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Wessely Says: Even if XMRV Causes ME, "There's Nothing We're Going to Do About it"

Discussion in 'Media, Interviews, Blogs, Talks, Events about XMRV' started by justinreilly, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    i think we have the same core illness but with different symptoms post exerional malaise being the common link.

    The Oxford diagnostic criterea deliberately exclude neurological signs and actively recruits depressed patients.

    What ever he diagnoses has no connection with our illness at all.

    CFS is itself a stupid meaningless term and designed to be such
  2. Marco

    Marco Old blackguard

    Near Cognac, France
    Whatever else he is, he is most definitely a player.

    In my experience, those who succeed in any field, and by succeed I mean gain a position of influence, are those who have a degree of intelligence, work hard and know how to play the game.

    The first two can get your foot in the door and a reasonable way up the ladder but I've found that those who attain positions of power excel in the latter. In the scientific field very few good scientists attain positions of influence. Most likely because they are committed to the science and don't have an interest in politicing, or are unwilling to compromise their scientific objectivity for positions of power. Those in positions are power are not the brightest or the hardest working, they are those who know what the game is and how to play it. If I recall correctly, Wessely, in one of his interviews, jokingly suggested that he wasn't a particularly good medic.

    With the traditional scope of psychiatry being steadily eroded by advances, for example, in neurology, either by luck or design, he has found himself well placed amongst a combination of propitious circumstances e.g. :

    rising dependency rates throughout the western world with governments' discretionary public spending increasingly disappearing to fund an ageing and ailing population;

    rapid rises in 'complex environmental' illnesses such as ME/CFS; GWS, Autism, MCS etc that do not kill immediately but leave an expensive legacy of morbidity;

    a government whose keystone social policy is to move people from 'welfare to work';

    a 'biosocial' model of illness, partly developed by insurance companies in response to chronic illnesses, that downplays diagnosis in favour of the degree of functional capacity and the potential for rehabilitation (coincidentally -sic, New Labour have recently replaced Incapacity Benefit with the Employment Support Allowance which assesses not what you can't do - your illness - but what you can do - potential for rehabilitation);

    add to this the deepest recession in 60 years and the financial imperative for 'rehabilitative' approaches is irresistable.

    Players are easy to spot. They tend not to be too hung up on idealogical commitment. Rather they sniff the wind, go with the flow and jump on bandwagons. Note how the Wessley message has recently changed from somatoform 'par excellence' to post-viral but the exact virus doesn't matter, nor is it any barrier to 'recovery'. No doubt there's sufficient flexibility in his thinking to accommodate any future scientific findings.

    Players also like to avoid getting tied down in details which might come back to haunt them. They tend to speak in bland generalities that others project meaning on. To the unbiased observer his words probably appear entirely reasonable, progressive, perhaps even sympathetic. To those with most to gain from the biosocial model of illness, his words probably sound like manna from heaven. We are the only ones offended by him and find it difficult if not impossible to explain why to outsiders. Hence we are seen as hysterical and fanatical in comparison to his reasonableness.

    Finally players work well with other players, and politicians my friends are players 'par excellence'.

    I think, at the end of the day, as CBT is rolled out across the NHS, he can be quietly confident of having played the game well.
  3. CJB

    CJB Senior Member

    Marco, you nailed it. What I've been trying to say all along re getting their "we can't find XMRV in CFS patients" paper out fast. It was a "player's" move.
  4. justinreilly

    justinreilly Stop the IoM & P2P! Adopt CCC!

    NYC (& RI)
    I am sorry Prof. Wessely, but you are just a tool.

    But he was expelled from the Tool Academy.
  5. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    Yes we can see that it was a players move-why cant Vernon?

    Players have weaknesses however.

    Their game plans become predictable and can be countered by new young players entering the game.

    Old champions become dethroned by smarter fitter more talented challengers.

    This is what i think the WPI study is about.they have seen weisel and co coming
  6. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    Yes we can see that it was a players move-why cant Vernon?

    Players have weaknesses however their game plans become predictable and can be countered by new young players entering the game.

    Old champions become dethroned by smarter fitter more talented challengers.

    This is what i think the WPI study is about.They have seen Weisel and cronies coming!
  7. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    Hi Again... I agree with all

    My point is really simple because of his psychological construction he is so very convincing because he actually believes his own bullshit!

    In his mind he could not possibly be mistaken in any way about anything
  8. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch dxrevisionwatch.com


    Hi Maarten,

    Does Prof, Dr Simon Wessely have a PhD?


    "Professor Simon Wessely MA, BM BCh, MSc, MD, FRCP, FRCPsych, F Med Sci."
  9. julius

    julius Watchoo lookin' at?

    Martin Marteenz wrote;
    I would add to that the fact that it is done for the sole purpose of fulfilling his own desires.

    This world view is not unique to our good friend Wesseley. In fact, humanity is rife with these sick individuals. With this in mind we see that the problem reaches far beyond the world of ME/CFS.

    What we eat, the air we breathe, how we feel about ourselves...indeed the very survival of the planet we live on is manipulated and controlled by many millions of people with the same world view. Our lives are attacked from every angle, at every moment by these sickos.

    But is it a sickness really? Or is it part of human nature? I see it as the latter. We as humans, having billions of years of evolution behind us (ok, hundreds of millions if you discount the time we spent as single celled organisms) have a host of 'traits' to choose from. It is just as natural for a person to be kind and compassionate as it is for them to be selfish and ruthless.

    The scariest part of it is that we probably are talking about 'healthy' people. 'Healthy' people who, for their own benefit would resort to such depravity. Who would rob innumerable individuals of their health, well being, home, planet......

    What is a reasonable response to these type of people?
  10. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

  11. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    Thanks ME agenda

    This is from the science media centre where the press get their science "information "from THIS IS HOW WESSELLY MANIPULATES THE MEDIA

    Our science advisory panel is a prestigious group of scientists widely acknowledged as being at the top of their field, and who are committed to communicating science in the media. Their job is to advise the SMC when their area of science hits the headlines.
    Professor Chris Leaver FRS
    Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

    Professor Mike Brady
    Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

    Professor Sir George Alberti
    Department of Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Newcastle

    Professor Peter Atkins DSc
    Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford

    Professor Brian Johnson
    Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

    Professor Sir John Krebs FRS
    Food Standards Agency and Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

    Professor Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE
    Director of The Royal Institution of Great Britain
    and Professor of Pharmacology, University of Oxford

    Professor Richard Catlow FRS
    Director of the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory and Department of Chemistry, University College, London

    Professor Steve Jones
    Department of Biology, University College, London

    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London
  12. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    more from the SCIENCE MEDIA CENTRE
    Expert comments on new study casting doubt over ME virus link, as published in the BMJ

    In addition to other recent research findings, this new study casts further doubt on previously identified links between a particular virus (known as XMRV) and chronic fatigue syndrome/ME.

    Prof Myra McClure, Professor of Retrovirology & Honorary Consultant, Head of Section of Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London, said:

    "Three papers from three well-respected European laboratories have now independently and unambiguously failed to find XMRV in CFS patients. New results from other US laboratories will now be very interesting. It is unlikely that this virus is only found in US CFS patients, but it is possible that the cluster of patients studied in the original paper by Lombardi could be infected with XMRV, but that the virus has no role in CFS. This needs to be investigated."

    To contact the above please contact the Science Media Centre on 020 7670 2980

    Note for editors

    The Science Media Centre (SMC) is an independent venture working to promote voices, stories and views from the scientific community to the news media when science is in the headlines. Over 50 sponsors including scientific institutions, media groups, corporate organisations and individuals fund the Centre, with donations capped at 5% of the running costs to preserve its independence. The team at the Centre is guided by a respected Scientific Panel and Board of Advisors. This press release contains the personal opinions of those acknowledged; which represent neither the views of the SMC nor any other organisation unless specifically stated.

    For more details see our website www.sciencemediacentre.org, please e-mail the Science Media Centre with your comments.


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  13. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    is it a MSc in medicine I wonder
  14. Koan

    Koan Be the change.

    As to any claim to objectivity the BMJ may have, in general and their podcasts in particular, almost every question posed by Duncan Jarvis was a leading question and at no point was there even a hint of a challenge to the status quo nor was there any attempt at balance.

    The establishment ranks are seamless.
  15. julius

    julius Watchoo lookin' at?

    Thanks Maarten, (sorry I wrote your name totally wrong with my quote)

    I will try to read the items you linked to. I have a particularly nasty brain fog, so I will have to read about a sentence a week. I'll let you know in a couple years how it went.
  16. Dx Revision Watch

    Dx Revision Watch dxrevisionwatch.com

    More here:



    After attending King Edward VII School in Sheffield from 1968 to 1975, Wessely studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (BA 1978), University College, Oxford (BM BCh 1981), and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc 1989). In 1993 the University of London conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Medicine.[2]

    Wessely completed a medical rotation in Newcastle. After attaining medical membership he studied psychiatry (his primary interest) at the Maudsley in 1984. His 1993 doctoral thesis was on the relationship between crime and schizophrenia. Post-doctoral studies included a year at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and a year studying epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.[1] In 1999 he was elected fellow of the U.K. Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci).[3]
  17. flex

    flex *****

    London area
    Below is a Wessely quote from the New Scientist which Knackered brought to our attention:

    So do you think these syndrome labels are arbitrary?

    "Each country has different syndromes. They don't have CFS in France; they have a strange one, spasmophilia, where a person has unexplained convulsions. In Sweden they have dental amalgam syndrome, which hasn't really caught on here. In Germany they believe low blood pressure is bad".

    Any French or Swedish care to comment? Any Germans like to remark on the bizarre statement, "In Germany they believe low blood pressure is bad". Since low blood pressure can cause organ failure, what is even the point of that statement?
  18. natasa778

    natasa778 Senior Member

    London UK
    Dr Cathy Sudlow, who was interviewed and had "strong doubts" about the Science study, is on the editorial board of BMJ http://www.dcn.ed.ac.uk/pages/profiles/profiles.asp?ProfileId=5 not sure if relevant but she is a Wellcome Trust funded scientist
  19. justinreilly

    justinreilly Stop the IoM & P2P! Adopt CCC!

    NYC (& RI)
    Who DOESN'T love to have seizures?

    Yes, I've wondered alot about this- comment from our continental brethren would be most appreciated. Some psychiatrists like to talk about 'culturally bounded' illnesses- basically these guys are totally hysterical- look these are weird illnesses confined to only one culture!. Like an African illness they like to characterize as some kind of fatiguing fever caused by studying too much.
    Knowing how these psychiatrists operate, these are probably real diseases that are given trivializing names (sound familiar) and which they claim are 'bounded' by a culture thus 'proving' they are 'hysteria.' This french ME- spasmophilia; I guess in France their culture tells them to Love spasms. Not knowing anything about this I wouldn't be surprised if it were ME just given a retarded name so they can be denied health care and benefits.
    I bet the Dutch XMRV- 'CFS' study guy is trying to get "Love of Secondary Gains Syndrome" declared a culturally bounded illness for Holland.
  20. justinreilly

    justinreilly Stop the IoM & P2P! Adopt CCC!

    NYC (& RI)
    A year studying hygiene and he still can't tame his 'fro.

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