Jennifer Richardson wrote:...
It has to be more than just someone saying what they did. So something like a questionnaire where the person with an ailment rates how severe their symptoms are, or something like that, does not meet Paul's standards.
1. Little interest or pleasure in doing things
2. Feeling down, depressed, or hopeless
3. Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
4. Feeling tired or having little energy
5. Poor appetite or overeating
6. Feeling bad about yourself—or that you are a failure or have let yourself or your family down
7. Trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television
8. Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed? Or the opposite—being so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual
9. Thoughts that you would be better off dead or of hurting yourself in some way
If you clicked on any problems above, how difficult have they made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?
Not difficult at all Somewhat difficult Very difficult Extremely difficult
“I don't think anything other than the simplest medical conditions are a good fit for a specific BBs, for the reasons stated in the opening post. We can't expect the moderators to diagnose whether a person actually suffered from a particular disease, and whether they recovered, and whether the recovery was due to the treatment.” (Mk Neal)
“... maybe it's better to restrict the BB to trying a certain treatment and focus on documenting that the person tried the treatment in the BB. Whether it improves their life or not, if they tried the treatment, they get the BB.” (Amy Arnett)
“So for conditions, no matter how serious, in which the only real metric is basically "sick person says they feel better" (whether it's a sore throat or something like depression or lupus), we are assigning only half a point. You have to provide a description of the issue they're experiencing, what you suggested, and how it worked, and a before and after picture of you and the sick person giving a thumbs up or something. It doesn't prove that what you did worked, but you have to at least convince someone to take a picture with you and do some documentation ...” (Jennifer Richardson)
Jordan Holland wrote:My instinct is to steer away from proving a treatment worked, and focus on proving a widely accepted, approved treatment was administered, or perhaps grown/preserved. I think this would be on par with the effort required for many other lower level BB's.