The National Institutes of Mental Health estimates that about 1 % of Americans have the disease of perception which is called schizophrenia. Other sources suggest that 2.4% are schizophrenic and another 2.6% are bipolar. Medical scientists like Linus Pauling, Abram Hoffer and Humphrey Osmund have concluded that these diseases have a cause and can be cured. In fact Dr. Abram Hoffer, Ph.D., M.D., now deceased, claimed to have cured 5,000 of such patients with orthomolecular psychiatry and turned them into taxpayers.
In Florida most psychiatrists accept the findings of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that schizophrenia has no known cause and no cure. As a result, in 2007, Florida spent $250 million supporting mentally ill citizens in jails and an additional $70 million building more jail cells. Under the influence of psychoactive drugs, they deteriorate physically and mentally and die an early death using up tax derived dollars in the process. Only 10% of American schizophrenics recover enough to pay taxes according to Dr. Hoffer.
It is hard to understand how the APA could disregard the positive results of six double blind studies that proved that ordinary psychiatry plus orthomolecular medicine was capable of curing over 75% of schizophrenic patients. Over 80% of medical procedures do not have this kind of proof according to the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Perhaps, as suggested by Loren R. Mosher, M.D., a distinguished psychiatrist, when he resigned from the APA in 1998, “psychiatry has been almost completely bought out by the drug companies”. Orthomolecular medicine uses small amounts of drugs and large amounts of food supplements.
Most schizophrenics, 95% according to Hoffer, are curable if treated soon after diagnosis. They are generally above average people and capable of making valuable contributions to society. One schizophrenic student, assigned to him by a Judge after being convicted of shooting at passing automobiles, graduated after this treatments and subsequently became head of a psychiatric institution.
APA’s rejection of Orthomolecular Psychiatry over 50 years ago, caused millions of mentally ill Americans, who could have been cured, to use up tax money while deteriorating under the influence of mind altering drugs. American taxpayers might consider asking the APA to reconsider its objections and help balance the budget.
JACK PHILLIPS – 15 December 2011