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I haven't heard of that particular theory before, and wouldn't leap to believe it. As yo mention such random correlations occur. Bipolar disorder is quite common, and wisdom teeth get removed fairly commonly, so the two will occur in the same person reasonably often ( and an apparent correlation between onset of any disorder and and anaesthesia, will happen even more often ). The task in research is to collecti sufficiebnt examples to clarify whether a correlation is significantly common, and then whether, for instance A caues B, or is caused by B, or whether both might be caused by something else. Also, we would consider what we DO know scientifically about the causation and natural chemistry and biology of Bipolar Disorder, and see whether it makes any sense for this to have been affected by an experience of anaesthesia. And of course, one wonders whether in this case and your own experience, even the same anaesthetic was used. Or whether if there is any correlation, it could be to some other medication or aspect of the wisdom tooth extraction, other than the anaesthetic.
I don't know Helen Grange, but would hope she would be careful about reporting anecdotes as though they were significant.
The very same day as I was involved in a serious car accident, I had bought tinned pineapple for the first time in many years. The two are associated, but I really don't think the one caused the other.
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