FIVE COMMON PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS SHARE A GENETIC LINK
SHOULD WE BE SURPRISED?
A brand new study from the Lancet --- one of the oldest and most prestigious medical journals on the planet --- showed that the five disorders listed in the title share a common genetic link. This genetic link is present even though the course of each disorder is different, ultimately leading to a different group of symptoms for each. The authors, who claim the study was the biggest ever of its kind, looked at over 33,000 cases of psychiatric disorders, and compared them to nearly 28,000 control subjects. They made some interesting observations along the way ---- primarily that all five of these problems share common genetic origins. But is the field of genetics everything it's cracked up to be, or are we sometimes chasing the wrong culprit?
The development and maintenance of an organism is orchestrated by a set of chemical reactions that switch parts of the genome off and on at strategic times and locations. Epigenetics is the study of these reactions and the factors that influence them.... The genome dynamically responds to the environment. Stress, diet, behavior, toxins and other factors activate chemical switches that regulate gene expression. What you eat can change your gene expression. Parents have a role in shaping the epigenome. Epigenetic mechanisms play an important role both in normal brain function and in mental illness. Cherry-picked from the headlines of various articles from the website of the University of Utah's Genetics Department.
A rather major point (probably the point) in evolutionary philosophy, is that we are largely (if not solely) a product of our genetic makeup. Are you fat? It's just bad genes? Do you have a bad temper? It's a family trait. You have AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES? It's that dadblasted DNA! However, as you can see from the quote above, the field of Epigenetics says that we are not so much defined by our genes as we are defined by the various things that turn our genes on or off. And what are these things? They mention some of the more obvious ones (parental upbringing, stress, diet, etc). But there are a couple elephants in the room that are being ignored by most of the scientific medical community.
Understand that the medical community never uses information like that found in this study to actually make people healthier. Their goal? As stated in the study, it is to, "contribute to prediction and prevention of psychiatric diseases, along with the identification of molecular targets for new generations of psychotropic drugs." You see, it's always about the drugs. It has to be. The studies themselves are funded by the drug industry, carried out in research centers that were built by pharmaceutical dollars, by doctors who are getting paid by big pharma (HERE is an example of this). And unfortunately, the "drugs-for-everything" approach of modern medicine has not panned out as well as initially hoped.
By the way, this is not the first time a link between these sorts of psychiatric problems has been proposed. In Dr. Harris Coulter's 1990 offering called VACCINATION, SOCIAL VIOLENCE, AND CRIMINALITY: THE MEDICAL ASSAULT ON THE AMERICAN BRAIN, he makes a great case that all five of these things are linked as well. What is one of the big "Epigenetic Switches" that is turning these genes on so that they can express Psychiatric Disease? If you read the beginning of the post, you saw that not only are Antibiotics one of the bigger "Epigenetic Switches", but so are Vaccinations. Throw them in bed together and you have the potential for a Tsunami --- the "Perfect Storm" for creating a lifetime of ill health. Before you take your children for their next series of shots, or go for another FLU SHOT yourself, look into this issue. It is the elephant in the room that everyone shuffles past while staring at the ground and trying not to acknowledge or make eye contact with.