‘Great Famine’ responsible for gene defect still causing mental illness

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  1. Kara Moore says:

    As an American of Irish descent, I can see this. You would really have to be naive to think that the famine would not cause any multi-generational issues.

    Even the American descendants have the same genetic markers as their cousins in Ireland, so if we here have those issues that are genetic, then it makes sense. I have thought for a very long time that the starvation in that time would leave a mark on many generations later.

    And it is also proven that as few as three generations later, Irish descendants of that time also have higher rates of Diabetes.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chris Fogarty is correct , there was no shortage of food. 2 million people died because of the greed of the British Empire.!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I recently read an article on post generational memories, which explained that the ovaries of a woman arguably contain the eggs of her unborn daughter and within that the eggs of her grandchildren.
    I’m not sure if it’s true, but it could explain generational memories and other traits?

  4. Chris Fogarty says:

    It is shocking that 170 years after the start of the Holocaust (An t-Ár Mór) of 1845-1850 that any writer is still referring to it as “famine.” We were all taught “famine” in school, but who still hasn’t learned that it was genocide perpetrated by Britain by means of more than half its empire army; 67 of its total of 130 regiments? They removed, at gunpoint, Ireland’s abundant meats, livestock, wheat, flour, oats and oatmeal, poultry and dairy products to the ports for export, murdering approximately 5 million who were mostly buried in mass graves across Ireland. My wife and I install regiment-naming memorials over those mass graves. Others are beginning to do so.

    While researching, in 1986, for my grandfather Kieran Fogarty’s biography at Britain’s Public Record Office in Kew, Surrey, I found that the 40th of Foot that he joined in 1857 had, when Kieran was 5 through 11 years of age, removed the food from South Co. Galway to the Port of Galway for export. Shocked; I pursued this line and learned the identities of all 67 perpetrating regiments, and of the identities of the Irish districts that each stripped of foods. Feel free to contact me for proof of the above. fogartyc@att.net

  5. Vic Clogger says:

    The percentage of people of Irish descent in America with a recognizable personality disorder, most often alcohol-triggered, seems to be hugely higher than 25000 on 4 million. What could be causing an increase from one generation to the next? Patrick Tracey hints at it in his book “Stalking Irish Madness” when pointing out that his mad sisters are very pretty. I believe the reason is that girls with the gene are particularly pretty. After all, they have to have something going for them to avoid being eliminated from the gene pool. So that is it: Girls with the gene are more likely to leave offspring than those without it.

  6. Deirdre St John says:

    It is worth remembering the criteria used to put people in Mental Assylums was as crazy as the institutions themselves.

  7. Natalie Cooney says:

    One only has to look at recent scientific findings in study of epidemics to see that this theory has much merit….multi and trans generational impacts of historical trauma can and does impact DNA levels as well as emotional stunts and impacts brain functioning
    Healers of Indigneous cultures understood this

  8. Sharon says:

    Start checking DNA. There is plenty around both living and in cemeteries. Sometimes people have a good theory but not the expertise to follow through on it.

  9. Rosi Writer says:

    These numbers add up to suspicion. Firstly to sell a book. Secondly, there’s no substantive proof to nurture this bad potato. Thirdly, it is a known fact, people dealt with their own. Over the course of time, this changed. Another testament how the family unit constantly changes.

  10. joyce parkes says:

    Extremely difficult theory to accept or believe. And make no mistake, this is only a theory which seems to be based solely on increases in our mental ill health numbers over time. These numerical increases are found all over the world.
    I find no mention of genetic research to back it so surely that’s the next step?

  11. Peggy says:

    The above link I provided also shows that Kelts and Germanic folk should not be eating the gluten grains for they cause brain and other neurological damage.


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