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[Neuroscience] Re: New Scientist article: "Are child abuse andschizophrenia linked?"

John H. j_hasenkam at yahoo.com.au
Fri Jun 23 00:14:13 EST 2006

Konstantin and Peter,

A couple of years ago I was at a conference here in Brisbane and one of
the speakers said something that I still remember in spite of
forgetting just about everything else ... . He stated that withdrawing
omega 3's from their lab rat diets induced schizophreniform like
symptoms and reintroducing these fats stopped this. No, not saying it
is dietary, but if you look at the work of Pfieffer and Hoffer,
admittedly "out there", there does seem to be some evidence to suggest
that dietary intake is an important modulator of cns function (like
der, wanna take bets on how often this side of things is investigated
at the clinical level?).

Now omega intake directly impacts on prostaglandin synthesis, and if
Horrobin is correct when he asserts that the main driver of PLA 2
synthesis is D2 occupation, a new perspective emerges. (AT Harvard
Andrew Stoll has also demonstrated that omega 3's can be important in
depression, bipolar disorder, and possibly schizophrenia.) Given the
PLA2 is a precursor for arachidonic acid synthesis, and this
contributes significantly to inflammation, and given Pollmacher's
findings of prior to psychotic attack a level of cerebral inflammation
exists, and given that omega 3's have demonstrated remarkable
anti-inflammatory and sometimes neuroprotective properties, and given
another study showing high levels of autoantibodies to hsp60 in
schizoprhenia(big marker of sustained inflammation), and ventricular
enlargement, and some evidence of phospholipid dysfunction.  Well hell
folks, it is getting hard to avoid the assumption that in some cases at
least there exists a subtle form of neuroimmune driven inflammation.

Another interesting angle to consider in relation to diagnosis is the
differential in various countries, some countries seem to be biased
towards diagnosing psychosis, some cultures seem to facilitate it, and
obviously the clinical training of clinicians is affecting the
diagnostic procedure.


the trouble with our accs is these are so limited, it takes a lot of
training and patience to learn to appreciate the multiplicity of
causative factors and to recognise that it is only because we are so
stupid that we so often resort to simplistic explanations.
Incidentally, training can improve short term memory and just about any
cogntive function, even working memory capacity, though I must confess
I have always found that 7 +- 2 explanation a little wanting ... . Any
hints on how to improve our accs????

Mad and proud of it,


konstantin kouzovnikov wrote:
> > Are child abuse and schizophrenia linked?
> They say that the majority of the problem is where it has'n began yet. Who
> was this female American writer who said that every question can be
> answered, but the point is it has to be formulated correctly.
> There is little doubt that what John has written is true. Well, in a way..
> It all depends on what we call schizophrenia. Theoretically speaking, is it
> possible to develop a condition fitting the criteria for schizophrenia as
> purely a result of developmentally (environmentally) induced trauma? Sure.
> On another hand, isn't the "other schizophrenia" is a highly inheritable
> condition? Sure. Is it possible to have a brother called Darrel and to have
> another brother called Darrel? Absolutely, I've seen it on TV. Since the
> latter (the condition, not the other Darrel), without no doubt, can be
> triggered developmentally, it is the combination of the two is not a point
> of the contention, but the conditions viewed as the "pure" results of
> either. Is it possible to have a number of schizophrenias? How could it be
> questioned if some of "them" are not treatable? (Captain Spoke would
> considered as illogical calling a condition A if the A related medication is
> not working).
> So, can we wait until we do get one question answered, first? Could we
> decide what is and what is not schizophrenia? AS though we need to have
> additional argument that children do better if the adults treat them
> right...Hence my old argument: if the assessment procedure is done right
> which requires right public policies/laws and public money, this is not a
> question which cannot be answered as all the techniques assessing relevancy
> of the developmental aspects of potential psychopathology are not only
> available, they are as old as the way of making living by offering people an
> advice. If you don't belive me then find James Prescott's web page regarding
> violence and take a look at the old R.G. Heath's work on maternal
> deprivation and neglect in monkeys in relation to... everything, including
> psychotic symptoms.
> In short, sure, any violation can cause in humans anything. As usua,l it
> takes consistency and good enough level of physical or psychological
> violence causing a child  to feel as against the wall.
> Cheers,
> Konstantin
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