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Some doctors still believe that CFS/ME is mostly in the mind, a view that was supported by the influential PACE study. Now the researchers have been forced to reveal that they had inflated the figures
Sufferers of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are not getting the proper treatment. The standard approach these days is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)—known as the ‘talking therapy’, which implies the problem is mainly in the sufferer’s head—but this is based on a landmark study whose results were falsified, it has been revealed this week.
Researchers of a controversial study, which had effectively implied that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is ‘all in the mind’, have been forced by a tribunal to release their data so that independent researchers can assess their findings.
Researchers have located biological markers that demonstrate that ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and chronic fatigue syndrome aren’t ‘in the head’ as doctors often tell sufferers: they’re in the gut.
Rebecca Cotterall is a very busy 25-year-old. As well as running a successful nutritional therapy practice from her home in Chorley, Lancashire, she also writes a monthly healthy-eating column for a local magazine, and regularly gives inspirational and educational talks to students and fellow practitioners. She even finds the time to volunteer at her local church and take her dog, Fudge, for walks in the park in between meeting clients.
They’re not ‘all in the head’: chronic problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic fatigue and anorexia nervosa could all have started with an infection, researchers believe.