Flawed Chronic Fatigue Research Isn’t Being Retracted from One of The World’s Leading Medical Journals

Flawed Chronic Fatigue Research Isn’t Being Retracted from One of The World’s Leading Medical Journals

While acknowledging that the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal), along with its sister publications, is an admirable medical journal, Tuller, senior fellow in public health and journalism at UC Berkeley’s Center for Global Public Health, part of the School of Public Health, takes issue with the publication and its continued endorsement of the Lightning Process study (LP). The LP’s objective is to “Investigate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Lightning Process (LP) in addition to specialist medical care (SMC) compared with SMC alone, for children with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)/myalgic encephalitis (ME).” Archives of Disease in Childhood, a well-regarded BMJ journal, published the results in September 2017.

According to Tuller’s December 13 article in STAT News, LP is a hodge-podge of “of neuro-linguistic programming, life coaching, osteopathy, positive affirmations, and other elements. It aims to train people to improve their health by altering their thought processes and refusing to allow their symptoms to control them.”

Also known as ME/CFS, the disease is a disabling disease marked by immunologic...

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