Wow. I was surprised to today to hear NPR "All Things Considered" do a story on CFS. Of course about the Lancet PACE "study." And the piece was horrible, truly horrible. Just earlier today I was thinking that I was on the fence about CAA: yeah they've done some good stuff, just not enough. BUT, in the NPR piece, they interview Kim McCleary, and she put her foot so far into her mouth I don't think it can be removed. I know the media often takes things out of context, but they state that she said something to the effect of (I'm paraphrasing what they paraphrased her as saying): "Yes, the Lancet study did show a benefit [from CBT & GET], but it's too bad they didn't study a biological cause." No, no, no! Why does she give credence to the study at all??!! The study is fully discredited by not studying patients that fit any acceptable criteria for having ME/CFS. That's what she should have said. She also is quoted as supporting Sharpe's comments in his interview, that the reason patients are disgruntled is because the study supports a psychological cause. If she said that this is in error, it was cut off. She should know better, being in the position of spokesperson, how to talk to the media. You have to control the interview. You don't answer the question asked; you deliberately put forward the message you want to convey and never stray from that, or you will be taken out of context. I don't see how she can put this behind her; it is too egregious. Then they interviewed some guy named Bruce Campbell, who "got over" CFS by gradual exercise. Poor guy tried to redeem himself by saying that it's more important not to overdo, and that he had hurt himself many times by doing so, but the bottom line that came through was: 13 years ago he could only walk a few minutes, and now he just celebrated his 65th birthday by hiking in the Sierras! Aaargh! Of course, the piece did not discuss any of the limitations of the study. The only "other side" was that patients won't like it because it underscores the belief in a psychological cause. Oh, those poor deluded crazy, lazy people. If only they accepted they were crazy, they could get better! That's sarcasm, by the way.