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Could an Infection Cause Tourette's-Like Symptoms in Teenage Girls?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Bob, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. Bob

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    Interesting excerpt from an article about Uganda:

    "He added that the main problems in the area now are child prostitution, HIV and a mysterious and incurable neurological disorder, known as nodding disease, which has afflicted more than 4,000 children."

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/08/jacob-acaye-child-kony-2012

    It doesn't say anything else about it... Just that snippet.
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    It never ceases to amaze me how easily the medical professionals fall back on "conversion disorder" when they don't know the answer to a problem. They seem to think that they are omniscient -- if they don't know about it, it doesn't exist. "I don't understand it, so you're making it up (consciously or unconsciously)." They accept biopsychosocial explanations with much less supportive evidence than they demand from pure physiological explanations. I continuously have to remind myself that doctors are not scientists/researchers, they are glorified technicians. They don't necessarily have the training in or understanding of the scientific process or the methods for drawing sound scientific conclusions.

    You'd think they'd have learned from their failures in originally diagnosing MS as hysterical paralysis and ulcers as a stress-related disorder. No doubt there are additional conditions they've misdiagnosed this way, much to the detriment of the patient population.

    I have a lot of respect for many doctors -- the ones that think, the ones that use scientific reasoning. We have a number of those helping us with ME/CFS. Many have sacrificed a great deal for the benefit of their patients. The majority of doctors, however --especially GPs -- get so caught up in egotism and group-think that they do more harm than good.

    I don't know what is happening with these girls in LeRoy. What I am convinced of is that they leaped to the easy "mass hysteria" aka conversion disorder much too soon in the process. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Keep looking. Don't use some cop-out save-face explanation that lets you give up because solving the problem is too hard. :rolleyes:
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    Yes, it would be far more helpful, honest and productive if they just said: "we don't know what's causing this mystery illness."
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    And don't forget tuberculosis, which according to the medical establishment of the 1800's was considered a "romantic disease," associated with heightened sensitivity and spiritual purity, and caused in part be a "melancholic" temperament.

    I don't exactly share your respect for doctors. I have heard rumors that there are some decent ones out there somewhere, but I have no personal experience to corroborate that.

    I do know that these girls were treated for PANDAS with antibiotics, and that after that some of them began to get better. This is what should be reported about, and not the ridiculous "conversion disorder" that the psychiatrists concocted to give themselves a reason to have something to do with their time.

    THis is all just too familiar, and it's really gotten old.
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    WOW! What a great video, about LABELING KIDS WITH BOGUS MENTAL DISORDERS.

    "20 Million Kids & Adolescents are labeled with "mental disorders" that are based solely on a checklist of behaviors. There are no brain scans, x-rays, genetic or blood tests that can prove they are "mentally ill", yet these children are stigmatized for life with psychiatric disorders, and prescribed dangerous,life-threatening psychiatric drugs. Child drugging is a $4.8 billion-a-year industry. Get the facts about this multi-billion dollar industry that is labeling and drugging kids for profit." http://www.cchrint.org/psychiatric-disorders/

    [video=youtube;Wv49RFo1ckQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv49RFo1ckQ[/video]

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