And from the CBC, David Suzuki and The Nature of Things…

Much Madness is divinest Sense –
To a discerning Eye –
Much Sense – the starkest Madness –
`Tis the Majority
In this, as all, prevail –
Assent – and you are sane –
Demur – you`re straightaway dangerous –
And handled with a Chain.[1]

~Emily Dickinson

My story called “The Malus Code” was published in a small anthology about a year or so ago, although the story itself was written almost two years ago. It was exactly about the research that was presented on the CBC-TV’s “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki, on an episode entitled: “Invasion of the Brain Snatchers” (Thursday, October 31, 2013). If you’re Canadian and interested in viewing this documentary to understand more, please view it here:

CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki, “Invasion of the Brain Snatchers“.
http://www.cbc.ca/natureofthings/episodes/invasion-of-the-body-snatchers

If you would like to read and understand more about this in Laymen terms (Popular Science), here are some links to get you started:

The Atlantic: How Your Cat is Making You Crazy
The Prague Post: A Manipulation Hypothesis
Scientific American: Fatal Attraction
Scientific American: Common Parasite Linked to Personality Changes (T. gondii, Toxoplasmosa)
Blogs, Scientific American: Toxoplasmosis Dark Side – The Link Between Parasite and Suicide.

And regarding Clostridia bacterium (Clostridium bolteae; C. bolteae) and the Autism connection. A NEW VACCINE has been developed for the treatment of the devastating effects of this bacteria on the enteric nervous system in these affected individuals:

University of Guelph: Gut bacteria may hold the key to Autism

University of Guelph: Science and Autism Research

University of Guelph: Bio of the research scientist, prof. and his teaching that’s tackling this Autism-Clostrida connection

If you would like to review the published science, you may view Jaroslav Flegr’s work in its entirety here:

Full list of his published work

http://web.natur.cuni.cz/flegr/publ.php

It’s now been almost 700 years post Bedlam – We’re in the 21st century. So to move forward we must bury our own cognitive bias regarding all “mental illnesses”, this is now a physically quantifiable illness and the perpetrator has been identified. If we truly do care for ourselves and our fellow human beings, we must acknowledge reality (reproducible science) to arrive at a future for all of us.

My greatest hope is, that one day scientists/researchers will be able to provide actual treatment accordingly – not just band-aid medications and pseudo-scientific talk psychotherapy to minimize these cognitive symptoms. Talking to those affected by this bacterial protozoa process that’s causing a mental illness/distress will never treat or change the bacteria or even help the affected person.

I hypothesize that the cognitive symptoms are in fact, very real medical signs. Much like what has transpired from medical research with the identification of  H. Pylori and its implication in stomach/gastrointestinal cancers and ulcers. This bacterium (H. Pylori) is now treated very effectively with antibiotics and other medications. The Gut is the second brain.

H. Pylori was first identified in 1982 by two Australian scientists Barry Marshall and Robin Warren. They too met with resistance from both the scientific community and the medical community, and I would imagine by external influences from multinational pharmaceutical corporations who only care for profit, not for actual people affected by any health issues. How awful if they had given up and this research was thrown away simply for skeptical fundamentalism. Don’t let this happen now with T. gondii (Toxoplasmosa) or even C. bolteae and its’ impact on those affected by “mental illness”, it’s time to bury Bedlam. :)

~Sara

[1]Dickinson, Emily. “Much Madness is divinest Sense – (620)” n.d. Poetryfoundation.org. 1998. Web. 27 November 2013.

Updated: 2014-03-21.

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