AW: [ RadSafe ] BBC reports There is no single cause for Gulf Warillness, researchers have concluded
crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 27 09:21:15 CST 2006
I scanned the article and did not see any reference to
radiophobia or phobia of any kind indicated.
I think you are reading too much into this article,
which is what the anti-nuclear people also do.
--- Rainer.Facius at dlr.de wrote:
> Many thanks for that most valuable pointer, Fred!
> Much of Durodié's diagnosis below (from this special
> issue) appears to pertain also to radiophobia from
> low level radiation and its exploitation by a
> resolute few thriving on 'politics of fear' -
> including a large fraction of the media.
> Regards, Rainer
> Bill Durodié, Risk and the social construction of
> 'Gulf War Syndrome'.
> Phil. Trans. R. Soc.B 361(2006)689-695
> Fifteen years since the vents that are held by some
> to have caused it, Gulf War Syndrome continues to
> exercise the mind and energies of numerous
> researchers across the world, as well as those who
> purport to be victims and their advocates in the
> media, law and politics.
> But it may be that the search for a scientific or
> medical solution to this issue was misguided in the
> first place, for Gulf War Syndrome, if there is such
> an entity, appears to have much in common with other
> 'illnesses of modernity, whose roots are more
> socially and culturally driven than what doctors
> would conventionally consider to be diseases.
> The reasons for this are complex, but derive from
> our contemporary proclivity to understand humanity
> as being frail and vulnerable in an age marked by an
> exaggerated perception of risk and a growing use of
> the 'politics of fear'. It is the breakdown of
> social solidarities across the twentieth century
> that has facilitated this process.
> Unfortunately, as this paper explores, our ability
> to understand the social origins of self-hood and
> illness, combined with a growing cynicism towards
> all sources of authority, whether political,
> scientific, medical or corporate, has produced a
> powerful demand for blame and retribution deriving
> from a resolute few who continue to oppose all of
> the evidence raised against them.
> Sadly, this analysis suggests that Gulf War Syndrome
> is likely to prove only one of numerous such
> instances that are likely to emerge over the coming
"Those who corrupt the public mind are just as evil as those who steal from the public purse."
John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
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