Category Archives: Advocacy

CFSAC Meets P2P

Mary Dimmock has been kind enough to provide this post and transcript of the CFS Advisory Committee’s discussion of the P2P report this week. Since the Executive Summary for the P2P ME/CFS Workshop was published on December 18, 2014, a … Continue reading

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P2P Library Now Available

As I promised in my previous post, I have created a library of public comments submitted to NIH on the P2P Panel’s draft report. You can view links to each comment on this page. I will update the page with … Continue reading

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P2P Obstacles

Are you working on your comments on the P2P Panel’s Draft Report? I hope so! Unfortunately, the Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) has taken several actions that create barriers in the commenting process. I have details, and I suggest several … Continue reading

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Laura Hillenbrand is Not Your Bitch*

Laura Hillenbrand is a New York Times best selling author, and one of the most prominent public figures to speak out about having ME/CFS. She has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to ME/CFS research, has discussed her struggles with … Continue reading

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P2P Report: First Read

The P2P Panel’s draft report on advancing ME/CFS research has been published. The report is not the nightmare that many people feared, but it is also not what I had hoped for or what we need. The advocacy chatter I’ve … Continue reading

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P2P: Eating Your Cake

In a surprising move at the P2P Workshop yesterday, Dr. Beth Smith from the Evidence Practice Center (authors of the systematic evidence review) suggested: “Consider retiring the Oxford case definition.” Why was this remarkable? Because the systematic evidence review had … Continue reading

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CFSAC: Stand Up for Your Work

I delivered this public comment by telephone at the December 3, 2014 CFS Advisory Committee meeting. This committee’s legitimacy is at stake. Nine months ago, your March meeting recommendations were substantially altered after your public vote. Documentary evidence that I … Continue reading

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NIH: Passing ME/CFS Over Again

NIH will (in its own mind anyway) be showcasing ME/CFS at the P2P Workshop next week. But ME/CFS research at NIH is caught in a never-ending cycle of being passed over in every way that matters. At its June 2014 … Continue reading

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A Big Helping of Defamation

I’m going public with an incident that exposes the dirty underbelly of the ME/CFS community. It’s not the first time I’ve been personally targeted, and surely won’t be the last. But bullying and defamation directed at me, or any other … Continue reading

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Another CFSAC Violation

Today I must report that once again, the CFS Advisory Committee violated federal law. This time, recommendations made by the Committee were illegally altered after the public meeting. The story of what happened, how I got it fixed (hopefully), and … Continue reading

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