High PTH, low vitamin D implicated in bipolar disorder (BD)

A great study highlighting once again the importance of calcium, vitamin D and especially the pro-inflammatory parathyroid hormone (PTH) for mental health. While there are many studies (both observational and intervention ones) examining the role of vitamin D in mental health, this is one of the very few looking into the role of PTH. It … Read more

Vitamin B6, lowering stress, may treat schizophrenia

Both human and animal studies. The human study was with pyridoxamine – a vitamin B6 isomer declared by FDA to be a “prescription drug” and as such banned for OTC sale in USA while still being widely available in most other countries. That FDA ruling is pointless due to the fact that pyridoxamine is NOT … Read more

Serotonin may cause schizophrenia, Parkinson, and Alzheimer diseases

One by one, medical myths (slowly) go the way of the Dodo. Two of the most pervasive such myths are that psychotic conditions like schizophrenia are caused by excess dopamine, and Parkinson Disease (PD) is caused by a deficiency of dopamine. Unbeknownst even to most doctors, studies exist demonstrating that hallucinations (indistinguishable from those in … Read more

Chronic stress (adversity) lowers dopamine and causes mental illness

The evidence for the role of chronic stress in virtually every health condition doctors have a name for just keeps on accumulating. Unfortunately, even in this latest study the scientists keep insisting that there is some mysterious and unquantifiable difference between chronic stress “increasing risk of” and “causing” pathology. Yet, those same scientists have no … Read more

A selective serotonin antagonist is a potent antidepressant

Fraud, fraud and nothing but fraud! I used to think it is shear stupidity, but the evidence for deliberate manipulation of public opinion and health policy is just too strong. After more than half a century of claiming that serotonin cures depression, now mainstream medicine is quietly trying to retreat from this fiasco by introducing … Read more

Elevated serotonin increases criminal activity

The study looked at correlations between ambient temperature and criminal activity and found that higher temperatures correlate with reduced SERT density and as such elevated extracellular serotonin. The SERT protein is the one that deactivates serotonin and it is a sodium-dependent protein. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotonin_transporter Unfortunately, the popular press article that picked up this study included their … Read more