The purpose of
ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) International
is to support ME organizations, educate the general public, medical providers, and governments throughout the world as well as support ME patients, caregivers, advocates, family and friends.
ME International is an all-volunteer organization.
If you would like to volunteer to help, please click on the
"Join ME International" button on this page.
WHAT IS ME?
ME is characterized by immune and neurological dysfunction with severe exacerbation of systemic illness following any exertion. ME is understood to be an inability to properly generate energy within cells which often prevents sufferers from working, studying, or otherwise living a normal and functional life.
There is currently no official cause or cure for this disease.
What is ME handout: English Spanish
In 1956 Dr. A. Melvin Ramsay described ME and laid the ground work for recognizing ME as a distinct disease. Over the years the ME patient population was lumped in with other patient groups with a focus on fatigue which ignored many of the original characteristics of ME.
See Brief History of ME: English Spanish
UNDERSTANDING ME CRITERIA
In 2011 a panel of experts who had over 500 years of combined experience collaborated to create the International Consensus Criteria (ICC), whose precursor was the Canadian Consensus Criteria (CCC). The ICC in combination with the IC Primer closely aligns with the original patient group described by Dr. Ramsay. To aid you in researching the different criteria
If we had one criteria for ME adopted, we would have a
better chance of getting doctors, governments and
other organizations to support our cause.
ME International supports the adoption of the
International Consensus Criteria (ICC).
WHY JOIN ME INTERNATIONAL?
We know we are just beginning, but if we work together it will happen.
Now comes the hard part. finding help from these different groups for our
Board and Committees.
We want this organization to be run by people that really care about this disease
and want more than anything to find a CURE!
FREE TO JOIN
If we raise funds in the future it will be for a specific cause managed by our Foundation Committee. All positions are volunteer. We want people to participate at any level because they want to and feel need to help.
Imagine having millions of people that are members of this group....could they still ignore us?
Click Here to join our ME International
group and making this dream a reality!
United We Stand ... Divided We Fall