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Media mis-reports

Finally, the media message from this study has often been:  “Exercise is good; Rest is bad.”  Although the PACE trial authors did not issue such a statement, I think there is some responsibility to explain to the media that this type of recommendation is simplistic and potentially harmful for patients with CFS/ME.  Activity and exercise recommendations must be based on a thorough evaluation and a sensitive individualized approach, not the broad brush that has become the take home message of this study.

Fred Friedberg, PhD
President, IACFS/ME