Cease calling for and/or reject a change in the name of ME to SEID
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As sufferers of, carers for or supporters of people suffering from the debilitating neurological illness M.E. (Myaligc Encephalomyelitis) we call upon the IOM (Institute of Medicine) to cease any attempts to have M.E renamed as S.E.I.D. We also call upon the HHS (US Department for Health and Human Services) to reject the aforementioned name change. As people with first hand experience of the horrors of ME we do not feel that "Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease" in any way expresses the severity, complexity nor the full impact that ME has on those who suffer from it. Indeed, we feel that changing the name will hinder, rather than help people in seeking proper diagnosis and/or medical support and could also undermine attempts to raise awareness of this serious and chronic condition among the general public. Sufferers of ME need awareness, support and treatment in the short term and research over the longer term to give them the best possible chance of achieving improvement, they do not need a "re branding" exercise that can do nothing to tackle the real struggles faced by people with ME.
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