Thursday, 16 February 2017

Is M.E. fake science ? Havering was home to the National M.E. Centre - Why ?!

M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sometimes, in the UK,  called Royal Free Disease (Blacks Medical Dictionary) has been under research in the UK for around 30 years. Less formally in popular culture the disease has been colloquially called "social change flu" from its early associations with the "yuppie flu" of the 1980s. The National M.E. Centre was established at the old Harold Wood Hospital in the London Borough of Havering in the 1990s by Professor Leslie Findley and Dr Betty Dowsett. Along with the National M.E. Centre itself,  PhD's researching M.E. / CFS have also been funded at the taxpayers expense.

The online NHS advice site, NHS Choices, describes the disease:
"Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn't go away with sleep or rest.  

It's not known exactly what causes CFS. Various theories have been suggested, including:
  • a viral or bacterial infection
  • problems with the immune system
  • an imbalance of hormones
  • psychiatric problems, such as stress and emotional trauma

NICE says a diagnosis of CFS should be considered if you meet specific criteria regarding your fatigue – for example, it can't be explained by other conditions – and if you also have other symptoms, such as sleeping problems or problems thinking and concentrating. The diagnosis can then be confirmed if these symptoms are experienced for several months.

Treatment for CFS may be able to reduce the symptoms. Everyone with CFS responds to treatment differently, so your treatment plan will be tailored to you.
Some of the main treatments include:
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • a structured exercise programme called graded exercise therapy
  • medication to control pain, nausea and sleeping problems"

SO after 30 / 40 years or research at our expense they don't know what it is, they use it as a diagnosis when nothing else fits and the treatment plan is a combination of counselling, exercise and over-the-counter pills. 

Aren't there other spending priorities in an NHS IN CRISIS ?  No wonder they sited the National M.E. Centre in Havering - a place with an apparent aversion to the legal principle of Duty of Care like nowhere else in the UK ? !

 The People of Havering are entitled to the same rights (balanced with responsibilities) of British Citizenship as anywhere else in the UK - We are not just "Lower Class White Trash" that can be safely ignored !! 

 Treatment For M.E. on NHS Web-Site.

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