Source: The Scotsman: Published Date: 27 October 2009
"Thanks for your excellent, informative article on the possibility that the newly discovered retrovirus xmrv causes myalgic encephalomyelitis (Living, 10 October).
The UK's quarter of a million sufferers finally have some hope of effective treatment.
ME has been classified as a physical, neurological illness by the World Health Organisation since 1969. Despite this, for 25 years all UK taxpayer research and treatment funding has gone to psychiatrists, who insist it is an "abnormal illness belief".
The time is overdue for research funding into ME to be placed in the hands of immunologists. Research into psychological treatments should be cancelled to fund this.