This is what can happen due to flu shots...
Posted by Josh Rath (+2307) 12 years ago
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
Josh, there is no medical evidence that the flu shot caused this woman's problem. Dystonia can arise for several reasons including psychological ones. The story itself says that this is a one in a million disorder. So, if there are 300 million people in the US and they all got the flu shot, assuming that was the causal agent, 300 of them would get dystonia. But 30,000 people every year die of the flu. 300 v. 30,000. I'd pick getting the shot. Enjoy your flu!
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Posted by Chuck Schott (+1286) 12 years ago
Man Josh I don't need to see that, that is brutal.
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Posted by Kelly (+2713) 12 years ago
Well, I had my H1N1 innoculation two days ago. No ill effects, but I'll keep you posted.
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Posted by Josh Rath (+2307) 12 years ago
I'm still steering clear of it all. Why fix something when it isnt broken, right?
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Posted by David Schott (+17158) 12 years ago
This is what can happen due to getting the flu:

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Posted by howdy (+4945) 12 years ago
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1906) 12 years ago
Don't bother with facts or statistics, Wendy. People much prefer hairy anecdotes and rumor. Its why people believe in horoscopes.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11786) 12 years ago
I have read several fascinating articles (in print, so I can't link to them) about the way humans are terrible at assessing risk. People worry about being attacked by sharks more than stung by bees but guess which kills more people every year? We hear about a freak occurrence and fixate on that, rather than the actual statistics. Fascinating stuff and explains a lot of why people misinterpret data all the time. Our brains like it wrong!
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Posted by Kacey (+3161) 12 years ago
Wendy,
I was trying to find something that said dystonia could be caused by psychological conditions. I can't find that anywhere. It can be caused by injury to the brain but that's a different thing altogether.
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Posted by polar bear (+510) 12 years ago
Yes, dystonia can be due to psychological reasons. Had a student with it with no physical cause. When his stress was relieved it went away.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6166) 12 years ago
Kacey,

Here you go. To be clear, I'm not implying that this woman has this form.
The term psychogenic dystonia refers to the uncommon but well-documented situation where dystonia is secondary to psychological disturbances.

Importantly, in all but the most unusual cases, the process is completely subconscious. The individual is not consciously aware of causing the abnormal movements. (The term used to describe individuals who purposefully cause movements for some type of gain is known as "malingering" and is not considered a medical disorder.)


http://www.dystonia-found...nfo/86.php

[This message has been edited by Wendy Wilson (10/23/2009)]
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Posted by Kelly (+2713) 12 years ago
Josh:

Brain tumors can be caused by cell phones.

http://www.express.co.uk/...in-tumours

Giving yours up?
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Posted by George K. (+46) 12 years ago
"People worry about being attacked by sharks more than stung by bees but guess which kills more people every year?"

Percentage of Americans allergic to bee stings? Less than 1%
Percentage of Americans allergic to shark attacks? 100%

I'll take the bee.
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Posted by Brian A. Reed (+6043) 12 years ago
I'm planning on suing my parents. They conceived me KNOWING that someday I would be doomed to die. I'm also going to sue them because they'll eventually die as well. Think of the mental anguish that will cause me!

(And if Kacey has a problem with my philosophy, I'll sue her, too!)

Sue everybody! Everything HAS to be someone else's fault!
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Posted by Chris Peterson (+162) 12 years ago
..aaah, the blame game!
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Posted by Kender Beeler (+68) 12 years ago
Josh, i'm only going to type this once and if you want i'll say this to your face and you know it. your an idiot. seriously. do yourself a favor and focus on something useful, say maybe school or even a ged! just saying.
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