The Optimum Health Clinic (OHC) is an award winning (CAM Magazine “Outstanding Practice Award”) integrative medicine clinic with a specialism in the diagnosis and treatment of ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia along with CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) based approaches for optimizing health, relaxation and general well-being. OHC was set up in 2004 by Alex Howard (author of WHY ME? My Journey from ME to Health and Happiness) and having worked with patients in 35 countries the clinic is recognized for its innovative approach of systematically researching and testing different approaches, and integrating them together in the most effective way. With over half the team having had personal experience of ME/CFS, the clinic is also well known for its caring and empathic approach.
In 2013, OHC was gifted to registered charity The Optimum Health Clinic Foundation (charity number 1131664) and so any profits generated by OHC are invested directly into its research programme, with the hope of one day government funding being available for treatment. Research studies have so far been published in journals such as the British Medical Journal Open, Psychology and Health and Journal of Integral Theory and Practice. The OHC research team are currently working on a full randomized controlled trial with the University of Surrey, as a follow up to a prospective preliminary study published in the British Medical Journal Open in November 2012.