Sunday, August 21, 2011

failfans in the larger world: Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants

Chronic fatigue syndrome researchers face death threats from militants | Society | The Observer: Scientists are subjected to a campaign of abuse and violence


  1. . . . all because some scientists found something that may help some people get better, or lead to better treatments. The mind boggles.

    (Actually, they way this story intersects with many of my interests, I feel like I could make a three page rant against these people. I'll save my energy for something more productive. . . but ARRGH! There. Now I feel better.)

  2. There is something more than a parallel to typical failfan behavior here, because many failfans claim to be suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia and similar hard to classify diseases. There is a reason they are so fond of the spoon theory after all. So I wouldn't be surprised if there was some overlap between the sort of people who threaten researchers whose work might help them and failfans.

  3. If the medical profession had ever taken this kind of problem halfway seriously instead of brushing aside people, the majority of them women, by telling them it's all in their heads, possibly there would be fewer instances of this kind of overreaction. The scientists, of course, are not the ones who behaved so badly towards the people who have various chronic fatigue and pain syndromes, and are getting reactions caused by stupid doctors. But people don't behave like this in a vacuum.

    I don't think the comparison to so-called failfans is particularly apt, but I don't think an argument would be remotely productive.


  4. I have noticed that as well, Anon. And that anti-abelists *hate* the idea that mental disorders might not always be biochemical. I've seen more then one call someone out for "derailing" for suggesting that their publicly admitted mood disorder might have psychological causes instead of/in addition to biochemical ones.*

    It would not surprise me at all if they reacted that way to news like this. The scientists might be scratching their heads right now, saying, "What on earth is 'derailing', and what does it have to do with publishing a study? And what does 'no1curr' mean? What is wrong with these people?"

    * (Please note that some psychological disorders are biochemical and some are not. This would be the part I can go on for a long time about, so. . . shutting up now to avoid long rambling off topic rant or putting my foot in my mouth.)

  5. (Also, aware that CFS is not a "mental disorder." Just pointing out that if they feel that way about things that are traditionally treated with therapy, this is more or less how they might react to something that is traditionally barely treatable turning out to be treatable. . . with therapy.)