Saturday, September 24, 2011
GET (graded exercise therapy) is torture for ME patients and directly contravenes the do NO Harm principle of the GMC
The recent PACE trial declared GET safe, but they used the Oxford criteria, which selects people with fatigue caused by depression or burnout and excludes ME patients.
GET is not only very dangerous for people with ME, but many of us have had severe relapses caused by this so-called treatment to the point that many of us, including myself, have been made bedridden 24/7 by GET.
Anybody who knows anything about ME knows that GET equals torture for people with ME.
So GET is not only torture for ME patients, and doctors shouldn't torture patients as you know, it also directly contravenes the do no harm principle of the GMC.
Now I understand that as I am a doctor with ME, you might not believe my account of GET, so let's just have a look at some recent reviews of CBT and GET for ME. But may I remind you first that PACE trial's Prof White has always claimed that these treatments cure at least 25% of people with ME and the Dutch/Belgian CBT doctors have claimed for years that they cure 70%.
Prof White's PACE trial found that no one gets cured by CBT and GET.
The review by Prof Maes showed that these treatments made people worse,
a recent Spanish review again showed that these treatments made people worse
and then there is the recent review of these treatments in the five reference centres in Belgium. The Belgian Prof who set up these centres, is part of the we cure 70% group, yet this review showed again that these treatments make ME patients worse.
The Belgium Prof responded by saying that that is because the expectations of the patients were too high. If a surgeon uses a treatment and claims that he cures 70%, because he has selected his group by using Oxford like criteria, so not selecting the patients he should have selected, and then several reviews show that patients are made worse, then obviously his treatment would be abandoned. The same should obviously finally happen with CBT and GET for ME.
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See also: Jan 2011, Spanish study shows that CBT and GET make things WORSE in ME/CFS !!!
See also: Journal for Psychotherapy 2011: CBT and GET are ineffective and potentially harmful for many ME/CFS patients
See also: European Parliament approves protective system against CBT psychiatrists
See also: Pacific Labs in California (Snell, Stevens et al): it is dangerous to put patients with M.E. through a graded exercise program