Saturday, 2 July 2011

Stanford's Dr. Jose Montoya on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This talk on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Team at Stanfords research, findings, & position on CFS was given a while ago now, back in March, but I've personally only just seen it, and am guessing there are others too who managed to miss it at the time it was first circulated on Youtube, so I wanted to share it here today.

It's so encouraging to see some real, positive research happening into CFS which doesn't begin with the premise that it is caused by psychological factors, and I found this fascinating viewing. Dr Montoya is very genuine and appears to sympathise very much with his patients, both for the physical hardships they are suffering, and also for the psychological harm they are undergoing because the majority of doctors (and the general public) dismiss our illness as 'not real', and the patients as 'malingerers' etc.

I particularly liked that he addressed the PACE trial so honestly, stating that it absolutely did not prove that CFS is psychological, or that psychological treatments can cure it.

Stanford have now set up a website where they will be posting relevant information on CFS as they progress in their research. You can view this site at

This presentation is an hour and 15 mins long, but I highly recommend that you watch it if you're a CFS or ME patient or are simply interested in this area of research - it's worth the time!

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1 comment:

  1. I really like Dr. Montoya. I thought this was a great video as well. Great catch, Susannah!