Monday, April 28, 2008

Scary Thoughts

Finally, a radical but valid approach to dealing with mental illness may be at hand if researchers are right about infection and the body's immune response to microbes that attack the brain.

Bugs and the Brain
To this writer it makes a great deal of sense as the brain would react to illness in ways different from every other part of the body because of it's configuration and connects to the five senses.

No doubt there's resistance but...Doctors have known for many years that microbes such as syphilis and Streptococcus can, if left untreated, lead to serious psychiatric problems. Now a growing number of scientists are proposing that microbes are to blame for several mental illnesses once thought to have neurological or psychological defects at their roots. The strongest evidence pertains to schizophrenia, but autism, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder have also been linked to bacterial, viral or parasitic infections in utero, in childhood or in maturity. Some of these infections can directly affect the brain, whereas others might trigger immune reactions that interfere with brain development or perhaps even attack our own brain cells in an autoimmune mistake.

To see some other ground breaking research on mental illness, click here.

With a bit of luck, the end game of Cuckoo's Nest will wind up in the dustbin of history.

If he's crazy, what does that make you?
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