Changes to the site

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Events | 4 comments

I expect those of you who have visited this site have found the registration and log in process cumbersome. I certainly have. So, from now on, you can see all posts without having to sign in each time you visit. You can also make comments without logging in. If you would like to be notified of new posts, you may register for that. Other new features include access to tweets, an RSS feed if you want to link posts with your website, and a tag “cloud.”

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  1. Hi Dave, Just stumbled on to your blog and am very interested in your and your son’s story. My son is 20 and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia for the past 3.5 years. He has been hospitalized 8 times and tried every atypical antipsychotic; most currently he has been taking Haldol IM starting at 160 mg per month as well as Clozaril to little effect. We found out he has lyme disease last November (Western blot) and started antibiotics in January as well as multiple supplements including one for methylizing folate and for mold suppression. His CD57 level is 16. He is finally getting better and making a hopeful recovery -he can engage in conversation, plan an outing and carry it through then tell us about it afterward; and he can now reason without reverting to grandiose thoughts of being God or using telepathic powers. He has started tutoring for Algebra II and wants to take the SAT’s; he plans to take a college summer class.
    What are the many pitfalls that we need to watch out for?

    • Ann,

      I am glad to hear that the antibiotic treatment is helping your son. As you probably know, even IV Rocephin while effective, does not usually kill all the spirochetes. Chris also did well when on antibiotics some years back, but he was told the treatment would kill the spirochetes. That is true, but it also causes many of them to change forms and becomes cysts. With the new test for Lyme disease you should be able to better track progress. Only problem is you would need two months without antibiotics for the test to be accurate. Also, if you can find a LLMD familiar with the kynurenine pathway, you might get your son tested for kynurenine, kynurenic acid (KYNA) and tryptophan. Unfortunately those with schizophrenia syndrome over time experience an increase in the kynurenine tryptophan ratio, primarily because current treatments don’t address this important element. I discuss this in the “Faulty Brake Disorder” chapter in Beyond Mental Illness. You might want to assure he is getting sufficient antioxidants? Best wishes with your son.

  2. Avoid allowing your kids to play in weoodd areas, brush piles or areas with overgrown grass. You can protect your kid against catching Lyme disease by discouraging them from playing in areas where deer ticks make their home.2Dress your child in lightly colored clothing that covers their skin. Lightly colored clothing allows parents to easily spot deer ticks. Long sleeve clothing, socks, and long pants can protect your child’s skin from deer ticks.3Use a tick repellent when outdoors. Repellents with DEET offer good prevention against deer ticks.4Use pesticides around your property. If you live in a weoodd area, spray a tick fighting pesticide where the grass and woods meet. Spray a few feet into the woods to provide a protective barrier against deer l]Avoid allowing your kids to play in weoodd areas, brush piles or areas with overgrown grass. You can protect your kid against catching Lyme disease by discouraging them from playing in areas where deer ticks make their home.2Dress your child in lightly colored clothing that covers their skin. Lightly colored clothing allows parents to easily spot deer ticks. Long sleeve clothing, socks, and long pants can protect your child’s skin from deer ticks.3Use a tick repellent when outdoors. Repellents with DEET offer good prevention against deer ticks.4Use pesticides around your property. If you live in a weoodd area, spray a tick fighting pesticide where the grass and woods meet. Spray a few feet into the woods to provide a protective barrier against deer ticks]

  3. This is so true!!I have been in hospital twice now for manic episodes. Have been put on lithium,olanzapine,clonazepam,epilim and was very upset because it took what I now know was a manic me away and I wanted it back because I went from feeling so awesome to a blank canvas and no feelings on the medication I also put on so much weight and now I still crave the mania and sometimes wish I could trigger it.

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