“Treating the Brain and the Immune System in Tandem”


The Globe and Mail looks at anecdotal cases, and interviews researchers about the growing interest in inflammation as a source of serious psychological distress in some individuals. The approach could lead to completely different approaches to psychiatric disorders.

“Although the research is still in its early days, there’s a growing sense of excitement over the prospect that certain individuals may regain mental health with antibiotics, intravenous immunoglobulin treatments (infusions of antibodies) and possibly dietary changes, instead of traditional psychiatric drugs and brain stimulation treatments,” reports the Globe.

“I think we’re on the cusp of something that’s really huge and truly revolutionary in the way in which we… both diagnose people, as well as to make them better,” Mady Hornig of the Columbia University Medical Center told the Globe. Hornig’s research “focuses on the role of microbes and immune factors in neuropsychiatric illness.”

Treating the brain and the immune system in tandem (The Globe and Mail, January 18, 2015)

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  1. Drugs and possibly dietary changes!!!! eliminate grains, do the Wheat Belly diet to find good health. I came off my psychotropic meds and changed to a wheat free diet (well mostly except when I can’t resist something) and I’m feeling healthy than I have for years

  2. Effects of chronic infection or pain look like “depression” so this could make sense in certain cases. It all goes back to identifying why the person is feeling the way they feel instead of writing the symptoms down, adding a label on the top and acting like this was a diagnosis that explains anything or worse – suggests a form of treatment.