In een uitvoerig artikel in de Mail Online ontzenuwt Sonia Poulton 12 mythen rond ME.
Ook vertelt zij hoe Voices of the Shadows haar beeld van de ziekte volkomen veranderde.
All in the mind?
Why critics are wrong to deny the existence of chronic fatigue
By Sonia Poulton
Published: 15:15 Gmt, 8 May 2012
Updated:21:49 Gmt, 8 May 2012
Like millions of others,
I have seen M.E. through the eyes of the medical establishment, the Government and the Media.
The picture has not been good.
Myth No. 1: ME is a mental illness
In Denmark, only last week,
The Danish Board of Health sought to remove a 23-year old woman, Karina, from her family home
on the grounds of mental illness despite the fact that what she really has is M.E.
Myth No. 4: M.E. sufferers should just 'pull themselves together'
Too many people assume that M.E. can be overcome with the right mental attitude.
This consequently leaves M.E. sufferers even more vulnerable to issues like depression as they are further isolated.
M.E. is not a case of the mind being able to heal itself with determination.
M.E. breaks the body down and that also includes the brain.
Myth No. 8: Only severe cases of M.E. are worth acknowledging
The media tend to concentrate on the worst case scenarios but this does not help the full situation
as it leaves others, who are still able to move at times, with the stigmatisation of 'not being ill enough'.
Myth No. 10: Physical exercise will benefit M.E. sufferers
This idea among some of the medical professional that enforced exercise will help the condition of a M.E. belongs to a darker time in our history.
A period when we thought that autistic children were a result of being born to cold and detached women or 'refrigerator mums' as they were heinously and immorally labelled.
Met dank aan Rob die me attendeerde op het bovenstaande artikel.