Whats new about the Mental Illness and inflammation link ?

Yesterday I presented a study from the Boston Children’s Hospital that proved direct connection between mental illness and inflammation. This is not new, however the study is breaking news. So how does the study change the way we look at mental illness ?

It’s been known for years now that chronic inflammation is the cause of about 90% of the lifestyle diseases that we carry around. Conditions such as acne, colitis, arthritis, any autoimmune disease, type II diabetes, obesity, Alzheimers, Parkinson, ADD/ADHD, Autism etc. has been either proven to be caused by inflammation or worsend by inflammation. Now there’s always been a lot of theory as to wether or not mental illness and inflammation might also go hand in hand – and most doctors who work independently from the pharmaceutical industry has pointed towards inflammation as the root cause of depression, anxiety disorders etc.

In example watch this 8 minute presentation from Dr. Dave Scheiderer, about chronic inflammation and depression and why some people do not have full effect of modern medication.

However the new thing that follows the study from Boston is that now we can actually prove that inflammation causes mental illness. The mentioned study used a mouse model with Lupus, that focused on interferon-alpha a protein cytokine that is released by white blood cells as an alarm response. Previously we’ve thought that Interferon – Alpha did not cross the blood – brain barrier but the new study showed that Interferon – Alpha did exactly that and caused changes in the brain and loss of brain synapses.

This also validates reports saying that a diet of fish oil and high amount of antioxidants has helped people with non complex mental issues.

This is highly interesting in the perspective of developing anti inflammatory mental treatments with no side effects.

The study can be found here