Hypoglycemia Psychosis

February 25, 2015

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"The Doctor of the Future will give No Medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the Human Frame, in Diet, and in the Cause and Prevention of Disease."
Thomas A. Edison

Today's Topic:

If you suffer from depression, insomnia, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, dizziness, chronic pain, etc. this article is for YOU.

If you know somebody who does .... please share this article with him or her.

  • Hypoglycemia means Low Blood Sugar

  • Hypoglycemia Will Ruin Your Life

  • Low Blood Sugar can mimic any Psychiatric Disorder

  • How YOU Can and Why YOU Must Resolve Hypoglycemia




Quotes for your life: (bolds added by Dr. Z)

"It is my belief that the condition of relative hypoglycemia is one of the most common causes of neuropsychiatric illness, and I should like to propose that it has been caused by changes in human dietary habits....

1. Relative hypoglycemia is considered as an important cause of neuropsychiatric illness.

2. Every patient with neuropsychiatric illness should have a six-hour glucose tolerance test, particularly those whom we have been prone to diagnose as having psychoneurotic anxiety states or depressive reactions.

3. The six-hour glucose tolerance test should be interpreted as positive if there is a blood sugar drop of 20 mgm.%, or more, below the fasting blood sugar level; or if the drop is from 10 to 20 mgm.% below the fasting blood sugar level, potential relative hypoglycemia should be considered.

4. A corrective diet high in protein, low in carbohydrate, and free of caffeine will effect recovery in approximately 85 per cent
of the patients.

5. By making the diagnosis of relative hypoglycemia and teaching patients what they should eat, they will be spared years of suffering, electroshock therapy, and the hazards inherent in taking sedatives, stimulants, and tranquilizers.

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I get letters (bolds added by Dr. Z)

I get so many questions from desperate people all over North America - and sometimes the world - who have many "bizarre and unexplained" symptoms and who need help.

A couple of weeks ago I received this e-mail from a distraught mother:

"I am actually writing this to help my 18 year old daughter.

She is currently hospitalized for suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, anxiety, acute psychosis, and depression.

She became a vegetarian and then a raw vegan in the past few months and that is when everything escalated. She rarely got protein and would eat a lot of fruits and skip meals.

I feel it is due to hypoglycemia as well as stress that has led to her mental illness.

Can you give us some direction on who we should take her to after she is discharged so she can heal?

Thank you so much,

Karen M"


I asked the mom to complete the online Self-Evaluation on behalf of her daughter to the best of her capacity. I wanted to see in more detail what the daughter was eating, and get some sense of her symptom patterns.

With Karen's permission I'm sharing some of the details with you.

Here's a partial list of her daughters typical food consumption during the months leading up to her hospitalization.


Breakfast fruit, usually a couple of bananas or brown rice if my mom makes me eat
Lunch I have been a vegetarian since last August and I eat brown rice and fruit. I mostly skip lunch.
Dinner Soups. My mom would make me eat something with protein, like lentil soup out of a can.
Snacks corn chips, granola bars
Computer Time 8-10 hrs on computer

It's pretty much all sugar and carbs which leads to wild blood sugar swings and episodes of hypoglycemia/low blood sugar...hardly any protein or good fat.


Your brain needs three things in order to function properly:

  • Oxygen
  • Balanced Blood Sugar
  • Stimulation - primarily from upright movement under gravity


With hypoglycemia/low blood sugar your brain cannot work. You can end up with the most bizarre physical and neurological symptoms such as anxiety and psychosis.

For a detailed description of all the possible effects of hypoglycemia/low blood sugar on your brain and your life please read online hypoglycemia article.

Karen ordered the phone consultation - both parents and their daughter participated. I shared with them some of my own disastrous experiences with hypoglycemia. I suggested to the daughter that maybe her eating behavior did not lead to a good outcome and that she might consider conducting an experiment for 4 to 6 weeks to find out if eating differently would bring more beneficial results.

She agreed.


Karen ordered Dr. Z's Hypoglycemia Kit with detailed dietary recommendations.


10 days later - mom's follow-up letter

"The first few days she had dramatic downs, with suicidal thoughts, maybe detox? She would be feeling good and then all of a sudden very depressed and having suicidal thoughts. I am suspecting food allergies as well.

On Friday I took her to work with me and she ate as she should, keeping blood sugar level. We are following the diet you recommend (and I already follow, the paleo diet) and she is taking the supplements in your hypoglycemic kit.

Well, I had her eat some nuts late in the afternoon. Then about an hour after that as we were driving home, she began talking about suicide and how she would do what we said for now and then when she moved out, she would kill herself. She said if she had a gun, she would do it now. I of course cried and didn't know what to do. She almost slipped back into psychosis.

That happened a few more times over the weekend, although she was eating just as she should and at regular times. I am keeping a food journal along with her feelings.

Then the last few days she came out of it and has not been depressed much at all and had some anxiety, but not bad.

So, overall I think she has been improving since yesterday. She has been following the diet since last Thursday."



Here is a very interesting article from 1966:


"Relative Hypoglycemia as a Cause of Neuropsychiatric Illness," Salzer HM, J Natl Med Assoc, January 1966;58(1):12-17. 38372

Please note that this study was published in 1966.

In studying 300 cases of relative hypoglycemia,

  • symptoms of depression were found in 60%,
  • insomnia in 50%,
  • anxiety in 50%
  • irritability in 45%
  • exhaustion or fatigue in 67%
  • sweating in 41%
  • tachycardia (rapid heart beat) in 37%
  • anorexia in 32%
  • neurological symptoms of headache in 45%
  • dizziness in 42%
  • tremor in 38%
  • muscle twitching in 37%
  • backache in 33%.

During a 6-hour glucose tolerance test the patient would drink a glass of sugar water. Blood sugar levels were monitored at regular time intervals during the six hours following the drink. A potential relative hypoglycemic diagnosis was made if there was a blood sugar drop of 10 to 20 mg% in blood sugar.

It was not necessary for there to be a blood sugar drop into the hypoglycemic range of less than 70 mg%. A patient whose fasting blood sugar is 110 mg% and whose blood sugar drops to 85 mg% during the course of a 6-hour glucose tolerance test has a 25-mg% drop and may have symptoms of hypoglycemia.

  • The fasting blood sugar does not need to be low!

In 185 women and 115 men, the majority of cases were between 30 and 50 years of age, and approximately 50% of the patients had symptoms of over 5 years' duration.

The author feels that

  • every neuropsychiatric illness patient should have a 6-hour glucose tolerance test,
  • especially those who are diagnosed as having psychoneurotic anxiety states or depressive reactions.

The 6-hour glucose tolerance test should be interpreted as positive if there is a blood sugar drop of 20 mg% or more below the fasting sugar level, or if there is a drop from 10-20 mg% below the fasting blood sugar level.

  • A diet high in protein, low in carbohydrate and free of caffeine will result in recovery in about 85% of the subjects.

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Here is a stunning research article published in December 2005.

Beginning of quote

Acute Hypoglycemia Presenting as Acute Psychosis

Tanveer Padder MD, Aparna Udyawar MD, Nouman Azhar MD, Kamil Jaghab MD
From the Department of Psychiatry, Nassau University Medical Center, 2201 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow NY 11554 USA.

We are presenting a unique case of acute hypoglycemia presenting as acute psychosis with an unusual presentation creating a diagnostic dilemma. Medline search was done using the search words hypoglycemia and psychosis and to the best of our knowledge this is the first reported case of hypoglycemia presenting as acute psychosis.........End of quote


The authors note that hypoglycemia has been and can be misdiagnosed as

  • cerebrovascular accident
  • transient ischemic attack
  • seizure disorder
  • brain tumor
  • narcolepsy
  • multiple sclerosis
  • psychosis
  • sympathomimetic drug ingestion
  • hysteria
  • depression

"Hypoglycemia may present without classic symptoms especially in elderly patients and may imitate every neurological symptom. Our case illustrates the importance of considering hypoglycemia in every case of

change in mental status
acute neurological deficits
acute psychosis
acute agitation

even when clinical findings seem to be explained by other causes. An immediate blood glucose test should be done to exclude hypoglycemia."

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Dr. Z's Comments -

Medications cannot resolve Hypoglycemia - ONLY YOU CAN

  • Fasting Blood Sugar levels are pretty much meaningless to determine if you suffer from hypoglycemia. .
  • Only a Glucose Tolerance Test can demonstrate your tendency towards hypoglycemia.
  • How fast and how far your blood sugar level drops is of the essence.

For more than 20 years I have assisted countless clients to help resolve a variety of seemingly bizarre and "unexplainable" symptoms. I dare say that approximately 80-90 percent of the clients who come to my clinic have symptoms of hypoglycemia, candida overgrowth and digestive stress.

I, myself, suffered from terrible depression and mood swings for years and years. Nobody could figure out what was going on with me or how to help me. As soon I became aware of the impact nutrition has on brain function I conducted a food experiment on myself back in 1991. Having grown up in Germany, the land of great beers, breads, pastries, chocolates and wines, I was a complete carbohydrates addict, without realizing it. I cut out all carbohydrates, only ate protein, fat and green vegetables.

**** Within one week most of my severe symptoms had all but resolved.

Obviously, nutrition as being of vital importance for optimum health, has been conveniently forgotten by the medical profession. You mention that word to your MD...most will ignore you, some will belittle you. Most know nothing about it, because that topic was neglected or omitted in their medical school education. So it is not really their fault. Indoctrination goes a long way.

So now, to the advantage of the pharmaceutical industry, it has been made official that all illnesses are really due to a drug deficiency. Just look at American TV commercials. Physicians are pretty much by-passed.

We just don't have enough Prozac in our daily breakfast or lunch or dinner to lead happy and un-depressed lives. (this may sound like a joke, but it really is not funny) Ask you GP. Tell him you don't feel well. He will prescribe you some. You probably can get free samples on-line.

  • Depression, anxiety, panic attacks....are due to Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, etc."deficiency".
  • Heartburn... is due to a "deficiency" in Tums, antacids, Nexium, Zantac, etc.
  • Pain is due to a "deficiency" in pain medication...Aspirin, Motrin, Vicodin, etc.
  • What..you have headaches? It is probably because you did not take your Aspirin this morning!
  • The list goes on and on
  • Pharmaceutical companies can't make a lot of money if doctors would simply prescribe a change in diet.

There is a pharmaceutical drug for everything, or is there?

  • Hardly anybody asks for the underlying causes of symptoms.
    Of course, what can you do as a physician if the HMO or PPO only allows you an average of 8 minutes per patient?

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How to Begin

Hypoglycemia is very widespread

  • Hypoglycemia, unrecognized, can destroy your life
  • Hypoglycemia, recognized, is easily managed
  • Hypoglycemia is not a disease
  • Hypoglycemia can lead to serious disease
  • Hypoglycemia is a functional problem
  • You can avoid Hypoglycemia
  • You can cure Hypoglycemia
  • The solution: what you put into your mouth
  • The solution: how you digest what you eat/drink
  • The solution: your insight and intelligence
  • The solution: your compassion with your self
  • The solution: your willingness to make changes

The solution: YOU take full responsibility for your life

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If you have ever taken antibiotics, yesterday or 30 years ago - the chances are high that you may suffer the consequences of bowel flora imbalance and candida overgrowth.

  • It is my clinical experience that this approach is always useful.
  • This does not mean that it will or can solve all your problems.

However, the majority of my local and on-line clients experience dramatic improvements in their health, when they address
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