Orthomolecular Medicine: The Vitamin Cure
Vitamins, courtesy of nature!
Your body doesn't NEED drugs!
Orthomolecular medicine and the idea of megadosing with vitamins to achieve optimal health has changed my life forever. I now am a firm believer in using mega doses of vitamins to address many issues that go ignored by regular doctors. I feel that with the right research and background information on specific conditions that are of concern to me, I can use vitamins to improve my health and well being dramatically. Wikipedia has this definition: Orthomolecular medicine, or megavitamin therapy, is a form of complementary and alternative medicine that seeks to prevent or treat diseases with nutrients prescribed as dietary supplements or derived from diets. Orthomolecular medicine focuses on what it sees as the right nutritional molecules in the right amounts for the individual and proponents believe that low levels of these substances can cause chronic problems beyond vitamin deficiency.
What does this mean? In my words, it means that just because you don't have a vitamin deficient disease, it doesn't mean that you wouldn't benefit from large doses of vtamins that are specific to your needs, as made obvious by your own body's less than optimal health.
Let's put it another way. If you are having a few symptoms that make you uncomfortable, but when you talk to your doctor about it, they say, "well just get some rest and eat right and it should resolve itself no problem". Even though you heed the doctor's advice your issue goes unresolved and you don't feel better at all. In fact you begin to notice the onset of other symptoms slowly over time and try to tell yourself its just stress, or getting older. This is the time to step in and take control of your own health! You can use vitamins to feel better! Vitamins are all natural substances that our bodies need. You can get a lot of vitamins from your food, but look at the quality of our food! It makes sense in this day and age to use vitamin supplements to "supplement" the amount of vitamins and minerals that we are able to consume in a day.
I personally have experienced the miracle of vitamins in mine and my children's lives. A year ago, my son was in a mental hospital for the second time in three months. He was only 7. He was extremely violent, Bipolar, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and been diagnosed recently with Autism too. He had been hallucinating both auditorily and visually for the last couple of months. While he was in the hospital, an acquaintance gave us some papers to read about Dr. Abram Hoffer's work in using Niacin (which is B-3) to "cure" schizophrenia and mentally ill patients. This is how I found out about megadosing with vitamins for the first time. At that point my son Wyatt had taken 18 different meds trying to find the right one to control his violent outbursts and rage. Some drugs would help for a while, but nothing really controlled his symptoms and most had side-effects. I was excited to try this natural "cure". (cured as long as you keep taking the optimal amount for you as an individual). When Wyatt came home from the hospital, I started him on the (non flushing) Niacin therapy and experienced a miracle. By the third day, I was giving him 2,500mg in the morning and before his dose in the evening he came to me and said "Mommy, I'm not seeing things anymore!". He was so genuinely excited, I couldn't believe it! I decided to keep him on the 2,500mg daily for awhile and see how he would do. Two days later, he came to me and said, "Mommy, I'm not hearing things talking to me anymore now!" I almost fainted from joy and relief. He is now mentally and emotionally stable on 2,500mg of Niacin (no flush kind) a day. He also takes 2,000mg of Vitamin C and 2,200mg of Omega 3 daily to complement his brain health and general health. He is a happy, easy to be with, non-violent, loving little guy now. He still takes Ritalin for the ADHD and Clonidine because he can't sleep, but otherwise he is doing awesome in regards to not needing any treatment for the Bipolar or ODD symptoms!
Now, I want to clarify something here. I asked Wyatt's doctor what he thought of using Niacin to treat the mental illness before I started. He said and I quote "But your son doesn't have pellegra." Pellegra is a disease you get when you have a Niacin deficiency. I replied "I know that, I am thinking that he might need Niacin anyway based on some research I did." The doctor replied, "well, it won't harm him to try it, but I don't think it will help".
I now know why it helped Wyatt and I can finally put it into words. I have come to understand that vitamin deficiency causes disease just as the doctors say it does, but I also now believe that some people are vitamin dependent and these dependencies, when left untreated, cause a whole other set of problems. That's why even though Wyatt did not have the vitamin deficient disease of Pellegra, his body, being dependent on Niacin but not being able to get the proper amount for him, caused his mental illness. For us, this is the kind of medicine that changed our life. No doctor of conventional medicine was going to tell me to try this type of therapy. We would have lived a miserable life going from one drug to the next, never being in control of his illness. Now we are fully in control of his mental illness, all because of the concepts and ideas of Orthomolecular medicine.
Obviously, I only have this one experience to go on. I don't know about any other diseases, or illnesses. I have tried using B complex vitamins to help me with depression, and take at least 1,000-2,000mg of Vitamin C every day to keep my immune system strong; even more at the first signs of getting sick. I take a few other supplements like an Omega 3 formulated especially for women to help with hormone issues and a few other things daily. Honestly, I feel better than I have in 10 years, and I feel good about being in control of my overall health. If you are sick, or run down, or mentally ill, but aren't being helped by traditional medicine, don't waste away! Take heart, check out alternative therapies like megadosing with vitamins, and see if you can't get your life back. We did.