In the meantime, the name-game rages, as psychiatry fights to maintain its current hold on the definitions and treatment recommendations for very sick and potentially disabled people. Complete rest right at the start gives the best outcomes; ME is defined by the fact that physical/mental exertion makes it worse. Yet, under the wide psychiatric umbrella of 'somatoform disorders' sufferers are assured that their illness is caused by paying too much attention to normal sensations, and that changing their 'false illness beliefs' and applying Graded Exercise Therapy will make them better. Politicians and the media enthusiastically and irresponsibly wave the flag for this point of view, while people with ME suffer the consequences.
Dr. Simpson describes his years of research and the history of the re-naming, while Nancy Blake, who ascribes her virtual recovery from ME to ruthless laziness and taking the supplements Dr. Simpson recommends, puts a strong case for a reversal of current policies to do with ME and disability. Which, she asks, will save the most money - letting people who have ME rest for six months, thereby setting the scene for (albeit protracted) recovery, or forcing them to exercise themselves into permanent disability?