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Dorsal Cervical Erythematosis

Posted by Dave Bath on 2010-08-26

Abstract: Dorsal Cervical Erythmatosis (DSE) is a recently characterized disorder with epidemiological studies suggesting infection through a novel combination of aetiologies, with an infectious agent possible, despite the clinical presentation of combined psychological and perispinal skin anomalies suggesting subtle problems during creation of the neural tube.

Diagnosis: A chronic (>5 year) erythematous rash in the dorsal cervical regions and cluster of psychological symptoms (defective empathy for those with apparent low probability of kinship regardless of histocompatibility profiles, difficulty assimilating novel concepts post-adolescence), denial that any of these signs exist or present a problem for the patient, together with chronic or intense exposure to particular EMF spectra (which vary by geographic region) strongly suggests DCE.

Distribution: Incidence increases with proximity to the equator on the continents of North America and Australia, and has a positive correlation with UV incidence, and a negative correlation with melanin levels in the skin.  However, there are strange patterns of incidence within any particular city, some suburbs showing a high proportion of sufferers, other suburbs being almost DCE free.

Other factors: There is a weaker negative correlation with socio-economic status, a positive correlation with long-term exposure to volatile organics (there are prelimary hints that fuels and oils associated with automobiles are particularly damaging), while high exposure to metallo-organic pigments subcutaneously is found in sufferers more than the general population.

Transmission: Initial appearance of the signs associated with DCE occur rarely after young adulthood, suggesting susceptibility is limited to childhood and adolescent periods, with person-to-person transmission suggested by incidence in households similar to that of M. tuberculosis infection. Pre-school children removed from such environments rarely go on to exhibit signs of the syndrome.

Treatment: While resistant to treatment, early clinical studies inspired by the prophylactic effects of high-order cognitive stimulation show promise, as does elimination of the particular electromagnetic frequencies (in the spectra used for television and radio).  There are very prelinary studies suggesting a particular exercise regime of reading newspapers, which might cause stretching and relaxation of the affected skin areas, could be useful, with effectiveness increasing with the size of the newspaper, but warning the smaller newspapers might actually increase risk of developing DCE or increase severity of clinical signs.


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