Monday, July 13, 2009

CFS is a Real Medical Condition

'Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real medical condition'
Dr Liv Bode

Dear Editor,
ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) is a
physical disease. It is not a product of the patients' imagination and
is not a psychological problem.

Funds have been used for research into the hypothetical psychiatric
nature of the disease at the expense of biomedical research. Future
research needs to be interdisciplinary and focused on the causes,
early diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS.
The British National Health Service has published NICE guidelines for
this disorder which, according to ESME, are not helpful and might even
induce relapse in some cases.

ESME will encourage research leading to the accumulation of new
knowledge and to a better understanding of the disease, and will
endeavour to raise funding for biomedical research in, and education
about, ME/CFS.

PD Dr. Liv Bode
Prof. Dr. Med. Kenny De Meirleir
Dr. Med. Derek Enlander
Dr. Med. Ana Garcia Quintana
Prof. Dr. Hanns Ludwig
Prof. Dr. Med. Mária J. Molnár
Prof. Dr. Bodil Norrild
Prof. Dr. Med. Ola Didrik Saugstad
Prof. Dr. Med. Babill Stray-Pedersen
Prof. Dr. Med. Umberto Tirelli

Stavanger, Norway, June, 2009
Launch Meeting, ESME

Posted in Letters on 10 July 2009
Tags: NHS

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