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That there may be one causal factor associated with a number of neurological conditions - Cryptochrome/Magnetoreception

I found a number of commonalities between specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions and various other genetic/neurological conditions e.g Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, etc.

Differences in sensitivity to blue light, UV, flicker and EMF.

Links to geomagnetic activity

Differences in melatonin levels and circadian rhythm in people with schizophrenia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, autism, dyslexia, depression, Parkinson’s Diseases, and other conditions.

Various health conditions are linked to calcium channel activity, and research has published showing some genetic commonalities across some conditions

There is also research linking cryptochrome to schizophrenia and biopolar.

The Superior colliculus (part of the brain and linked to eye movement) is associated with various specific learning difficulties and mental health issues, and other conditions.

Differences in sensory perceptions and multi-modal integration are found in people with specific learning difficulties, mental health conditions, etc. There are also differences in the ways these groups respond to optical illusions and contrast definition.

Cryptochrome and magnetite are found in human beings. They are also found in other species that use magnetoreception

Magnetoreception is thought to involve the activation of cryptochrome by blue light and the engagement of calcium channels. Studies of magnetoreception in mammals has suggested the superior colliculus and pineal gland as the locus for magnetoreception. Some species also ultilise contrast definition.

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    Mar 4 2013: Richard Stevens, an epidemiologist at the University of Connecticut Health Center, was one of the first to make the connection between bright, artificial light and breast cancer. Stevens' research found that artificial light can disrupt our body clock — and affect our production of melatonin.

    "We know for sure that the lighting in the modern world can disrupt our circadian rhythms, and that cannot be good," Stevens tells Headlee.
  • Mar 4 2013: Your work in this area seems very interesting , and important, and I am glad to hear about it.

    I am really posting here in case I could be of any use to you in your studies, as a type of 'guinea pig' etc. This is because of the following :
    I am highly synaesthesic, to the point where I have to dampen this down in myself. I am currently engaged on an experiment of putting some of these colours down.
    I am very sensitive to higher frequencies, and differentiate with these. I prefer them, and am very upset by lower tones.
    I seem to see a different range of colour frequencies also. I have 2 brothers who are colour blind.
    I have what is sometimes known as a photographic memory. This, and the high frequency sensitivity are inherited from my mother I believe.
    I am not Aspergers or nor have learning difficulties. I enjoy intellectual work. In fact, regarding empathy, I scored 99% on the empathy 'test', (as one of 3 questionnaires looking at Aspergers.)
    I have suffered from true and debilitating migraines throughout my adult life. Colour,aural/verbal and visual distortion form part of this. A serious cause of the migraine is the lights you describe - I HAVE to have the soft type light bulb in my bedroom, else I have migraine and sleep disturbance. I cannot enter most superstores due to their lighting.
    Low pressure and thunderous conditions are another.
    I do have an inherited connective tissue deficiency, which makes membranes throughout my body,and brain, prone to fragility.
    If there are any questions that come to mind that you would be interested to ask me, please do contact me via TED email.

    PS. I have just remembered that Marfans (the connective tissue condition) also can have calcium binding instability, which I appear to have, as have osteoporosis early. I notice you say something about calcium channels.
    • Mar 9 2013: Dear Reine.

      Thanks for your response. It is really interesting to hear about your experiences and I sympathise. I am dyslexic, but my experiences go well beyond issues with reading and writing and that is what I wanted to capture - although I think cryptochrome and magnetoreception could also be impacting on many other people and conditions. Unfortunately I am not a scientist so I cant really take this much further, but perhaps with time we will see some of these ideas start coming through the scientific community.
      • Mar 10 2013: yes, Thankyou very much for introducing the topic.
        There is certainly much to explore here, that I'm sure would be rewarding for serious research.

        I have a friend who is somewhat dyslexic, but so brilliant, and ultra quick, with mathematics, (and all things spatial) . It is all interesting territory.
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    Mar 4 2013: "It's possible to see how that contributes to poor health," said Colin Smith, a genomics researcher at the University of Surrey in England and one of the senior authors of a report detailing the findings this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Scientists have long puzzled over the purpose of sleep. For years they focused on how it influenced the brain, said Derk-Jan Dijk, a sleep and circadian rhythm researcher at the same institution and the study's other senior author.

    But epidemiologists noticed that people who work early in the morning or late at night — or who lack sleep in general — have higher rates of diabetes, stroke and high blood pressure, among other ailments. And biologists have discovered that people who get poor sleep produce more of the stress hormone cortisol and the appetite stimulating hormone ghrelin, among other biochemical changes.

    "It used to be thought that sleep was by the brain, of the brain, for the brain," said Dr. Charles Czeisler, a Harvard Medical School researcher who is well-known for his examinations of how poor sleep affects people in a variety of everyday settings. "Now it's recognized that it plays an important role in bodily functions.",0,4264278.story
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    Mar 2 2013: Q: Is the basis for this epigenetic in nature?
    • Mar 3 2013: Dear Mr Hoppe

      I am not a natural scientist (my background is in social science), but using my very basic knowledge I would say that I dont think it would be epigenetic as these conditions are often pass through a family e.g dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, etc.

      All the best

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    Gail .

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    Feb 26 2013: I believe that our cultural rules are largely responsible, but I have no scientific evidence for that.