This weekend, the New York State Psychiatric Institute is hosting a conference on psychosomatic illness at Columbia University Medical Center — and they invited Per Fink to speak. If you have watched Unrest, you know that Fink’s clinic was responsible for the involuntary institutionalization of Karina Hansen, a Danish young woman with ME. [pullquote
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On September 18th, more than 40 writers, activists, artists, filmmakers, physicians, and scientists came together to write an open letter to Netflix to request that Afflicted be immediately removed from the service. “We are deeply concerned about its unethical treatment of its subjects and its many factual errors and omissions,” states the letter. “Its inclusion
PETITION UPDATE (Tuesday, September 11, 2018) The CDC has posted an updated, competitive bid solicitation for the development of federal treatment guidelines for ME. The community outcry, and over 8,000 petition signatures, protesting the previous rigged, sole-source contract got the CDC’s attention. Yet the solicitation is still only open through Thursday, September 13 meaning interested applicants
Want a way to raise your voice this #MillionsMissing but don’t know how? Perhaps you’re unable to attend a protest in person, or want to do a little something extra to make a difference. The stopGET petition against graded exercise therapy trials is one of the most vital actions circulating at the moment. With a
A petition for more biomedical research funding for ME/CFS that was started in January is only 2,000 signatures short of the 10,000 needed to force the UK government to issue a response. The signatures must be gathered by 13 July. The petition is on the UK Government and Parliament Petitions site, where any of the
Many of us have already seen and signed Mary Gelpi’s petition asking the NIH to increase its research budget for ME/CFS funding to $100 million. Her groundbreaking petition has already netted 27,000 signatures as of this post. In Mary’s own words: I am only 31, and yet, everyday things like taking a bath exhaust me.
Dutch ME patients strongly disagree with the composition of the Dutch Health Council ME Committee and start petition “ME is geen SOLK” (ME is not MUPS). On March 29th 2016, the Dutch Health Council announced the names of the members of a newly formed Committee that has the important task of writing an advisory report on
This is the first study on ME/CFS conducted by NIH in two decades. One million patients suffer from this disease, too long neglected by both CDC and NIH. It is critical that the Principle Investigators recognize existing biomedical research on the disease, as well as the results of recently commissioned studies by the Institute of Medicine for DHHS and the P2P (Pathways to Prevention) program at NIH.
Call for HHS to Investigate PACE Recently, journalist David Tuller, DrPH, published an investigative report outlining serious concerns with the conduct, analyses, and results of U.K.’s £5 million PACE trial for chronic fatigue syndrome. PACE investigated the efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) Since then, other researchers and journalists have
The Gottfries clinic is the leading ME/CFS and fibromyalgia clinic in Sweden. It both treats patients and conducts biomedical research, yet the health authorities there are planning to withdraw their support in favor for a “bio-psycho-social” approach to treatment. Politicians in Gothenburg, Sweden have now decided not to renew the contract with the clinic when