"On Tuesday, she woke up and realized she had forgotten the definition of the word 'Impossible'.
She decided it must not have been important."
-- From "the Persistence of Yellow"; a book by Monique Duval
Well, that sums up my Tuesday morning this week quite beautifully! What I was sure would be impossible to do, the WPI (via the ALter/Lo paper), has broken the CDC's self-propelled embargo on ME/CFS research!
Thank you Drs. Alter (NIH) and Lo (FDA), and congratulations on your paper that confirms (and actually extends) the results of the Mikovits/Lombardi paper in Science published on October 9, 2009. Their paper revealed an 85% positivity of ME/CFS patients to XMRV/MLV, and a 6.8 positivity of health controls with the virus as well.
Dr. Judy Mikovit's explains about XMRV and MLV.
And so it begins!
We're on the fork of the correct road. Now to get evidence of potential transmission, ME/CFS and XMRV/MLV causality and on to potential treatment trials. But today, it's about quiet time and reflections; bubble baths and candles, and maybe, Just maybe Ben and Jerry's. But not before I say something about the WPI, and those who made this a reality.
Without the Whittemores and the WPI, without Dr. Peterson, and all the other dedicated ME/CFS clinician pioneers who Never gave up (Drs. Klimas, Cheney, Bell, Lerner, Lapp to name just a few, and please forgive me if your name is not here); without Dr. Mikovit's 20 year background with the NCI, and without her eureka moment that helped her decide to align her hypotheses with the WPI, make no mistake; None of this would have happened.
There are points in history where, just as in plate tectonics, enough pressure and time reveal new fissures and cracks in what was known. The initial earthquake is enough to jar people from their houses and places of business, and in this case, our medical establishments. And it's just beginning; so stand by for the aftershocks, as stories of what the world experienced come forward, and where science will move to next.
For the media storm that followed yesterdays earthquake, visit this blogs new additional page:
The Alter/Lo Paper
I am also including a few major advocate blogs that deserve attention. If you want to cut to the main story, and a quick tour of the backstorys (20+ years in a quick digest) go here for a clear understanding:
The Patient Advocate
Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Also?, Kassy, a friend on facebook wants to set the record straight for those who even after getting the facts about the XMRV/MLV findings are Still saying:
XMRV? Tired all the time syndrome? What's all the fuss?
It was a Glorious WIN for the WPI and for ALL ME/CFS patients! Celebrate!
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