My wife and I are entering an age where our aches and pains are becoming a major ongoing topic of conversations. The pain of raising kids has transitioned into the pains of growing older. These aches and pains are, in the scheme of things, minor and intermittent.
At work I get to see real suffering and it keeps my own in perspective. And there are a lot of people who feel awful, some for obvious reasons such as cancer or AIDS and some from ailments that are more enigmatic, such as systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID), the illness formerly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
In the context of SBM, SEID is a gateway disease into the world of pseudo-medicine.
A syndrome with no known cause and few effective therapies at best, those who suffer from the process are easy pickings for SCAM practitioners. When you feel like crap month and month with no improvement or even an explanation for your suffering, you keep looking until you find an answer. (more…)