John Hopkins Medicine has a story out, Cancer and Injuries More Likely In People with Serious Mental Illness. Theory has it that this is because people given “serious mental illness” labels belong to an entirely different species than the general run of humanity.
Newswise — People with serious mental illness —schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and disabling depression — are 2.6 times more likely to develop cancer than the general population, new Johns Hopkins research suggests.
Hmmm. Either “serious mental illness”, or the drugs used in the treatment of “serious mental illness”, are carcinogens. Frankly, I’m betting it’s the drugs.
“The increased risk is definitely there, but we’re not entirely sure why,” says study leader Gail L. Daumit, M.D., M.H.S., an associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “Are these people getting screened? Are they being treated? Something’s going on.”
Well, maybe because the drugs being used are carcinogenic. Just like nicotine in cigarettes.
More bad news…
In a separate study, published online last month in the journal Injury Prevention, Daumit found that people with serious mental illness were nearly twice as likely to end up in a hospital’s emergency room or inpatient department suffering from an injury than the general population and about 4.5 times more likely to die from their injuries.
Again I think they should look into the relationship between psychiatric drugs and serious injury. There might be one there . Psychiatric drugs are known to cause serious injury in fact.
Wait. I know. We can’t do that. Think of all the crazies you’d be letting loose on the world. It’s gotta be ‘the disease’, right?
I feel that there is quite a bit less mystery involved in this phenomenon than do the authors of these research studies apparently. This is like the keystone cop holding some offending young punk up by the scruff of the neck, and not seeing him there in front of his nose at all. He’s just one more reason why there are vigilantes in the world today.