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    I know there are links between the mind and body - in nervous system function, the endocrine system and its hormones, and overlaps between these two systems, like the fight or flight response, or the long term response to stress hormones like cortisol, which can affect other body systems, like the immune system, the digestive system, fat storage, etc.

    Never the less, I some times wonder if doctors are too quick to use the diagnosis of somatozation whenever patients have symptoms they can't find a cause for, and can't find any abnormalities on the imaging or lab tests ordered. It seems to have the added stigma of being crazy, or even being weak or needy in some way.

    Anyway this article in Science Daily about Gulf Way syndrome being caused by damage to mitochondria made me say "See, they were right, dammit!"

    Gulf war illness not in veterans' heads but in their mitochondria -- ScienceDaily

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      Paper on PLOS ONE
      PLOS ONE: Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Gulf War Illness Revealed by 31Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: A Case-Control Study

      I am still a bit leary of such a small sample size and hope the study can be expanded.
      I also expect there will be resistance to the idea from veteran compensation boards because it would mean they are less able to deny benefits if it is a demonstrable condition.

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