are very few things we know for certain about schizophrenia,
For those who have auditory hallucinations, learning how to sing, and
singing with gusto, can prevent hearing voices.
It has been observed that persons who yawn a lot tend not to have
schizophrenia. We try to encourage
yawning among our schizophrenic patients just in case it might somehow help.
In studies done in Veterans Hospitals in the 1950ís, fever treatments
were found to enable a high percentage of formerly disabled patients to return
to active employment. The fever
treatments are described in our book HOME REMEDIES which can be obtained through
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No caffeinated beverages, or even decaffeinated ones, should ever be
taken, as these deteriorate into homogentisic acid which is known to be excreted
in larger quantities in schizophrenics than in normal people.
In our opinion these beverages can be a part of the cause of
schizophrenia in susceptible people. That
would include also colas, tea, coffee, and chocolate, and medications containing
Refined carbohydrates, refined fats, and refined protein are all harmful
to the health of the brain, and contraindicated in persons who have emotional
It is essential to have these individuals go to bed early, at least by
9:30 in the evening, and preferably between 8:30 and 9:00, and to sleep no more
than nine hours. Between seven and
eight hours is ideal.
Certain herbal remedies can be of great help.
Persons with schizophrenia should experiment with herbs, as each case may
respond somewhat differently. The
herbs we recommend are hops, catnip, skullcap, valerian root and chamomile.
We prefer to give three together, as the response is usually better with
a combination of several than to only one.
In schizophrenics, masturbation is often a serious problem.
Since it is engaged in secretly, others may not be able to discover the
problem. Scientifically, the
practice has not been condemned, but there are certain zinc compounds lost in
genital fluids which are also used in the brain for nerve transmission.
Perhaps their loss leads to altered nerve transmission.
Exercise is essential to best mental health.
Purposeful labor is best if the patient is able.
Gardening for 1 to 3 hours daily is the best exercise.
If gardening is not available, the
person should walk to tolerance daily (1/2 to 2 hours), head up, breathing
deeply. Use a deep breathing
exercise once daily. Take a deep
breath through the nose and hold it for a slow count of 20; exhale fully through
the nose and hold the breath out for the slow count of 10.
Repeat 10 to 40 times. This
may be done while driving, walking or during other activities.
Tension and stress are relieved through exercise.
Some patients with schizophrenia have been found to have low blood levels
of magnesium. Epsom salts
(magnesium sulphate) should be tried in levels just under that which will cause
diarrhea. For most people that
means 1 to 3 teaspoons per day. Start
with the lower dose. It can be
obtained from a drug store without prescription.
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educational and treatment facility located in the country near Seale, Alabama,
15 miles from Columbus, Georgia. (Address: Uchee Pines Institute, 30
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