A student told me that vampires probably were just people suffering from porphyrias. I guess psychopaths, aggressive people, shy people, ... could potentially be classified the same way. And maybe people that cut themselves just have too much iron :).
Are there any other weird behaviors that are thought of as abnormal traits, but could in fact be a disease? If this comes over as weird, I've been talking with someone who played with hormones.
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on April 23, 2012
at 07:16 PM
I believe that witch hunts and warewolf sightings were often associated with wet harvest conditions which would have promoted ergot and thus ergotism. Cutters may have seratonin imbalance (which could be generalised to any depressive disorder, as could EFA deficiency, but the attempt at cortisol hyperstimulation with cutting is particularly, to paraphrase Trent Reznor, an attempt to feel something at all again); perhaps this can be generalised to extreme or dangerous behaviours more broadly. Quite a few phychological disorders - schizophrenia, for example - are reported to have been remedied via SIBO therapies and/or GAPS; conversely Peggy the Primal Parent reports (and commenters on her site have corroborated) a certain "Vulcan" level reduction in emotional response on ZC. Whether you consider that a disease is up to you!
on April 24, 2012
at 03:32 PM
Violent, aggressive behavior and low impulse control have been tied to omega-3 deficiency. (They've done studies in prisons with supplementing n03 and have noticed dramatic reductions in violence.) I've begun to wonder if our overall societal level of violence (road rage, etc) is due to the n-6/n-3 issue.
Also: you're right about schizophrenia, bipolar, mood disorders, etc. There are quite a lot of studies linking gluten to schizophrenia and other things we consider to be just psychologial -- they can, in fact, be very much physical. We can think of them as allergies, except instead of someone breaking out in hives or going into shock, the effects they experience are mental/psychological.
Think of all the stories you've heard from people whose mood swings, depression, ADD, etc, cleared up when they went Paleo and got off gluten and other crap foods.
Don't get me started on what we hear about PTSD and soldiers returning from combat. Please, please, I'm absolutely not saying that they don't suffer massive psychological trauma in what they see and do every day out there. (I'm a veteran, myself.) BUT...if you could see what's in the chow halls and MREs, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know they're under an incredible amount of physical and emotional stress and do NOT have the nutritional support they need to face those demands. (And the PX/BXs on most bases are just loaded with the most absolute garbage you can imagine -- dirt cheap, of course.) I read so many stories about trying to improve mental health care for returning soldiers, but no one ever mentions NUTRITION!! As if there's no connection between what we eat every day and how our brains function... Sigh.