On Illnesses, Ailments, Diseases and Sydromes

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Since 1970 reports of illnesses, ailments, diseases and syndromes that could not be explained scientifically have risen steadily, until 1991 when the internet boom began. Then reporting numbers exploded, suddenly communication became broader based and both advocates and sufferers began speaking out on the web. During this time period the AIDS pandemic was in full swing. Large advocacy groups based in central California lobbied for further research into the disease and prompted action through media and public demonstration efforts. This group succeeded in ultimately prompting clinical research and trials to develop a diagnosis for the cause of aids and the routes of passage. This helped make the disease less deadly, more treatable, and gave the public truth on the origin of the disease. Over these years more contested illnesses have grown in other segments as well. Some diseases like “chronic fatigue syndrome” have been brushed over in formal medical practices. With Chronic fatigue syndrome the ill patient may exhibit sore muscles, fatigue, shortness of breath and an overall feeling of tiredness. Since this array of symptoms can be exhibited from any regular person throughout the routine of a day’s duty most practitioners would not diagnose these conditions as disease. Traumatic brain damage kills 52,000 people in the United States each year and leaves over 220,000 living in a permanent state of impairment. TBI is one of the most highly contested disease in the

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