An understanding of the aetiology of a mysterious disease.
Posted on February 9th, 2017

Bodhi Dhanapala

Finally, an understanding of the aetiology of the mysterious disease that had been plaguing children  in poor agricultural areas in Northern India (Bihar etc), Bangladesh, Vietnam  etc., has been cracked, after 20  years of research.

Young children used to develop fever, convulsions etc., usually during the season when harvests and fruits are gathered, and pesticides etc are used to protect fruits and harvests from pests.
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The usual theories were proposed by so-called “environmentalists” who came up with the standard theories:

The disease was discovered in 1990-1995 period, and increased in its incidence each year. The traditionalists  used to argue that, “Why was there no disease before 1995? It must be because agrochemicals came to be introduced in the 1980s and have polluted the environment. We need a “toxin-free Bihar”.

The Indian scientists proposed the following hypotheses and worked on them for two decades.
(i) the cause to be metal toxins (e.g, Cadmium, Arsenic !!!!),  agrochemicals and pesticides (of course glyphosate was listed as a big suspect and “concerned activists” wanted it banned in Bihar!).
(ii) synergistic multi-factorial effects of small but negligible amounts of “toxins” washed in by the rain and by air-born insults, and harming the “vulnerable” population of “children of poor farmer families” was another popular explanation for the cause of the juvenile-convulsions diseases.

All this sounds familiar.
And it lasted two decades of research.

But finally the culprit has been identified and reported in a research article in the British Peer-Reviewed journal, The Lancet.

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Here is a more popular version of the aetiology.


http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/children-in-india-killed-by-myst…

A mystery illness that has affected hundreds of children a year in northern India is caused by eating unripe lychee fruits on an empty stomach, scientists have discovered.

Since 1995, children in Muzaffarpur, Bihar have been seen to initially sustain a fever. They then have seizures and convulsions before slipping in and out of consciousness.

In Muzaffarpur, which is India’s largest lychee cultivation region, the illness was branded locally as “chanki ki bimari” or “tinsel disease”.

In a joint investigation conducted by scientists from May-July 2014 – which coincided with the lychee harvesting season – it was determined that 122 out of 390 children who suffered from the disease had died.

The investigation, which was reported in the British medical journal The Lancet Global Health on Tuesday (Jan 31), suggests that the deaths were caused by eating lychees on an empty stomach.

The researchers, who were from the US Centers for Disease Control and India’s National Centre for Disease Control, compared test results of children who had developed the mysterious illness, and children who had not.

Analysis of blood and spinal fluid samples showed no signs of infection or exposure to chemicals and insecticides.

However, most of the children who had fallen ill had eaten lychee fruit recently. They were also more likely to have visited a fruit orchard in the previous 24 hours, the study said.

The effect was compounded when the children skipped dinner, resulting in “night-time hypoglycaemia”.

As these children already had low blood sugar levels, the impact of eating lychees that contain toxins that inhibits the body’s ability to produce glucose would sometimes see the children suffer seizures and convulsions in the middle of the night as a result of acute swelling of the brain.

The toxins are found in higher quantities in unripe fruits, the report said.

The research findings has led to health officials in the region informing parents to ensure their young children ate dinner and reduce the number of lychees consumed.

According to a report by the New York Times,  the number of reported cases per year has dropped to less than 50 from the hundreds affected in 2014.

– CNA/am

 

One Response to “An understanding of the aetiology of a mysterious disease.”

  1. Randeniyage Says:

    Based on the reaserch let us analyse the case.

    Reason for illness suggested by “researchers”:- QUOTING FROM THE ARTICLE

    Eating lychees on an empty stomach.

    “As these children already had low blood sugar levels, the impact of eating lychees that contain toxins that inhibits the body’s ability to produce glucose would sometimes see the children suffer seizures and convulsions in the middle of the night as a result of acute swelling of the brain.”

    “The toxins are found in higher quantities in unripe fruits, the report said.”

    “Analysis of blood and spinal fluid samples showed no signs of infection or exposure to chemicals and insecticides.” -UNQUOTE

    Any person with some inteligence would question as follows.

    Whether they were not eaten dinner or not, REAL cause is “eating lychees that contain toxins” in the morning.
    Therefore obvious solution would be not to let them eat lychees , rather than forcing them to eat dinner. This could have been easily implemented if eating at night can be implemented.

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