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When Promoting Cognitive Behavior Therapy For Fibromyalgia Is Quackery

Tuesday 5 September 2017


From James C Coyne's blog Quick Thoughts:


James C Coyne
James C Coyne

When promoting cognitive behavior therapy for fibromyalgia is quackery

23 August 2017
© 2016 Healthcare Medicine Institute

A probing of a story about fibromyalgia popping in my Facebook feed revealed incredible misleading claims and dips into quackery

My exploration of what becomes quackery begin with an unexpected item appearing in my Facebook newsfeed. It turned out to be coverage of an earlier BBC news story on fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia to be recognised as long-term condition (BBC 21 September 2016)

A selection of some bullet points from the accurate article based on the BBC News item:

  • Fibromyalgia is to be recognised by health professionals in Northern Ireland as a long-term condition.
  • People who suffer from it complain of aches all over the body, as well as profound fatigue.
  • Other symptoms include headaches, sleep deprivation and difficulty concentrating.
  • Despite the severity of symptoms, people living with the condition in NI have said their voices have gone unheard and their symptoms ignored.
  • Fibromyalgia is recognised as a condition by NHS Choices in England and Scotland, meaning treatments should be available to patients.
  • While there is no specific figure for Northern Ireland, it is thought around one in 25 may be coping with symptoms – a majority of them undiagnosed.

Readers who want to jump to an accurate US Center for Disease Control fact sheet to learn more about fibromyalgia can click here.

But the item was appearing in my Facebook news feed because someone who turned out to be lacking in accepted credentials promoting her dubious treatment with dubious claims.


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