August 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our ME International newsletter.  We hope you find some valuable information in these newsletters.  If you want to contribute to our next newsletter or have comments and suggestions, please let us know. 

Jim Lutey, Editor  

This is not what doctors should prescribe for ME patients!   
Seriously, though, the Workwell Foundation's article " Opposition to Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) for ME/CFS" is a good letter to have on hand when trying to explain the danger of exercise for #pwME (people with ME).
In addition, HERE are two videos from Voices From The Shadows entitled "Understanding Graded Exercise Therapy for ME/CFS" that explain the dangers of GET.

Where To Find Links To The ME IC Primer (#MEICPrimer)  
We've added a button for the IC Primer to the main page of our website  
Plus we now have the IC Primer in multiple languages on the primer/cheat sheet page.  More translations are expected soon.  If anyone knows of a translation not listed, please contact us at  


New Organizations Added To Website
ME International lists all ME-ICC orgs on the main page of each country and other orgs can be found using the "Other Criteria Organizations" buttons at the bottom of each org page. New orgs recently added include Japanese and Portuguese.  
Click HERE for the orgs page on our website.  

Severe ME Day - August 8 
What is Severe ME?  Definitions vary but this is considered to be the 25% most ill in the ME community.  The IC Primer states:  "For a diagnosis of ME, symptom severity must result in a significant reduction of a patient's premorbid activity level.  Mild (meet criteria, significantly reduced activity level), Moderate (an approximate 50% reduction in pre-illness activity level), severe (mostly housebound), or very severe (mostly bedridden and needs help with basic functions)." 
ME International has a new web page with information specific to the #SevereME group.   

A Conversation With Mike VanElzakker: How His Research Team Studies Neuroinflammation 
Click HERE for a video of Amy Proal interviewing Mike VanElzakker.  He explains about the fMRI and PET scan technology and the challenges of looking for encephalomyelitis in #MyalgicE. 


ME/CFS Memorial Page

"This page acknowledges all those who have passed from ME/CFS or secondary conditions. They acknowledge their suffering and promise that they have not died in vain.  With love, we remember them."  Click HERE for the memorial page.


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