People with M.E. very often face medical abuse and neglect, abuse from the media and even from friends and family - thanks to misinformation disseminated by vested interest groups. What is happening to people with M.E. is a gross violation of basic human rights. It amounts to legalised medical torture and abuse of some of our most vulnerable members of society.
M.E. patients are routinely abused by our medical system, government, the media and often also by friends and family members.
Patients are often denied basic medical care and welfare support. Medical abuse is a serious problem, with the most commonly recommended 'treatments' for M.E. being entirely inappropriate and harmful, and having ZERO chance of success. Even worse, patients are often not given a choice about participating in such (terrifying) programs, and may be coerced or forced into participating in them. In many cases patients have been left far more ill for years or decades afterwards and there have been deaths.
Some M.E. patients have been inappropriately sectioned as mental patients against their will, and despite suffering no mental illness. Children with M.E. have been taken from their parents and denied access to food, water or parental contact - or thrown in swimming pools - in an attempt to try to force the child to 'stop pretending to be ill.'
What is happening to people with M.E. is a gross violation of basic human rights. It amounts to legalised medical torture and abuse of some of our most vulnerable members of society. The damage perpetrated on those with M.E. by Wessely School adherents cannot be quantified.
The problem is not merely that M.E. patients are inappropriately treated as if they were mentally ill. It is so much more than that. The 'CFS' government spiel encourages the idea that patients given this misdiagnosis are lazy, selfish, manipulative, dishonest and deluded people that are 'enjoying the sick role' and so deserve to be treated with scorn, contempt and outright ridicule. Patients are persecuted by everyone around them in many different ways, continually.
Requests for further testing are always to be denied lest they perpetrate the 'mistaken belief'the patient has that they are ill. Doctors are told that this testing is also a waste of money because of course 'you won't find anything.' Thus it is almost impossible for those thrown into the 'CFS' wastebasket - probably the majority of whom are physically ill and would have abnormalities on testing - to be given a correct diagnosis and correct treatment.
This is the aim of the 'CFS' scam, to enable companies to get out of paying for any type of proper medical care for all these patients, saving them many millions of dollars. The abuse of M.E. patients part of a money making venture by big business, helped along by government. The abuse is not accidental, it is PLANNED, and these groups are working hard to make sure it continues so that their financial and political rewards also continue.
Humans rights groups and the media could not be less interesting in helping M.E. patients and seem to have fallen for all the 'CFS' propaganda fully, as tissue thin and scientifically laughable as it is. Thus things continue to get worse for M.E. patients and the abuse continues to escalate as each year passes.
To claim that there is 'medical disagreement' over M.E. is simply not accurate. As Professor Malcolm Hooper explains:
People in positions of power are misusing that power against sick people and are using it to further their own vested interests. No-one in authority is listening, at least not until they themselves or their own family join the ranks of the persecuted, when they too come up against a wall of utter indifference.
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