The awareness of a parasitic involvement in psychiatric disorders has been dawning very slowly. It’s now proven that parasites such as borrelia (in the case of Lyme’s disease and toxoplasmosis (from cats) can dramatically affect personalities.

These diseases can lower Vitamin D3 levels and cause depression. In chronic infections, there is an inflammatory parameter in the brain also found in bipolar disease and schizophrenia. These psychiatric disorders have been proven to have a pathogenic origin in many patients (Johns Hopkins University) where they found a virus in the brain of deceased patients. In research from Denmark, they found toxoplasmosis.

Unfortunately, most colleagues in psychiatry continue to only treat the symptoms, disregarding any potential pathogen as its cause.

The takeaway: it’s imperative to test for these pathogens in any psychiatric disorder especially schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. Unfortunately, these pathogens can also hide intracellularly and therefore a negative result may not be the final conclusion. In these situations, it’s shown that treatment of three days of Zithromax causes the pathogens to escape from the cells. The body then creates an antibody response for a positive result often missed on the first test.  

Antibiotics are often useless or resistant when treating these virulent pathogens. Therefore an anti-parasitic diet and anti-parasitic herbs appear to fight the pathogens and boost the immune system more effectively.

Certain mushrooms like coriolus and cordyceps are also helpful in treatment. Samento and even stevia has been shown to kill the borrelia. Avoiding sugar and refined flour and eating an organic diet proves useful. This includes many vegetables and isothiocyanate-containing foods like mustard.

All the sulfuraphane containing foods such as brassicas and kale help protect the cells against inflammation. Onions and garlic help raise the immune system and protect by increasing glutathione levels.

Last but not least, certain nutraceutical agents such as curcumin, fish oil, boswellia serrata, Vitamin D3 and alpha lipoic acid can help against brain inflammation.

Most importantly, don’t give up: you can be helped and have a normal life. This isn’t “madness” in the traditional sense but in many cases, an infected brain.                                                

Prof. Dr. Dana F. Flavin, Dr. med univ,


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