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jhammell at ix.netcom.com
Sun May 26 13:02:14 EST 1996
In <31a139b9.141401281 at nntp.ix.netcom.com> rogue007 at ix.netcom.com
(Rogue 007) writes:
>bill at nsma.arizona.edu (Bill Skaggs) wrote:
>>There's a little more to the story than this. Neuroleptic drugs work
>>by antagonizing the effects of dopamine. Now it so happens that
>>dopamine also plays a central role in the brain's reward system.
>>role of dopamine in reward might or might not be independent of its
>>role in schizophrenia.) Thus, neuroleptics quite literally take a
>>of the pleasure out of everything. It's no wonder that patients are
>>so often reluctant to use them. Any drug that can make an orgasm
>>boring is not likely to excite much enthusiasm.
>All the more reason for redoubling research efforts to pinpoint even
>more precisely the mechanisms we know are involved in the dopamine
>model so as to affect pathology and thus reduce side effects further.
>Part of that consensus model considers that acute environmental
>stressors (is EE still given much credence? My experience shows it to
>be a significant factor in exacerbating symptoms) may interfere with
>typical antipsychotics' efficacy. The more average a mental patient's
>life can be as a result of medical science, meaning no chance of
>inappropriate blunting of affect, the lower the dosage window probably
>would be. In my opinion, there's more to sex than orgasm, but all
>things considered, many unmedicated shizophrenics probably would give
>ten years off their lives to be able to function adequately enough to
>be able to date normally and enjoy the company of a sex- partner when
>the time comes.
>I never said antipsychotics were perfect, just that they are the best
>solution I've found to date.
You seem like a reasonable person to me. If you are interested in going
beyond the mainstream psychiatric model of drugging and ECT, please
check out the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. Get a copy by calling
the Canadian Schizophrenia Foundation at 416-733-2117, or check in your
local medical library. A growing number of libraries are stocking JOM-
its is a fine cutting edge Journal. I also urge you to call WMAGW at
301-949-8282, and to read my other posts under this tread for more
information about the orthomolecular approach, which includes the phone
number of Bill Walsh, PhD, the most knowledgable person in the world
regarding this cutting edge approach to treatment.
John Hammell, Political Coordinator, The Life Extension Foundation
800-333-2553, 305-929-2905, 305-929-0507 FAX
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