Five non-existent diagnoses in which people still believe

Far from medicine, people regularly put non-existent diagnoses: someone believes everything that is written on the Internet, and someone “wisdom of Aesculapius” inherited from their ancestors. And all anything, but would-be patients can self-assign themselves to the wrong treatment, in the best case will not lead to the desired effect, and at worst will aggravate the disease, writes

Intestinal flu

Influenza – an acute infectious disease of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. As you can guess, the intestines to the respiratory system is irrelevant, and the fact that the people usually call “stomach flu” is rotavirus infection.

Influenza is a disease dubbed due to acute respiratory syndrome in the initial period of illness along with vomiting and diarrhea, the person has a high fever, sore throat, runny nose. Also the name has been strengthened due to the fact that large outbreaks of disease often coincide with influenza epidemics.

The main mistake in the treatment of rotavirus infection is the intake of antiviral medications as well as powders and tablets, eliminating the symptoms of SARS and influenza. The patient is encouraged to focus on combat dehydration and intoxication. The best assistants in this case – sorbents and a strict diet that excludes dairy products.


If the doctor explains your indigestion, dysbiosis, offering to treat him with bifidobacteria – look for a more competent expert, because in the official international classifications of diseases, such a diagnosis does not exist.

Dysbacteriosis (dysbiosis) of the gut – syndrome arising from changes in the qualitative or quantitative composition of the intestinal microflora. It is diagnosed through bacteriological examination of feces, diagnostic PCR and other laboratory techniques, but the task of the physician to determine what exactly caused such violation.

Symptoms of dysbiosis (diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, poor appetite) may indicate serious disease, including gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcers, polyps or even colon cancer. It is naive to believe that yogurt with “good bacteria” could help in this situation.

Allergic to gluten

If the use glutamatergic products cause a strong reaction, he should go through the diagnostics. And even if the results of the study confirm the allergic to wheat, it does not mean that the patient should avoid eating barley, semolina, soy, candy, mayonnaise, cheese, crab sticks and a lot of products containing gluten.

The fact is that celiac disease is an extremely rare and serious disease, occurring in 0.5-1% of the population. It is assumed that the main cause of celiac disease is absence or deficiency of the enzyme that breaks down gluten. Sometimes the syndrome of celiac disease temporarily occurs in patients suffering intestinal infections or receiving long-term antibiotics.

Anyway, the disease cannot be called an Allergy because of its multifactorial, mixed-autoimmune, genetic and allergic, and without endoscopy, biopsy, and serological diagnosis diagnosis of such a man simply does not deliver.

Moreover, in the respected medical journal Annals of Internal Medicine (USA) experts on celiac disease from the University of Pavia (Italy) said that some people syndrome celiac sensitivity can occur due to auto-suggestion, caused by the increasing popularity of gluten-free diets.

Nervous breakdown

If you ever hear that man was hospitalized for “nervous breakdown”, it probably means that he’s suffering from a severe episode of mental disorder. Formally, the cause may be depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, neurosis, but by itself the nervous system to fall back can not.

How to name a group of “symptoms of a nervous breakdown”: a tantrum, tears, flashes of unmotivated aggression, nightmares, suicidal thoughts? It is not that other, as acute reaction to exceptional physical or psychological stress, which takes place over several hours or days. If the human condition has not improved after the stressful situation, talking about post-traumatic stress disorder, which treatment is more complex and long lasting.


Diathesis – another “disease” that actively heals in our country, but it remains a mystery to Western doctors. He is not allergic to citrus or chocolate, as I think many young parents, but especially the state of the child’s body, defines inadequate response to common environmental factors.

Diathesis may increase the tendency of the child to inflammatory diseases of the respiratory system, diabetes, food allergies, increased excitability of the nervous system, nighttime incontinence, and other pathological conditions, but in itself the word “diathesis” says absolutely nothing, and can not be the reason for prescribing.

The best prevention of diathesis in a child is a healthy way of life of the parents, nutrition nursing mothers, the timely introduction of complementary feeding, adherence of the day, sufficient physical activity and adequate treatment of diseases of the child.