In November 2012, the work of nutritional therapists at the Optimum Health Clinic (www.FreedomFromME.co.uk), a private clinic in London specialising in the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME was recognised in the British Medical Journal Open in an observational study looking at both nutritional and psychological interventions for the illness. The patients in the nutrition-only treatment group were found to have a statistically significant improvement in self-reported CFS/ME symptoms. The full study can be viewed here: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/2/6/e001079.full
We believe this kind of work from The Optimum Health Clinic represents a call to action for our profession for more research, and is proof that human trials can be done. We support and greatly encourage more such research trials as a way to continue to legitimise the profession and embrace evidence based medicine in clinical practice.
We congratulate CEO Alex Howard and Director of Research Dr Megan Arroll and the entire team at the Optimum Health Clinic for all their commitment and hard work, and look forward to reporting on the next stages of their research.
For further information and discussion about the findings in the research paper see http://freedomfromme.co.uk/blog/2012/11/19/ohc-research-published-in-british-medical-journal-open/