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MSNBC/Today Show Segment

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by slayadragon, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. slayadragon

    slayadragon Senior Member

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    Here is a segment that just ran on (I believe) both MSNBC and the Today Show.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/43463612#43463612


    Unfortunately, the woman in this segment appears not to be very ill. That makes the disease look really trivial.

    A few of us would like to lobby the producers and the doctor profiled to do an additional segment, showing someone who is severely ill with the disease.

    If you have the ability, please send a note to one or more of the following addresses (preferably all of them), expressing concerns and requesting that another person be profiled.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10285339/

    http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29041920/ns/today-today_participate/

    http://www.facebook.com/drnancyMSNBC


    Thanks much for your help!

    Best, Lisa
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    Hi Lisa. Guess what, the top two items for treatment on their list are counselling and CBT. Go figure. Bye, Alex
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    It really bugged me. I felt so mis-represented. More fodder for friends who think I just need to make a few adjustments and life can go back to normal. HA!!! That depiction of CFS has VERY little in common with the completely disabling illness that stole my life.

    and no one in these light media portrayals questions the logical flaws in how "no one is sure what causes this, and how to treat it - it used to be thought of as a mental illness but now we know it isn't" - yet the main recommendation is CBT, counseling, therapy. ARGH!

    This felt like a huge step backwards in the way media has been portraying ME/CFS. I'm feeling really discouraged.
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    They always do this and downplay the severity. They never show someone who is bedridden or wheelchair bound with this disease. They never show someone whose entire life has been destroyed by it. And they never show a child with it who is severely ill.
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    What a mess this segment is. Is this the "typical" patient? An older woman with gold jewelry, designer sunglasses, statues and expensive furniture in her house and a host of dogs? Barf. It's like using one person's experience of having a malignant mole removed, but otherwise being completely cancer free, to use as the poster-child for cancer. I don't know which asshole producers chose this patient and doctor, but I'm getting really sick of it (guess I'll have to manage my anger around my symptoms!). What was with the photos of her mid-run? Again: classic ME/CFS, right?

    The only good thing I can think of coming out of this is that CFS needs to be completely removed from ME and we need to start seeing stories for ME. Perhaps this woman's story is a good representation of CFS (if you have the funds and ability to just roll with your condition and it kicks in at an advanced age when most people's abilities start to decline), it just has nothing to do at all with ME/CFS?!

    And "shotty little lymph nodes that really don't mean much..." said the doctor, um, that means immune activation (for years, as she described the condition). That doctor is one of the worst types of doctors too, no curiosity, no outrage, just content to dole out "treatments" (ADs are all I heard her mention)!!
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    Women Women Women Women.

    Girls girls girls girls.

    I honestly think men and children are likely to get misdiagnosed or undiagnosed because of the "it's an older woman's disease" bias.

    I know that I would have never been properly diagnosed if I listened to the medical establishment that knows nothing. I probably been to 20-30 physicians, and not one mentioned such a syndrome.

    I am not a woman, but I went to the doctor on day 1 as I woke feeling the worst I had in my life. The idiot doctor ran "lab work" and declared there was nothing is wrong with me (even though there were immune abnormalities on the first draw).
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    My recommeneded treatment for THEM is "Lemmiwinks" and unemployment (with possible life imprisonment) :p
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    caledonia

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    I'm not much of a Facebook person. How do you make a post on her Facebook Wall?
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    When you go to her page, just below the photos, it will say:

    "Share Post Link"

    Then there will be a white rectangular space, across the page, with the words "Write something" inside. You can write a comment for her in that box. If you paste a link, it usually will come up with the picture from it.

    http://www.facebook.com/drnancyMSNBC
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    My thoughts exactly.

    Propaganda.

    All perfect perfectly timed with the debate is over news spin article that threw everybody into another tail spin.
  13. justinreilly

    justinreilly Stop the IoM & P2P! Adopt CCC!

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    Right. This was inappropriate to only mention women.

    Lisa, Thank you for doing this; very important!!

    sent a note (as always, anyone feel free to use w/o attribution):
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    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    I left comments in other peoples comments. Unfotunately you need to like her, in order to like posting and leave comments. FYI

    Lets slam them!

    GG
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    This was my comment on Dr. Nancy Snyderman's FB/


    I was really surprised two days ago when I saw your segment on CFS. I would expect this from a layperson who just googles the CDC and finds this antiquated information on their website. This is so far from the truth for most of the 1.7 million people suffering from this severely disabling disease.Had you sent your film crew to my house, you would have found me laying in bed like a cocoon. I am thankful to you for mentioning the illness and bringing awareness to it but, I wish you would have spoken to specialists who see hundreds or thousands of cases. They would have told you that what the CDC has on their website is a joke. Had you asked Dr. Nancy Klimas from Miami Florida who treats aids patients and CFS patients in her clinic, she would have told you that if she would have to chose between these two illnesses, she would chose aids because at least they have some treatments that work
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