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dr treg February 24, 2012 at 05:51 #
It is now recognised that all psychiatric diseases are characterised by immune dysfunction.
On that matter all physical diseases are also characterised by immune dysfunction.
One of my colleagues remarked that “all diseases are allergic”. Let us not make autism unique.
At present research is heading towards
I find it interesting that autism is associated with increased numbers of dendritic spines of neurons (or leaves as I call them) and reduced pruning of these spines compared to normal children.
95% of the volume of a neuron is dendritic arbor (tree).
Perhaps this is why there is an association with large head circumference in children with autism.
To deny that there is no immune dysfunction in autism because of lack of evidence is argument from ignorance or argumentum ad ignorantiam or “appeal to ignorance” (where “ignorance” stands for: “lack of evidence to the contrary”), is a fallacy in informal logic. It asserts that a proposition is true because it has not yet been proven false, it is “generally accepted” (or vice versa).
The fact is that immune dysfunction is being decribed in autism.
On another point it has been discovered that a non-direct brain insult (LPS) can cause abnormalities in the immune system in the brain.
I find the research fascinating and realise that these are very early days.
Perhaps autism will turn out to be many diseases rather like rheumatism in the 1800s turned out to be a whole number of joint diseases.
About 1 in 20 people suffer from chronic dependency making it one of the most prevalent diseases. However, this prevalence is often under-estimated by health professionals. Chronic dependency often exists with other psychiatric diagnosis e.g. depression, bipolar disease - the so-called "dual diagnosis". This makes diagnosis difficult especially as chronic dependency results in denial and dishonesty.
People who suffer from chronic dependency tend to have "Jekyll and Hyde" characters depending whereabouts they are in their disease progression and environmental influences from the past, present and future.
The novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson has been analysed and it was found that Dr Jekyll had many characteristics of chronic dependency. The novel has benn recommended for those who wish to learn about dependency. Indeed Stevenson may well have been coc aine-dependent and the novel may have been autobiographical.
Dependency is characterised by hypersensitivity to extreme ideas, thinking and feeling. These characteristics can be related to knightly virtues and sins and the seven deadly sins and heavenly virtues.
As seen in the list of the ranges of the characteristics of a "knight in shining armor" or "damsel in distress" below, on the one hand people with chronic dependency can have knightly virtues (on the left) but can have knightly sins (on the right) - even at the same time!
Courage - weakness
Justice - injustice
Mercy - cruelty
Generosity - frivolousness
Faith - selfishness
Nobility - vulgarity
Hope - hate
When the dependency reaches the final stages the deadly sins become more prominent. These are:
It is said that lust and sloth often lead onto the other deadly sins.
In summary early dependency can be associated with virtuous behavior i.e. the seven heavenly virtues of faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance and prudence, but as the disease progresses the knightly or heavenly sins take a hold.
From Wikipedia`s entry on Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
"His ability to change back from Hyde into Jekyll slowly vanished. Jekyll writes that even as he composes his letter he knows that he will soon become Hyde permanently, and he wonders if Hyde will face execution for his crimes or choose to kill himself. Jekyll notes that, in either case, the end of his letter marks the end of the life of Dr Jekyll. With these words, both the document and the novel come to a close."
In late severe dependency there is no longer choice and suicide or death are common.
For more information as to why this may be the case read
Once love is gone there is a huge void, a space that one cannot fill with anything else, it is like falling into a black hole and not knowing if you will ever find a way out again. Nothing means anything any longer, no matter what anyone says or does can make you feel alive in the same way.
Having love in your life is what makes your life worth living, so what point is there in going on without it, little to none.
You can read the article here and judge for yourself, I have not change one word in it before publishing myself.