the disease."
The organic acid test is commonly ordered to detect the presence of Candida (yeast) overgrowth that can cause a broad spectrum of mental disorders, including depression and schizophrenia.
"I usually recommend allergy tests for psychosis as well," says Shaw. "Mold, for example, can trigger a psychotic reaction in some people. One doctor videoed a female patient who had to be restrained by three people after being exposed to a single drop of mold extract."
In cases of psychosis or schizophrenia, Shaw recommends a standard physical examination and tests to check for underlying medical causes, such as a Chem-25 blood test, urinalysis, thyroid test, and a 5-hour glucose tolerance test. If nothing significant shows, he recommends the organic acids test, a comprehensive food allergy IgG blood test, comprehensive inhalant allergy IgE panel, comprehensive stool analysis, amino acids test, comprehensive fatty acids test, metals hair test and gluten/casein peptide urine test. Psychotics usually poorly digest wheat or milk that can result in the production of opiate (as in opium) peptides (compounds formed from amino acids). All three tests are available at The Great Plains Laboratory.
"We don't have any hard numbers," said Shaw. "But I'd say that 50% of individuals with psychosis would find significant abnormalities in these areas [of the tests] and they would experience benefit."