Tuesday, December 21, 2010

CFS Chronicles: Retrocrapologists Allow Infectious Retrovirus to Run Rampant

 
"as Klimas said to Coffin during the meeting, "But you can't get an antibody response from a contaminant." Of course, Coffin might not know this about XMRV. If you can't find it in the first place, you aren't going to find an antibody to it either."
 
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Or, you can't find what you're not looking for.
 
My quacks insisted "all blood tests are normal" but refused to run the tests recommended by CFIDS.org.  The tests they did were supposed to be normal in a CFS patient.
 
They weren't interested in doing x-rays to find the source of my pain, either.  They "knew" it was being caused by my being a middle-aged divorcee.  Amazing how a chiropractor managed to figure out that there were 3 fractured vertebrae when all these MDs who think chiros are quacks found nothing wrong ... oh, wait, because they weren't looking for a physical cause, and he was!
 
We've known for years that doctors hear what they want to hear and see what they want to see.  In 1987-88, my boss and co-workers could see I looked like death warmed over, and was frequently on the verge of passing out.  The doctor, however, saw nothing wrong because he didn't want to see anything other than a woman trying to manipulate her husband into letting her quit her job.  In 2000-2001, the doctor saw nothing wrong, because once he heard the word "divorced" he didn't see the need to listen to any symptoms to know that I was just depressed because my husband left me for a 20-something size 2.  (Except that I was the one who threw him out, and his new girlfriend was my age and outweighed me by a good 50-75 pounds.  But why let the facts stand in the way of a good stereotype.)
 
When put on the spot later, the doctor insisted "nothing you said made sense".  Of course not!  I was spoon-feeding him all the symptoms that prove it's CFS and not depression, which didn't make sense in the rubric that he was trying to sledgehammer them into.  Everything I said contradicted depression, therefore, the problem wasn't that he was misdiagnosing but that the patient was too stupid to know what symptoms she was describing.

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