These techniques can heal most of psychological and organic diseases
such as depression, diabetes, cancer, scoliosis and back pain and many others.
11,12) Similarly, in our study, physical punishment by parents, a history of an organic disease
in a parent or child, and a history of psychiatric disorder in a parent or relative were all risk factors for SR.
82) Unfortunately, the ACG Task Force on IBS found that, in general, the presence of alarm features did not reliably identify patients with important organic diseases
In the low back pain section, information about how to screen for important differential diagnoses such as pain referred from abdominal aortic aneurism, genito-urinary system infections, tumours, or other organic disease
is not adequately covered.
In our group of consecutive patients with chronic diarrhea, 1 of the 9 (11%) patients with Crohn disease, 6 of the 21 (29%) with other organic diseases
, and 30 of the 40 (75%) with IBS fulfilled the Rome criteria for IBS diagnosis.
Caution is needed in attributing blood loss or iron deficiency to exercise-related causes without considering underlying organic disease
of the GI tract requiring diagnostic evaluation.
TABLE 1 Statistics for Hospital-Admission and Environmental Variables Variable Mean Standard Deviation Organic disease
(daily admissions) 59.
The doctor also may do diagnostic procedures such as x-rays or endoscopy (viewing the colon through a flexible tube inserted through the anus) to find out if there is organic disease
The first formal documented study on hysteria was done by Sydenham in the 1560s who was the first to declare that hysteria can simulate almost all forms of organic disease
and deemed that hysteria originated not in the uterus, but the mind.
Would it not be more scientific and pragmatic for psychiatry to revert to the "organic-not organic" determination, to which all physicians are obligated, but which psychiatrists refute, concluding that patients with psychological symptoms and no organic disease
have real-life, situational problems for which psychotherapy is needed.
The traditional definition of organic disease
would lead us to expect a fairly narrow range of symptoms, of causes, and of treatments (if any).