Thursday, February 5, 2015

PACE trial authors admit in the BMJ, "exercise increases symptoms" in CFS and is therefore HARMFUL

By Trudie Chalder Professor,
Kimberley Goldsmith, Peter White, Michael Sharpe, Andrew Pickles King's College London, Department of Psychological Medicine, King's College London, Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, London, SE5 9RJ,

in the BMJ, 29 January 2015:

"We found that fear avoidance beliefs mediated both CBT and GET. This does not mean that these beliefs cause the illness.

We would like to clarify that we did not say that fear avoidance was the cause of CFS [3,4]. We did not state that the illness was psychological or an exercise phobia. Nor did we say that fear of exercise in CFS was “irrational”. Rather, in an illness where exercise increases symptoms, we believe that being cautious about engaging in activity is understandable [4]."

Gradually increasing exercise is something people with ME can NOT do, if they can, they are in remission or the diagnosis is WRONG !!! 

Many ME patients have made been bedridden, including myself, thanks to a severe relapse caused by Graded Exercise Therapy.

And therefore Exercise therapy contravenes the do NO HARM principle of medicine / the GMC, and doctors who continue to use or promote it should fail their revalidation !!! 

And the PACE trial authors now basically ADMIT, without using those words, in this rapid response that exercise therapy is HARMFUL !!!


Pamela Stocks said...

I've made the same point as your PS myself and vow that the next time someone suggests exercise to me, I will take it as attempted murder.

Dr Speedy said...

1 patient asked his consultant 2 sign a form accepting all responsibility if ... Consultant refused, never mentioned exercise again


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