[FoRK] Crazy is catching? More evidence for infectious cause for schizophrenia?

J. Andrew Rogers <andrew at ceruleansystems.com> on Mon Jul 9 19:04:02 PDT 2007

On Jul 5, 2007, at 7:35 PM, Jeff Bone wrote:

> On Jul 5, 2007, at 8:47 PM, Brian Atkins wrote:
>> Seems more likely they have it backwards, and that pre-clinical  
>> levels of mental illness could lead to the affected individuals  
>> being more likely to have lower than average economic status -  
>> thereby leading them to be already living in those geographic  
>> locations before hitting the point where they receive official  
>> treatment/become a data point for this study.
> That's entirely reasonable, though I'd not want to bet one way or  
> the other at this point.  There's other, various circumstantial  
> evidence to suggest that proximity and length of contact to and  
> with schizophrenics is a risk factor for later development of  
> schizophrenia.  (That suggests a particular causal direction, of  
> course.)  Re:  the prion-schizophrenia connection hypotheses, I  
> think perhaps Gordon Mohr was the first person I heard talk about  
> that --- but various later papers and studies are all over the map  
> on that one.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii

"Several independent pieces of evidence point towards a role of  
Toxoplasma infection in cases of schizophrenia and paranoia."   
Perhaps also responsible for Crazy Cat Lady syndrome.

Infectious diseases with no significant symptoms other than high- 
level behavioral and cognitive modification are hardly unknown.


J. Andrew Rogers

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