"It is all in your head". An assessment that is all too familiar to many patients with little understood emergent diseases such as ME, PANS or Lyme. Together with the rise of complex chronic illnesses caused by stealth pathogens, we witness a rise of the invention of so-called ‘somatic disorders’. This is of concern to both patients, who are often declared to be suffering from psychiatric illnesses without a proper evaluation of potential biological causes of their symptoms, as well as to their treating physicians. An interview with psychiatrist Robert Bransfield to provide a better understanding of the brain and body interaction and a critical analysis of the real function of these new somatic syndromes.

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The following is largely excerpted from the June 27, 2017 article Human Rights Violations of Relapsing Fever and Lyme Disease Patients Under International Investigation, by Jenna Luche-Thayer. The link can be found below.

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