I continue being not well, but I also continue with a little good
news, at least from my personal point of view, and some surprising news:
1. Gifted with ME
2. Exit "XMRV"
My first section concerns a - minor but interesting and encouraging -
discovery I made today, primed by the verbal
abilities of mother and daughter Whittemore, also having to do with
the following quotation, of which the source is below, that if it were
translated from Dutch written the last 40 years could virtually only be
by me, but is not. Here it is - and it does have to do with both
me and with ME, indeed also quite apart from me, as I'll explain:
Society is shaped by the contributions of its most
intelligent and talented members. What would our civilization be without
Beethoven's symphonies or Leonardo's paintings? Shakespeare's plays, or
Einstein's theory of relativity? Galileo's work in astronomy or Jonas
Salk's polio vaccine? It is important that our society nurture and
support the individuals who have the extraordinary intelligence and
talents to improve the quality of life for all of us.
Now... I have been saying and writing similar things in The
Netherlands since before 1970 (and see e.g.
Real science & real psychology = joy and
Mandarins with an IQ of 115 for my
reasons), but since about the same time virtually all Dutchmen except me
- that I know of - either believed or pretended to believe that
intelligence was not innate but was "a personal choice",
and anyway was not at all "socially relevant", as the
cant phrase was
(*), whereas the mere idea that intelligence was innate and was
not a personal choice was anathema in Dutch schools, in Dutch
universities, and yes, even in faculties of psychology in Dutch
universities, because I have been told there, while studying psychology -
I must suppose, after the fact, by people who now are lecturers or
professors in the subject, while having an IQ 50 points or so lower than
mine - that I was "a fascist" and "elitarian" for daring to think
and say so, and that in fact I should feel ashamed of myself.
1. Gifted with ME
It so happens that I am - or at least was, when healthy - "extremely
highly gifted", which in fact is a condition I have been aware of, though
not in these terms, since I was send to school age 4, and indeed ever
since, and it so happens as well that I do have ME since 32 years.
Indeed, the former is - still - considerably more probable than the
latter, but then meanwhile I am 60, have the diplomas and "career" to
prove it (see Real science & real psychology =
Mandarins with an IQ of 115,
Yahooism & democracy,
"I want to be read"), while I have known
consciously for some 56 years that I am definitely not quite
like the rest, and that - with very few exceptions - I only can meet
people who seem to think and desire like I do in books, usually by
authors dead for many generations or ages.
It's also something I have grown used to, although it still does seem
strange now and then to have to see, once again, that others simply do
not quite or do not at all see or hear what I can quite clearly and
easily see. (In fact, this may happen to me as well: I like chess, for
example, and am a fairly good player, but any grandmaster sees much
deeper and faster into the game than I do. Besides, even the highest
gifted has a few of many talents human beings may have, and lacks more
than he or she has, in special human abilities, some men or women had, at
Anyway... it's one way I am different from the vast majority, and
without ME it very probably would have enabled me to have an excellent
academic career. With ME, and more particular with
ME in Amsterdam and in
Holland, it worked out very differently, and I was much
discriminated for being different, and for saying and writing what any
extremely intelligent person would and should have said when exposed to
the University of Amsterdam between 1971 and 1995, when intellectual
differences between people were systematically denied, and the average IQ
of the students, and no doubt meanwhile the staff, was 115 - but what
very few thought, and fewer said, and fewer again said and dared say
As I cannot explain colors to the blind or the taste of a mango to
those who have never tasted that fruit, so I will not write more on the
topic, but I will provide a few links, including a fact that pleased me a
lot and is quite relevant for ME:
- Mrs. Annette Whittemore is on the Governing Board of the Davidson
Academy for profoundly gifted children.
Indeed, the quotation in my introduction stems for the pages of the
For me that is excellent wholly apart from ME, for
indeed that is what mankind owes its release from having to compete with
other primates to: The gifts of language and of incidental very smart
individuals who can think of new ideas, new values and new methods, that
may benefit all, eventually.
So the fact that Mrs. Annette Whittemore has the wit and initiative to
be part of this I find very encouraging - and indeed I was led to finding
this by noting that both mother and daughter Whittemore speak like gifted
(**) people do, after which insight I decided to do a
little research, that very rapidly produced Mrs. Whittemore's efforts for
the extremely gifted (**).
Why does this encourage me, in case you missed it?
Because Mrs. Whittemore is the CEO of the WPI, and the brighter she
is, ceteris paribus, the better it is for persons with ME, to give
just one reason. And besides, she seems to have both her heart and her
mind in the right places, so to speak, and to have a real moral sense
and the ability to exercise that ability very usefully and
Also, please note that such an association and interest - being a
governor on the board of an institution dedicated to helping the highly
gifted to develop and use their talents - is not one that (I would
quite confidently guess) marks any of "the opposition", such as
Reeves, Strauss and Jones in the US, and Wessely, White and Sharpe in
England, for these persons neither have the required morality nor the
2. Exit "XMRV"
Another piece of news today appeared on Phoenix Rising under
the link: The name "XMRV" is going to disappear, it seems (but not
the facts the name refers to, in case you thought that - but "ice" has
three letters and is not cold, and "XMRV" is a term rather than what it
I quote all I know and found, with some added line-returns for
Hello all from Dr. B.
I just returned from the first official scientific symposium of the
Whittemore-Peterson Institute on the topic of XMRV.
We formed a working group to be in constant touch and we plan to meet
regularly because advances are coming so rapidly.
Big news that everyone should know and adopt is that we have proposed a
name change for the virus.
This virus is a human, not mouse virus, and it is the first and so far
only gamma-retrovirus known to infect people. Also, it is clearly not an
"endogenous" retrovirus (one that is present in all genomes due to
Because of all of this, and because of the desire to begin on the right
track, the new name of the virus is HGRV- Human Gamma Retro Virus. The
illness caused by this infection is named HGRAD- Human Gamma Retrovirus
We plan to announce this at the upcoming NIH retroviral conference this
Definitely stay tuned- the volume of new and important information about
this virus and its disease associations is increasing rapidly and in my
opinion should be a concern to every patient with chronic neuro-immune
diseases, including those with chronic Lyme.
Joseph J. Burrascano Jr. M.D.
Water Mill, NY, USA
Interesting, also because it suggests some new evidence has been
P.S. It may be I have to stop Nederlog
for a while. The reason is that I am physically not well at all. I
don't know yet, but if there is no Nederlog, now you know the reason.