Recognition of the extent and genetic basis of lactose intolerance is relatively recent. Though its symptoms were described as early as Hippocrates (460-370 B.C.), until the 1960s the prevailing assumption in the medical community was that tolerance was the norm and intolerance either the result of milk allergy, an intestinal pathogen, or else was psychosomatic (it being recognised that some cultures did not practice dairying, and people from those cultures often reacted badly to consuming milk).The "Psychosomatic" explanation of illness reminds me of the God of the Gaps theological perspective. The medical community must root the psychosomatic school of thought from their ranks, or they make themselves accomplices to this unscientific abuse of patients which is committed by these psycho-babble-quacks.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Lactose Intolerance was once considered "psychosomatic"
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