One of my email groups had an interesting discussion the other day. I’ve asked two authors of comments in the discussion if I could post their responses to this article on mental illness and genetic predisposition. and the greater publics attitudes about mental illness. I found the discourse interesting enough to reprint here without comment. I’m only marginally blogging right now but this is good stuff to think about. Feel free to continue the discussion. Chances are I’ll be marginally involved but I will certainly read everything and would love to see what your responses are as usual.
Some time ago we had a discussion on the listserv, where some doctors felt psychiatry no longer promotes genetic causes as the primary cause of “mental illness.” This article claims otherwise. I believe that psychiatry denigrates the “mentally ill” by proposing that schizophrenia is, for example, a hereditary illness. I don’t disagree there is a clear genetic connection, but what is inherited is not schizophrenia, but various metabolic deformities (such as pyrrole dysfunction).
By constantly putting out into the public that the “mentally ill” are defective human beings, psychiatry makes them throwaways. No wonder that psychiatry can cut 12 years off the lifespan of the severely mentally ill over the past 15 years and neither organized psychiatry nor the society as a whole gives more than an apathetic shrug.
If you were to educate the public that the person is not defective but he has defective calcium pathways, magnesium pathways, serotonin metabolism, etc., THEN you have identified the problem and not made the whole person a defect. Seeing a “crazy” person become normal after diet change, medical treatment, or whatever gives one a shocking realization that these people are the same as all of us.
Most of my life I was told by psychiatrists that my father, diagnosed with schizophrenia, was a defective human being. When I finally saw his bloodwork worked up the Pfeiffer Treatment Center, and saw what was REALLY defective, it gave me an entirely different view of my father.
The second comment:
I think that attributing the root cause of mental illness to genetics perpetuates helplessness in the field of psychiatry and in the patient. One is born with a certain set of genes, which we currently are taught are not subject to change.
However, nutrition does change genetics, and so does energy medicine. The rest of the world is not aware that genes are so maleable to external influences (see The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton), and a genetic root to mental illness is about as helpful as blaming one’s illness on society/parents (very popular with psychoanalysis). It leaves many people feeling powerless, and powerlessness leads to apathy.
Dr. Alice Lee-Bloem
In conjunction with the commenting about Bruce Lipton I will link back to a video of his here. Also for a good discussion about the video go to the blog Difficult Thoughts by Marion. Her post is entitled “Why mental illness is neither genetically caused nor genetically predisposed.”