Friday, July 23, 2010

Dr. Teitelbaum for Psychology Today

We have a medical system that still has some "Flat Earth" advocates ― those who are trying to make believe CFS and fibromyalgia are not real illnesses. As has occurred in the past with many illnesses that afflict women more than men, and where a diagnostic lab test did not exist early in its exploration, some physicians tried to make believe the patient was simply crazy. This happened with multiple sclerosis (called by some "hysterical paralysis"), rheumatoid arthritis and more recently lupus. Now it is CFS and fibromyalgia patients' turn to suffer.

The source of the problem can even be seen in the medical term "hysteria," which is derived from the word "hystero," meaning uterus. If you are a woman, and the doctor doesn't know what's wrong with you, you're crazy.

I would note that although I have found the individual researchers at the NIH and CDC to be good and well-meaning individuals, the cultures in both seem to discourage research that suggests CFS/FMS are anything but psychological illnesses.

The "absence of evidence" for XMRV in some studies does not mean "evidence of absence." It simply means most labs do not know how to properly test for the virus.



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