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4/26 Times article: "Gut bacteria linked to chronic fatigue"

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Mary, May 7, 2017.

  1. Mary

    Mary Senior Member

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    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/gut-bacteria-linked-to-chronic-fatigue-30wkq5fjp

    I think this may have been posted elsewhere, but can't find it. In any event, this article was forwarded to me by my brother whose mother-in-law saw it in the Santa Barbara News-Press (!) All the way from the UK to southern California.

    It's not terribly informative, but not too terrible either - and I thought it telling that the Times was reporting on a physiological finding in ME/CFS. It does mention the PACE trial (not by name), mentions that ME/CFS patients don't like (but not quite why). There are a couple of excellent comments at the end of the article.
     
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    TiredSam The wise nematode hibernates

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    There have been worse articles, but it still bends over backwards to be "balanced". Not the usual SMC hatchet job, but still:

    Why even mention yuppie flu? Real physiological effects leaves wiggle-room for psychological causes in line with the BPS view.

    Yup, that's the one. CFS. Tired. If Tom Whipple can write "once derided as yuppie flu" why can't he also write "also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis"?

    Well it's probably 50:50 then if the jury's still out. No need to weigh the evidence on either side or look into it any further.

    The only adjective used for the trial is "major", which sounds quite positive, even though various academics, journalists and scientific researchers have been using a number of other adjectives lately. Patients are "frustrated", "angry" and "argue", and they "believe" it is a physiological condition. Oh, and get the "yuppie flu label" in a second time.

    The Analysis/miracle cure bit is looks like a bit of disjointed nonsense tagged on at the end to make it up to whatever length it was supposed to be.

    And of course the usual CFS model:

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    This time holding not only her head, but also her gut, just to illustrate the article. Her eyes look very clear and focused, but then they never mentioned brain fog. In fact she doesn't even look tired. Maybe she's just in expectation of a headache.

    Is this the SMC trying to be a bit more subtle? Instead of making bold psych or terrorist claims, are they trying to seem balanced while still getting the boot in where they can? Main thing is that they control the narrative I suppose.
     

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