The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E.

The Hummingbirds' Foundation for M.E. (HFME) is fighting for the recognition of M.E.,
and for patients to be accorded the same basic human rights as those with similar
disabling and potentially fatal neurological diseases such as M.S.

Articles sorted by author: Stephen Ralph

An important note:

Before reading this research/advocacy information given in the links below, please be aware of the following facts:

1. Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’ are not synonymous terms. The overwhelming majority of research on ‘CFS’ or ‘CFIDS’ or ‘ME/CFS’ or ‘CFS/ME’ or ‘ICD-CFS’ does not involve M.E. patients and is not relevant in any way to M.E. patients. If the M.E. community were to reject all ‘CFS’ labelled research as ‘only relating to ‘CFS’ patients’ (including research which describes those abnormalities/characteristics unique to M.E. patients), however, this would seem to support the myth that ‘CFS’ is just a ‘watered down’ definition of M.E. and that M.E. and ‘CFS’ are virtually the same thing and share many characteristics.

A very small number of ‘CFS’ studies refer in part to people with M.E. but it may not always be clear which parts refer to M.E. The
A warning on ‘CFS’ and ‘ME/CFS’ research and advocacy paper is recommended reading and includes a checklist to help readers assess the relevance of individual ‘CFS’ studies to M.E. (if any) and explains some of the problems with this heterogeneous and skewed research.

In future, it is essential that M.E. research again be conducted using only M.E. defined patients and using only the term M.E. The bogus, financially-motivated disease category of ‘CFS’ must be abandoned.

2. The research referred to on this website varies considerably in quality. Some is of a high scientific standard and relates wholly to M.E. and uses the correct terminology. Other studies are included which may only have partial or minor possible relevance to M.E., use unscientific terms/concepts such as ‘CFS,’ ‘ME/CFS,’ ‘CFS/ME,’ ‘CFIDS’ or Myalgic ‘Encephalopathy’ and also include a significant amount of misinformation. Before reading this research it is also essential that the reader be aware of the most commonly used ‘CFS’ propaganda, as explained in A warning on ‘CFS’ and ‘ME/CFS’ research and advocacy and in more detail in Putting research and articles on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis into context.

Articles by Stephen Ralph

Our aims by Stephen Ralph, founder of MEAction UK


Comment - New Journal called FATIGUE, a critique by Stephen Ralph


Wessely's Words by Stephen Ralph


The 1996 Strasbourg Convention on Biomedicine and the reform of the UK Mental Health Act: have they anything to do with the attempt to re-classify ME and CFS as mental illness in the WHO Guide to Mental Health in Primary Care? by Stephen Ralph


PRiME and the Scottish Parliament, 14th June 2005, Stephen Ralph


Information about PRiME and the Science Media Centre by Stephen Ralph, 13th June 2005


Somatization and somatoform disorders Author(s): Elena Garralda

Comment from Stephen Ralph, 3rd December 2005


PRiME - Sending Us Around in Circles by Stephen Ralph, 19th June 2005


Ellen Goudsmit PhD and the "London" criteria : THE FACTS by Margaret Williams

Why is this Important? A Personal View by Stephen Ralph


Ellen's Discrepancies..... again by Stephen Ralph, 21st May 2005


A Call for Help from the ME community by Stephen Ralph, 2nd March 2005


My Question to Professor Colin Blakemore CEO of the Medical Research Council on the BBC Radio Five Live Simon Mayo Programme by Stephen Ralph, 22nd February 2005


The dangerous dominance of Psychiatry in ME/CFS by Stephen Ralph, 13th September 2004


FACTS about the "London" Criteria by Stephen Ralph, 6th September 2004


Notes on recent research in ME/ICD-CFS and the Government’s policy of denial by Stephen Ralph, September 2003

During August and early September 2003, Stephen Ladyman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health / Community Care in the UK Labour Government of Mr Blair, has been busy responding to letters about what he refers to as "CFS/ME".


Notes on the involvement of Wessely et al with the Insurance Industry and how they deal with ME/CFS claims by Stephen Ralph, June 2003

For more articles by Stephen Ralph (and many other excellent articles on M.E.) see the Further Articles section on the MEAction UK website.

Subscribe to the HFME newsletter!

To subscribe just click here

Live Support

Exciting book news!

Click here to purchase the first HFME book!


The book 'Caring For The M.E. Patient' by Jodi Bassett includes a Foreword by international M.E. expert Dr Byron Hyde.

He writes:

"There is so much false information that is picked up and disseminated it is near impossible to hold one’s head above the water and sift through this morass of misinformation. Any attempt to seek the truth is always a major difficulty. Somehow, Jodi Bassett and Hummingbird have managed to plow through this field of weeds."

"This is a book that deserves being read, not only by patients and physicians with an interest in M.E. but the bureaucrats in the USA Centers for Disease Control who have done so much damage to the understanding of M.E. I recommend her book to all and wish it every best success."

Paperback $18.95
Hardcover $22.95