rom Pharyngula we learn from the Journal of Religion and Health the latest in mental health care for those suffering with schizophrenia.
The publication is an “international interdisciplinary journal which publishes original peer-reviewed articles that deal with mental and physical health in relation to religion and spirituality of all kinds.” You’d think it must be trustworthy, and cutting edge.
In the latest edition from June 2014 appeared an article by Dr. Kemal Irmak, of the High Council of Science, Gulhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey. There’s more authority to trust. Dr. Irmak posits a new, radical cause for schizophrenia:
“We thought that many so-called hallucinations in schizophrenia are really illusions related to a real environmental stimulus. One approach to this hallucination problem is to consider the possibility of a demonic world.”
Demonic possession. Sounds more like something written in June 1420. The reasoning behind this ancient conclusion:
“Demons are unseen creatures that are believed to exist in all major religions and have the power to possess humans and control their body. Demonic possession can manifest with a range of bizarre behaviors which could be interpreted as a number of different psychotic disorders with delusions and hallucinations.”
Such a common sense revolution, it’s hard to believe there are those who doubt these facts. Considering the prestige of the journal and the considerable office of the author, one can only agree that:
“The hallucination in schizophrenia may therefore be an illusion—a false interpretation of a real sensory image formed by demons.”
Islam advances our medical knowledge yet again. If it wasn’t for these guys and the christians, we’d still be in the dark ages.