Category Archives: Commentary

PEM Differential

One of the post-IOM controversies consuming advocates at the moment is the concern that SEID criteria are non-specific and will include people who do not have our disease. The failure to list exclusionary conditions, including psychological disorders, has drawn criticism … Continue reading

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Your Move, HHS

Since the IOM report came out, the patient/advocate online community has been on fire. Everyone is staking out a position. You like the name, or you don’t; you think the definition will work, or it won’t. And I have plenty … Continue reading

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NPR Interview

Miriam Tucker has been covering ME/CFS for some time now, and published a great piece for NPR about the IOM report today. I was interviewed for the piece, and I can say that Miriam understands this disease, much like David … Continue reading

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IOM: Report Card

It’s here. A new case definition and a new name. It will take some time for me to get through the 300 page report and prepare a more detailed analysis. But based on the press conference and summary, how did … Continue reading

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IOM: The Big Day

On February 10th, the Institute of Medicine committee will release its report Beyond ME/CFS: Redefining an Illness. The release event will be webcast at 11am Eastern. The report contents are under embargo until the release, although rumors are flying about … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Slightly Snarky

Joe Landson authors this guest post on the chasm between patient experiences and the people who need to understand them. We suffer through many devastating symptoms, but today I’m only thinking of one. It’s perhaps the most devastating effect of … 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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The Oxford Problem

Today, I’m very pleased to share this guest post by Chris Heppner. I loved Oxford when there as undergraduate (1951-4)–truly a city of dreaming spires, peaceful libraries, walks in the country to a lovely old pub by a waterfall with … 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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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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