This is appalling. Oxford University academics are trying to tell us that sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (otherwise known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME) can make themselves better by positive thinking.
Oh – and exercise. Have you ever tried to get an ME sufferer to do more exercise?
It seems we are heading back to the days when the condition was dismissed as “yuppie flu”.
The research so easily fits in with what the DWP and its cronies at Unum, Atos et all have been saying that This Writer half expected to see one or all of them credited as funders for the project – and was more astonished to find that it was actually funded by the Medical Research Council which, on the face of it, actually seems to be respectable.
If this article had been published in the Daily Heil, we could all have had a laugh at the idea that, while positive thinking might be hailed as a cure for ME this week, it’ll be pilloried as a cause of cancer in seven days’ time. It was in the Torygraph instead, which is almost as bad – and the possibility that this is a support piece for DWP thinking cannot be dismissed.
In fact, This Writer has seen positive evidence that suggests ME can be alleviated for a period of time – but only by using one substance:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is not actually a chronic illness and sufferers can overcome symptoms by increasing exercise and thinking positively, Oxford University has found.
A landmark study which followed hundreds of sufferers for two years found that those who were encouraged to be more active and alter their mind-set suffered less fatigue and were able to cope with daily life more easily.
The condition, also known as ME and once dismissed as “Yuppie flu”, is a recognised illness which affects around 250,000 people in Britain.
Sufferers report extreme fatigue, joint pain, headaches and memory problems, but doctors still do not know the cause or cure.
But the new study found that graded exercise therapy (GET), in which sufferers gradually increase activity levels, as well as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which encourages positive thinking and behaviour, had a dramatic impact.
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