It may come as no surprise that the strongest association detected were with the genes related to immune system function. We have talked before both in my book and on this website about how our immune system relates to brain function and how our gut is intimately connected to our immune health. In addition, doctors have previously mentioned the role of possible methylation problems in individuals. Indeed, the bottom line here is exactly what I had observed in my own children -- there was no one single "reason" for their illnesses affecting brain function, but rather, "a perfect storm."
Indeed, a quote from the scientists themselves:
The researchers found overlap between the protein-related functions of some linked common variants and rare variants associated with schizophrenia in other studies. These included genes involved in learning and memory, the machinery controlling calcium ion channels, and communication between neurons via the chemical messenger glutamate.Is it any wonder then, that dietary changes (such as eliminating gluten and dairy, and focusing on organic whole foods), attention to gut health (probiotics), vitamins/mineral/herbal supplementation (including the methylated forms of some B vitamins, and Truehope's EMPowerPlus or Hardy's Daily Essential Nutrients), overall lifestyle changes, and attending to any hormonal deficiencies we may have (such as thyroid), concentrating on sleep (See: Sleep- Timing of Melatonin, Light, Dark, & Use of Other Aids for supplements and other treatment ideas), stress , allergies, and an emotionally and physically healthy environment, can promote recovery in individuals previously declared to have these supposedly lifelong psychiatric illnesses.
“These results underscore that genetic programming affects the brain in tiny, incremental ways that can increase the risk for developing schizophrenia,” says Dr. Thomas Lehner, who heads NIMH’s genomics research branch. “They also validate the strategy of examining both common and rare variation to understand this complex disorder.”
 Nature Biological insights from 108 schizophrenia-associated genetic loci 24 July 2014
 NIH Research Matters Over 100 Genetic Sites Tied to Schizophrenia 18 August 2014
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