Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rumours have it that the Lancet is about to retract the ME/CFS PACE trial

A controversial study published in the Lancet by CBT psychiatrists which used the Oxford criteria to make sure that no one with ME/CFS was included in the ME/CFS PACE trial, might be retracted if rumours circulating on the Internet are correct.

A source very close to the powers that be at the Lancet has issued the following statement:

“It is our current view that the PACE trial has not withstood the test of independent verification and proper peer review and that this paper, although beautifully written, should be retracted and shredded come the New Year.”

See also: The main characteristic of ME is an abnormally delayed muscle recovery after doing trivial things, if you don't have that, you don't have ME
See also: GET (graded exercise therapy) is torture for ME patients and directly contravenes the do NO Harm principle of the GMC
See also: Harvard Medical School: EEG spectral coherence data distinguish chronic fatigue syndrome patients from healthy controls and depressed patients

See also: Post-exercise acid exposure 50 times higher in ME/CFS patients vs healthy controls, with no reduction with repeat exercise
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: Pacific Labs in California (Snell, Stevens et al): it is dangerous to put patients with M.E. through a graded exercise program
See also: Tom Kindlon's paper: "Reporting of Harms Associated with Graded Exercise Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"
See also: World exclusive: Prof Wessely admits in the BMJ that there were no ME/CFS patients in the ME/CFS PACE trial


Anonymous said...

Someone please tell Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Alex Young aka alex3619 said...

This is obviously a comment on the quiet not a public statement, or the source could be named. I am doubtful it is correct, but it would be extremely helpful to the entire ME community if it were correct.

In the meantime Wessely has made a contribution to forming public policy on mental health in the UK:

This cannot go unchallenged. Every person in the UK with a position to make a valid reply should do so, including doctors, politicians and researchers.

Anonymous said...

i like the quietly shredded bit...

nmj said...

Ah, how I wish this 'rumour' were true, Dr Speedy! Hope you had happy xmas and wishing you happy and healthier new year.

nmj said...

...I followed the Wessely link, I see he is still delusional when it comes to ME research. Guess he is carrying his crusade into 2012, but guess what Simon, no one is actually listening to you anymore!


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