A new study published in the journal Epilepsia purports to show that people diagnosed with schizophrenia are nearly six times more likely to develop epilepsy. That sounds very convincing—but they failed to eliminate one highly significant factor: prescribed drugs.
The drugs routinely given to people with schizophrenia cause brain damage. People with schizophrenia are highly likely to develop severe neurological effects, so it should surprise no one that they are at significant risk for developing epilepsy on top of psychosis.
The study also reported that people with epilepsy are nearly eight times more likely to develop schizophrenia. Though the drugs given to epileptics cause significant adverse effects, the situation is different. They are at risk of suffering further brain damage from epilepsy, which is itself caused by brain damage.
On the other hand, schizophrenia has never been shown to be a brain disease. That’s nothing but a claim made by Big Pharma to sell their drugs. They have learned what Hitler understood: It doesn’t matter if it’s true. Just say it often enough, and people will believe it. Not only that, they’ll repeat it as fact. That’s what’s happened with schizophrenia. No one has ever documented any difference in the brains of people with schizophrenia, either structurally or chemically—with one significant exception. The brains of people who have taken antipsychotics shrink. Permanently. Some researchers and studies have gone so far as to call this a benefit!
So, if schizophrenia isn’t a brain disease, then why would epileptics be prone to developing it? The consistent thread in schizophrenia seems to be a situation in someone’s life that is, for that person, untenable. The stress and emotional pain are too great. Consider the emotional stress that epileptics must generally suffer. It should be no surprise that they would be more likely to develop schizophrenia in response.
The study, Bidirectional relation between schizophrenia and epilepsy: A population-based retrospective cohort study, did reference a significant number of patients—5,195 schizophrenics compared to 20,775 controls, and 11,527 epileptics compared to 46,032 controls. They made a point of matching sex, frequency, and age. But they did not factor in pharmaceutical drugs!
Schizophrenics start without brain damage. The standard and routine treatment, drugging with antipsychotics, causes brain damage. Epilepsy is caused by brain damage. Without considering drugs in the case of schizophrenics developing epilepsy, they have not considered the single most obvious and likely cause of epilepsy in them! That’s not science. That’s propaganda.
You can be sure that this study will be used to push drugs on schizophrenics with the specter of epilepsy if they don’t. It’s not difficult to picture a doctor saying to a patient, “Now, we know that schizophrenia causes epilepsy, so you need to take this drug to get it under control.” Pseudoscience is just soooo useful in pushing drugs!
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