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Cumulative life stress in chronic fatigue syndrome - Nater et al ('11) (CDC research)

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Dolphin, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Calathea

    Calathea Darkness therapy

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    I think I've heard theories about breast cancer being more likely in women who've suffered trauma, or in women who've been in abusive relationships. Even if it were true, it's not particularly helpful to know. (Unless it were true at the kind of massively obvious levels where you wouldn't need a study to point it out, and even then it may not be information you could work with.) You can't tell someone to kindly make more effort to avoid being abused in childhood, because they will be more likely to develop various medical conditions as an adult. It just seems to lead to victim blaming. And then when the medical establishment does notice that people with serious medical conditions who are not receiving proper treatment or support are unsurprisingly stressed by their experiences, instead of trying to fix the problem - i.e. lack of proper medical and social support - they suggest condescendingly that we have poor coping strategies.

    I have a nasty feeling this approach is more common with medical conditions which are mostly suffered by women, too. There's a long history of telling women that their physical ailments are all in their head or that being female is in some way a medical problem, and it's still going on today.
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  2. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    This has to be the most utter nonesense I've ever heard.
  3. LaurelW

    LaurelW Senior Member

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    Bingo!!!!!
  4. Enid

    Enid Senior Member

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    Bingo -about time these idiots got to grips with real medical/research findings (do they know anything about a big wide world out there of research/findings and pathologies/infections found)
  5. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Senior Member

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    Quite right.

    See also:
    http://csi.sagepub.com/content/49/3/15.abstract
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11111464
    (reviews of a feminist perspective on CFS)

    And:
    http://disabledfeminists.com/tag/chronic-fatigue-syndrome/

    http://ajot.aotapress.net/content/59/5/497.short
    http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14768320600976224
    http://cfids-cab.org/cfs-inform/Managecfs/soderlund.malterud05.pdf

    etc.
  6. Sean

    Sean Senior Member

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    Sad but true.
  7. eric_s

    eric_s Senior Member

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    Here's a 1998 White et al. paper that came to the conclusion that:
    And another one from 2005, where he was an author, that concluded:
    I don't know a lot about White's work, but it seems to be contradicting at least some of his "friends"' theories.
  8. biophile

    biophile Places I'd rather be.

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    Cumulative childhood stress and autoimmune diseases in adults

    Let's ignore the limitations of retrospective research for a moment, and contemplate on the possibility that ME/CFS is an autoimmune disease with a Th2-type immunopathology.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19188532

    http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/content/71/2/243.full.pdf

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