Another great piece by Moises Velasquez-Manoff. We looked at his work here and here a mong others. “Dr. Tsuyoshi Miyaoka, a psychiatrist treating him at the Shimane University School of Medicine in Japan, eventually diagnosed paranoid schizophrenia. He then prescribed a series of antipsychotic drugs. None helped. The man’s symptoms were, in medical parlance, “treatment resistant.”
A year later, the man’s condition worsened. He developed fatigue, fever and shortness of breath, and it turned out he had a cancer of the blood called acute myeloid leukemia. He’d need a bone-marrow transplant to survive. After the procedure came the miracle. The man’s delusions and paranoia almost completely disappeared. His schizophrenia seemingly vanished.”
This article looks at the link between certain psychological disorders, schizophrenia and bipolar disease for example and their possible link to immune processes. This is, again, why I’m so interested in immune function and its relationship to autonomic balance. There are many serious conditions that are related to immune function, and improving autonomic balance can help to keep them under control. We discussed depression and the use of transcutaneous auricular vagal nerve stimulation here.
This just gives me more motivation to keep working to show evidence for this potential avenue of true prevention.