Trial By Error

Trial By Error: Fiona Godlee Doubles Down On Lightning Process Study

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      By David Tuller, DrPH. Earlier this week, Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, e-mailed me in response to concerns expressed about the study of the Lightning Process published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, one of the journals under her purview. Those concerns were expressed in an open letter to her […]

Trial By Error: Bristol’s Report Due Soon; Slides From My Oxford Talk

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH A day of reckoning could be coming for Bristol University and Professor Esther Crawley, the ethically challenged pediatrician whose work has come under official scrutiny (that is, under scrutiny from people with greater authority than me) on multiple fronts. According to the Health Research Authority, the National Health Service unit […]

Trial By Error: An Open Letter To Dr Godlee About BMJ’s Ethically Bankrupt Actions

David Tuller

      By David Tuller, DrPH I have sent the following letter to Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ, about Archives of Disease in Childhood’s egregious decision to re-publish Bristol University’s Lightning Process trial with the original findings intact. Given the Bristol team’s flagrant methodological violations, the journal should have retracted the paper. […]

Trial By Error: Joan McParland’s Lightning Process Experience

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    By David Tuller, DrPH.   Aura-reader and Tarot expert Phil Parker, also known as the founder of the Lightning Process, has posted a video on YouTube of an “ME/CFS success story.” Without knowing anything about Amy’s situation or medical history beyond what she shares, I have no reason to disbelieve her testimony of […]

Trial By Error: My Interview With Melbourne’s Dr Don Lewis

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   When I visited Melbourne in March of last year, I heard a lot about Dr Don Lewis, a local physician beloved by those with ME—or “chronic fatigue,” as Australian patients, scientists and clinicians routinely called the illness, to my dismay. At the time, Dr Lewis was transitioning out of […]

Trial By Error: Some Thoughts On MUS And Bermingham; My Letter To Professor Payne

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH In February, I wrote a post tracking how a core finding from Bermingham et al, a 2010 study, has been misrepresented repeatedly in claims about the costs to the National Health Service of so-called “medically unexplained symptoms.” The misrepresented finding has been cited by proponents of an NHS effort to divert people […]

Trial By Error: An Update About The Pediatric MUS Systematic Review

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH This week I raised concerns about a second systematic review that cited the dung heap known as the Lightning Process study, published by Archives of Disease in Childhood two years ago. This new review did not mention the paper’s egregious deficiencies. After the appearance in April of an earlier systematic review that highlighted […]

Trial By Error: The CDC’s Pathetic Response To Reuters

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH The recent Reuters article about the illness, or cluster of illnesses, variously called CFS, ME, CFS/ME and ME/CFS was problematic for many reasons. One of them was the information included from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In explaining why the CDC dropped its longstanding recommendations for […]

Trial By Error: Who Has The School Study Documents ?

David Tuller

      By David Tuller, DrPH. Update (later on March 4): Because Royal United Hospitals Bath suggested that I “redirect” my request for documents back to Bristol University, that’s what I did. Earlier today, I sent an e-mail to Bristol’s director of legal services. Here’s what I wrote: As you likely remember, I have […]

Trial By Error: BMJ Amends Last Week’s PACE Article

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    By David Tuller, DrPH.   Last Wednesday, the UK Health Research Authority released a letter reviewing its analysis of the PACE trial. Members and supporters of the GET/CBT ideological brigades have misrepresented the HRA letter as a vindication of the study. On Thursday, BMJ posted an article about the HRA letter by science journalist Nigel Hawkes. The […]

Trial By Error: A Recap Of The School Absence Study

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH Last week I broke the news that Bristol University is conducting an independent investigation of a number of studies that were exempted from ethical review on the grounds that they qualified as “service evaluation.” Because the issues involved are confusing and complex, I thought it would be helpful to repost here part […]

Trial By Error: A Bit More About Bristol’s Investigation

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH Yesterday I reported that Bristol University, at the request of the UK Health Research Authority, is investigating a number of studiesconducted by Professor Esther Crawley. The results of this investigation are expected in two months or so. Today I can disclose that the scrutiny involves papers linked to a specific research […]

Trial By Error: Steve Brine’s Troubling Claim In Parliamentary Debate On ME

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By David Tuller, DrPH During last Thursday’s historic debate on ME in the House of Commons, it was refreshing to watch one MP after another stand up and slam the PACE trial and the non-evidence-based treatment paradigm promoted for decades by the GET/CBT ideological brigades. It was also interesting to note that no one defended this egregious […]

Trial By Error: My Six-Month Review

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH So it’s time again to review my work and figure out what I’ve been doing. My crowdfunding from last April has been covering my half-time position at Berkeley since July 1, so December 31 marks the end of the first six months. The Berkeley fiscal year ends June 30th, […]

Trial By Error: My Norwegian Interview

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    By David Tuller, DrPH In addition to giving a couple of talks in Norway, I also answered some questions from Trude Schei, assistant Secretary General of the Norwegian ME Association. I doubt I said anything I haven’t stated many times before. However, members of the GET/CBT ideological brigades–in Norway and elsewhere–continue to maintain […]

Trial By Error: “Talk Is Cheap,” Patients Tell NIH

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    By David Tuller, DrPH. Earlier this month, NIH director Francis Collins and other agency officials held a meeting with five representatives from #MEAction. According to the group’s post about the meeting, the goal was “to discuss accelerating research in order to more rapidly provide diagnostics and treatments to people with ME.” Specifically, #MEAction urged […]

Trial By Error: Australian Draft Report Seeks Comments

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    By David Tuller, DrPH in Trial By Error. In an eagerly awaited draft report, an Australian advisory committee on ME/CFS has called for the development of up-to-date domestic clinical guidelines and an increase in biomedical research into the pathophysiology of the illness. The draft report, which could have a major impact on health policy […]

Trial By Error: The New Interferon “CFS” Study

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    By David Tuller, DrPH I haven’t had time to cover the new and wildly over-hyped study about prolonged fatigue–and purportedly about “chronic fatigue syndrome”–that was published this week in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Thanks no doubt to the involvement of the Science Media Centre, this mildly interesting piece of research has received widespread media attention. […]

Trial By Error: How BMJ Enabled Bristol’s Ethics Exemptions

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      4 DECEMBER 2018 By David Tuller, DrPH Earlier today, I sent the following e-mail to Dr Fiona Godlee, editorial director of BMJ. I cc’d Carol Monaghan MP, Darren Jones MP, and Nicky Morgan MP. I also cc’d Teresa Allen of the Health Research Authority. ********** Dear Dr. Godlee— As you know, I […]

Trial By Error: The View From Norway

David Tuller

    By David Tuller, DrPH. I spent the last week of November in Oslo. The Norwegian ME Association invited me to give a couple of talks and have some meetings with public health officials. The city was charming, even if dark and overcast at this time of year. Not surprisingly, the same tussle taking […]

Trial By Error: Yet Another Letter About The Lightning Process Study

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   This morning I sent the following letter to Fiona Godlee, editor-in-chief of The BMJ and editorial director of BMJ. I cc-d Carol Monaghan MP, Darren Jones MP, and Nicky Morgan MP. ********** Dear Dr. Godlee— More than a dozen years ago, a group of leading medical journals agreed that […]

Trial By Error: Yesterday’s News From The CFS/ME Research Collaborative

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  By David Tuller, DrPH.   Two pieces of news dominated yesterday’s announcement from the CFS/ME Research Collaborative: First, the group is narrowing its scope of activities to focus on promoting “the discovery of the biological mechanisms that underpin CFS/ME.”Second, Professor Esther Crawley is not only stepping down as deputy chair of the executive board but leaving […]

Trial By Error: News About My Plans

David Tuller

  By David Tuller, DrPH.   So I’ve been asked about my plans after June 30th, which is the end of the period covered by last year’s crowdfunding campaign. There’s been significant progress since I launched that effort. Among other developments, the CDC dropped its recommendations for CBT and GET, NICE decided to withdraw its preliminary […]

Trial By Error: Our Exchange Of Views With BMJ Open

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  By David Tuller, DrPH   Last week, Professor Racaniello e-mailed a letter of concern signed by more than a dozen experts to Dr. Trish Groves, editor-in-chief of BMJ Open. The letter involved Professor Esther Crawley’s school absence study, which the journal published in 2011. As I’d documented in a post last year, the study exempted itself from ethical […]

Trial By Error: Bristol’s Complaint To Berkeley

David Tuller

By David Tuller, DrPH.   As it turns out, the University of Bristol did complain about me to Berkeley. I found out recently that there has indeed been “private and confidential communication” at a “senior level,” as Sue Paterson, Bristol’s director of legal services, suggested in her thuggish letter to me last month. I haven’t seen this […]

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

David Tuller

  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 […]

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