Dr. Alison Bested, MD, FRCPC

Alison Bested M.D. F.R.C.P.C. is a Haematological Pathologist. Her training covered a wide variety of areas. These included Immunology, Immunohaematology, Genetics, Anatomic Pathology, Internal Medicine, Clinical and Laboratory Haematology.

She has been privileged to treat patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities for the past 19 years. These conditions affect 3% of women between the ages 45 to 64 according to the Canadian Community Health Survey of 2003.

To date Dr. Bested has the only full time medical specialty practice in Ontario of this kind.

A survey of Dr. Bested's patients was done by Dr. Alan Logan that found over 90% of patients in her practice were using complementary treatments usually on the advice of the sales clerk at the health store.

Dr. Bested thought this was unsafe for the patients as they often did not understand the potency of the herb or potential interactions with the pharmaceutical medications that they were being prescribed.

Dr. Bested offers traditional symptomatic and supportive care for these often very disabled patients.

Dr. Bested teaches an eight week Mind-Body educational course to patients with CFS, FM, and MCS. This course is based on the Harvard Mind-Body course for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

She does cognitive behavioural therapy in a group setting to help the patients learn to cope with the stress and anxiety of dealing with a chronic illness.

Dr. Bested teaches medical students and residents at the Environmental Health Clinic at Women's College Hospital in Toronto and is a lecturer the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto.

In 2001 Dr. Bested was one of eleven doctors from around the world, representing 20,000 patients, who were selected by Health Canada to participate on the expert medical consensus panel.

Together the doctors wrote the consensus definition for ME/CFS: Carruthers B. et al., Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Clinical Working Case Definition, Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols, Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Volume 11, number 1, 2003.

The consensus documents can be downloaded from www.mefmaction.net/Patients/ConsensusDocuments

Her book "Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, Second Edition", co-authored by Dr. Alan Logan N.D. and Mr. Russell Howe LL.B., published by Sourcebooks and released in October of 2008.