8 November 2005, Realpolitik and ME
By: Martin J. Walker
“The campaign to de-construct the neurological illness ME, to ridicule its sufferers and, in the process, to redefine a growing body of ‘mentally ill’ subjects, began in the mid eighties. The principle character in the British campaign has been Professor Simon Wessely. Over time, however, the ‘psychiatric lobby’ has gathered new adherents and a large, increasingly organised body of combatants.
The psychiatric lobby is now marked by its financial power – over 11 million being funnelled into the network of clinical centres and funding provided by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to carry out the PACE and FINE trials; its roots in major medical research institutions like the MRC and increasingly its links to corporate lobby groups funded especially by the pharmaceutical companies.
The patient, or ‘sufferer’ group which has been forged simply by its opposition to the psychiatric lobby, has inevitably consisted of disparate groups and individuals. Inevitably, because unlike the psychiatric lobby, this grouping has no common ideological purpose nor does it have a hegemonous leadership. Mainly, as well, this group is composed of people who are ill or their carers, circumstances which leave little room for organised campaigning.
The only two defining criteria of this group are, first, they seek effective treatments for ME and second, they have pressed the research community to carry out physical research in order to find the organic causes of ME.”
Now let me tell you a little story. Doctor CBT, a psychiatric registrar, grows dissatisfied with the limits of traditional forms of knowledge—logic, medicine, law, and religion—and decides that he wants to learn to practice magic.
His friends, Charles BeaTme and Christopher Blows his own Trumpet, instruct him in the black arts, and he begins his new career as a magician. Meanwhile, Gill's Eager Tongue, CBT’s servant, has picked up some magical ability and uses it to press a clown named NICE into their service.
Armed with his new powers and attended by GET, CBT begins to travel. He goes to conferences, makes himself invisible, and plays a series of tricks. He disrupts the lives of ME patients by telling porkies and drowning their disease in a hospital pool. Following this incident, he travels around the world, with his fame spreading as he goes along.
Eventually, he is invited to the golfcourse of the Ministry of Denying Illnesses and the Uhum people who hate to pay out. CBT conjures up an image of ME that is so far beside the truth that people are impressed and believe him. A patient scoffs at CBT’s powers, and CBT makes antlers sprout from his head. Furious, the patient vows revenge but being bedridden this is quite difficult, but once in bed, he is out of sight and one problem patient less to deal with.
CBT then goes on with his travels, playing a trick on a group of ppppphhhhhysicians along the way. CBT sells them a disease called ME that turns into Yuppie Flu when CBT-ed and GET-ed into a newspaper article or medical research paper.
Eventually, CBT is invited to the court of the Duke of Nothingness, where he performs various feats. An ME patient shows up there unexpectedly, along with a few carers, and various others who have fallen victim to CBT’s trickery.
But CBT casts spells on them and all end up in GETanomo sectioned by judges who are scared that they might be send there themselves.”
Now you might think that I have invented this story, but it is the famous story, slightly changed by ME, of Dr Faustus, and you can read the PLOT here…..
In the mean time though there is actually a mitochondrial (dys)function test available for this hysteria and suggestibility, that can show that there is a problem in the power stations of ME patients, and yes, you cure those power stations with talky talky wishy washy by CBT illusionists.
A bit like when they had The Chernobyl and Harrisgate problems, this miracle CBT worked wonders then as well ....
Now if you want to know more about these MITOCONDRIAL tests, just click here and you will find more on Dr Myhill’s site or if you click here you will learn more about the Acumen laboratory that does the testing. Many thanks to the ladies who kindly send me the info..
And if you wonder why the research from the MAGIC CBT Kingdom is so terribly flawed etc, then here is the possible ANSWER...............