Sarah Myhill

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Doctor Sarah Myhill is a British naturopath running her own specialist M.E. clinic in Knighton, Wales, United Kingdom.[citation needed] Her website is an extensive resource of articles and information based on her treatment of patients, it runs to 920 webpages and has had over six million individual visits.[citation needed]

Dr Myhill's view is that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is characterized by a cellular metabolic mitochondrial dysfunction and has published several studies.[1][2][3][4] Dr Myhill estimates that she has attempted to treat over 10,000 people with ME/CFS over her 30-year medical practice.[5][6]

Dr Myhill explains her philosophy of medicine here. Sarah Myhill is currently suspended from the GMC register and is not allowed to practice as a doctor in the United Kingdom.[7]

Clinical Practice[edit | edit source]

Dr Myhill has an experienced staff supporting her clinical practice. For individuals unable to visit in person staff will coordinate with the individual's primary care provider, will send lab kits for blood draw to be analyzed by Dr Myhill. She produces detailed analysis of blood work, provides recommendations and will discuss cases by telephone. Blood test analysis provides measures of ATP production and mitochondrial efficiency based upon her published research. While other physicians seem to understand her analytical methods, few, if any, are comfortable commenting on their significance. For decades, Dr Myhill has prioritized patient support and treatment results over independent corroboration.[citation needed]

Dr Myhill also supports Miss Voss's Regime for Antiretroviral Treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis[8][9]: A Regime for Antiretroviral Treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Complaints[edit | edit source]

Dr Myhill has been the subject of complaints to the General Medical Council.[10] A recent Freedom of Information Act request confirmed that Dr Myhill is the most investigated doctor in the history of the GMC. She has been subject to 38 investigations before she gave up her GMC license in resignation; all investigations were found in her favour.[11] None of the complainants against Dr Myhill were patients.[citation needed]

A non-compliance Hearing was held from Sep 28th - Oct 2nd 2020 found in favor of Dr Myhill and no restrictions were placed on her practice.[12] The non-compliance issue was about Dr Myhill's refusal to provide the GMC with the medical records of a patient who did not consent to them being shared. The GMC requested the records after the patient's GP made a complaint to the GMC, which the patient refused to support.[12][13] A further complaint was made against her and Dr Myhill was brought to Tribunal in February 2023.[14] The tribunal found that Myhill, who practises in Powys, promoted and endorsed the use of high doses of vitamins C and D and the inhalation of iodine through a salt pipe for the treatment of bacterial and viral infections including covid.[14] The tribunal found that Myhill “does not practise evidence based medicine and may encourage false reassurance in her patients who may believe that they will not catch covid-19 or other infections if they follow her advice.” Myhill was also found guilty of serious misconduct in failing to reconsider her treatment plan after she failed to diagnose a fractured hip in a patient who had a fall, and in not recommending his admission to hospital when his condition had not improved. Dr Myhill was suspended for 9 month as a result of this Tribunal, with a review scheduled for the end which has not yet taken place.[14]

Advocacy[edit | edit source]

Dr Myhill is a vocal critic of the PACE trial and biopsychosocial model of ME/CFS. Dr Myhill's GMC complaint regarding a number of PACE trial authors was first rejected without investigation by the GMC, after Dr Myhill appealed the GMC stated they would reconsider.[citation needed] Dr Myhill's action against the GMC for failing to provide reasoning for not investigating the PACE trial authors is still continuing, and began a number of months before the most recent GMC instigation of her practice started.[12][13]

Dr Myhill is also the creator of the Medical Abuse In ME Sufferers (MAIMES) petition.

Medical Abuse in ME Sufferers[edit | edit source]

Dr Sarah Myhill's Medical Abuse In ME Sufferers (MAIMES) petition calls for a UK public enquiry into the medical abuse and neglect experienced by British patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis (often called chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS/ME in the UK).[15]

Mitochondrial Energy Score test[edit | edit source]

Tomas et al. (2019) attempted to replicate the findings of Myhill, Booth and McClaren-Howard in a study of just ten ME patients, but were unable to distinguish between patients and healthy controls. Myhill responsed highlighting differences in their methods that could have accounted for their results, and stating they incorrectly referred to the test as a diagnostic test for CFS/ME.[16]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

Book[edit | edit source]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

(More talks and interviews can be found on YouTube playlist for Dr Myhill)

Online presence[edit | edit source]

Learn more[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Myhill, S; Booth, NE; McLaren-Howard, J (2013). "Targeting mitochondrial dysfunction in the treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) - a clinical audit". International Journal of Clinical Experimental Medicine. 6 (1): 1–15. PMC 3515971. PMID 23236553.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Booth, NE; Myhill, S; McLaren-Howard, J (June 15, 2012). "Mitochondrial dysfunction and the pathophysiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)". International Journal of Clinical Experimental Medicine. 5 (3): 208–220. PMID 22837795.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Myhill, S; Booth, NE; McLaren-Howard, J (January 15, 2009). "Chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction". International Journal of Clinical Experimental Medicine. 2 (1): 1–16. PMID 19436827.
  4. "CFS - The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure - DoctorMyhill". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  5. "Psychological aspects of treating CFS and ME - DoctorMyhill". Retrieved June 6, 2024.
  6. "My book - Paleo-Ketogenic: The Why and The How - DoctorMyhill". Retrieved June 6, 2024.
  7. "Sarah Barbara Myhill - General Medical Council". General Medical Council. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved 02/11/2023. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. Voss, Katharina (June 9, 2018). "ME versus CFS: #Arztanfragen - Mein Therapieregime für die antiretrovirale Behandlung bei Myalgischer Enzephalomyelitis". ME versus CFS. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. "A Regime for Antiretroviral Treatment of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - DoctorMyhill". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  10. "Dr. Myhill on BBC News" (video). BBC news. April 29, 2010.
  11. Myhill & Robinson, The Underactive Thyroid, 2023 edition, pages 0-25
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Press Release re my Non Compliance Hearing - MPTS - Myhill vs GMC Sept 28 to Oct 1 2020 - DoctorMyhill". Retrieved October 3, 2020.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (October 1, 2020). "Medical Practice Tribunal - Dr Sarah Myhill" (PDF).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Dyer, Claire (03/02/2023). "GP suspended for nine months after promoting vitamins and iodine for covid-19" (PDF). British Medical Journal. Retrieved 02/11/2023. line feed character in |title= at position 65 (help); Check date values in: |access-date= and |date= (help)
  15. Myhill, Sarah (February 10, 2019). "Medical Abuse In ME Sufferers (MAIMES)".
  16. Myhill, Sarah (August 2019). "Response to the paper 'Assessing cellular energy dysfunction in CFS/ME using a commercially available laboratory test' by Cara Tomas et al". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  17. Invest in ME Research (2007). "2nd International ME Conference Agenda - IIMEC2". Invest in ME Research. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  18. Episode Six - Dr Sarah Myhill - The ME Show, retrieved August 13, 2019