Category: M.E.

Review: Unrest

Unrest is a film about ME, made by Jennifer Brea (right) and which tells the story of her life with the condition since it forced her to cut short her degree. It also tells...

Ed Balls

Now that I’ve got your attention … There’s currently a measles outbreak in South Wales, the reason for which is that a lot of parents didn’t vaccinate their children with the MMR vaccine during...

Seven Years in the Making

Jessica Taylor has severe ME, and has been bedridden for seven years. She has previously made another video, “The World of One Room”, in which she describes how the disease has affected her life:...

Simon Wessely: more sinning than sinned against

In the current New Year honours, Professor Simon Wessely has received a knighthood and will henceforth be known as Professor Sir Simon Wessely. In this he joins the company of Roy Meadow, the doctor...

The reach of Wessely’s theories

Last Friday I wrote here about Simon Wessely, the psychiatric professor at King’s College Hospital in London who is notorious for promoting psychological theories about certain chronic illnesses, won an award for “courage” presented...

My letter on ME in today’s Telegraph

Means-testing pensioner benefits is a political rather than practical policy - Telegraph I wrote the Telegraph a letter on Monday in response to Max Pemberton’s article on the issue of mental health stigma in...

XMRV is not the only virus

ME is probably a mental illness after all - but that does not mean that it is not real - Mail Online - Michael Hanlon’s Science blog: From The Cutting Edge This is one...

Further PACE findings and a biased Australian interview

Yesterday the medical journal PlosOne published findings from the PACE trial, a trial of various treatment options for “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” which was published to great derision from the patient community last year. The...

ME suicide “triggered by benefits form”

Why I let my husband die | Life and style | The Guardian This article is an interview with Jill Anderson, whose husband Paul killed himself in 2005 (on his fourth attempt). He had...

ME Awareness Day 2012: some links

Because of the pressure of work, I’ve been unable to write anything for ME Awareness Day (or even week) this year. I’ve written a few articles over the past year, the two most important...

Fear-free healthcare

Recently the ME community online had to deal with the sad news of three deaths, including one of its best-known and most loved activists, Emily Collingridge (right). There were also two inquests which reported...

Emily Rose Collingridge, 1981-2012

Please note: Emily’s mother has requested that her appeal from 2011 be reposted. I posted it here at the time and readers are invited to read the appeal. Today I heard the very sad...

Educating social workers about ME

The other night, I was at a screening of the film Voices from the Shadows at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which had been convened by the school’s film club as...

ME sufferer died because she couldn’t eat

University graduate Lois Owen, 34, died after her weight plummeted to just 3st 2lbs | This is Derbyshire (also reproduced on the ME Association site) Lois Owen achieved a first-class honours degree from the...