Friday, May 6, 2011

Yes, infectious agents are causing this disease

Posted by Liz Willow

Funding should go to the most promising areas. Why make everyone sit on their hands while Lipkin finishes his study? Why not focus on the infectious characteristics seen in many ME/CFS patients and connect them to pathogens, such as retroviruses, that could explain most if not all symptoms?

Well-designed and funded clinical trials are needed now, not years from now. Already practitioners are using combinations of immune modulators, antivirals, antibiotics and antiretrovirals on their patients. It is the only way to get to the bottom of the core question raised by the research -- are infectious agents causing this disease?
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