Mark Vink

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Mark A. Vink, MD, is a General Practitioner and insurance doctor in The Netherlands. He lives with severe ME/CFS triggered by pneumonia and prolonged by Graded Exercise Therapy (GET). As a result of his adverse experience with GET, he has been a vocal critic of the PACE trial.[1] One piece written about the PACE trial garnished him a nomination for the 2016 John Maddox Prize, an international award for an individual who promotes sound science despite difficulty or hostility in doing so.[2]

While bedridden, he carried out a biomedical study on himself, collecting blood with finger prick lancets and pediatric sized tubes. By measuring creatine kinase, inorganic phosphate and lactic acid before and after trivial exercise (i.e., walking the 5 to 6 yards from his bed to the toilet and back), he showed that his aerobic energy production and lactic acid excretion were both impeded.[3]

An open letter to Psychological Medicine about “recovery” and the PACE trial[edit | edit source]

Dr. Vink was one of the signatories of an open letter to Psychological Medicine about “recovery” and the PACE trial dated March 13, 2017 urging Psychological Medicine to retract a paper claiming recovery for ME/CFS patients by using Graded Exercise Therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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  1. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282133390_The_Aerobic_Energy_Production_and_the_Lactic_Acid_Excretion_are_both_Impeded_in_Myalgic_EncephalomyelitisChronic_Fatigue_Syndrome
  2. http://senseaboutscience.org/activities/the-john-maddox-prize/
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282133390_The_Aerobic_Energy_Production_and_the_Lactic_Acid_Excretion_are_both_Impeded_in_Myalgic_EncephalomyelitisChronic_Fatigue_Syndrome
  4. Ghatineh, Simin; Vink, Mark (August 2017), "FITNET's Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Is Ineffective and May Impede Natural Recovery in Adolescents with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A Review", Behavioral Sciences, 7 (3): 52, doi:10.3390/bs7030052 
  5. M Vink - Journal of Health Psychology, 2017 DOI: 10.1177/1359105317703785
  6. Vink M (2017) Assessment of Individual PACE Trial Data: in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Cognitive Behavioral and Graded Exercise Therapy are Ineffective, Do Not Lead to Actual Recovery and Negative Outcomes may be Higher than Reported. J Neurol Neurobiol 3(1): doi http://dx.doi.org/10.16966/2379-7150.136
  7. Vink M (2016) The PACE Trial Invalidates the Use of Cognitive Behavioral and Graded Exercise Therapy in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Review. J Neurol Neurobiol 2(3): doi http://dx.doi.org/10.16966/2379- 7150.124
  8. Vink M (2015) The Aerobic Energy Production and the Lactic Acid Excretion are both Impeded in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. J Neurol Neurobiol 1(4): doi http:// dx.doi.org/10.16966/2379-7150.112


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