Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Professor John Coffin and Dr. Harvey Alter: ME/CFS is the result of an infectious agent

By CFS Patient Advocate:

In December, both Dr. John Coffin and Dr. Harvey Alter, in their own ways, indicated that they think that ME/CFS is the result of an infectious agent. Having main-stream virologists talk in this manner about this illness is unheard of.

Both indicate that it is now time to find out what is behind this illness - XMRV or something else.

In many other ways there is an emerging recognition of the seriousness of this illness. Research into XMRV, diagnostic markers and immunological function is moving across a broad spectrum in ways that have never been seen before.

The association of XMRV and ME/CFS will live or die on its own merits, but the discovery of this association by Mikovits and Lombardi and others has spurred great interest in this illness.

The October paper from the Whittemore Peterson Institute galvanized the issue. Who can argue with this? Read more>>

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