help with 11 year old son on prescription drugs

My 11 year old son is taking 450 mg of lithium, 125 mg of Seroquel and 20
mg of Paroxetine daily. After six months that started in a intensive care
unit at the hospital for 10 days due to uncontrolable rages and
irritation, the last 7 day i-for the first time- he is very well. He is
happy with good mood and no rages at all.
Would you recomend the EM power plus eeven in this conditions? Do you have
to quit your current medication? when?

Thak you very much and congratulations for your

Francisco Armanet

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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, October 16, 2008

Bipolar Kids Need Nutrition, Not Junk Food and More Drugs

(OMNS, October 16, 2008) The NY Times Magazine's cover story, "The Bipolar Kid"
(September 14, 2008), is a very bleak article. While emphasizing the miseries of
living with such a child, Jennifer Egan's article offers little hope except for
ever-increasing doses of lithium. Long on discussions of definitions and diagnoses,
it is remarkably short on treatment alternatives. Not a word about diet. Not a word
about vitamins. Indeed, in this 9,500 word feature, describing the daily life of an
out-of-control, beyond-ADHD boy, the word "nutrition" is not mentioned at all.
Neither are the words "sugar" or "caffeine."

What astounding omissions. Pediatrician Lendon H. Smith, M.D., nationally famous as
"The Children's Doctor," was very plain in stating that sugar causes profound mood
disorders. He specifically advised parents to give their children a "sugarless diet
without processed foods." (1) It is not easy. The Center for Science in the Public
Interest has reported that children between the ages of six and eleven drink nearly
a pint of soda pop a day. 20% of toddlers drink soda pop, nearly a cup daily. (2)
And, of the seven best selling soft drinks, six have caffeine in them. In sensitive
persons, caffeine can cause psychotic behavior. (3)

Food colorings and benzoate preservatives increase childhood hyperactivity,
according to research published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, June 2004. (4)
The study, involving 277 preschool children, also demonstrated that withdrawing
these chemical additives decreased hyperactivity. When additives were reintroduced,
there was once again an increase in hyperactivity. "Additives do have an effect on
overactive behavior independent of baseline allergic and behavioral status," said
lead author Dr. J.O. Warner. So many parents, and any of us who have taught school
the day after Halloween, can verify this.

It is possible that the children profiled in the NY Times story are unusual in that
they do not consume any sugar, or any artificial food colorings, or any benzoate
preservatives, or any caffeine-laced soft drinks. But it is much more likely that
they do. The article ignored these important factors even though health
professionals are increasingly aware that the normal functioning of the brain and
nervous system is nutrient-dependent and additive sensitive. Ian Brighthope, M.D.,
says, "What is going on in the mind can be influenced by the nutrients and chemicals
going into it. You can't get anywhere with a patient with psychiatric symptomatology
if their brain is hungry, starved, or poisoned." (5)

Yet in the entire Times article, the words "allergy" and "junk food" are not
mentioned, not even once. Children's learning and behavior problems often begin in
their parents' grocery carts. Allergist Benjamin Feingold, M.D., was convinced of
the negative effect of food chemicals on children's behavior and the role of good
nutrition in treatment. (6) Says the Feingold Association: "Numerous studies show
that certain synthetic food additives can have serious learning, behavior, and/or
health effects for sensitive people." (7)

Another word totally absent from the Times article is "vitamin." Psychiatrist Abram
Hoffer, M.D., has had decades of experience and considerable success treating
children's behavioral disorders with vitamins. High doses of vitamin B-3 (niacin, or
niacinamide) were first used by Hoffer and colleague Dr. Humphrey Osmond in the
early 1950s. The trials were double-blind and placebo controlled. Over half a
century later, vitamin therapy has still been largely ignored by the psychiatric
profession, and, evidently, by some newspapers.

What a loss to patients and their families. I know and personally observed a
preadolescent who was having serious behavioral problems in school and at home.
Interestingly enough, the child had already been taking physician-prescribed little
bits of niacin, though totaling less than 150 mg/day, but evidently it wasn't enough
to be effective. When tried, drugs (especially Adderall) actually made him worse:
far more angry and dangerously confrontational. I was present when his parents had
to hold him down while he screamed death threats at them. In desperation, his mother
finally tried giving him 500 mg of niacin, three times daily (1,500 mg total). There
was some improvement. With about 500 mg every two hours (an astounding 6,000-8,000
mg/day), the boy was a new person. He was now a cheerful, cooperative, affectionate
youngster. Adding vitamin C and B-6 to his regimen helped even more. His school
performance soared, the teachers loved him, and they repeatedly said so. At age 1!
5, his maintenance dose was about 3,000 mg/day. He has since graduated from high
school and is successfully employed. This is exactly in line with what Dr. Hoffer
has repeatedly demonstrated for over 50 years. (8)

People often ask, "If this treatment is so good, how come my doctor doesn't know
about it? How come it is not in the newspaper?" Those are good questions.

The NY Times should know that reporting one side is not good reporting. To tell the
whole story, we need nutrition. So do bipolar children.


(1) Smith L. Foods for Healthy Kids. Berkley, 1991. ISBN-10: 0425127087; ISBN-13:

(2) Jacobson MF. Liquid Candy: How soft drinks are harming Americans' health. Accessed Sept 18, 2008.

(3) Whalen R. Welcome to the dance: caffeine allergy, a masked cerebral allergy and
progressive toxic dementia. Trafford Publishing, 2005. ISBN-10: 1412050006; ISBN-13:
978-1412050005. Reviewed in J Orthomolecular Med, 2005. Vol 20, No 3, p 215-217 and
at Synopsis at

(4) Bateman B, Warner JO, Hutchinson E et al. The effects of a double blind, placebo
controlled, artificial food colourings and benzoate preservative challenge on
hyperactivity in a general population sample of preschool children. Arch Dis Child.
2004. Jun;89(6):506-11.

(5) Interview, in the documentary film, Food Matters. Permacology Productions, 2008.

(6) Feingold BF. Why Your Child is Hyperactive. NY: Random House, 1985. ISBN:
0394734262. List of Dr. Feingold's publications:

(7) and Free email newsletter available.

(8) Hoffer A. Healing Children's Attention & Behavior Disorders: Complementary
Nutritional and Psychological Treatments. Toronto: CCNM Press, 2004. ISBN-10:
1897025106; ISBN-13: 978-1897025109. List of Hoffer's publications: See also:

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