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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 09:21    Post subject: Culture-bound syndrome or folk illness Reply with quote

Someone shared this on my facebook page & it's actually a really interesting topic (IMO) - so I'm popping it here

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Culture-bound_syndrome#DSM-IV_list
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 14:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bit of a mixed bag, there. 'Fan death' is obviously a hysterical reaction, 'Koro' appears to describe something that can occasionally be real (but WP does not have an article on 'penile retraction') and 'brain fag', although out of use in England since Edwardian times, is a genuine condition (as the page on it makes clear).

And WTF is "Evil Eye" doing on that list?

As ever, we should be careful with the use of "culture-bound" as a description -- I've even heard people say that autism is a cultural condition on the basis that it's seldom diagnosed in developing countries!
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 14:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is an odd - if not interesting list!

Also, I didn't mean any offence Sad
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 18:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobody's taking offence, Cherrybomb! Very Happy

And if they are, they can get on their bikes and I'll let their tyres down.
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 18:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's The UK's Culture-Bound syndrome? I want one.
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 19:00    Post subject: Reply with quote

davidplankton wrote:
Where's The UK's Culture-Bound syndrome? I want one.

I wouldn't mind the paperback edition... Wink
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 20:02    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fan death is still my favourite. Laughing
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PostPosted: 29-08-2014 20:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

OneWingedBird wrote:
Fan death is still my favourite. Laughing

Is that about aircraft stowaways?
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PostPosted: 30-08-2014 07:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

cherrybomb wrote:
Also, I didn't mean any offence Sad


If that was to me, please be assured that no offence was taken -- absolutely none -- and I'm sorry if I gave that impression.
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PostPosted: 30-08-2014 10:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

garrick92 wrote:
cherrybomb wrote:
Also, I didn't mean any offence Sad


If that was to me, please be assured that no offence was taken -- absolutely none -- and I'm sorry if I gave that impression.


Thanks - It wasn't meant for you, I just wanted to make it clear that I wasn't trying to be offensive to anyone!

Fan death is my fave too, OneWingedBird Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: 30-08-2014 11:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

And as those who have been around a while probably know, we have threads on:

Korean fans of death

and

Penis theft panics (koro, etc.)
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PostPosted: 01-09-2014 09:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read that the French are obsessed with their livers and will buy over the counter medicines to coddle them.

When I first learned this fact 30-odd years ago (in a book about the power of placebos, no less! Laughing ) it was illustrated with a French advertisment for a 'liver-cleansing' drug featuring a man holding open his chest cavity while a hose played neatly on the relevant organ.

What do we Brits obsess over? The government wants us to focus on how many portions of vegetables a day we need or how many units of alcohol are safe but I'm not sure we're taking much notice.

Perhaps it's something so ingrained into us that we don't even notice it ourselves any more. Wink
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PostPosted: 01-09-2014 09:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read a few years ago that French doctors regularly diagnose something called "heavy legs", a condition which seems unknown outside of France. I *think* it relates to a general feeling of being rundown or lacking in energy which has no obvious cause.

In the UK and elsewhere in the Anglosphere I think some food intolerances might fall within this category. Before everyone starts getting worked up I'm not talking about serious allergies which lead to anaphylactic shock (although the prevalence of such conditions when compared to 25 years ago may warrang a thread in itself) but the the rather more vague claims of "intolerance" to various substances even though no physical symptoms are apparent. On occasion such "intolerances" seem to be more akin to fussy eating than any actual ailment.
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PostPosted: 01-09-2014 11:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I read a few years ago that French doctors regularly diagnose something called "heavy legs", a condition which seems unknown outside of France. I *think* it relates to a general feeling of being rundown or lacking in energy which has no obvious cause.

In the UK and elsewhere in the Anglosphere I think some food intolerances might fall within this category. Before everyone starts getting worked up I'm not talking about serious allergies which lead to anaphylactic shock (although the prevalence of such conditions when compared to 25 years ago may warrang a thread in itself) but the the rather more vague claims of "intolerance" to various substances even though no physical symptoms are apparent. On occasion such "intolerances" seem to be more akin to fussy eating than any actual ailment.


In some cases its not so much an intolerance as sensible eating. If I eat too much salami, cheese, bread made with buttermilk. or biscuits then my cholesterol levels will rise; something thats not the case with everyone.

But most salamis' have more than 30% fat content so its not the healthiest of food.

I don't have a food intolerance: due to my metabolism I just have to be sparing with my intake of certain foods.
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PostPosted: 01-09-2014 11:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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In some cases its not so much an intolerance as sensible eating.


Oh yeah, and nothing wrong with that, but the number of people (typically middle class female 20 and 30 somethings) who claim "intolerance" to something or other is quite astounding. Eg when a meeting with a sandwich lunch is organised a whole raft of peculiar dietary requirements tend to be emailed over.

See also "vegetarians" who eat fish and, on occasion, chicken. You're not vegetarian - you just don't like red meat! It's not the same thing!
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