Posted by Kati:
The flavor of the summer, though, revolves around Simon Wessely who has reported death threats quite publicly, followed by scientist (who can't find XMRV) Myra McClure. You can see the links following which relates to CFS and what may have triggered Simon's behavior. Very interestingly, Simon "came out of the closet" exactly 48 hours after the new International ME Criteria Consensus came out. Coincidence? Not at all. The proof is in the pudding... Read the very last link. Simon is deep in conflicts of interest.
He is at war, so to speak, with a group of disabled patients that have been left behind more than once, and for over 3 decades now.
Obviously Simon got the media on his side. They view him as a victim. And how dare we, patients reject his medicine and his science?
Not only he doesn't want to admit being wrong, he continues to do damage to the most vulnerable in our community, cutting off sick benefits, "sectioning" patients (mandatory psychiatric hospitalization), causing suicides and yes, ruining people's lives.
Simon's reach is international- sadly. We will never know the depth of his impact with the insurance companies and government entities, policy making, etc. This BS has been going on for decades!
It is unbelievable as a patient to be caught in this, to be sick and not being able to access competent, science based medicine.
We got rid of Reeves last year (or was it this year, I forgot!). Time for getting rid of Wessely.
See also: Dutch doctors blunder by dismissing symptoms in XMRV positive ME patient as psychosomatic and fail to diagnose Metastatic Breast Cancer
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See also: Famous pop star shows British journalists how to write a proper article about Prof Wessely, the alleged death threats and ME