Back to ME:
I wrote at the end of last year some angry posts about the intentional
lies of the British medical professors Greg Towers and Tony Pinching, who
ought to be removed from medical science as frauds or incompetents, who
lie and lie and lie and lie again ... and require one to treat their
manner lying and posturing politely and morally, as if public lying is
not public lying if a British professor does the lying, smiling like a
villain, and with sanctimonious hypocritical verbal postures and cheapo
verbal "solidarity" as if they care for the patients they lie:
Well... here are four other reactions, all by well-informed persons, all
rational and polite:
Exhausted by Illness, and Doubts
This is by David Tuller, and it is a good and balanced article in
The New York Times. The one criticism I have is that the NYT has a
rather wavering and quite unpleasant policy on making articles
available: I have been able to get this, and today can't without
signing in at the NYT - which I find impolite and useless.
The same may apply to
The Lingering Mystery of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
This is a brief article by Toby Bilanow, in some attachment to the
New York Times, that is graced by a picture of Andrea
Whittemore, and that links to the first article... but while this second
is available without forced registration, the first is today not,
also not from the second.
As for me, and just as in the case of Facebook and other sites: I
will not register as yet another sucker to be sold for money to data
miners. I much rather do not read stuff than engage in scams to be
permitted to do so: Either I register with fake data, lie and nobody
is served, or I register with true data, and yield privacy for no good
Also, while I can sympathise, up to a point, for asking money for
today's news, just as one pays for today's paper, I have no sympathy
for asking money or users' data for yesterday's paper.
Retroviral integration and the XMRV provirus
Professor Racaniello's article starts thus:
A strong argument that the novel human retrovirus XMRV is not a
laboratory contaminant is the the finding that viral DNA is
integrated in chromosomal DNA of prostate tumors.
and then proceeds to explain briefly why this is a strong argument.
And see the next item:
XMRV: A Human Retrovirus with Unknown Pathogenic Potential, Not a Lab
This is by Annette Whittemore, dated January 1, 2011, and in pdf
(not long), which starts thus:
The recent proclamation that “XMRV is not the cause
of CFS,” came from an individual who did laboratory experiments to
show how PCR experiments can become contaminated. These results have
nothing to do with the reality of a disease or the methods used by
those who have detected XMRV in the blood and tissue of patients
found to be infected.
and explains clearly why, with among other thing this statement in
Most significantly, the recent Retrovirology
publications failed to address the most important pieces of
scientific evidence of human infection in the previous XMRV studies,
including the fact that XMRV positive patients produce human
antibodies to gamma retroviruses, XMRV integrates into human
tissues, and infectious virus has been cultured from the blood of
hundreds of patients with a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
and M.E. Humans do not make antibody responses to mouse DNA
sequences from contaminated lab experiments. The Retrovirology
studies only point out that XMRV research cannot be done in a
mouse laboratory without extreme caution and should not rely solely
on PCR methods.
There is more on the topic on the net (of course) but I linked these to
keep track and because they make sense.
And a bit later on January 5:
This Nederlog being about XMRV:
Reference list on published papers about XMRV / MLV / other relevant
Published today: 18 pages of pdf compiled by Eva Stormorken, from Norway:
Titles, authors, urls and page numbers in many cases. Very helpful!
P.S. I don't mean any criticism with "here are four other
reactions, all by well-informed persons, all rational and polite" - but I
do mean that I feel free to translate my pain into verbal sarcasm, satire
and personal criticism, for in the end what the corrupt American, British
and Dutch doctors did (and some Danish and German - two countries I am
less well informed about) was betray science, medicine, their patients
and their patients' human, legal and moral rights, while blackening their
human integrity and defaming their character.
This does not only merit rational criticism and neutral language. And I
take it very personally, for I personally suffer the pain and
discrimination - and the latter would not have happened without the lies
specific groups of pseudoscientific doctors, for the most part
psychiatrists and psychotherapists, and the former might have been cured
if more money had gone to real biomedical research into ME rather than,
as it happened to pseudoscientific fraudulence about CFS.