A new must-read paper is available: Symptom-based management vs. deep
healing in M.E. by Jodi Bassett
M.E.is a difficult disease to treat. The idea that you would try a lot
of different treatments one by one, discarding those that make you feel
more ill and continuing with those which decrease symptoms or
disability, seems like a 'no brainer.'
Unfortunately, due to something known as a 'healing reaction' the
problem is not at all that simple. Some of the treatments which may have
little or no effect or make you feel more ill at first may in fact be
the best ones for you. It is also possible that some of the treatments
which make you feel better very quickly are the ones that you should
Recognising and managing healing reactions in M.E. by Jodi Bassett
How do you tell the difference between a healing reaction and an M.E.
symptom or relapse? How do you tell the difference between a healing
reaction and a bad reaction to the treatment? How can healing reactions
What if vitamin/mineral/protocol 'x' didn't work for me? by Jodi Bassett
What constitutes a fair, reasonable or exhaustive trial of an essential
nutrient? What factors might make a trial unreliable or incomplete? Why
and how should trials on nutrients differ to those on symptom-relieving
Why research and try treatments when some groups claim a M.E. cure is
coming soon? by Jodi Bassett
Wildly optimistic hope is essential for living with something as awful
as M.E. but so is critical and logical thinking and genuine advocacy if
we're ever to really improve the terrible situation we find ourselves in
for ourselves and for all the future M.E. patients to come.
Hope and critical thinking are not mutually exclusive, and we really do
Additional health testing and M.E. by Jodi Bassett
The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.
'I have to laugh when people ask me if I do alternative, herbal,
acupuncture or holistic medicine. 'No,' I reply. 'We do state-of-the-art
medicine. In other words, we find the biochemical, nutritional and
environmental causes and cures rather than blindly drugging everything.
Sure, herbs are gentler, safer and more physiologic than drugs and holistic medicine attempts to incorporate many diverse modalities, etc. But there is no substitute for finding the underlying biochemical causes and cures. This is real medicine. This is where medicine should and would have been decades ago, if it had not been abducted by the pharmaceutical industry.' Dr Sherry Rogers
"Good nutrition and vitamins do not directly cure disease, the body does. You provide the raw materials and the inborn wisdom of your body makes the repairs. Someday healthcare without megavitamin therapy will be seen as we today see childbirth without sanitation or surgery without anaesthetic." Andrew Saul PhD.