“A complete remission of symptoms”
| New research says diet may help treat schizophrenia
| By Chris Palmer M.D., Apr 06, 2019
| Psychology Today – Schizophrenia is usually a chronic, devastating disorder that causes tremendous suffering. It can ruin lives. Even with the best treatments available, symptoms and suffering often continue.
An article published April 6, 2019 in the medical journal Schizophrenia Research describes two patients with longstanding schizophrenia who experienced complete remission of symptoms with the ketogenic diet, a well-established, evidence-based treatment for epilepsy.
Of particular interest, both patients were able to stop antipsychotic medications and have remained in remission for years now.
Though more evidence is needed, this is extraordinarily hopeful news for those with this disorder and for the mental health professionals treating them.
Food cure for hallucinations, delusions – and mass shootings?
Schizophrenia affects 1 percent of the population. Its close cousin, bipolar disorder, affects 2-5 percent of the population.
Tens of millions of people suffer. Symptoms include hallucinations, delusions, and disorganized thought and speech patterns.
Hallucinations are when people see things or hear things that aren’t there. Delusions are thoughts that aren’t true, such as paranoid beliefs. Many people describe these psychotic symptoms as “being out of touch with reality.”
People diagnosed with schizophrenia may also ignore hygiene, avoid being around people, and lack motivation. The illness affects most areas of life and can severely impair people at school, work, and in relationships.
Prevailing treatments revolve around antipsychotic medications.
As useful as these are, unfortunately, they often yield poor results.
A three year study that tracked over 6,000 adults diagnosed with schizophrenia shows just how poor.
All patients were treated at academic medical centers and were taking antipsychotic medications.
The study tracked 3 metrics: symptom relief, quality of life, and ability to function in society.
Only 4 percent of those patients achieved full relief from the illness on all three measures. Clearly, we need new treatment ideas for schizophrenia …
“Within two weeks of starting the diet, she reported a noticeable reduction not only in her weight but also her psychotic symptoms.”
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