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K Matt. So let's follow this. Not for some regulators who could justify their jobs by finding some cause. But hopefully for some truth. Seems like a lot of sniffers right now.
Hopefully they find something. Post any updates if you find them.
The story was on nightly news last night.
Not sure how yelling at people is helping, other than spreading panic. Sit down, shut up and act like an adult.
Angry parents, association does not prove causation.
Frustrated Parents Let Words Fly During LeRoy Meeting
http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/ ... 2RYFQ.cspx
I also saw on the news that a woman has also gotten symptoms of this.
http://news.yahoo.com/four-more-suspect ... 00065.html
Conversion disorder made the headlines Friday as the New York State Health Department released its preliminary findings regarding 12 girls in LeRoy who have been diagnosed with the disorder beginning late last year. It was also announced the doctor treating the 12 cases had potentially identified at least four more in the last two days.
What is conversion disorder?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the diagnosis of "conversion disorder" was originally conceived as a term to describe a physical health problem that has its roots in a mental or emotional crisis. A person who is diagnosed with a conversion disorder typically cannot control the physical manifestation of the mental or emotional crisis in question, and cannot control the physical symptoms that result.
Conversion disorders are usually fairly temporary, although while the person is suffering from one it can cause severe difficulties and distress. Symptoms typically include sudden limitations or changes in either a person's physical movement or one or more of their senses.
How is it treated?
CNN reports there are a range of treatments available. Because the root causes are stress-related, treatments often center on counseling of some kind. Anti-stress or anti-anxiety medications might also be temporarily given. In cases where the physical manifestations of the disorder are particularly troublesome or limiting, physical therapy may also be prescribed, and hypnosis and even magnetic stimulation of the brain may be attempted as therapy to aid an afflicted person.
How is it diagnosed?
By ruling out everything else, including other neurological diseases or the possibility that a person is being dishonest about their symptoms. In the case of the LeRoy students, the New York Health Department looked at environmental factors as well, including the possibility of contaminants from a 1970 train wreck and chemical spill site making their way into the school's systems somehow. Possible undiagnosed adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine and the possibility of illness caused by strep bacteria were also researched before being discarded for lack of evidence.
What caused the conversion disorder to develop in the LeRoy students?
No one is certain. Preliminary reports suggested a connection between social media and the spread of the conversion disorder among the students, although this remains unconfirmed. Dr. Laszlo Mechtler, who is treating the patients, pointed out to NBC affiliate WGRZ 2 that LeRoy is a small town and the students know each other, which might have contributed to the disorder's spread.
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It seems highly unlikely that either of the chemicals spilled by the train derailment are causing this, but it's a claim that needs to be taken seriously. First, neither chemical is a neurotoxin. Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a very common industrial and dry cleaning solvent that thousands of men and women have been exposed to. It certainly causes cancer, but not these kinds of neurological effects. Between the distance from the spill to the school, and the time period for dilution and natural degradation to occur, any exposure would be at very low levels, similar to what people living or working near a dry cleaner would experience. Nowhere else is Tourettes being seen. Cyanide is the other contaminant that was spilled, in the form of a solid cyanide salt. This was readily cleaned up by digging up the soil that it was spilled on to. But OK, let's assume that some of it was left behind, and it dissolved into the groundwater and 40 years later someone drank it. Again, the concentrations would be very, very low. But more importantly, cyanide affects the body by preventing hemoglobin in the blood from absorbing oxygen. The skin turns blue (cyan), and the critical organs become oxygen starved. This is not what is happening to these children.
If I had to speculate, which everyone else seems to be doing, I would be concerned about a food-borne or mold/fungus-based neurotoxin. I appreciate the concern and frustration of the parents, but chasing wild geese is not the answer.
Neurologist Announces Diagnosis for LeRoy Girls
http://www.13wham.com/news/local/story/ ... EOZ1g.cspx
The fracking and Leroy stories have intersected There are a half-dozen gas wells owned by the school that were drilled by fracking
And OMG they don't treat the gas
I thought this was ruled out earlier because the district didn't use its own gas in the school's heating system (or was that a false claim)?