Schizophrenia is one of the top 10 worst diseases, according to the Health and Life medical blog. Those dealing with Schizophrenia, and those dealing with a Schizophrenic loved one know just how devastating this disease can be for everyone involved. A mental disorder can ruin the lives of its possessor and the lives of family members involved. Although big pharma has medication that can help tame the minds and dispositions of those with mental problems, and help them live somewhat normal lives, the medications only provide help when they are taken. Unfortunately, many people with mental problems do not like the feeling they experience while on these medications and they consistently cycle on and off of the medications. Many ask, is there anything naturally that can be done to help these people, and the answer is absolutely!
In the book, Natural Remedies Encyclopedia, an accumulation of heavy metals in the body is said to be one causes of some mental disorders. Copper, lead, and mercury specifically are associated with schizophrenia. Cleansing the body of these metals is suggested. Some people opt for what is called chelation therapy. There is a natural, herbal formula created by Dr. John R. Christopher called Heavy Mineral Bugleweed, and it contains herbs such as Bugleweed Herb, Yellow Dock Root, Lobelia Herb & Cilantro Leaf. These herbs have traditionally been used in cases of alopecia, alzheimer’s disease, copper overload, dementia, hepatolenticular degeneration, senile dementia (alzheimer’s disease), and wilson’s disease.
Yet another factor in schizophrenia according to the same source is mineral deficiency. Zinc (30mg) and 25mgs of manganese are said to be needed to correct this imbalance. The book went on to explain that there is a link between prenatal zinc deficiency and schizophrenia. Magnesium deficiency is also involved, as schizophrenics have been found to have lower magnesium levels while going through thier worst cycles, and when they recover from spells their magnesium is higher. Also, trace or ionic minerals are said to be helpful as trace mineral imbalances exist in schizophrenics. Young Living provides a wonderful trace mineral formula called Mineral Essence which is also enhanced with essential oils. Essential oils have the ability to penetrate the body deeper, bringing nourishment into the cells.
Diet is another important factor, a 1982 study found that 80% of schizophrenics are allergic to eggs. An optimal nutritional diet, and core nutrients may be helpful in restoring nutrition and supporting a balanced body. Read more on core nutrition here.
Essential fatty acids are said to be another deficiency in schizophrenia and brain imbalances. The following quote comes from schizophrenia.com
“Recently gathered epidemiological data suggest an association between high fish consumption (suggesting high Essential Fatty Acids and Omega 3 oils) and positive outcomes in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia patients often show reduced levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA)in their red blood cell membranes. These EFAs (also known as poly-unsaturated fatty acids) normally contribute to brain cognitive and behavioral function, development, and growth.
If schizophrenia risk is also increased, as some scientific evidence has suggested, by pre-natal viral infections (thus raising inflammatory immune reactions in the body), EFA supplementation could play a protective role here by helping to control this inflammatory response.
Action: Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation for people may have a beneficial effect on the probabilities of getting schizophrenia, or on better control of symptoms if one already has schizophrenia. (Please note that researchers tell us that there is no good, validated research that supports the idea that any type of vitamin or fatty acid (EFA) will cure schizophrenia). It is imortant to maintain a balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (the former reduces inflammation, while the latter promotes it) – a healthy diet consists of roughly one to four times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. Sources for Omega-3s include fish (i.e. salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, and herring) and plant oils (i.e. flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, soybeans, soybean oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, purslane, perilla seed oil, walnuts, and walnut oil). You can also buy fish oil capsules or flaxseed oil in health food stores.”
Our family likes to get our essential fatty acids from flax and hemp seed oil, and especially from Omega Blue. Omega blue is a superior essential fatty acid source of omega 3, and is enhanced with essential oils for maximum cell absorption. The product page on Omega Blue says it is ”free of heavy metals, PCBs, and dioxins, and offers the benefits of our Omega Enhance™essential oil blend to ensure freshness and stability. Omega Enhance combines legendary blue chamomile and myrrh oils to support a healthy inflammatory response, lemongrass oil to provide cardiovascular protection and support healthy cholesterol levels, and clove and myrrh for added antioxidant support.*”
Dr. Christopher, founder of the School of Natural Healing in Utah, used to suggest a colon cleanse, and a 3-Day cleanse as a general rule for patients who came to him, including those with mental problems. Information on cleansing the body with Dr. Christopher’s 3-Day Cleanse can be found here.
Whereas essential oils may not cure a person with mental problems, I have seen them be of great benefit in balancing moods. In the Essential Oils Desk Reference by Essential Science Publishing, peppermint was studied and documented by Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati to increase brain activity by 28%. The book suggested single therapeutic grade oils of peppermint, cardamom, cedarwood, vetiver, melissa, frankincense, and rosemary are suggested, as well as Young Living blends including Brain Power, Clarity, Valor, or M-Grain. Any one of these oils can be chosen and worn as a perfume, inhaled, and diffused for maximum benefit.
Weekly topical applications of the Raindrop Technique, available from Young Living, are also suggested as the Essential Oils Desk Reference goes on to say that some cases of schizophrenia are “believed to be caused by viral infection.” This would go along with the above article that mentioned pre-natal viral infections as a factor in schizophrenics. According to the article (read in full here) by schizophrenia.com, children born to mothers who contracted influenza in their pregnancies stand up to a 700 times greater risk of developing schizophrenia later in life. The Raindrop Technique involves applying a series of specific, therapeutic grade oils (some that have been clinically tested to kill some types of viruses and are also anti-inflammatory) along the spine. To learn more about this highly beneficial and amazing technique, read my associates article on the subject here.
One of the problems associated with schizophrenia is inflammation. Years ago, Time magazine did an article (read article here) telling of how inflammation is behind cancer, heart problems, arthritis, chronic pain and other problems. Anti-oxidants address the problem of the unruly cells by donating electron’s that were lost by the cell. Young Living provides a powerful blend antioxidant oils known called Longevity in an essential oil and capsule form. Combining oils of thyme, clove, orange, and frankincense, this blend contains essential oils that are some of the most powerful anti-oxidant sources in the world. On top of which, some of these oils are, according to the Essential Oils Desk Reference, also anti-inflammatory, and goes on to list the oils in this blend as antimicrobial, they protect essential fatty acids, and they help to protect cells.
If you have questions or would like to order these and other therapeutic-grade essential oils please select one of the Young Living Circle distributors.
Article contributed by Shayla.
*This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.
(most are contained in the article body)
Health And Life Blog