Dr Alan Spreen

I have seen particularly hyperactive children who have an attention span of about two seconds. Often they are called autistic because they can't linger on any subject matter long enough to even begin to learn anything, much less give their parents a moment's peace. Often they are irritated by chemicals in their food that their system wasn't designed to handle artificial color, artificial flavor, highly refined sugar, and flours and sugars that have had the nutrients required for their...

Dr Warren Levin

Hypoglycemia is a basic problem that is frequently stress-induced. When people take a large dose of sugar into the body (and one cola drink contains more sugar than the entire bloodstream), the level of sugar in the body goes way up. Now, the body's entire commitment is to maintain balance or equilibrium the technical word is homeostasis. The body produces a basic hormone called insulin that is supposed to take the sugar from the blood and deliver it into the cells, and when the sugar goes up...

Dr Doris Rapp

In my experience, eating disorders and alcoholism can be related to allergies. Frequently, eating disorders are food addictions. When you have a food sensitivity, there is a certain phase of it that makes you really crave that food. And if you happen to be addicted to wheat or baked goods, you can never get enough of them, with the result being that you get obese. For example, men who are addicted to corn may drink a lot of beer and they can become alcoholics. They're sensitive to and addicted...

Dr Hyla Cass

Some time ago, a psychologist who specializes in eating disorders began to send her clients to me because she had heard that antidepressant medications worked for these patients. I had shifted to a more holistic way of looking at things, so I said before I did anything with antidepressants I would try some other things. With certain eating disorders, such as food cravings, the underlying problem is a food allergy. We crave the foods that we are allergic to. Often, it's the very things we want...

Dr Michael Schacter

Many people who are depressed are often simply deficient in nutrients or thyroid, and by giving them these nutrients, their depression frequently is alleviated, sometimes in just one or two visits. Often you don't need to go to drugs, although sometimes you will. Often depression is caused by a deficiency in the neurotransmitters for adrenaline and norepinephrine. I will frequently use the amino acid L-tyrosine, or the amino acid DL-phenylalanine. Actually, DL-phenylalanine is natural to the...

Dr Kendall Gerdes

There are two definitions of allergies today. The traditional, or classic, definition describes an immunological reaction, and there are very good data suggesting that it is a fairly rare phenomenon--maybe three-tenths of 1 percent in children and even less in adults. Unfortunately, people will read about food allergies in books they find in health food stores, but then they go to a traditional physician who thinks about allergies in a classic way. So he says, Well, this person is talking about...

William A Patient Of Dr Alan Spreen

I had been seeing a psychiatrist for depression and was on medication--and still am. I noticed that while the medicine took care of certain symptoms, it seemed to have no effect on an enormous number of them. I used to be a body-builder back in the early 1980s, so I had some experience with nutrition. I went to see Dr. Spreen because I noticed that my hypoglycemia was acting up I noticed a direct correlation between what I ate and how I felt. When I went to see him, I was complaining of really...

Dr Walt Stoll

In my clinical experience, I have found that emotional disorders are often linked to the inability to completely break down proteins, during the digestive process in the gut, into their amino acids. Just three or four amino acids still hooked together (peptides), if they get through the intestinal lining, can stimulate the immune system to make antibodies against them. Since our body is also made up of peptides, hooked together to make proteins, these antibodies can attack us. To an antibody, a...

Dr Richard Khunan

Most experts in orthomolecular psychiatry focus on major psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, or the mood disorders like manic depression, or psychotic depression and disorders. While these disorders, along with panic attacks or severe anxiety problems, can have a major impact on one's life, I want to focus on the vast majority of people whose complaints are less dramatic. They are the ones who just don't feel well, who don't enjoy life fully, because they haven't learned how to live...

Dr Leander Ellis

Hypoglycemia is a phenomenon that can be triggered by allergy, infection, exhaustion, or huge amounts of sugar that encourage the growth of yeast in the intestinal tract, which then, in turn, gives rise to some allergic effects and a variety of other subtle effects. I see hypoglycemia as a symptom of a larger problem, rather than as a disease. Most of the time there are other important causes to account for the roller-coastering of the blood-sugar levels. The most common one is probably...

Dr Michael Galante

Pesticides are a major problem today, especially in more rural areas, although winds can carry them into urban areas as well. Pesticides have long been known to be extremely toxic to the bugs and the foliage they are aimed at killing. But the industry has sought to conceal from the public the toxic effect of these substances on humans. Pesticides are a real problem even in suburbia, where people with small children have lawn care. There is a big risk to children and their pets playing on lawns...

Dr Lenden Smith

I've been working with a chemist out of Spokane, Washington, whose name is John Kitkowski. He started doing experiments with animals by taking blood samples from them and finding out that these horses were low in calcium, or magnesium, for example. So he would put standard feed out in the corral, and then he would put standard feed plus calcium, or magnesium, or zinc, and let the animals go out and freely eat. They would smell everything and eat only what they needed. If they were low in...

Dr Richard

I have been diagnosing a lot of patients with candida, and sugar affects them greatly. Quite a few patients that I am seeing have memory lapses, are forgetful and depressed, and they have seen other doctors who diagnose the depression and give them antidepressants. When I go over all the system reviews, I find that it is more of a systemic problem along with the candida, they also have some sinus problems, achy bones and joints, stomach upsets, and gas. They often say that they have cravings...

Brittany A Patient Of Dr Harold Buttram

Just after she was born, when she was about three weeks old, she started having recurring ear infections. She was always going on antibiotics--literally every two weeks--until she was about two years old. At that time a friend introduced us to an allergist in Massachusetts, who put her through allergy testing and treatment. We changed our daughter's diet after finding that there were certain foods to which she was severely allergic, such as chicken, sugar, and dairy....

Dr Alfred Zamm

The standard conservative medical school textbook, The Textbook of Pharmacology by Goodman and Gilman, contains the following passage about mercury, Doctors very rarely make the diagnosis of mercury poisoning because the symptoms are so varied. It comes in many disguises. To paraphrase the text Mercury poisoning is like a ghost. You don't know it's there. It comes and goes, in different masks. Some years ago, I wrote an article called The Removal of Dental Mercury--Often an Effective Treatment...

Dr Abram Hoffer

Here is a classic case A high school teacher and principal of about 45 developed a severe depression. In fact, I believe he was misdiagnosed as a schizophrenic. He exhibited what we call a straightforward, deep-seated, endogenous depression. He was in a mental hospital for about a year or two, and then discharged. He was so depressed that no one could live with him. His wife divorced him and eventually he was living with his aunt, who looked after him as if he were a child. As a last resort, he...

Jenny A Patient Of Dr Spreen

Spreen only after first following the conventional route in medical treatment. In 1988, I was in my fifth year of infertility treatments, had taken multiple infertility drugs, and wound up severely depressed, which caused me to lose 35 pounds in two months. I couldn't sleep, I had panic attacks, the whole horrible group of symptoms associated with depression. The doctors put me on the conventional Xanax treatment for three years before I met Dr. Spreen, who was...

Alison A Patient Of Doctor Buttram

As Alison's mother, I can honestly say that Alison was born crying. She cried for the first two years of her life. I took her to a clinic at the time and found out she was allergic to corn, wheat, and bananas, which caused her to cry every day, all day long. I took her off those foods, and she became a normal, happy two-year-old. She did well for quite a while until she got a problem with a vitamin deficiency, which caused her to be uncontrollable. I couldn't do anything with her. If I wanted...

Dr Ray Wunderlich

When we assess people's hormones and glandular functions with good chemistry, we can help make them less sensitive to the toxic assaults of the environment. While there are no such things as panaceas in medicine and we want to beware of unwarranted enthusiasm and zeal, the hormone DHEA is probably the closest thing to a panacea in medicine that we have found as of yet. It is the so-called mother hormone of the adrenal which is antidepressant and seems to be able to counter a lot of the allergic...

Dr Gary Vicker

I have patients who have been diagnosed as having schizophrenia, and while I don't argue with the diagnosis, it hasn't captured the whole essence of what is going on with that patient. I prefer to see it as an incomplete diagnosis, rather than as a misdiagnosis. Very often the goal, in the schizophrenic diagnosis, is just to subdue behavior. When people are in such states of distress that their behavior is inappropriate, or agitated, or out of control, the goal is primarily to treat that...

Dr Sidney Baker

I presented a paper on magnesium at a conference in La Jolla, California, a few years ago. At this colloquium, there were magnesium experts from all over, mostly academic people, and mostly people who had jobs like running an intensive care unit or a cardiac care unit, or a department of immunology or obstetrics and gynecology. Everyone there from every medical specialty was saying, Isn't it amazing that our colleagues are not aware of the very lengthy published information on the prevalence of...

Dr William Goldwag

When we have patients who are depressed and we can get them moving, the depression is greatly alleviated. Of course, drugs have changed the whole treatment of depression greatly, but the impact exercise can have on depression has often been overlooked, and it needs to be re-emphasized. People who are on antidepressants may improve, but the way for them to really get back to functioning well--back in touch with their environment, back to work, back in relationships with their family--is to get...

Dr Helen Schleagle

I have had a lot of clinical experience with controlling moods by using amino acids. Right now, I am quite concerned about the current effort by the FDA to ban amino acids, which takes away the right of individuals to help themselves. In a sense, it's like banning proteins, which is ludicrous. So I hope that people will fight this reactionary effort on the part of our government to make amino acids available only through physicians--which will cost a person far more. I have treated patients...

Helen A Patient Of Dr Helen Schleagle

I had hives, some kind of an allergic response, about five years ago and it progressed to the point where I had hives on my vocal chords. It was a pretty serious allergic reaction, for which I was first treated with antihistamines. Later, I was treated with prednisone. When small doses of prednisone given every other day didn't help, my doctor began increasing the dosage until I was taking 70 mg every day. After about six weeks I started declining physically from taking this tremendous dose. I...