Stop all funding for research/treatment centres for ME based on idea that it is ‘somatoform’ e.g. not a physical illness

Thousands of pounds are being spent by the Medical Research Council on research into treatments – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – ineffective and sometimes harmful, and Graded Exercise Therapy – very definitely harmful – for people with ME, and on centres for 'treatment' based on this psychiatric approach.  There is no evidence that ME is psychiatric, and thousands of research papers describing physiological problems – very low volume of blood flow, shape-changed red blood cell populations, neurological symptoms, problems of muscle metabolism.

This money is wasted, and the so-called 'treatment' make people with ME more disabled, much less likely ever to recover, thus costing the government more and more wasted expense in disability allowances, or else leaving very ill people destitute.

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Thousands of pounds are being spent by the Medical Research Council on research into treatments – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – ineffective and sometimes harmful, and Graded Exercise Therapy – very definitely harmful – for people with ME, and on centres for 'treatment' based on this psychiatric approach.  There is no evidence that ME is psychiatric, and thousands of research papers describing physiological problems – very low volume of blood flow, shape-changed red blood cell populations, neurological symptoms, problems of muscle metabolism.

This money is wasted, and the so-called 'treatment' make people with ME more disabled, much less likely ever to recover, thus costing the government more and more wasted expense in disability allowances, or else leaving very ill people destitute.