Author Archives: Frown at Smile

Proof Positive?

The SMILE trial is set against the background of an approach known as ‘biopsychosocial’. In the context of ME/CFS, this approach presupposes that the initial trigger of illness (e.g. viral) is no longer present and that the ongoing symptoms are … Continue reading

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SMILE trial: Summary of Concerns

A trial of The Phil Parker Lightning Process on children newly diagnosed with ‘CFS/ME’ (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalopathy or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis)  A small online focus group formed in October 2010 to share various concerns after the SMILE trial passed approval by … Continue reading

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ASA Ruling on Phil Parker Group Ltd. March 2013

Re. Phil Parker Group Ltd River Plate House 7–11 Finsbury Circus London EC2M 7DH Date: 27 March 2013 Media: Internet (on own site) Sector: Health and beauty Complaint Ref: A12-210374 Complaint Upheld https://www.asa.org.uk/Rulings/Adjudications/2013/3/Phil-Parker-Group-Ltd/SHP_ADJ_210374.aspx#.Vr4DMfkrLIU Ad The website http://www.lightningprocess.co.uk, visited on 9 … Continue reading

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ASA Ruling on Phil Parker Group Ltd. August 2012

A complaint was submitted to the Advertsising Standards Authority by Hampshire Trading Standards. To summarise, the ASA upheld that: 1. The claims with respect to treatment of ME/CFS, in particular the 81.3% claims of success, were misleading and that LP … Continue reading

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The Curious Case of the SMILE Research Collaborators

The Advertising Standards Authority Adjudication re: Alastair Gibson’s unsubstantiated claims about The Phil Parker Lightning Process in a sponsored link to his “Withinspiration” website dated June 2010. Alastair Gibson is named by Dr. Crawley on th NHS REC form as … Continue reading

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SMILE in BMJ June 2011

We had hoped that the GMC Case Examiners would not feel coerced or unduly influenced by the slur cast on them in article published in the BMJ on 22nd June (as well as on patients, parents and professionals raising objections to the SMILE … Continue reading

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Complaint to General Medical Council May 2011

To GMC 6th May 2011 I wish to report Dr. Esther Crawley for matters relating to research-related fraud and misconduct that cast serious doubt over her fitness to practice and which I believe are serious enough to warrant investigation by … Continue reading

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Complaint to National Patient Safety Agency – May 2011

To: Chief Executive of NPSA Date: 3rd May 2011 Re: Complaint Ref. 10/H0206/32 submission date 24.05.2010 Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of comparing the Lightning Process with specialist medical care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME) pilot Randomized … Continue reading

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AYME Petition – covering letter

For the attention of The Association of Young People with ME: Board of Trustees Chief Executive President Copies sent to: Re: Petition: AYME – Denounce PACE and SMILE I would like to inform you of the growing concerns many sufferers … Continue reading

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GMC says case closed May 2011

From GMC 26th May 2011 I refer to our previous correspondence regarding your complaint about Dr Esther Crawley. We have now completed our enquiries into your complaint and both a medical and a non-medical case examiner have considered the case. … Continue reading

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