Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook is a collection of information on topics of interest to Dr. Weyrich that may be of interest to the world wide audience. Due to limitations of time, not all information that Dr. Weyrich knows or would like to further research is published here. Dr. Weyrich welcomes financial contributions to support specific research topics, as well as copies of non-free access journal articles for him to review on a topic. Constructive criticism is also welcome.

Overview of Schizophrenia

It is outside Dr. Weyrich's scope to prescribe anti-psychotic drugs to treat Schizophrenia, but Dr. Weyrich can provide adjunctive therapies that may be very beneficial, and allow the doctors prescribing anti-psychotics to minimize the doses (and side effects).

Complimentary and alternative treatments for schizophrenia that are considered below include:

  • Immune System Balancing
  • Conventional Neuro-feedback
  • Neurotransmitter Balancing

Etiology of Schizophrenia

Elevated urinary levels of 3-hydroxyphenyl-3-hydroxypropionic acid (HPHPA) and other markers of dysbiotic overgrowth with Clostridia spp. are common in schizophrenia [GP], and treating such individuals with antibiotics such as vancomycin can give remission of symptoms without the use of neuroleptic drugs [Shaw2008].

Some practitioners have noted an association between hypothyroidism and schizophrenia (as well as schizoid and affective psychoses); treatment of hypothyroidism appears to also rapidly (2 weeks) resolve schizophrenia [DeGroot1996], [ Zondek1944b], [Starr2005, pg 124].

Some practitioners have noted an association with inflammatory process mediated by homocysteine [Rogers2008, pg 9]. Note that the common diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) increases homocysteine levels [Westphal2003].

Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

  • Basal body temperature below 97.8 degrees F, elevated TSH, or depressed T3 (suggests hypothyroidism).

Differential Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

Treatment of Schizophrenia

A problem with treating many psychotic patients is that they do NOT want to be treated, and are uncooperative; therefore they are often forcibly treated by court order. Under these circumstances, it is difficult or impossible for Dr. Weyrich to intervene or provide complementary therapies.

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Immune System Balancing

[McCulley2018, pg 62] reports that schizophrenia may be an autoimmune disorder, and proposes an approach to treating this disease, which should be supervised by a properly trained medical professional. Dr. Weyrich has considerable interest in this topic, but has not treated any cases of schizophrenia with Immune System Balancing.

Please see What is Immune System Balancing? for more information.

Conventional Neuro-feedback

Neuro-feedback has proven useful for treating schizophrenia. Dr. Weyrich has been certified in Neuro-feedback since 2008, and more recently completed an additional residency training program at ADD Clinic of Scottsdale, AZ. However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of schizophrenia with this technique.

Please see What is Neurofeedback? for more information.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that Schizophrenia can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter levels in the body.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in neurotransmitter balancing protocols, but has not treated schizophrenia using this technique.

Please see What is Neurotransmitter Balancing? for more information.

References for Schizophrenia