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NIH Stumbles: Asks ME/CFS Denier To Speak On Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Tuesday 8 November 2016

 

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NIH Stumbles: Asks ME/CFS Denier to Speak on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Cort Johnson
November 4, 2016

The ME/CFS Special Interest Group that Dr. Nath put together to brief the NIH has been excellent up to now. Dr. Komaroff, the Workwell Group, Dr. Jason, and Dr. Peterson have presented, and I've gotten good reports from almost all of them. (I have not talked to Dr. Jason.)

But Dr. Maureen Hanson recently broke the news that Dr. Edward Shorter, a Toronto historian, who makes Simon Wessely look like an angel, has been invited to speak at the NIH on the history of ME/CFS. The NIH couldn't have picked a more radical presenter.

Wessely, at least, recognizes the disease is real, and has said he believes it has a biological component, but Shorter, the author of "How Everyone Became Depressed", believes it's nothing more than another in a long list of "psychic epidemics".

In her excellent post "An Open Letter to Dr. Koroshetz: A Plea for Sanity, Respect, and Science" Jennie Spotila reported that Shorter's original review of the IOM report was so extreme that Psychology Today removed it from their website.

That review revealed a kind of ugly, mean-spirited approach to ME/CFS and fibromyalgia that we haven't seen on this side of the Atlantic in decades. In fact, it's exceedingly rare that professionals anywhere use the kind of language Shorter did to describe the IOM report and the ME/CFS community; it's just not how professionals speak in this day and age. The degree of venom used is extraordinary.

 

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