Martin Lev

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Martin Lev was born in 1959 in England. He was a founding member of the patient group Action for ME. He committed suicide in 1992.[1]

Illness[edit | edit source]

Lev suffered from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).[1][2]

Interviews[edit | edit source]

Lex was antipathetic towards the MEA: "If Dr Shepherd and the ME Association are so keen on having research done on these supposedly ineffective treatments why don't they put their l/4 million worth of research funds into proving or disproving the nutritional approach?"

"Blaming illnesses on mysterious viruses is very much in vogue these days. But it's becoming very clear to us that 'hunting the bug' ie, blaming ME exclusively on a virus is an incomplete, if not hazardous approach to medicine."(sic)

"One need only look at the many AIDS patients being made more ill by taking AZT, with its myriad of side-effects…"

"Until we do root out the cause of ME, isn't the best approach to be open to all possible causes and not to pour cold water on complementary approaches, particularly if they are making patients better?"[3]

Advocacy[edit | edit source]

Lev was a founder member of Action for ME[1] and at one point was the organisation's president.[2]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

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