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Society Reponse To Advertiser Article

Sunday 4 September 2016


An article entitled "'Yuppie flu' is real, say researchers" appeared in South Australian newspaper The Advertiser on Wednesday 31 August. (A longer version of that article appeared in the Scottish Daily Mail.)

The Society wrote the following Letter to the Editor in reply, but it was not published.


'Yuppie flu' is real

Letter To The Editor

Thank you for reporting on the latest ground breaking research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

It is disappointing that headings like yours, It is real, and the use of Yuppie Flu are recycled when the US Institute of Medicine stated in their Feb 2015 report, after looking at over 9,000 scientific papers, ME/CFS is a serious, chronic, complex, systemic disease that often can profoundly affect the lives of patients. South Australian scientists who contribute to ME/CFS research have long understood how real it is.

For over 7,000 South Australians with ME/CFS, 25% of whom are housebound or bedbound, everyday tasks like showering, sitting up or reading can exacerbate symptoms. The ability to participate in life is severely restricted and can be profoundly isolating. The author of this new research lists seven affected bodily systems, including metabolism, immunity, and the autonomic nervous system, each of which produces disabling symptoms. For people with this illness, every aspect of functioning is disrupted.

Please consider introducing ME/CFS news with the same respect you would afford other disabling conditions.




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