The Tyranny of Positive Thinking

Earlier posts here and here discussed recent claims in national newspapers and mainstream media that positive thinking may be a cure for Long-Covid. Similar claims have been made previously for cancer and for MECFS but these claims are unsupported by scientific evidence. Anecdotes by vocal advocates receive disproportionate publicity compared to the more reasoned researchContinue reading “The Tyranny of Positive Thinking”

Trash Science of Positive Thinking

So here we have it in The Times: the re-arrival of that great cliché of pseudo-psychology, Positive Thinking. The ‘wearied souls in the pandemic’s wake’ will become a lot more weary after the Trash Science of Positive Thinking has taken its toll. Victim-blaming, gaslighting and the ‘all-in-the-mind’ philosophy of lazy doctors will become the mainstayContinue reading “Trash Science of Positive Thinking”

Smearing MECFS Patients in the Name of Science

A previous post reviewed the SMC’s ‘expert reactions’ concerning MECFS between 2011 and 2017. Here I review the Science Media Centre’s continued smearing of MECFS patients in a set of carefully curated ‘expert reactions’ to MECFS research between 2017 and 2020, I expose here further evidence of a deliberate smear campaign of a vulnerable patientContinue reading “Smearing MECFS Patients in the Name of Science”

The Science Media Centre and MECFS: Best Scientific Evidence or Biased Opinion?

The Science Media Centre describes itself as: “an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines.” ( Here I examine the SMC’s reports on MECFS-related publications relating to the PACE trial, from 2011 when the trialContinue reading “The Science Media Centre and MECFS: Best Scientific Evidence or Biased Opinion?”

Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome

New paper by: Anthony L. Komaroff 1 and W. Ian Lipkin 2 1 Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’sHospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA2 Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, ColumbiaUniversity, New York, NY Available here from 7 June 2021 Journal Pre-proofDOI: Citation: A.L. Komaroff andContinue reading “Insights from ME/CFS May Help Unravel the Pathogenesis of Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome”

The Rise and Fall of the Wessely School

New preprint available here ABSTRACT The Wessely School’s (WS) approach to medically unexplained symptoms, myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (MUS/MECFS) is critically reviewed using scientific criteria. Based on the ‘Biopsychosocial Model’, the WS proposes that patients’ dysfunctional beliefs, deconditioning and attentional biases cause illness, disrupt therapies, and lead to preventable deaths. The evidence reviewedContinue reading “The Rise and Fall of the Wessely School”

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome as a breakdown of homeostasis

David F Marks published on 31 May 2021 here Abstract Homeostasis is a fundamental physiological principle that ensures equilibrium, stability and safety of the organism in a continuously changing and potentially life-threatening environment. This article introduces a new theory of the aetiology of ME/CFS that hypothesises that ME/CFS is caused by a breakdown of homeostasisContinue reading “Myalgic encephalomyelitis/ chronic fatigue syndrome as a breakdown of homeostasis”

“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””

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”