Economics and M.E/CFS 101

This is a very important article regarding the problems inherent in promoting M.E. as a disease which deserves more prominence in the government’s attention and medical scrutiny.

M.E. is also referred to as CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) in this article.  Although there is great, deep, abnormal fatigue inherent in M.E., it is but only one of many symptoms.  So, in my opinion, M.E. should be inserted alongside CFS when reading this very informative article.  CFS is used only because it has become intertwined with M.E., in my opinion and many others’, by mistake.  We are trying to change the minds of people who have CFS embedded in their thinking.  CFS is not M.E.


This article is an intelligent and enlightening look into the economics of ME/CFS.  I love what is expressed here and agree with Mr. Hadas. If only it weren’t so true.

Market failure can be sign of fatigue

By Edward Hadas
June 11, 2014
By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. For a direct link to this article and all comments (not to be missed!) please go to:

Modern economies work to meet consumers’ needs. So if needs are not met, that must be an economic failure, right? Healthcare suggests otherwise. Sometimes, unhelpful ideologies get in the way of economics delivering the goods.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – also known as myalgic encephalopathy (ME) – is a case in point. The economic benefit of treating this difficult condition should be material for patients, drugmakers and society. Yet…

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