Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell!

Absurd Double Talk of the Month OR WTH?!

This is an example of what happens when you ask dumb questions to dumb people. I simply asked why there is so much opposition to providing angioplasty to people who have CCSVI. In answer to my e-mail, this is in part the reply from a neurologist in Canada. Any reply at all was unexpected, but below is beyond me .

"….the concern isn’t for the people with a *factitious disorder, or diseases that are impossible to diagnose because they do not exist. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia are adequate examples of illnesses that are diagnosed for individuals unable to manage stress. Multiple Sclerosis is often difficult to prove by clinical observation. The condition known as Chronic Cerebro Spinal Venous Insuffciency belongs in this category. The so called “Liberation Procedure” affords patients with no clear diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis a fortunate cure for their disease. The dubious results have been reported only by people with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis who undoubtedly were misdiagnosed. In my opinion this is one of the more remarkable examples of the **placebo effect, probably successful due to the diminished capacity of MS patients with symptoms of cognitive disorders."

Dr. David Os…..(MS specialist)


This term was unfamiliar to me so I looked it up.

*”Factitious disorders: are conditions in which a person acts as if he or she has an illness by deliberately producing, feigning, or exaggerating symptoms. Factitious disorder by proxy is a condition in which a person deliberately produces, feigns, or exaggerates symptoms in a person who is in their care. People might be motivated to perpetrate factitious disorders either as a patient or by proxy as a caregiver to gain any variety of benefits including attention, nurturance, sympathy, and leniency that are unobtainable any other way..[1]However, other more tangible benefits might be derive.”

**"Placebo: An inactive substance or dummy treatment administered to a control group to compare its' effects with a real substance, drug or treatment."

Placebo effect: A positive or therapeutic benefit resulting from the administration of a placebo to someone who believes the treatment is real.
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