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    Schizophrenia tied to Epilepsy drug treatment

    Treatment For Epilepsy Is Possible Culprit For Development Of Schizophrenia

    "We know that early-life exposure to AEDs such as Phenobarbital triggers cell death in many brain regions associated with the onset of schizophrenia," explains Guillermo Palchik, a doctoral student in the department of pediatrics at GUMC. "This study not only suggests a relationship between the drugs and schizophrenia, but it raises important questions regarding the side effects of a widely-used class of drugs. Phenobarbital and other AEDs are not only used as a treatment for seizures but more generally in the treatment of migraines, neuropathic pain and mood disorders, among other ailments, and can be considered drugs of abuse."
    I don't have an anti-vaccine or anti-medicine point of view. However it's easily possible that certain medicines have the potential to trigger seemingly unrelated illnesses. Humans have been wandering the Earth for around 250,000 years. None of our evolution took place (unless you want to count the last 30 or 40 years) in response to modern medicine.

    The epilepsy story is more evidence that if a young person becomes sick the odds are strong that something went wrong. Natural selection ensures that in most cases heredity doesn't cause illness, it merely creates susceptability to some other environmental factor that does.

    Here is a related story that's been floating around the news recently. A Washington Redskins Cheerleader was vaccinated against the flu and 10 days later she suffered a crippling neurological disorder. I don't believe the vaccine was responsible because to the best of my knowledge this isn't a known side effect of the modern flu vaccine. However anything is possible.

    Video: Update on Washington Redskins Cheerleader

    Scoliosis has a low concordance rate for identical twins which suggests that the environment is heavily involved. Is the environmental component a medicine, virus, pollution or a common chemical? The recent discovery that Scoliosis is triggered by high levels of Osteopontin puts us one step closer to an answer. I am more than a little bit interested in what the environmental component is because once it's discovered we can put Scoliosis in the history books.
    Last edited by Dingo; 10-25-2009 at 01:38 PM.

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