Robin Williams: Could Orthomolecular Therapy Have Stayed his Depression and Saved his Life

On July 1 of this year reports circulated that  late actor / comedian Robin Williams had checked himself into Rehab to ensure “continued sobriety” for alcoholism.  What does this mean?  It means that the addict in recovery foresee’s the possibility of falling off of the wagon for whatever reason.  That reason could be that they have taken just one drink, or may have gotten drunk only once,  and wants to quell an utter relapse.

Now, a mere few weeks later, Robin Williams is dead via an apparent suicide by hanging.  No suicide note was found.

Back in 2006 Williams also checked into rehab after 20 years of sobriety.  Williams has always admitted that he had a problem with alcohol and cocaine back in the 80’s.  As well Williams has been vocal about struggles with Depression.  With that being said it has often been reported that Williams was also Bipolar (Manic Depression).  I haven’t located an article or video clip where this terminology actually comes out of his mouth. These are mere reports.

Whether it was Depression alone , or Bipolar Disorder it does not matter.  He admitted to suffering from Depression and it’s been noted over and over again by people suffering from mood disorders that they self medicate via illegal substances.  Cocaine, weed, heroin, etc.   It’s not for me to say if this was why Williams succumbed to addiction to illegal substances in the 80’s.  I can only say that it would not be out of order to question it.

Actress Margot Kidder who rose to fame in the 80’s as the character Lois Lane from the first Superman franchise also battled a mental disorder; Bipolar disease.  She suffered a much publicized manic episode in 1996  which left her wandering in the streets.  She was found in the backyard of someones home and the homeowner summoned help for her.   Fast forward to 2007 and Margot Kidder has insisted that she has not suffered from Bipolar Disorder manic episodes for over 11 years.  What was her secret?  Was she self medicating?

 

MARGOT KIDDER

Kidder insists that Orthomolecular Therapy saved her life.  While she does not encourage mentally ill patients to abruptly cease and desist with conventional pharmaceutical medications, she has indeed encourage a gradual switch from pharmaceutical drugs to Orthomolecular Therapy.

What is Orthomolecular Therapy?  Orthomolecular Therapy is the treatment of illnesses via nutritional therapy which would include a vast list of vitamins.  With regard to mental illness it can be used to treat disorders from ADHD to Schizophrenia.  A YouTube search can yield a host of video testimonies including a lecture by Kidder.

The supplement list below is taken from www.orthomolecular.org  for the treatment of mental disorders:

After the morning meal take:

  • A multivitamin tablet
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin B-3 (as niacinamide or inositol hexanicotinate)
  • One B-complex tablet
  • 100 mg of vitamin B-6
  • 1,200 mcg of vitamin B-9 (folate or folic acid)
  • 1,000-2,000 IU of vitamin D (the lower number if you get sunshine, the higher number if you don’t)
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin C
  • 200 mg of magnesium
  • 50 mg of zinc
  • 200 micrograms (mcg) of selenium
  • 30 grams of soy protein powder and one tablespoon of lecithin granules mixed into a small glass of juice or milk A supplement of omega-3 fatty acids [eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)]

After the midday meal:

  • 1,000 mg of vitamin B-3
  • 1,200 mcg of vitamin folate
  • 100 mg of vitamin B-6
  • One B-complex tablet
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin C
  • 200 mg of magnesium

After the evening meal:

  • A multivitamin tablet
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin B-3
  • 1,000 mg of vitamin C
  • One B-complex tablet
  • 100 mg of vitamin B-6

Margot Kidder and a number of others who can be found online swear by this therapy.  The question remains that if people in the entertainment industry such as Kidder have went out of their way to lecture on the restorative effects of this treatment, were there other industry professionals listening?  Was Kidder being ignored or perhaps others such as Williams actually did take note and try the Orthomolecular Therapy with ineffective results.

There are indeed some film industry professionals such as actress Jenifer Lewis (diagnosed as Bipolar) who assert that conventional meds work for her as long as she is diligent in taking them.

 

JENIFER LEWIS

I’d love to know if  Williams had knowledge of the this alternative form of treatment for his depression. In any event, whatever measures Williams attempted to take failed to save him from taking his life yesterday.  

Robin Williams will be missed.  He fought the brave fight for decades and gave us decades of laughter. May he rest in peace.

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