Summary of “The Insanity Virus”

The Insanity Virus 4

of “The Insanity Virus”

of “The Insanity Virus”

Accordingto Douglas Fox’s article titled “TheInsanity Virus”, informationabout the research conducted by Fuller Torrey regarding a braindisease known as “Schizophrenia” are clearly brought to the fore.According to the article, Schizophrenia is an ailment which iscapable of making the victims to have an illusion. The author assertsthat Schizophrenia as an ailment is a familiar brain disease thataffects the victims during their young stages of life or during theirchildhood. Based on the article, it is ascertained that this diseaseactually affects individuals during their childhood but surprisingly,it is only diagnosed when such people are aged between the age of 15and twenty years. The ailment can therefore become very ascribing tofirst time and even unconcerned mothers in a given family (Fox,2010).

Accordingto the head of the Stanley Medical Research Institute a Mr. FullerTorrey, it was ascertained that for a long period of time,Schizophrenia as a disease has a significant impact on the“Birth-montheffect” andtherefore it was generally overlooked and ignored for a long periodof time. This therefore implies that individuals who were born duringwinter stood higher chances of being affected by Schizophrenia asthey grew up. Based on further and enhanced studies conducted byTorrey at the National Institute of Mental Health in 1970, it wasascertained that there was indeed more to Schizophrenia than just theailment being a mental disease. The researcher therefore performed a“neural exam” whereby he discovered that indeed, schizophrenicswere not capable of surviving well in the “inebriation tests” dueto the fact that they had many white blood cells and lymphocytes aswell. In addition to that, Torrey also ascertained that the whiteblood cells in them not only seemed to be inflaming but they alsoseemed to have large ventricles and less tissues in their brains asopposed to others. The prevalence of such a phenomenon is what led tothe researcher to genuinely ascertain that indeed, Schizophrenia washighly inclined to affect the brains. Further studies conducted byTorrey and Robert Yolken who is an expert in infectious diseases in1980 revealed that while the toxoplasma antibodies were capable ofbeing carried by the Schizophrenics, the antibodies were actuallynot. This was apparently clear that indeed, the infection of thedisease could ultimately have occurred a long time ago in theindividuals who were affected (Shors, 2011).

Acomparison of Schizophrenia and other diseases like for instanceMeasles and Influenza in which the viruses are known to kill thecells upon their being infected, research indicated thatSchizophrenia is actually more like the HIV virus. This was becausewhen the Schizophrenia viruses affect the cells, they actually keepsuch cells alive and wait for their splitting. As a result, it willtherefore carry the virus’ gene with its own DNA.

Accordingto studies which were conducted by Hakan Karlson, it was discoveredthat the antibodies of Schizophrenia known as the “HERV-W”wasin an individual’s blood, there was a 49% of possibility that suchan individual could not only be affected by Schizophrenia but also byother infections. This was based on the fact that most of the Fluinfection occurred during the winter season in which the infection ofHERV-M was also bound to happen this leading to the “Birth-MonthEffect”.The assertions made by Fox that Schizophrenia is human brain that iscaused by the HERV-W virus infections are therefore quite genuine.


Fox,D. (2010). Theinsanity virus. NewYork: Routledge.

Shors,T. (2011). Understandingviruses. NewYork: Jones &amp Bartlett Publishers.