By David Tuller, DrPH
For many years, campaigners for psycho-behavioral interventions for ME/CFS have accused patients who objected to the research as being anti-scientific zealots. It was always a ridiculous charge, but developments this week have made it clear, if there was any doubt, that these entitled bullies are the ones immune to the actual evidence.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), the British organization that develops clinical guidelines, began the process of revising its outdated 2007 ME/CFS recommendations four years ago. It selected an excruciatingly balanced committee, with representatives from various sides of the debate, including several patients. It would not be possible to argue convincingly that the process was stacked against the advocates of graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavior therapy, the two standard treatments.