Bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is not a single disorder, but a category of mood disorders defined by the presence of one or more episodes of abnormally elevated mood, clinically referred to as mania. Individuals who experience manic episodes also commonly experience depressive episodes or symptoms, or mixed episodes which present with features of both mania and depression. These episodes are normally separated by periods of normal mood, but in some patients, depression andmania may rapidly alternate. Onset of symptoms generally occurs in young adulthood. Diagnosis is based on the person’s self-reported experiences, as well as observed behavior.

Episodes of illness are associated with distress and disruption, and a relatively high risk of suicide. According to research by Dr. Abram Hoffer, many patients suffering from bipolar disorder are allergic to sugars, dairy products and wheat.

ORTHOMOLECULAR APPROACH The orthomolecular approach for bipolar disorder examines the important role nutrients, including amino acids, play in creating and regulating the body’s neurotransmitters. The approach seeks to uncover any nutritional deficiencies in the individual and also focuses on suspected food allergies and sources of aggravating toxins. Once identified, those nutrients are provided in the optimal levels needed to correct neurotransmitter dysfunctions. Orthomolecular treatment of bipolar disorder could include the taking of a detailed food history and placing the patient on an elimination diet.

This might be followed by the use of the following supplements: A multi-vitamin tablet not containing copper Vitamin B3 (as niacinamide or inositol hexaniacinate) Vitamin B Complex Vitamin B6 Vitamin B9 Vitamin D Vitamin C Zinc Selenium Calcium / Magnesium Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids *

A customized program must be developed by an orthomolecular practitioner at our clinic.


Articles and Resources Hoffer, Dr. Abram. “The Megavitamin Revolution.” Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. 7.1 (1995)

Kunin, Richard. “Principles That Identify Orthormolecular Medicine: A Unique Medical Specialty”. Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. 4 (1987) Hoffer, Dr. Abram. Dr Hoffer’s ABC of Natural Nutrition for Children. Kingston: Quarry Press Inc., 1999

Hoffer A and Saul AW. Orthomolecular Medicine for Everyone. Laguna Beach, CA: Basic Health Pub, 2008.

Murray, Michael T. Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements: The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally. Roseville, CA: Prima Publishing, 1996.

Hoffer, Dr. Abram. Healing Children’s Attention & Behavior Disorders: Complementary Nutritional & Psychological Treatments. Toronto: CCNM Press Inc, 2004.