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Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 12, 2017 01:55PM
British 'newspaper science' + old fashioned Stalinist spin=The Guardian propaganda barge sails at dawn. Do you really believe their story?


Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists
[www.theguardian.com]
Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba – which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries – could have been caused by a form of “mass hysteria” rather than sonic attacks.

The unexplained incidents have prompted the US to withdraw most of its embassy staff from Havana and expel the majority of Cuban diplomats from Washington.

The neurologists who talked to the Guardian cautioned that no proper diagnosis is possible without far more information and access to the 22 US victims, who have suffered a range of symptoms including hearing loss, tinnitus, headaches and dizziness.
Mystery of sonic weapon attacks at US embassy in Cuba deepens

The state department has described the incidents as “attacks”, saying they began at the end of last year with the last recorded incident in August.

But US and Cuban investigations have produced no evidence of any weapon, and the neurologists argue that the possibility of “functional disorder” due to a problem in the functioning of nervous system – rather than a disease – should be considered.

“From an objective point of view it’s more like mass hysteria than anything else,” said Mark Hallett, the head of the human motor control section of the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

“Mass hysteria” is the popular term for outbreaks among groups of people which are partly or wholly psychosomatic, but Hallett stressed there should be no blame attached to them.

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Jon Stone, a University of Edinburgh neurologist and the co-editor of a book on functional neurologic disorders, said that such disorders were very common, and the second commonest reason to see a neurologist.

“There is a misconception that only people who are weak-willed, people who are neurotic, get these symptoms. It isn’t true,” Stone said. “We are talking about genuine symptoms that people have of dizziness, of headaches, of hearing problems, which they are not faking.”

He added that the outbreak could have started with one or two people falling ill with headaches or hearing problems, and those spread in a high-stress atmosphere and then amid talk of a “sonic attack”.

“None of this makes sense until you consider the psychogenic explanation,” said Robert Bartholomew, a medical sociologist and the author of series of books on outbreaks of mass hysteria.

You will notice the deftly buried qualifier that none of these people has seen any evidence in the Cuba cases. Putin will give them a medal.



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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: $tevie
Date: October 12, 2017 02:19PM
Some writer hoisted this up the flagpole on Psychology Today's web site over a month ago. The Guardian is just gathering material from other sources, mainly American.



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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 12, 2017 02:39PM
Harvey Weinstein should get these guys to testify his accusers are suffering from mass hysteria...without consulting any of the evidence, of course.
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: October 12, 2017 02:41PM
A little bloodletting should fix them right up.
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 12, 2017 02:52PM
A reminder that these took place while Obama was still in office.
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 12, 2017 03:20PM
It reminds one of the curious case of Gloria Ramirez, a terminal cancer patient whose sheer presence took out 23 people in an emergency room setting.

Was it mass hysteria? A never-before-described scenario involving chemical reactions of DMSO? Or X-Files stuff?

No one knows...
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: October 12, 2017 03:47PM
I volunteer that we send Donnie to Cuba for a visit, and then do an autopsy.
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: GGD
Date: October 12, 2017 04:07PM
AP has a recording of the sound.

[apnews.com]
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: Speedy
Date: October 12, 2017 04:28PM
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GGD
AP has a recording of the sound.

[apnews.com]

GGD, thanks.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: samintx
Date: October 12, 2017 04:30PM
I think their findings give neurology a bad name.
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Re: Why we love The Guardian: "Mass hysteria may explain 'sonic attacks' in Cuba, say top neurologists "
Posted by: Acer
Date: October 13, 2017 09:16AM
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GGD
AP has a recording of the sound.

[apnews.com]

When you slow it down, it's one of Trump's speeches. <rimshot>
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