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May 30, 2007

BehindTheMedspeak: Is there a biological equivalent to the Higgs Field?


This past Memorial Day weekend, as I lay around miserable, under the weather, with chills, fever, insomnia, a sore throat and runny nose, pressure in my sinuses, no appetite, generalized weakness and malaise, muscle aches, photophobia and itchy eyes and an upset stomach (did I leave out any major organ systems?), I got to thinking about how we view such disturbances as the result of a reaction to infection of some sort or an allergic response.

What if, instead, such symptoms resulted from passing through an invisible field that suddenly caused the our tissues to react to it in such a way as to produce the symptoms we call "sickness?"

Peter Higgs has been waiting 43 years — since his two 1964 papers characterizing what has come to be called The Higgs Field — for high-energy physicists to conclusively demonstrate the existence of the Higgs boson so that he can finally make the trip to Stockholm to collect his Nobel Prize.


Me, I don't expect to be around to get mine but hey, that's okay — pretend this was your idea and run with it.

May 30, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


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Let's see, did you leave anything out...
Wait -- menstrual cramps!
No, no, sorry.
I guess you covered it.
Poor thing.

Posted by: Flautist | May 30, 2007 2:23:41 PM

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