Everybody out there with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – WAKE UP! There are some creatures in the room, and they aren’t mice. Well, these creatures are distant cousins of critters that live in mice. These cousins have moved on up to live in humans
These creatures are called retroviruses. So far there are only three retroviruses known to cause disease in humans according to the United States government. HTLV-1 is associated with adult T-cell leukemia. GTLV-2 is associated with hairy cell leukemia. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). http://www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/books/NBK7934
But there might be another retro creature causing human disease. Dr. Judy Mikovits studied blood samples from CFS patients and controls looking for a new retrovirus. She found 67% of CFS patients were positive and 3.7% of the healthy controls were positive. These results were published in “Science” on May 23, 2009. Later she found 95% of CFS patients positive and 4% of controls were positive.
In 2010 Drs Alter and Lo, scientists who work for the US government, studied CFS patient samples from Dr. Anthony Komaroff – samples he had stored since 1990. Alter and Lo found a retrovirus closely related to Mikovits’ retrovirus finding. They found 86.5% of CFS patients were positive, while 6.8% of healthy controls were positive.
Quite a few studies by other labs, including the CDC found NO retrovirus. None. The official government conclusion was that the retrovirus either did not exist, or it was a lab contaminant due to having mouse stuff in the lab. “Science” published a retraction of Mikovits’ study in December, 2011.
This is where my KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) brain kicks in. Mikovits’ lab and Alter and Lo’s lab must have had the same percentage of mice junk in the other room where they handled the sickies’ blood samples, give or take a mouse or two. Oh, no. They would have handled all the samples in the same room. So why did both studies get hugely differing results between CFS patients and healthy controls? Why were any blood samples free of the retrovirus?
When the CDC tested blood samples for a retrovirus they found nothing. They didn’t even find a low level in healthy controls. Hum. Maybe mice don’t like to go on vacation to Atlanta. They prefer Reno or Washington, D.C. I don’t know why. I stayed at a wonderful hotel across from the CDC back in 1999. This was when we sickies were protesting the misuse of about $12 million dollars Congress had designated for the study of chronic fatigue syndrome. You remember that disease. It is now officially SEIDS aka Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease.
A bunch of us SEIDS sat all day listening to the CDC apologizing to us. SAD. When it was my turn to ask questions I asked, “What happened to Dr. Bell’s lymph node biopsies he took from those kids who were sick up in Lyndonville, NY back in 1985? Why didn’t you ever study them?”
Some high up official smirked at me and said, “Oh, they are around here in a fridge somewhere. Yes, we should study them.” In hindsight, always better than foresight, I recall that the CDC admitted recently misplacing some infected blood samples. And they were scared some of their workers might get seriously infected with something.
In 1990 Dr. Bell and Dr. Cheney talked to the CDC about Dr. Elaine DeFreitas’ work at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia. She found a retrovirus in SEIDS patients. She sent samples to the CDC. They found nothing. DeFreitas asked the researcher at the CDC to fly up to Philly and watch how she handled the samples. But the scientist from the CDC was headed to a warmer climate for vacation. Conclusion? There was no retrovirus in those samples. Right? But I digress. Let’s get back to Atlanta. They got blood samples from SEIDS and controls. Some claim that the CDC didn’t select the correct patients, thus they were all negative. NO. In a correctly run test with patients who didn’t really have SEIDS both patients an controls should have been around 4% positive. YOU TELL ME WHY THERE WERE NO POSITIVES AT ALL. Select all that may apply:
1. Mikovits’ lab and Alter/Lo’s lab were both contaminated with mice crap at almost identical levels for controls, and then much higher almost identical levels for SEIDS.
2. Mikovits and Alter/Lo both made up almost identical stories. They lied hoping to be famous.
3. The CDC used the wrong test.
4. The CDC handled samples incorrectly, so the retrovirus was gone – stuff like not freezing the blood to the right level, not shipping it fast enough, putting the wrong reagents in it, etc.
5. The CDC lied. No, not sure they are smart enough.
If you guessed #3 you are probably right. But if this goes to court, don’t expect to win. We have no reason left in our country.
PS What about those prostate cancer patients Silverman studied at the Cleveland Clinic? Clearly, that retrovirus ws manmade in a lab, right? Yes, you are right. But that has nothing to do with Mikovits or Alter and Lo. Silverman’s retrovirus was more like a manmade stuffed mouse, not a real live mouse.
PPS If this whole retrovirus crap is fake crap, then why did the FDA order the use of Cerus’ Intercept product in December, 2014, to clean all donated blood of retrovirus crap that might be in it? I thought the government found no retrovirus.