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Medically Unexplained Symptoms: A Treacherous Foundation for Somatoform Disorders?

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by Dolphin, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. jimells

    jimells Senior Member

    northern Maine
    The promoters of psychosomatic illness appear to have a very strong belief in its existence. Presumably they also have superior intellects, given their long lists of degrees, titles, awards, and accolades, in addition to their insufferable arrogance.

    It should be child's play for people so willing to force ill children into locked wards to simply think the wrong thoughts and give themselves a psychosomatic illness. After they magically create illness in themselves, they can just quit thinking the wrong thoughts, start thinking the right thoughts, and thereby cure their illness. After all, if Barry Marshall can drink a beaker of H. pylori to prove its existence, surely these learned psychiatrists can make a similar sacrifice for science?

    I suggest they start with IBS, since it can be objectively measured with tests such as the "barostat", where balloons are stuffed up the butt and inflated until the subject cries "Uncle!". No I'm not making this up: tk and "mast cell stabiliser"
    Of course, they could save themselves a lot of trouble and simply read the research on IBS and mast cells. But that might affect their prestige and profits.

    Art Vandelay and xrayspex like this.

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