The Power of Puppetry ; a Tribute to Corina Duyn

The most insidious lie told about people with ME is that they are victims of “maladaptive thinking”; that they are ill because they think they are ill. A multi-million pound psychiatric racket has been built upon that premise, a toxic perversion of New Age thinking and neoliberalism. We dream all the time, here : of a new bathroom, of delicious food, of coffee in a cafe, of having friends round, of visiting family, of making things, doing things, enjoying things, like being able to step outside the door into the garden without being destroyed by the environment, of being free from pain enough, even if just for a moment, to really hold and feel each other, of finding anything to eat at all that is safe, of being able to move around freely, without causing catastrophic harm, or by just being present being a danger. But until my wife’s illness is physically investigated and treated, our entire life, every minute aspect of it will continue to remain on hold. That is what the psychiatric l…

10 GOOD REASONS why ME should not be labelled a Functional Somatic Syndrome

10 GOOD REASONS why ME should not be labelled a Functional Somatic Syndrome Stonebird As I outline in Straight-Jacketed By Empty Air, psychiatry has spent the last 30 years spreading the untruth that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), a WHO G93.10.3 classified neurological disease, is a mental health disorder. This it has achieved by: 1.A failure to distinguish between mental health disorders and physical diseases
2.A deliberate focus on fatigue rather than system dysfunction
3.Blatant research bias
4.Suppression and deliberate exclusion of biomedical evidence
5.Asserting that ME is nothing more than an “aberrant illness belief”
6.Denying the significant symptoms and signs, especially cardiovascular, neurological and immunological
7.By assuming an influence and functioning in areas of medicine in which they have no expertise such as immunology, vascular biology and muscle pathology (cf. Hooper 2010)
8.Using the name ME but meaning something completely different by it to its original usage, by c…

55 REASONS why NICE must recommend a home visiting, biomedical service, for people with Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

People with Severe and Very Severe ME are not safe within the current health system; this is not an exhaustive list by any means : 1. It is virtually impossible for the most severely affected to travel to a clinic or a hospital.
2. It is extremely difficult to find a knowledgeable GP or consultant .
3. There is little, if any, choice of biomedical ME consultants.
4. Knowledge of how to approach or communicate with a person with Very Severe ME is minimal.
5. The system expects people to fit into it and is not very accommodating of those who cannot.
6. Hypersensitivity to touch makes physical contact unbearable, dangerous, impossible without harming the person with Severe ME.
7. Hypersensitivity to noise makes it difficult to impossible to bear the sound of the voice of the GP or consultant, let alone all the background noise and any other noise exposure.
8. The impact of noise may cause the person to be damaged and physically harmed for weeks, months, even indefinitely.
9. The impact…


The entire case for psychiatry’s involvement in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is the wrong assertion that “ME is a somatoform disorder”, in other words a mental health condition. Here are a couple of useful questions you can use to challenge that blatant falsehood: 1. According to whom? Certainly not according to the WHO, to the IOM, to the Department of Health, to worldwide biomedical clinical research and to over 9000 research papers outlining serious, profound, complex multi-system dysfunction and a sickness level comparable to last-stage AIDS or terminal Cancer. 2. Who says ? Certainly not ME patients and carers, who are universally opposed to front-line psychiatric intervention in their disease and who have suffered terribly either from being forced to undergo CBT and GET, the worse possible "treatment" for ME or from being lied about and denied proper medical care, for decades on end. But who listens to them ? The term “Somatoform Disorder” is simply a meaningless …


Greg Crowhurst January 23rd 2018
Whatever you feel about this film, the fact is Unrest has managed to access the mainstream in ways that other previously important documentary films have not managed to achieve and has been short listed for an Oscar. Being available on Netflix makes it much more accessible for the house and bed-bound. Cinema, of course, is impossible here. I approached the film with great interest. One of the difficulties of living and caring full time for someone profoundly hypersensitive and very severely disabled, is the massive isolation, of necessity that you experience. To have an opportunity, then, to see how others experience living in this bizarre world, was extremely valuable; though If you want a specific, pure ME film, you will be disappointed and irritated by the mixing up of the names, ME and CFS. What we see in Unrest is a group of very ill people and in particular Jen Brea and her husband, struggling to come to terms with the devastating and unexpected …

Notes for NICE Stakeholders Part 2

Notes For NICE Stakeholders, Part Two


People with ME should be able to feel safe; they certainly are not safe right now.

Services, in general :

● do not represent them
● do not respect the experience of genuine Severe ME
● do not understand the severity of illness
● call ME a fatigue illness
● downplay the symptoms of neurological ME so that it will appear to fit into a fatigue service or fatigue regime.

ME services must be about ME. Nothing else.

Do not use the term “ME/CFS”.

Do not confuse illnesses.

Do not confuse treatments for ME with psychosocial misrepresentation.

People with ME need new medical tests and treatments . Lives and health are at stake.

Because of the labels “CFS” or “CFS/ME” or “ME/CFS” people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis are easily open to being :

● Abused
● Misrepresented
● Mistreated

This is particularly so for the most Severely Affected.

Much of the current literature on “CFS/ME”, an unfortunate meaningless um…

Notes for NICE Stakeholders Part 1

Notes for Stake holder Meeting Jan 16 2018 TEN CRUCIAL ISSUES THAT NICE MUST ADDRESS : 1.NICE must affirm that they accept ME is not caused by wrong thought, wrong belief or is an emotional disorder. 2.NICE must produce an appropriate, biomedical not psychosocial Guideline for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis . 3.NICE must abandon the psychosocial paradigm and the CBT/GET and graded activity management treatment pathways. 4.NICE must ensure that any vested interests of members, for example, links with the Medical Insurance Industry, are fully declared. 5.NICE must ensure that the Guideline Development Committee comprises biomedical clinical expertise. 6.NICE must consider the health benefits, side effects and risks of any proposed interventions , when formulating recommendations; last time they were excluded from consideration and / or ignored. 7.NICE must ensure that the Systematic Review of Evidence will not exclude biomedical publications this time; over 7000 published papers, …