My sister Colleen was once an outstanding student, athlete…she was outgoing, fun, energetic, and about to graduate from high school in North Dakota . Then one night in March of 1980, she came into my bedroom at about 2AM and said that there was someone outside her window. That night changed our lives forever. She has never been the same, and neither has our family. My sister is now 53 years old and has the worst of the worst cases of paranoid schizophrenia, a life being terrorized by voices that say unspeakable things, delusions, and paranoia…and the only solution thus far have been drugs that have ravaged her body and made her feel like a zombie. Often times, schizophrenia can get better over time…not my sisters. She has tried to commit suicide multiple times over the years, she has been admitted to psych wards and the ND State Hospital more times than I can count over the years. The stress of my sister’s illness literally killed my Mother (heart attack, then stroke about a month later which took her). After my Mom died, I took over duties of trying to help my sister as much as I can. She struggles with staying on her meds due to the side effects, but she is on court-ordered injections, plus they bring her meds every day. She still has found ways to not swallow them, then things usually get bad and her paranoia worsens, as do the voices which haunt her.
For the first time in 36 years, I have hope for my sister! If you have any family members who have any mental illnesses, please read the articles below (I have included links). THIS IS HUGE NEWS FOR THOSE WHO ARE MENTALLY ILL! I have been reading all kinds of research lately, and have come to realize that many mental illnesses are caused by infections, bacteria, and sometimes parasites that get into the brain and cause the symptoms of schizophrenia, and some of them can be cured! Schizophrenia often times gets better when people take Minocycline (an inexpensive antibitotic/Tetracycline drug which penetrates the blood-brain wall)…which tells me my sister’s brain has an infection! I even figured out how she was infected! When my Mom had heart surgery after her heart attack one month before she passed away, she had to have a triple bypass, plus have her heart valve replaced. The doctors informed us after her heart surgery that she must have had Rheumatic Fever at some time in her life (caused by untreated strep throat infection), which caused the damage to her heart. I now suspect that this infection was likely passed in utero to my sister…which eventually reached her brain, causing a “perpetual infection” in her brain, but which can be treated with Minocycline. I am going to move mountains to try getting her doctor to put her on Minocycline. This drug has been tested throughout the world, and is even being tested right now, and it often times makes many people with schizophrenia much, much better. It is game changing for many people who are afflicted with mental illness and these new treatments should be explored for every patient by every doctor in the world. After reading this, we should also do tests to determine some of the possible infections/bacteria/viruses/lyme disease/urinary tract infections… that can also cause sudden mental breaks and sudden onset mental illness like my sisters. The mentally ill deserve to get out of the living hell they are living in. It’s plain to see that many “mental illnesses” are caused by infections/viruses/bacteria and are curable. After reading these articles, I am going to take my sister Colleen to have her blood tested to make sure she isn’t one of the 50% who have “Toxoplasmosis Gondi” which is one of several infectious agents that cause many cases of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, which is treatable. Another thing to be tested for is “Cytomegalovirus” and if she tests positive for that, she will need 8 weeks of anti-viral drug “Valacylovir”. She should also be checked for Borna Disease Virus (BDV) and if she has that, she needs a drug called Amantadine which greatly help her schizophrenic symptoms. Since I just found this blog, I can only post two links, but if anyone wants more informative articles, I can hopefully post more links later or get them to you. What do you think about this?