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VIDEO: Dr. Nigel Speight Speaks on Child Abuse by Medical Professionals

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www.ProHealth.com • January 15, 2014


VIDEO: Dr. Nigel Speight Speaks on Child Abuse by Medical Professionals

Last year, Karina Hansen, a young woman with ME, was forcibly taken from her home in Denmark and placed in a psych ward on the grounds that her illness was psychological. This is neither an isolated occurrence, nor is it confined to a particular country or region. In 2003, Sophia Mirza, a British woman with severe ME, was removed from her home and placed in a mental hospital, where her condition worsened. In 2005, Sophia died. 

This interview with British pediatrician Dr. Nigel Speight was conducted as part of the Dutch ME/CFS Association's project Wetenschap voor Patiënten (Science to Patients). Dr. Speight talks about other cases in which young patients with ME/CFS have been taken from their families. In some of these cases mothers have been accused of making their children ill (Munchhausen by Proxy). In others the children have been diagnosed with "Pervasive Refusal Syndrome." 

Dr. Speight's experience with state agencies is extensive. He has fought to have 30 children with ME resturned to their families, and won 28 of those battles.

Who is at fault?

According to Dr. Speight, the entire system is at fault for abusing children with ME. But in Dr. Speight's eyes, medical professionals, who are supposed to protect their patients, must take the lion's share of the blame.

"It is easy to blame social workers ... but I think we have to blame the medical profession first. It is the medical profession's duty to be able to make a clear diagnosis of ME/CFS. If they did that there would be protection. But many of the cases I have seen have not been diagnosed. Doctors have to get it right to start with."

Once someone pulls the trigger to set child protection proceedings in motion it is like a juggernaut ... it is very difficult to reverse. The further the proceedings go the more the professionals dig in. They cannot afford to lose face, or admit they were wrong. There is an almost sadistic element in the worst cases."

In answer to the question of whether Dr. Speight sees any change of attitude at all, he said, "I sometimes feel things are getting worse... We need something dramatic to happen."

One possibility is that "families take legal proceedings against the professionals and begin to counterattack."



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I fully agree with Dr. Speight
Posted by: IanH
Jan 15, 2014
The medical profession must take responsibility and create effective diagnosis. It is not good enough to sit back and say we have no biomarkers therefore no proof that the disease exists. At worst many claim it is a psychological condition either a depression variant or a falsification. These are just opinions with no medical fact.

Whereas there is plenty of evidence that the disease is an immune dysfunction. To diagnose it, simple markers would help but we do not need simple markers in order to make a diagnosis. If money was no object, almost every case of ME/CFS could be diagnosed biochemically right now. The lag time for diagnosis even when it is made is still very long and in the mean time families suffer. We know that mothers with ME/CFS are more likely to have children with ASD. We know that children with ME/CFS under perform at school and many suffer from a wide range of symptoms often not attributed to ME/CFS, ranging from gut disturbances to selective mutism. The value of a single diagnosis is that it alerts the clinician and parents to these sorts of problems, making identification and treatment more likely.
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Amazing:
Posted by: IanH
Jan 15, 2014
Amazing that we can diagnose "pervasive refusal syndrome" but we cannot diagnose ME/CFS.

What a world! Psychiatrists diagnosing conditions with absolutely no physiological parameters.
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