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From: marianne dillow <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] DNA Versus the ______doctors
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2008 19:49:05 -0800 (PST)
As I have said before, I worked in government and mental health for over 31 years. I wholeheartedly agree with your statements John. It still takes medical treatment by professionals in these fields. As we all know treatment can take many years in some
cases. Some recover and some do not. A testing kit doesn't have all of the answers. I shudder to think being diagnosed by a kit with no care or followup by trained professionals.
John Norway <> wrote:
I think we are going to hear ever more from guilds feeling threatened as time goes by.
>From a DNA and genealogy testing standpoint, the medical professionals have very good reasons to be seriously concerned about unproved genetic testing mental health kits. I am taken aback when any professional, in any scientific field, presents a potentially unbalanced viewpoint online. Everything in life is a matter of balance, integrity, and honest-open communications. Since I have a family with known mental health illnesses, yes - I can readily admit that genetics within the family tree most likely plays an important role. But I am not convinced that genetic testing kits can effectively warn people about their risks.
If we are to focus attention on effective processes in this area, let it be about enabling folks with such mental health illnesses to gain the crucial EMDR treatment from a trained clinician, rather than putting down the mental health fields legitimate concerns regarding unproven genetic testing kits.