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Talking Point
2002 Issue 2
In this issue:

Badge Day
Support Groups
What is ME/CFS?


Greetings to all our members and readers out there.

Best wishes to Farrah, my usual co-collaborator, who has been unable to assist with this edition of Talking Point.
This edition is somewhat simple with coverage of various recent events dominating the content.

The medical section is dominated by three substantial articles. Each are important in their own right and deserve publication – they are worth making their way through.

A bit about each.

Nicole Phillips, Psychiatrist, presented a paper at the recent International CFS Conference in Sydney. We have been fortunate to gain that paper for publication.

There are similarities between Post-Polio syndrome and CFS. Post-Polio research is years ahead of CFS research so perhaps we have bit to learn from them. This Post-Polio paper provides a good overview of the condition.

Jerome Burne has done a fantastic job as an investigative journalist to probe the ME/CFS debate in the UK in ‘Battle Fatigue.’ I believe he has wonderfully outlined the subtleties (confusing vagueness?) of those we would consider on the ‘other side of the debate.’ It is important to be properly informed. The ‘other side of the debate’ do not maintain that CFS is ‘all in the head.’ No-one seriously believes that CFS is purely Psychiatric. The debate is in how much the illness is maintained by our psychology and learned behaviours.

As I outline on page 8, if you come across a medical practitioner who suggests that CFS is ‘all in the head’ please let us know. It is ‘not-on.’

Enjoy reading!

Paul Leverenz

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