Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Garbage editorial judgments disguised as facts

By: John Herd, CFS Advocate

Today I read one of the best editorial CFS advocacy articles I have read in years. Not only was it very well written, but its expressed views were well backed up by past CFS Advisory Committee transcripts and video, not to mention a long history of CDC actions and inactions. It was written by an advocate who is clearly a patients’ advocate for truth.

The article had only been on the Internet a short time when Cort lifted quotes from it, refuted what the author had written and called the author’s analysis “nuts.” In disagreement Cort then claimed that if Dr. Unger broadens the CFS definition she “would be quickly thrown out.” Hello? Did Dr. Reeves get thrown out because of his lackadaisical use of the Fukuda CFS definition or his creation of the “empirical definition”? No. Cort’s suggestion is typical Cort sticking his head in the ground in typical Cort fashion. We’ve seen him do so regularly when the CFIDS Association of America has been held accountable for their questionable actions.


I am sorry that this has been so bluntly frank, but people need to see see Cort [and his web site] for what they are. People need to see some of his garbage editorial judgments disguised as declarative fact on his web site for what it is. And people need to turn to trusted proven advocates ’of the patients for the patients’ if they want objective analysis about what is happening in the CFS arena.

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