Graded Exercise Therapy

Trial By Error: Current NICE Guidance Stands, For Now

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  By David Tuller, DrPH   Last week I sent an e-mail with some questions to Sir Andrew Dillon, the chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). In particular, the questions involved the status of the ten-year-old guidance for CFS/ME, CG53, and of references to the illness elsewhere within the NICE system. A […]

For People With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, More Exercise Isn’t Better

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  By Michaeleen Doucleff in npr.org. Health organizations are emphasizing that myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome is a serious long-term illness, not a psychological disorder, and that standard forms of exercise do not help. Instead, they’re acknowledging that exercise can make the disease much worse unless doctors and patients are very careful. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Trial By Error: NICE Rejects Current Guidance, Plans “Full Update”

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Let’s give credit where it’s due. Apparently someone with decision-making authority at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has a grasp on reality and is willing to challenge the claims of the biopsychosocial ideological brigades. That’s the only logical explanation for last Wednesday’s welcome but unexpected announcement that […]

Why Did It Take The CDC So Long To Reverse Course On Debunked Treatments For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?

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  By Julie Rehmeyer and David Tuller in statnews.com.   For years, people with chronic fatigue syndrome have wrangled with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over information on the agency’s website about this debilitating illness. The website highlighted two treatments that became the de facto standards of care: a gradual increase in exercise and a form of psychotherapy […]

NICE Agrees To Re-Visit Guidelines On Treatment Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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From The National Institute For Health And Care Excellence.   Surveillance report 2017 – Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): diagnosis and management (2007) NICE guideline CG53.   Surveillance decision. Reason for the decision   We will plan a full update with a modified scope of the guideline on chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy) (NICE guideline […]

What Should I Do When Someone Tells Me to Exercise ?

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  By Sleepy girl in her ‘How To Get On’ Blog.   Many people with ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are told by their doctors that exercise will help them. This is often called “Graded Exercise Therapy,” though some doctors doctors will simply recommend “exercise”. Some people are also advised to exercise by their loved […]

Worse Than The Disease

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  A case study of Graded Exercise Therapy from UNDARK.   After living in Oklahoma for 40 years, Nita and Doug Thatcher retired in 2009 to the Rust Belt city of Lorain, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb that hugs Lake Erie. When Nita needed to find a new primary care doctor, a friend recommended someone from the Cleveland […]

Graded Exercise Therapy Causes Harm In ME/CFS. Everyone Knows That, Right ?

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    From The Self Taught Author Blog by Clark Ellis.   What is patently obvious to the majority of ME/CFS sufferers is not at all obvious to most others. It is not obvious to NHS staff. It not obvious to academics and politicians. It is not obvious to the public. There are many reports […]

Pacing And ME

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    From The Journal Of Health Psycology. By Keith Geraghty, Mark Hann, Stoyan Kurtev First Published August 29, 2017 Research Article   Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome patients’ reports of symptom changes following cognitive behavioural therapy, graded exercise therapy and pacing treatments: Analysis of a primary survey compared with secondary surveys.   Cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy are […]

Post Seventeen – The PACE Trial Scandal

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    From the Blog, puffins&penguins&me   I have been wanting to write about The PACE Trial for some time, about the background, the controversy and where we are at today. I have tried, but unlike my usual posts it is very technical, involves a lot of research and there’s a lot to cover. I just don’t […]

Why Are Doctors And Patients Still At War Over M.E.? How The Best Treatment For The Debilitating Condition Is One Of The Most Bitterly Contested Areas In Medicine

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  By Jerome Burne For The Daily Mail.   Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a debilitating condition that can leave those affected bedridden for years. It’s linked with as many as 60 symptoms, the most common being a feeling of constant exhaustion — ‘like a dead battery’. The condition first reached mainstream consciousness in the Eighties following […]

NICE Refuse To Take Down Harmful Treatments 25,000 Children Harmed ?

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  By Tina Rodwell.   I had my reply from NICE. For some reason David Hahalam did not want to talk to me. Well I am not important, am I? After all I am just one of the 25,000 parents that would like ME taken seriously to protect the children from harm. A good solid […]

This Is Why I Quit Exercise Therapy

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  By Camilla Maxted in BuzzFeed.   It took 11 medical appointments across 20 weeks of pain and despair before I finally got a diagnosis. For months, I’d been suffering from exhaustion so extreme that bit by bit, I’d had to let my whole life drop away. For a long time I tried to ignore it – after all, […]

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 […]

Do GET Yourself

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      From spoonseeker.com.   GETSET, the latest paper on graded exercise therapy by lead PACE investigator Peter White (et al), provides an excellent opportunity to probe into the nitty gritty of such a trial. The study required patients to administer their own GET so some of the details previously hidden by smoke and […]

Dancers & CBT/GET-Realness

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    By Anil van der Zee.   As a dancer I have been surprised by the treatments I’ve received for my disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. I want to share my opinion from a dancer’s perspective. What do other professional ballet dancers think about the treatments and the current care that’s being offered to ME patients??   […]

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