CDC Removes Reference To Disputed ME/CFS Therapies From Website

David Tuller


By David Tuller in Undark.


The agency has long recommended two controversial treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome. Earlier this month, it quietly made some changes.


For years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended two controversial treatments for ME/CFS, the illness often known as chronic fatigue syndrome: a program of steadily increasing activity, and a specific form of cognitive behavior therapy. In early July, the agency removed information about the two treatments from the main section about the illness on its website — a move hailed by patients and advocates who had long fought for the change.

“It’s really, really significant,” said Mary Dimmock, a former pharmaceutical scientist and business analyst who turned to advocacy after her son became severely ill. The CDC’s recommendations influence medical treatment not only in the U.S. but around the world, noted Dimmock.


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