It was truly unsettling to learn about the news of an invited speaker lecturing at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on November 9, 2016. For decades, the speaker has been a staunch adversary of studying the pathophysiology of ME/CFS and refuses to acknowledge its root cause. I have written many times previously, including in an editorial in March of this year, on the aftermath of the revitalization of the Trans-NIH ME/CFS Working Group—specifically on the perils caused by what I then called “ME/CFS deniers” and “psychosomatization sympathizers.” We will not dedicate additional time to these individuals or elaborate on their misguided theories on our pages other than to make the following three points…
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Have you ever noticed how so many of us beat ourselves up for having this chronic illness, almost as if it is invisible even to us, even as we feel the pain and exhaustion? While we feel the need to not give up and keep a hold of all we can of our lives, I’m becoming aware that I for one often get this fight tangled up with a lot of damaging self-judgement.
INTRODUCTION The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is revising and creating new educational materials for its Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) educational program. The hope is that this fourth try at producing ME/CFS educational materials will result in equality of care for ME/CFS patients and they will, for the first time, experience appropriate care throughout
Press Release Toronto – August 28, 2016 – “This is ludicrous!” writes Dr. Ian Hyams about the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) decision to deny funding for a networking grant for the neurological disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Dr. Hyams, Medical Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Clinic, expressed further concern stating that “the
For many months the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian equivalent to the NIH, has advised that: “The IMHA [the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis] has committed to supporting the creation of a national network for translational research in ME/CFS in 2016-2017. This network will facilitate capacity building and provide a forum to
A few years after getting ill, I discovered that I can write interesting stories about things that happen inside or close to my home. For instance about birds or cats visiting our garden (preferably not at the same time), books, music or even what we had for dinner. This time it is about my shoes, my empty shoes. Who needs shoes while lying on the sofa, anyway?
when we feel down, or angry, or frustrated or powerless, let’s refocus a little of our precious energy to move our community forward towards better research, understanding and treatment. Let’s collate all the best resources from our community — the studies, the blogs, the articles, the doctors, the researchers, the patient groups, the healthcare and political situation in each country!
Sonya Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Patient 5/25/16 Washington, DC #MillionsMissing Protest Speech Transcript In April of 2011, I was thriving and loving life. At the peak of my career, working my dream job in the U.S. Foreign Service, only 39 years old but already the equivalent of a Colonel in the military, I was successful, healthy,