|The fearsome eyelash mite.|
Another part is the inherent paranoia of Americans. We are afraid of foreigners, Muslims, children's books, even ourselves. So of course we are afraid of every tiny little microbe that ever existed - harmless or not.
|A dust mite army.|
Drug companies spend billions of dollars trying to convince us that we are sick. Anyone with a television has seen countless commercials declaring normal bodily functions are signs of horrible diseases.
Take the history of heartburn. First, they change it to something more frightening like Acid Reflux Disease. When it was just heartburn you would cut out that carne asada burrito just before going to bed and be happy. Now that it's a disease you go all crazy and demand the latest, greatest, most expensive new drug.
Companies use medical journals to promote their new diseases (and drug cures). They flat out bribe doctors. And they go to considerable ends to convince people that a horrible, disease-ridden death is just around the corner.
Now, back to me. I've narrowed my symptoms down to beriberi or small pox.
Norman Cousins essay-A Nation of Hypochondriacs
PR Watch-Disease Mongering
Dr. Rath-Business With Disease
a couple from Huff Post on Disease Mongering by Dr. Larry Dossey and Dr. Andrew Weil