Robin Williams dies…of what? Reprise

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Events | 0 comments
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We already know that Robin Williams was surgically treated for a heart problem, that he had what mainstream medicine calls a depressive disorder. Today we learn from his wife that he also had Parkinson’s disease. As I write in Beyond Mental Illness, the immune system can be pathologically activated to contribute to depression not only from infections but also from stress. Lyme disease is one of the infections that has been linked to depression, Parkinson’s and heart disease, not to mention MS and ALS. This is not to suggest that Williams had Lyme disease, but it is to suggest that the current stove-piped diagnoses so prevalent in medicine and, especially psychiatry, prevent us from knowing if he did. In my opinion, every suicide autopsy should rule out chronic infections like Lyme disease. If he did have an undiagnosed infection like Lyme, then he died, like so many before him, from a standard of care that negates the role of Lyme disease in multiple physical and so-called psychiatric illnesses.

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