Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wessely gets knighted

Sigh. The news came out just before New Year.

simon wessely, the psychiatrist who has de-legitimized myalgic encephalomyelitis, and who has gone in many countries telling government officials and physicians that this disease is a disease of the mind, has been proclaimed a hero by BBC. It seems like this time around he is honored mostly for his work with soldiers with Gulf War Illness- from the Desert Storm of 1991. See, Wessely is basically saying that soldiers have been inventing themselves an illness too. Yep, all in their heads.

How can this happen?

Well, for one it is very convenient for government officials to deny a whole disease, it costs them less. They don't have to pay benefits, and for those like us Canadians who have a socialized health care system, it costs the government less in health care.

Secondly, I hear that the British does not necessarily have their ducks in a row when it comes to knighhood. For instance, English DJ and BBC television presenter Sir Jimmy Savile (1926–2011) who was previously knighted and got accused after he was death of many, many sexual abuses of young boys and girls.

What does it mean? Well, other than being an insult to me, and likely many of my fellow patients especially those sick in the UK, (I am so sorry, brits) I will certainly not call it "Sir" because he doesn't deserve this award, he doesn't even deserve caps on his name.

On days like this, I want to ensure that the truth is out and that papers and government officials know the truth about simon wessely. He is no hero.

Imagine having a full disease ignored from a dictator who has gained power, somehow, for 25 years? If it had been AIDS, today, this man would be in jail or in a locked psych ward. Perhaps this will be coming in the future. Patient neglect is rampant. And his policies, his papers, his views are directly the cause. That is my opinion.

I was very thankful for Margaret Williams to shed some light on this rather wrongful knighthood. I encourage you to read this important piece to know the truth. 

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