Maybe It’s the Mustard –
July 18, 2018 – A chemical used to cure meat has been linked to a symptom of mental illness, according to a study. Nitrates, which are used to cure products such as hot dogs, beef jerky, salami and other processed meats could contribute to mania, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found. Mania is defined as a state of heightened mood, energy and arousal that can last from a few weeks to several months. It is most common in those who have bipolar disorder, but it can also affect individuals with schizoaffective disorder: a condition that includes the symptoms of schizophrenia and depression or bipolar disorder. Someone experiencing mania is more likely to engage in dangerous, risky behavior and is more susceptible to delusional thoughts.