27 December 2008

Autism And Schizophrenia Share Common Origin

Supports Chapter 26: Diet and the brain
and Chapter 19: Prevention is better

Medical News Today has just reported a study conducted by a Dutch researcher, Annemie Ploeger, in which she hypothesises that "Schizophrenia and autism probably share a common origin".

There is already research which links these conditions to our 'healthy' diet in infancy, but what is new is that Ploeger also indicts "disruptions" to the fetus during the early growth period - between 20 and 40 days after fertilisation - when the embryo is highly susceptible to such disruptions. Such 'disruptions' she puts down to the mother taking a morning sickess drug called softenon. However, morning sickness is less likely if the pregnant mother is eating a natural diet.

If Ploeger is right, and I have every reason to suspect that she is, an expectant mother's diet as well as the diet her baby eats during its postnatal formative period, may both play an important role in the growing incidences of both autism and schizophrenia.



Maggie said...

I confess I groaned when I read this post. Not because there may be some validation to Ploeger hypothesis but because parents (mainly mothers and at least those I have met) of kids thus afflicted tend to shoot down any suggestion that they may have had something to do with their child's condition, other than genetic. I hope this research it is slammed down by misplaced guilt but will confirm that it's always important to eat a healthy, natural diet.

Maggie said...

Oops, a typo. That should read "it is NOT slammed down...".

Barry Groves said...

I agree. That is why it is essential, I think, that parents and parents-to-be really need to know the part that the current misinformation plays in the ill-health of their offspring.

Blaming everything on 'it's genetic' when it's quite clear that it cannot possibly be genetic - these are relatively new conditions and genes simply don't change that quickly - only makes lucrative jobs for a corrupt 'health industry'.

Anonymous said...


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Thanks, Sarah

Maggie said...

Not only the "health industry" but the "medical industry". In a documentary I saw last year, a US bariatric surgeon told a patient that her obesity was genetic because her parents and siblings were also obese. The patient was relieved to know it wasn't "her fault" for eating massive amounts of the 'wrong' foods! The surgeon got his fee.

Barry Groves said...

Hi Maggie

It's a great way for a health professional to make an easy living, isn't it? Blame everything on 'genes' and absolve yourself of any responsibility for your patients' problems.

If you also tell your patients that it isn't their fault either, everyone is 'happy'.

Except that everyone gets sicker. And it's a con.

Maggie said...

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my posts. Appreciate it.

I was amused to see this story on the Daily Mail website titled "How a 'gluttony gene' makes you keep eating when you're full". [Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1112463/How-gluttony-gene-makes-eating-youre-full.html]

(This is not about Prader-Willi Syndrome.)

"For those who have found themselves eating even when they're full, here's some good news - it might not be your fault."

Not my fault! Maybe I have that gene! Great! But perhaps the researchers could explain why I, and others, do not get full when we eat a high carb diet but do when eating a high fat one?

I am amazed that the researchers gave the children biscuits. What child of 4-5 years will refuse a biscuit? And what did they eat at the meal? And a dozen other questions...

Bad research will be ignored, except by those looking for an excuse.

At least 'Brian, Colchester' got a sensible remark posted on the Comments page.

OK, end of rant.

PS: Just finished Natural Health last night. A pleasure to read a well-researched book which is about the message, not the hype.