Freedom from schizophrenia, a twin's quest: Cyndi Shannon Weickert at TEDxSydney 2014

Freedom from schizophrenia, a twin's quest: Cyndi Shannon Weickert at TEDxSydney 2014

At 17, Cyndi watched with disbelief as her twin, Scott, descended into
madness. Pained by Scott’s schizophrenia and not satisfied with available treatments, she aimed to find a cure. Cyndi describes the arduous path she has taken to find better treatments for schizophrenia which offers a ray of hope to those suffering.

In this ground breaking talk, Prof Cyndi Shannon Weickert reveals the results of her research into schizophrenia and it’s link to the oestrogen receptors in the brain.

Prof Shannon Weickert obtained a BA in Biology and Psychology from Keuka College in upstate New York, and earned a PhD in Biomedical Science from Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City.

Currently, Prof Shannon Weickert leads a translational research program at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) that uses insights from the molecular and cellular neurodevelopment of schizophrenia to design and test novel treatments for people with the condition. Her work has broad impact beyond psychiatry including examining molecular mechanisms by which hormones and growth factors cooperate to control gene expression and experimental examination of how sex hormones impact social development in adolescence.

She has made pivotal contributions to the conceptualisation of schizophrenia as a neurodevelopmental disorder and is best known for her pioneering work on brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and oestrogen receptor. Prof Shannon Weickert has delivered 132 papers and lectures worldwide. She is Macquarie Group Foundation Chair of Schizophrenia Research, a joint position between NeuRA, UNSW and Schizophrenia Research Institute.

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  1. Freedom from schizophrenia. If you want to cast out demons make sure to fast and cast them out of you. Do a fast where you only drink water and no food. Fast from 8am to 6pm from morning until the evening. Tell the specific demon that is attacking you to go out of you in the name of Jesus. Repeat telling this demon to go out of you in the name of Jesus over and over untill you feel you have said it enough. You can repeat this up to 5 minutes if necessary. You want to keep repeating this to make sure you completely cast the demon out. It may take more than one fast to cast the demon out. The reason for the fast is because in the bible it says howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. A lot of times people will try to cast out demons but it wont work because they only come out of you if you fast. Try casting them out while fasting because you dont know which kind of demon it is. The reason for the times I picked to fast is because in the bible a lot of times people would fast from morning till the evening. You want to tell the demon to go out of you in the name of Jesus because that is how Jesus did it in the bible so make sure to use those words. Make sure that you have faith and belief that you will cast the demons out because in the bible it says to ask in faith with nothing wavering. The bible says that if you doubt then you should not expect to receive anything from God. It also helps to cast the demons out if you are saved. The bible says and these signs shall follow them that believe, in my name they shall cast out devils. So just like the 12 disciples if you are saved you to have the power to cast out devils and heal the sick. Jesus is the son of God!

  2. *Big Pharma along with all the other criminals Approve this message*
    The Truth is. it’s just spiritual warfare.the same now as it always has been. the criminals just found a way to profit from it by hiding the truth.
    imagine that in a world where fraud and corruption is just business as usual.

  3. Wow. I would give you a standing ovation for your passion in wanting to help not only your brother but the other 1% of the world population. The way you credit your brother for giving you purpose in life is incredible. I wish you many years of success. You are an amazing sister and a human being.

  4. Thank you for sharing so interesting
    what you have discovered, Discovering
    about the receptor mutation
    Wish you all the best in your passion and pursuit.

  5. Unfortunately schizophrenia is not something that can just easily be cured. I certainly wouldn’t be making promises or even bother trying to look for a cure. It’s not like cancer where you can and do make progress to an extent. Mental illnesses are just that. Mental illnesses.

  6. Hearing voices from no where is scary. Trully scary. It’s like you hear mind controlling voices from ghosts. These voices are very intelligent.

  7. Hello Dr. Weickert, I’am very sorry of the lost of your love one. This is very touching to me to feel your pain. Along with your family. Jehovah and Jesus have a hope for mankind who has lost a loved ones in death. Even Jehovah has experience his lost of his only son Jesus , when he was killed. Jehovah understands your pain and everyone else’s pain suffering. Under Jehovah kingdom Jehovah will cure all illnesses , he will remove death forever. If you like to know more ask Jehovah’s Witnesses this will give you and your family hope and comfort

  8. 50 mg of zinc one hour before meals 3 times a day, and 10,000 micrograms of B12 per day. Cured my brother in 2 years. Once cured take 50mg zinc per day to remain cured.

  9. I’m thinking I’ve become too far disconnected without any hope. I no longer trust anyone after all the "help" and I’m realizing I just can’t and don’t even want to connect with the rest of the world. I can’t move forward. There’s no point in being alive. I need to kill myself .

  10. Well im not a good story-teller, im schizophrenian myself, I just wish you continue your good research since u do it with all your heart, if u could bring this new treatment to Canada that would be awesome. Dont let other ppl discourage you, Good Luck.

  11. There must be a way to heal this. My brother is also suffering from it and I am forcing him on a raw diet now with nuts and fruits and after that on a water fast.
    Although he does not trust me and thinks I am someone who murdered his brother (myself) and keeps shouting at me.
    This makes me so sad.
    Before he was 15 years treated by "physicians" which missdiagnosed him for sure. He did not have this disease but to due to medication and years of abuse and abandonment he slipped into fears and paranoia and now is stuck in his delusions.
    Due to all his paranoia and delusions I recently also almost slipped into a psychosis but managed to avoid it with waterfasting for 2 days, and keep doing it in order to be stable.

    There is also the movie Crazywise which I havent watched yet, but it saw the trailer seeing that these diseases where cured by shamanic means.
    If there is any more information here on people who tried this please share!

  12. Can someone help me please. My father had schizophrenia and my 16 year old son was dx at 14. Im having trouble finding any psychiatrist that treats adolescents, with early onset schizophrenia. We live in PA. I’ll go anywhere for help. Thank you. ✌❤

  13. My brother had schizophrenia. He went to a doctor that put him on ortomolecular vitamin nutrition. And today he is independent. And healthy. Niacin trratment and vitamin. C. Are part of the treatment.

  14. This is so beautiful. I am soooo sorry for your loss, but happy for all your great progress and amazing work to find this cure

  15. I think you need to hurry up! It’s been 5.5 years since this video and I do not see any medicine in sight.

  16. Madness? That’s a little extreme. I have schizophrenia and it’s not madness!! It’s a horrible illness that people get.

    I’m sorry but it’s just a medical problem just like a horrible surgery. It feels like someone put people into my head and they say horrible things.

    I started hearing voices at 13. They started out mean and cruel. Not towards anyone but me. I have never heard voices tell me to hurt/ kill someone else.

  17. *There’s a reason why they allow and promote Kids and children to be abused and traumatized. it creates future profits that last a lifetime*

  18. Trying to put this together in my mind. So it has to do with estrogen blocking. Estrogen receptor blocking helps? So, he is your twin brother, yes? yet you have more estrogen then he does, obviously, since he is a male with more testosterone. So, why aren’t you schizophrenic? Somebody school me, please.

  19. I feel your pain, please accept a humble thank you from all of us, families of those affected by Schizophrenia. I hope the therapy is successful and provides for a good quality of life for all patients.

  20. My psychosis was 7 months long … what the votes did to me is far too much to tell, I spent 10 hours every day bathing for months and this overwhelming being tortured me in every imaginable way. Nobody ever interriert what I’ve been through … Absolutely nobody .. not my parents, not the doctors and since I’m a loner also no friends … it’s been 3 years since I was released from the hospital .. I was 13 months in there and nobody talked to me about my inner world. I become more and more a heartless sick psychopath every day .. I do not know any human I still like .. I hate you all …

  21. Does the 4D environment known as Space-Time exist? Physicists say YES. On the other hand, people are confined to a smaller 3D portion of it, a portion that is composed of 3 spatial dimensions, and the confinement to the "NOW" time. So we have a huge 4D reality, and a much smaller 3D reality residing within it. If you are detached from reality, there will be no way in which you can be in touch with complete 4D Space-Time reality. Instead, you will be confined to the mere limits of the "NOW" time, and you will NOT be able to reach what it is that extends beyond the "NOW" time. Due to you being detached from reality, thus detached from truths, you will in turn often be dependent upon mere beliefs and dis-beliefs. This is because what is real, sits far far beyond your reach. But then there are the others. They are a small percentage of Earth’s population. Their minds point not toward mere beliefs and dis-beliefs, but they point toward truths instead. As a consequence, their minds tap into the 4D Space-Time reality, and do so since it truly exists. Once this occurs, they are in for one heck of an ongoing, never ending, shock. They will hear voices. They will feel things that seem to have no physical source causing them. They will be able to see things that the rest of the population can not. Their minds will be toyed with to such an extent that their thoughts are coordinated with other peoples thoughts, and this is done with such precision that they become absolutely convinced that their minds are being read, or that they seem to be having a two way real-time conversation with a character in a movie, etc. And the list goes on and on.

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