Susan Jane Blackmore (born 29 July 1951) is a British parapsychologist, freelance writer, lecturer, sceptic, and broadcaster on psychology and the paranormal, and is best known for her book The Meme Machine. She has written or contributed to over 40 books and 60 scholarly articles and is a contributor to The Guardian newspaper. She was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in 1995. She has controversially described CFS as a "meme".
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Susan Blackmore became ill with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1995 after a bout of influenza. She also attributes "many years of overwork and sleep deprivation" to the development of her CFS. She credits bed rest, pacing, and improving her sleep with improving her symptoms.
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chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.