At Schizophrenia.com we try to cover all the important developments in the complementary treatments that are becoming available for schizophrenia. We don't care where effective treatments originate for schizophrenia - but we do care that they are effective. We don't want to see our family members harmed by products or services, and we don't want to see our community members waste their money. We want the companies that sell any type of product (complementary therapies or medications) to be completely honest about the research, risks, negative side-effects of what they offer - and to not overstate their case.
The following news report video out of Canada demonstrates how some customers feel that they've been misled and harmed by a supplement manufacturer called TrueHope, the makers of Empowerplus nutritional supplement. There are no nutritional supplements that a consensus of experts judge as having been proven effective (by themselves) in treatment of any serious mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or depression). We encourage you to watch the 5 minute video below.
For consumers - its important that you understand that every company (whether they are selling nutritional products or medications) have a financial incentive to emphasize or twist the evidence that supports their product - so you have to be very skeptical of any new therapy. During the past 50 years many "miracle cures" to schizophrenia have been announced, always to later be debunked. Be careful of any simple solution to the complex problem of schizophrenia - its likely to be wrong. Any new development is most likely to be a solution to just a part of the problem - and all therapies should be discussed with your doctor.
With this in mind, we recommend everyone watch this video to better understand (and be wary of) complementary therapies that claim to treat schizophrenia (or common co-existent conditions like depression). The message that everyone should take away is be skeptical of claims by companies, and "buyer beware". The video above may be a few years old, but the issue of being skeptical about what companies say about all types of therapies is as true today as it was then.