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Trial By Error: My E-Mail Exchange With NICE Chief Executive

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   On Friday, I had an e-mail exchange with Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the NICE Guidance Executive. The other seven Guidance Executive members are various directors within the NICE hierarchy, including the communications director. This group will make the final decision about whether to accept the provisional decision of a […]

Angry Scientists Throw Insults At Each Other Over The Results Of A £5 Million Taxpayer-Funded Study Into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    By Stephen Matthews in Mail Online.   Angry scientists are throwing cheap insults at each other regarding the ‘flawed’ results of a landmark £5 million British study on chronic fatigue syndrome. One medical journal dedicated its entire August edition to ripping apart the ‘unreliable’ trial, which was funded by taxpayers. In response, three […]

The Making Of The PACE Scandal

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    From Centre for Welfare Reform.   A Special Issue of the Journal of Health Psychology on the PACE Trial, is to be published and freely available online on Monday 31 July 2017. It marks a special contribution of the Journal of Health Psychology to the literature concerning interventions to manage chronic  health problems. The […]

CDC Removes Reference To Disputed ME/CFS Therapies From Website

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  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 […]

Why CBT Is Falling Out Of Favour

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  By Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian.   Everybody loves cognitive behavioural therapy. It’s the no-nonsense, quick and relatively cheap approach to mental suffering – with none of that Freudian bollocks, and plenty of scientific backing. So it was unsettling to learn, from a paper in the journal Psychological Bulletin, that it seems to be getting less effective over […]

The Smile Trial (Part 1) – (The Lightning Process)

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  From Johnthejack.com   Why the trial should never have been allowed in the first place. The first of three blogs on the SMILE trial.   There is no evidence the Lightning Process (LP), a mish-mash of elements of cognitive behavioural therapy, neurolinguistic programming, hypnotherapy, life coaching and osteopathy, is anything other than quackery. For […]

On Your Marks GETSET: Don’t Go – Major Graded Exercise ME/CFS Trial Underwhelms (Again)

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Lancet — one of the most highly regarded journals in the world — is back on the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) community’s front page. That’s probably enough to either elicit curses from ME/CFS patients or to produce a strong desire to hide under one’s bed. […]

How A Study About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Was Doctored, Adding To Pain And Stigma

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    By Steven Lubet in The Conversation.   The public relies on scientists to report their findings accurately and completely, but that does not always happen. Too often, researchers announce only their most favorable outcomes, while keeping more disappointing results well out of sight. This phenomenon, first identified by the psychologist Robert Rosenthal in […]

Danish RCT Of Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Whatever Ails Your Physician About You

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    By James Coyne in PLOS Blogs.   I was asked by a Danish journalist to examine a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for functional somatic symptoms. I had not previously given the study a close look. I was dismayed by how highly problematic the study was in so many […]

CBT Won’t Cure My Chronic Fatigue, Any More Than It Would Cancer – It’s A Physical Illness

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  By Scott Jordan Harris in i News.   The announcement of a new initiative to offer online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to teenage suffers of ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has re-opened debate about whether ME is a mental illness. The reality is there is no debate about the answer to that among anyone […]

New CBT And GET Threat For Australian CFS Patients

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  By Sasha Nimmo in Shout Out About ME.   Australian CFS researcher, Prof Andrew Lloyd last year explained he was working on an online program of graded exercise therapy (GET) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) at the University of NSW’s Fatigue Clinic. Prof Lloyd described the PACE trial, which evaluated these therapies, as having “reasonably […]

Renowned Scientists Condemn PACE Study

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By Russell Logan in shoutaboutme.com   An international group of scientists has added to the growing condemnation of the PACE trial study, published in the Lancet in 2011, which has propped up poor government and clinical care policies for those with the serious neurological illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome. An open letter from […]

‘CBT Is A Scam And A Waste Of Money’: Popular Talking Therapy Is Not A Long-Term Solution, Says Leading Psychologist

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By Jenny Hope, Medical Correspondent for the Daily Mail. People with mental health problems are victims of  a ‘scam’ therapy that is wasting vast sums of money, a leading psychologist has warned. They are being misled because the short-term fix offered by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) does not have a lasting benefit, says Oliver James. […]

Trial By Error: The Troubling Case of the PACE Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study

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  By David Tuller, DrPH David Tuller is academic coordinator of the concurrent masters degree program in public health and journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. A few years ago, Dr. Racaniello let me hijack this space for a long piece about the CDC’s persistent incompetence in its efforts to address the devastating illness […]

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