"The mild and the
long-suffering may suffer forever in this world.
As long as the patient will suffer,
the cruel will kick."
-- Sidney Smith
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good
men to do nothing."
| "A person may
cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his
inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them
for the injury."
John Stuart Mill,
Two days ago I wrote about a
Good article in The Times about ME and I am
pleased to have seen two more, to which I give the links
These articles are about two persons with severe ME, and also about
the very severe difficulties their families have had to face.
Indeed, the second is about Mrs. Kay Gilderdale, whose
daughter Lynn, after being in bed for 17 years in pain and
without being able to speak or sit up (!), tried to commit suicide by
injecting an overdose of morphine, who had to appear in court for
helping her daughter to commit suicide, was "cleared by the jury for
attempting murder" and set free by the judge.
For more on this, that indeed is not a pleasant subject, see
There are quite a few persons more with ME and parents of
persons with ME like the late Sophia Tirza and the late Lynn
Gilderdale. They and their families need help, not denials of help.
The horror of ME is less the disease as such, horrible as it is or
may be (for it may vary in severity and in symptoms), than the
indifference to it, the pooh-poohing of it, and the denigration,
defamation and denials of help these people and their family have been
And it not for nothing that my site opens since 1996 with this
quotation of Voltaire:
we believe absurdities,
we shall commit atrocities."
It is because so many people
have let themselves be swindled morally and intellectually by the
psychiatric and psychotherapeutical pseudo-scientists that so many
patients' human rights have been cruelly destroyed, and that people
like Sophia Tirza and Lynn Gilderdale were driven into suicide.
P.S. I intend to follow especially some of the English and
Dutch quality papers (so called) as regards their reporting about ME,
and will praise where praise is due, and criticize where criticism is
And here is a little entry that moved me to
my diagnosis of MEdical sadism:
The whole story screams Munchausen's by proxy or a similar
delusional state between mother and daughter. Most medical
professionals will have seen enough to realise and pick up the clues
running right through the article above.
ME is not a disease, it is a state of mind. Like the 98% of people who
have been proven NOT to have a food allergy or sensitivity at all.
Cue the outraged nutters defending the undiagnosable and therefore
- Ex NHS Surgeon, Middlesex UK, 28/1/2010 09:27
Also, this claimed Ex NHS Surgeon is a liar: "Most
medical professionals" consider "Munchausen's by proxy" a nonsense
diagnosis, or one only decidedly sick or Soviet psychiatrists would
Besides if "ME is not a disease, it is a state of mind", surely my
mind must be diseased, for thinking I have it for 32 years now, in
which I got an M.Sc. in psychology with the best possible marks, but
could not work, and have been in bed for 16 hours at least for
the last 20 years, all without any help, all in the dole, and all
without a family to develop "Munchhausen by proxy"?
And in these 32 years, of which I spend the first ten not knowing
what disease I had, I have since learned there are some 17 million
people allover the world who have similar symptoms, developed
completely in ignorance of my symptoms.
Besides, this claimed Ex NHS Surgeon - not a courageous
person at all, also, since he wants to sow his nonsense anonymously -
is very offensive to many of his medical colleagues:
Surely, these then are "outraged nutters" too? Isn't
it high time that this anonymous Ex-NHS Surgeon from Middlesex steps
forward with his name and titles and declares proudly, above his
signature, that professors Komaroff and Hooper are "nutters", just
like doctor Stein and the many medical doctors who wrote the
Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)?
And isn't it both sick and cowardly AND in
contradiction with such moral norms as medical doctors must live by to
write this bilge anonymously?
Finally, in re this obvious medical sadist: As I said, the horror
of ME is not so much the disease, though that may be horrible enough,
as the lack of help that is given after some medical nutter has
insisted it is "undiagnosable" or "psychogenic".