David Tuller On Exposing The Bad Science Behind The Biopsychosocial Effort To Define ME/CFS



By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.

David Tuller is a unique figure in the ME/CFS universe. A reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and writer for the New York Times, the policy journal Health Affairs, and other publications, Tuller became outraged at the long history of neglect and abuse directed toward ME/CFS.

His publications date back to 2011, when he published the long exposé, “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the CDC: A Long, Tangled Tale”, on the history of the CDC’s CFS program under Dr. Bill Reeves. 

It was the largest (n=640) and most expensive ($8 million) clinical trial ever attempted in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) that really got Tuller rolling. Intended to be the trial to end all trials in ME/CFS, the trial proponents hoped it would show that cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) could get ME/CFS patients out of their doldrums and back to being productive members of society – and in a cost-effective manner – to boot.


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