In an attempt to identify any environmental causes for a mystery illness affecting 12 teen girls at one high school in upstate New York, environmental activist Erin Brockovich and her team of experts have begun to test water and soil samples near the school.
Brockovich, who is best known for the movie about her path to activism in which she is played by Julia Roberts, was asked to investigate by the parents of the girls who don’t accept their daughters’ diagnosis of a psychologically based form of mass hysteria, or conversion disorder. Ten of the 12 girls have been diagnosed with conversion disorder by Dr. Laszlo Mechtler.
Although the school district and the NY Board of Health have tested the school and ruled out any possible environmental factors that could have sickened the girls, Brockovich plans on doing more testing in and around the school. Thus far, she and her team have not been allowed to test on school property.
The mysterious illness affecting these 12 girls involves involuntary tics and verbal outbursts, similar to Tourette’s syndrome.
The teens are being treated by a neurologist – a physician who specializes in treating disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves (the nervous system). Visit Vitals to find a neurologist near you.