“Doctors can commit scientific fraud and financial fraud and not be punished”

Press Release by Dr Myhill concerning Dr Myhill’s Virtual Hearing 22 MARCH 2021 – vs ICO & GMC Doctors can commit scientific fraud and financial fraud and not be punished. This is the conclusion of Dr Sarah Myhill following her recent hearing vs the ICO and GMC. Dr Sarah Myhill tells us “That is officialContinue reading ““Doctors can commit scientific fraud and financial fraud and not be punished””

Another dollar, another day, another set of slides for Swiss Re

Research requires funds and universities have overhead costs. The contributions of the Wessely School to research on ME/CFS are described in earlier posts. Here I start a series of posts on the funding sources of the universities involved. Professor Sir Simon Wessely is the Regius Professor of Psychiatry, Director of King’s Centre for Military HealthContinue reading “Another dollar, another day, another set of slides for Swiss Re”

Dog whistle medicine and disability denial

Here I review the corporate connections of the Wessely School with the insurance industry. The picture featured above shows the cover of a book edited by Peter Halligan and Mansel Alyward alongside a similar cover from the UnumProvident annual report of 2002. Imaginary conversation Imagine the conversation, which must have gone something like this: UnumContinue reading “Dog whistle medicine and disability denial”

Wessely School Report

In a series of ten posts, I have reviewed ten major planks in the Wessely School’s psychosomatic approach to ME/CFS. This St Patrick’s Day ‘end of term report’ indicates my grades as an independent assessor of the School’s performance to date. The bulk of the assessed work was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. HoweverContinue reading “Wessely School Report”

ME/CFS and the SMILE trial

A trial called the ‘SMILE trial’ compared the Lightning Process® with specialist medical care for young patients with ME/CFS. The trial was run at Bristol Medical School by Professor Esther Crawley. Recent studies of the Lightning Process® by the Wessely School are described here. The information detailed in this post is drawn from the extensiveContinue reading “ME/CFS and the SMILE trial”

ME/CFS and the Lightning Process

Here I review research by the Wessely School on the Lightning Process (LP). LP is a pseudoscientific cult founded by Phil Parker, a Tarot reader, specialist in auras and spiritual guides, and an osteopath. It has triggered a spate of shoddy evidence and false claims that brings a new low level to the checkered history ofContinue reading “ME/CFS and the Lightning Process”

ME/CFS and biased attention

Two posts here and here identify a recurring problem with the Wessely School theory of ME/CFS: The complete lack of scientific evidence. Here I consider the third strand of the theory: H3: Biased attention causes, or exacerbates, the symptoms of ME/CFS and MUS. According to this hypothesis, biased attention focusing towards symptoms, health-threats and relatedContinue reading “ME/CFS and biased attention”

ME/CFS and deconditioning

A previous post examined the Wessely School hypothesis that ME/CFS is caused by unhelpful beliefs. This idea was exploded as a myth. Here I examine a second Wessely School hypothesis (H2) that states: Deconditioning causes, or exacerbates the symptoms of, ME/CFS and MUS. Deconditioning refers to multiple, potentially reversible changes in body systems brought aboutContinue reading “ME/CFS and deconditioning”

ME/CFS and unhelpful beliefs

The Wessely School approach to ME/CFS and MUS hypothesizes a causative role for unhelpful beliefs (H1), deconditioning (H2), and biased attention (H3). The evidence related to these three hypotheses is reviewed in turn. Here I consider H1: that unhelpful beliefs cause, or exacerbate, the symptoms of ME/CFS and MUS. Future posts will review the evidenceContinue reading “ME/CFS and unhelpful beliefs”

ME/CFS and the Wessely School

In a series of posts I review the Wessely School’s influence on science, treatment and – most importantly – ME/CFS patient experience. In previous posts I outlined here the likely biological basis of ME/CFS and here treatment harms to patients. This post introduces the Wessely School’s approach to ME/CFS and medically unexplained symptoms. What isContinue reading “ME/CFS and the Wessely School”