February 10, 2011


me+ME: Quite good article on ME/CFS by a psychologist - P.S.

Yesterday Nederlog was about a quite good article by University of Hull Professor of Psychology Rhona Johnston called "Mitochondria, not hypochondria" - that you find under the last link - but did not get as far as correcting it or inserting the links I had planned to insert, for lack of energy and lack of time.

I did insert these today, which resulted in a considerably better piece, for which reason this P.S. was written today: If you liked yesterday's piece, you'll like it a lot more now; if you didn't like yesterday's piece, it is a lot more difficult to shrug it off now.

Also, I should like to add the remark that at present, as an M.A. in psychology and B.A. in philosophy, in the 33rd year of having this disease, without any help also, and after more than a year of wide and intense reading - see Nederlog Index 2010 and ME - Resources and ME -Documentation - I regard myself as an expert on this disease, and that precisely because I do have all the relevant qualifications - having the disease for a long time; being a psychologist and philosopher of science, with all academic diplomas acquired when I was ill with ME already; and having read far more about it than any medical doctor I know did and indeed possibly could, by now. So... if anyone is an expert on this disease, and indeed on the fraudulence of much of psychiatry and psychology, then it is me, and no one else that I know of:

Even excellent medical doctors and researchers cannot have my experience with ME, and do not have my knowledge of philosophy of science and psychology - and their medical science is not much of a help, although it probably is much more extensive than mine, namely for lack of an accepted biomedical explanation of ME.

Until such an explanation arrives and gets tested and confirmed by a therapy or medicines based on it, someone like me - and I do not know of anyone remotely like me, in several relevant dimensions - is best placed to speak as an expert on what ME is, does and is falsely and fraudulently claimed to be by persons of similar age and education as me, but without ME, without morals, without consciences, without honesty, all for sheer fraudulent money grabbing reasons if not related to a personal perversion that makes one enjoy to lie to people so as to make them suffer, or indeed simply for money.

P.S. Corrections must wait till later.
- Feb 11, 2011: Corrected "recipe" to "a prescription": The former is a Dutchism. (Reader's EM: Thank ypu!)

Here are some links of considerable importance for those who want to have some rationally justified opinions on ME/CFS:

Also, by the way: One still needs medical people when one thinks one has ME/CFS: They are much better qualified than I am medically, and you need a thorough medical physical investigation to find out whether your complaints can be explained medically in other ways than by ME/CFS. Besides, one needs medical people for many things, such as sleeping pills, that are hard to get without a prescription.

So my expertness on ME/CFS is personal, psychological, and scientific rather than medical, but given those qualifications, I certainly am much more of an expert on ME/CFS than any medical doctor or psychologist that I have seen the last 33 years.

And maybe I should also say that so far this year I have kept up with Recent Changes: Summaries of relevant changes on the site.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon
     insufficient evidence
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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