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Why allopathic doctors think CFIDS is untreatable

Posted by Judy on June 15, 2001 at 16:58:55:

One of the reasons why most allopathic doctors don't know CFIDS is treatable or they misdiagnose it as depression is because of an aggressive campaign by certain insurance companies and governments.

Most insurance companies have a clause in disability policies that if the condition is psychological the company only has to pay for 2 years. Hence, very aggressive campaigns directed at both doctors and the public to convince them that CFIDS is psychological. (For more information see the insurancejustice website. Scroll down to the section on CFS/CFIDS.)

So if there is treatment, why is the government so slow to act (at best) and actually participating in disinformation campaigns (at worst)? Because it's very apparent that things like mercury amalgam fillings, organophosphate insecticides, and pollution in general are linked to a significant number of cases of CFIDS. Also, in spite of what the government tells people, the quality of foods eaten in this country is not that good. Even when people follow what they think and the government says is a healthy diet, a lot of the nutritional and healing properties of the foods have been processed out. Or, the food was grown on poor quality soil which doesn't contain enough of the variety of minerals humans need. (Like magnesium.) Or, livestock and poulty routinely are given antibiotics not because they're sick but in order to make them grow faster. (BTW, many pharmaceutical companies own poultry companies in a vertical company arrangement. The pharmaceutical companies are making a lot of money selling a lot of antibiotics to their poultry companies.)

Put them all together - the chemistry industry, agribusiness, the pharmaceutical industry, etc. - and that's a lot of profits, lobbying, and campaign contributions.

I wish that I could say that all scientists, researchers, and doctors are men and women of honesty and integrity who care about people. Unfortunately, I can't. There are scientists, researchers, and doctors who are for sale - just like many politicians and bureaucrats. They get a lot of money and grants because they can be counted on to produce "studies" which say exactly what certain corporations and governments want them to say.

One of the worst of these is a British researcher and psychiatrist. If I had done lab reports in college like this guy does "studies", I never would have graduated. I wouldn't have deserved to. One of this guy's favorite ploys is data loading. He will include test subjects which don't have the condition being studies. One of his worst "studies" was when he claimed to have proven that CFS/ME was not caused by a virus, therefore it was psychological. He only tested for 2 viruses, and refused to accept previous lab findings on subjects. The infection had to be current. He also included a lot of people in the study who don't meet the CDC criteria for CFS. Then, after rigging the study to guarantee that he'd find very few subjects with the only two viruses he tested for and after loading the "study" with a lot of people who don't even have CFS/ME, he triumpantly announced that this proves that CFS isn't caused by a virus, therefore it must be psychological.

The CDC criteria for CFS leave a lot to be desired. But they were too much for this British psychiatrist. Even though Great Britain signed an international agreement to use the CDC criteria for research purposes, this British psychiatrist came up with his own CFS criteria and used the CFS label for them. So please be aware that not everything that gets labeled as CFIDS is CFIDS. Ask if the CDC or Wessely (British) criteria are being used.

Unfortunately, this psychiatrist came up with a "treatment" for CFIDS. It's forced exercise via Cognitive Behavioral Theory. One of the hallmarks of true CFIDS is that exercise - especially aerobic exercise - or just over-doing physically will make the PWC sicker. A lot sicker. In UK countries young PWCs are being taken away from their parents and confined in psychiatric hospitals. These young PWCs are walking into these hospitals but they're leaving in wheelchairs after being made a lot sicker than they were.

Many readers may remember several years ago when the US government was at first denying that Gulf War Syndrome existed, and then, as the media uncovered more and more, vastly underreporting the number of service personnel affected. This same British psychiatrist was given a $1 million dollar grant by the Pentagon to study GWS in UK troops. Yep, he produced the expected "it's all in their heads" report.

Every few months the government and industry mounts a well-orchestrated media blitz to convince the public that things like CFIDS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Gulf War Syndrome are just psychological. These media blitzes always feature quotes by 3 individuals - the British psychiatrist Wessely, an English teacher by the name of Elaine Showalter, and some doctor from a military hospital. The doctor from the military hospital always vaires, but Wessely and Showalter are constants. If you're wondering what qualifies Showalter, a professor of English at Princeton as an authority on CFIDS, MCS, etc., she's quoted because she wrote a book in which she compares people with CFIDS, MCS, etc. to people who sees little green men and claim to be have been adducted by aliens. She labels all these people as hysterics. As far as I've been able to find out, Showalter has no training in medine, in psychology, or in science in general. Yet, she's quoted as an expert on medical matters simply because she says what certain industries and governments want to be said. You'd think that major newspaper would balk at quoting an English teacher with no medical training and who ignores research from around the world as an authority, but many don't.

Judy



Re: Why allopathic doctors think CFIDS is untreatable (Archive in chronic fatigue.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 17, 2001 at 09:35:05:

In Reply to: Why allopathic doctors think CFIDS is untreatable posted by Judy on June 15, 2001 at 16:58:55:

Thanks, Judy.

The "Tolstoy Syndrome" is rampant in the world.

Namaste`

Walt

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