In this video, Eva Edelman spends about 30 minutes speaking on "Schizophrenia" at the 28th Annual Cancer Convention held on Labor Day weekend by the Cancer Control Society.
About Eva Edelman
EVA EDELMAN, AUTHOR received her B.A. Degree in Psychology in 1970 from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She continued her education with two years toward a Masters Degree in Mathematics, interrupted, at the end, by her growing fascination with the emerging field of Natural Medicine. She then studied under Bernard Jensen, D.C., John Christopher, N.D. and other pioneers in the health field. She has now worked for over 30 years as a Nutritionist, Herbalist, Health Educator and Journalist.
In 1996, Eva Edelman completed her encyclopedic book called Natural Healing for Schizophrenia: A Compendium of Nutritional Methods. Updated editions continue to come out every few years.
Eva's latest book, Natural Healing for Bipolar Disorder: A Compendium of Nutritional Approaches published in 2009, may well be the first comprehensive volume on the subject.
These books integrate research from Orthomolecular Nutrition, Brain Biochemistry, Herbology, Endocrinology and Environmental Medicine. Her books also contain quotes from patients and doctors along with extensive references.
For more information Eva Edelman may be contacted at her office in Eugene, Oregon by phone 541-683-8720. You can find her newsletters and books through her website www.boragebooks.com.
Can you hear me okay?
Really loud in the back?
Okay. Okay. Number one, I'm not a psychologist. I have a degree in psychology. Yes. Okay.
Okay, so it's still loud, right?
Okay. All right.
Well, by way of introduction, how I got interested in schizophrenia was that when I was in college, my closest friend, who is a creative, brilliant individual at one moment over the summers soon became a zombie, she was diagnosed schizophrenic and she had indeed been acting odd and running naked in the streets of Long Island and things like that.
And they drugged her and shocked her. And when I visit her next, and she hadn't told me over the summer what was going on, she was folding a sweater for an hour, one sweater to put it away in her dresser. And if I laughed and I laughed a lot, she would be afraid. And she was so suppressed that even my mother, who has never said anything bad about anyone, could not stand to have her in the house because it was depressing.
Schizophrenia In Society & The Medical Field
And so that was 30 years ago. And over the years, I have had other close friends that was schizophrenic. And in fact, today, my closest friends are schizophrenic. And that is because I work at an organization named Safe in Oregon, that is run by and for people with severe mental disorders like schizophrenia and manic depression. And what I do there, I am the nutritional consultant and teacher. And people with mental disorders in general have had a hard life aside from the disorder. When they're in the hospital, they're often condescended to and not respected. And that's to say the least, that's an understatement.
And then they are often drugged against their will or shocked against their will with the assumption being that they don't know what's good for them.
So, instead of prescribing, telling people what to do, I teach. On the average people with schizophrenia have families and themselves who are more intelligent than the general population.
People with manic depression.... There's no statistics, but the rumor is they're more creative and more achieving than the general population.
Well, when I teach people about nutrition and they start taking nutrients, they emerge from under their illness. And you see these wonderful, incredible people emerge. One; because of what they've been through, the really sensitive and kind, because they know what suffering is. Two; they are very intelligent and creative. And Safe, we have a room about two thirds the size of this, filled with artwork, incredible artwork that people do, that have these severe mental