Canadian Consensus Document Reviews

David S. Bell, MD, FAAP
Past Chairman: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee,
US Department of Health and Human Services

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex illness that can cause life-long disability, yet has languished for years without clear recognition by the medical community. In the past few years, science has made extraordinary strides in understanding the basic mechanisms of ME/CFS.
It is now possible to define abnormalities in the neurological, immune, autonomic, and neuroendocrine systems in a concise way that can paint a portrait of this disabling illness. The Canadian consensus definition of ME/CFS is a concise summary of these advances and permits a clear diagnosis for patients.

Charles W. Lapp, MD
Director: HUNTER-HOPKINS CENTER, Charlotte, North Carolina
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee:
US Department of Health & Human Services
Board of Directors: International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

While the primary goal was to establish a clinical case definition for ME/CFS, the ME/CFS Consensus Document is a comprehensive overview of ME/CFS, including pathophysiology, symptoms, physical findings, and treatments. This is THE MANUAL for diagnosing and treating ME/CFS.

Professor L J Findley TD KLJ MD FRCP FACP
Consultant Neurologist, Clinical Director: The National ME Centre
Clinical Director: Fatigue Service, Barking, Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust
United Kingdom

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a common illness. Its impact on many sufferers can be profound with intrusive fatigue and multiple symptoms. We recommend and endorse the Canadian Consensus Document.

Dr. Malcolm Hooper
Emeritus Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Department of Life Sciences
University of Sunderland
United Kingdom

This is a VITAL DOCUMENT that gives a new focus and new direction to all involved with ME-CFS. It makes available the clinical experience and understanding of physicians who are pre-eminent in the field and encapsulates thousands of hours of clinical investigations that are important to sufferers from ME/CFS and all who are concerned for their care, support, and the understanding of this multi-faceted organic illness.

Sourced from: National ME/FM Action Network

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