We need instrumentation.

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Posted by Bill McCuistion ( on October 08, 1999 at 02:36:34:

In Reply to: (im)balance posted by Ueli on October 07, 1999 at 20:40:59:

Ok. I'm somewhat ashamed to admit it, but the "Ok" is a residual from when I used to program with a Basic interpreter. Ok.

CH clusters are long. Ch attacks are short. CH life-spans are very long.

There are therefore three fundimental questions: (1) what makes a person CH-prone in the first place, (2) what brings on a Cluster-period, and (3) what brings on a CH-attack instance. Each of these questions has a corresponding "what causes them to end" question.

Each of these three life-cycles more than likely has its own chemistry and other measurable attributes, its own treatment and eventual cure.

In order to understand what is going on from a medical standpoint, these events must be identified, instrumented, analyized and associated with the whole picture before any truly lasting solution can be found.

We have quite a lot of excellent self-reported evidence to point the research in the right directions. However, especially, because this stuff seems to be happening inside our brains, self-reported evidence is not as high-grade as independently obtained evidence. This has nothing to do with the integrity or motivation of the CH'er, its just the fact that one is not independent to one's self.

How do you measure this sort of thing?
Can the instruments be obtained?
What do they cost?
Can we build them ourselves?
Can we use them ourselves?
How accurate do the measurements need to be?
How precise do the measurements need to be?
How do we interpret the data?
How do we action and validate the interpretations?

I suspect that the CH-community has the collective means to pull this off if it decided to do it.

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