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Could This Simple Vitamin Help Treat Psychotic Disorders Better Than Drugs?

Health & Wellness  (tags: anti-psychotic drugs, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Risperdal and Abilify, vitamins, niacin )

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Tragically, many of these dangerous medications may be completely unnecessary, as safely and inexpensively correcting a simple vitamin B3 deficiency may produce dramatic improvements in many with psychotic disorders.

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James Merit (144)
Saturday April 7, 2012, 3:50 am
Very interesting info, thank you!

Amanda Goodwin (27)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:56 am
interesting. Thanks!

Matthew Lynch (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 5:18 am
There is more evidence to support the use of other vitamins. Certain people in power don't want us to know about this though, because of their fear. Vitamin c, for example, can be used to alleviate opiate addiction withdrawal symptoms. I think we can get past this fear of lack and help each other.

Kerrie G (116)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 7:21 am
Noted, thanks.

Jason S (50)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 8:18 am

. (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 9:57 am
The article began with a statement about a vitamin B3 deficiency, then it went off into other areas. I would have liked to know more about this....

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 12:53 pm
Part of this nonsense is insurance company driven. Although the people I see in therapy all have real issues that deserve attention and help, and they, their families, and society will benefit from improving, insurance companies require medical diagnoses. So ordinary human difficulties, no matter how serious and dangerous for the client, must be framed as disorders. Otherwise only people who have substantial extra cash can afford therapy. And insurance companies prefer drug treatment. It is cheaper than therapy, though not more effective.

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:14 pm
I have read about several drugs doctors prescribe to treat demensia and their possible side effects. One my Mom's idiot doctor prescribed has these side effects: Taking this drug may in some cases cause the following: dizziness, heart palpitations, upset stomach, loss of appetite, MEMORY LOSS and in a few cases DEATH. What? This is a medicine to treat memory loss caused by demensia? I think the drug company moron that came up with this had more than a few screws loose. Needless to say, I didn't get that prescription filled. Too many doctors are willing to just write out prescriptions willy nilly rather than do some research for safe ways to treat patients. Quite often there are much safer routes to take for treatment of both mental and physical ailments that doctors overlook. On one visit to the doctor's office I counted 3 different drug company salespeople ask to see my Mom's doctor.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:33 pm
get a blood test before you take any B vitamins since at low doses, there's side effects like such as skin flushing and itching, dry skin, and skin rashes. Gastrointestinal complaints, such as dyspepsia (indigestion), nausea and liver toxicity fulminant hepatic failure, have also been reported. Side effects of hyperglycemia, cardiac arrhythmias and "birth defects in experimental animals" have also been reported.
So, not a good idea to take it without going to your doctor first.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 1:56 pm
Vicky Pitchford.

Good advice, but I can't see the Gadarene swine stampeding on their way to the newest fad on Care2 following what you say.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:40 pm
Why not? Nature provides us with everything for our healthy survival. It's just a question of using these natural resources.

Below is a list of excellent sources of Vitamin B3:

Brazil nuts,
dried fruits,
Whole grains,
sweet potatoes,
Vitamin B3 is also present in most fruits and vegetables.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 2:49 pm
Thank you.

Gloria Morotti (14)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 5:33 pm
There is almost always a natural way that is better.

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 6:42 pm
Noted, thanks.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 6:46 pm
I am appalled at the extent the drug companies will go to sell drugs to younger and younger children. If parents were educated in nutrition before having children, they would know to avoid drugs except as a last resort. Most of these "mental" problems could probably be alleviated by eating good, decent, organic food. After that, then go to supplements.

Charlene Rush (79)
Sunday April 8, 2012, 6:47 pm
This is news, about which I have never heard.

Susan L (150)
Monday April 9, 2012, 1:32 am
This is interesting. An important thing to always remember is; your Doctor is not a 'god'. We have to take some responsibility ourselves and question our doctors when we are told we need this or that medication. Are there other options to what and why he is prescribing? Did he do a thorough assessment of and get sufficient information about your problem from questioning you? We should all have access to medications we need, but we should always know WHY we are taking a medicine if there is another option or side-effects that aren't worth the risk.

S M (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 4:32 am
There are many vitamins and minerals that could be used by allopathic medicine instead of 'anti' drugs (anti depressive, anti histamine, anti inflammatory) for a speedy recovery but that flatten the body's natural response concomitantly building up incompetence in the reflex body reaction. This change would require new and adjustment of accepted medical training which Medics always resist because such means effort of synergy doctor/patient instead of patriarch/ detachment ... as it drug that does the work or good for blame if not!

Lindsay K (6)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:58 am
Noted, thanks

Tom C Sullivan (98)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:25 pm
Thank you

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 12:26 pm
Vitamin D is also a vitamin that most of us are highly deficient; it too plays an important role in both mental and physical health.

sheila F (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 2:44 pm
1. Money
2. Money
3. Instant fix
4. Getting rid of emotions so every one is happy!
When did grieving become an illness? When did sadness because of bad news become an illness? People actually scare me with the way they are all ready to look alike , act alike, think alike. Your house should look like everyone else. Pills should be a last resort not a first. I have high blood pressure and yes I have to take one pill a day. But I tried all the diet , herbs, vitamins first I waited too long until it caused damage to my eye. Then I had to take the pills. I wish I hadn't waited. But the high BP is because of surgery not lifestyle. I don't go to doctors and I don't take things just because someone says I should. I rarely get sick ... My surgery was genetic not lifestyle incured.
People need to think for themselves , do the research , use some common sense and take control of their own health. And that includes natural products.


Les L (12)
Monday April 9, 2012, 8:33 pm
Excelent info. Noted and thanks!

Past Member (0)
Monday April 9, 2012, 9:43 pm

Marge F (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 12:13 am
Thank-you for the post. The B vitamins do better when taken in equal amounts of each. A good Vitamin B - complex would help.

David C (129)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 11:55 am
I haven't heard of B3 being a potential solution, but fish oils has actually had some research and maybe beneficial....we'll just have to wait and see....

Paul Carter Block (28)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 1:08 pm
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a naturally-occurring anti-depressant and has kept me within hailing distance of sanity for many years after having been force-fed enough tricyclates and SSRIs to screw my brain over completely. The truth is that I was prescribed these poisons because our doctors take inducements (one could say bribes) from Big Pharma to peddle this crap on their behalf.
We are a part of Nature. Millions of years of evolution - of us and plants, side-by-side - have equipped our species with all the remedies we need, growing all around us.

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday April 12, 2012, 10:13 am
B1 helps prevent nightmares. 200 mg. a day should do it.

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Tuesday April 17, 2012, 10:17 am
Yes, lets treat everyone with healthy diet, vitamins and minerals, and most and understanding. Drugs cause more problems than they treat. Thousands of Americans die every month from side effects of these psychotropic drugs and yet you don't hear about that on the news. That's because all the networks rake in big bucks from advertising by these companies. They refuse to be honest and bite the hand that feeds their wallets.
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