“Web sites, blogs, Facebook pages and other social network media promoted the CCSVI theory as salvation for patients with MS,” wrote Drs. Robert J. Fox and Alex Rae-Grant in an editorial that accompanied the UB study. “It became clear that the CCSVI theory went far beyond the traditional clinical research enterprise and had be-come a media- driven phenomenon.”
leetz wrote: NOW...I will sit and wait for IR's to figure out how to safely keep the vein's open .
Asher wrote:You do not know your body any better than a doctor or a scientist does, rather in a different way. I am a CCSVI procedure veteran and it has done NOTHING to stop a slow but crippling progression of the disease. So who’s right, you or me, huh??? someone??? Errrrhhhh... Lookup ‘cognitive dissonance’ on Wiki. The answer to some of the responses on this highly emotion and speculation driven forum may reside there.
Cognitive dissonance is an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. The theory of cognitive dissonance proposes that people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance. They do this by changing their attitudes, beliefs, and actions. Dissonance is also reduced by justifying, blaming, and denying. It is one of the most influential and extensively studied theories in social psychology.
Experience can clash with expectations, as, for example, with buyer's remorse following the purchase of an expensive item. In a state of dissonance, people may feel surprise, dread, guilt, anger, or embarrassment. People are biased to think of their choices as correct, despite any contrary evidence. This bias gives dissonance theory its predictive power, shedding light on otherwise puzzling irrational and destructive behavior.
A classical example of this idea (and the origin of the expression "sour grapes") is expressed in the fable The Fox and the Grapes by Aesop (ca. 620–564 BCE). In the story, a fox sees some high-hanging grapes and wishes to eat them. When the fox is unable to think of a way to reach them, he surmises that the grapes are probably not worth eating, as they must not be ripe or that they are sour. This example follows a pattern: one desires something, finds it unattainable, and reduces one's dissonance by criticizing it. Jon Elster calls this pattern "adaptive preference formation."
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