Yeah we know stress is a huge factor and I've laid out my theories about it but I didn't want this thread to be about me preaching.
It's like if we didn't know what a cold was and someone had one(congestion, sore throat, coughing) and they swear that congestion is the correct diagnosis for these sets of symptoms. They make up some treatment and lo and behold a few days later all their symptoms are gone so they conclude they were right and spread their insight about their new treatment to clear up congestion which prevents a sore throat and coughing.
This is similar to what is happening with chronic illness. Someone goes through a stressful time, is dealing with a set of symptoms, and goes to a doctor. The doctor diagnosis them with Lyme and a week later they show improvement. However, it was really just the lack of stress that was the reason for improvement. Meanwhile, both the doctor and patient are convinced it was the Lyme treatment, so the doctor repeats the process when seeing similar symptoms in the future. He becomes further entrenched in his views, writes a book, etc. When patients don't show the same recovery, it CAN'T be because he was wrong, there HAS to be some other reason for it which he will no doubt come up with so he doesn't have to question his original conclusion. I'm not trying to pick on Lyme. It works for many different examples.
This is what I see happening and the patients are the ones suffering for it. When we get a diagnosis that says this is why you are ill, the natural tendency is to stop investigating. I'm trying to encourage people to spend more time and energy into looking into the cause and maybe a little less on the treatment side of things. Become your own expert. Look for ideas and not answers. Try stuff but question it at the same time. Many of you have busy lives and just need relief. This is more for people who desperately want to be completely free of this. Time is valuable and it's easy to get sucked into the different avenues out there and years pass by. I'm preaching again aren't I? Back to it I go.