Nov 22, 2011
ME: Dr. Mikovits and co-worker implicated in theft
After yesterday's brief excursion into the lusher fields of 20th C philosophy, I return today to ME. I'll spread it over several files, and this is the third. Here are links to the first and the second.
This third part gives the answers - is it something about November: Stapel, Polderman (*), Pfost, Mikovits... (nah: merely noting a coincidence: I might as well comment on their names starting with letters from the second half of the alphabet).
Anyway, here is a link to Phoenix Rising (that slowed down, so don't give up in case you can't get in - or do give up and try later):
The article is by Cort Johnson, and he got there one of the first, though I take it from ERV's blog of today,
at least Trine Tsouderos, of the Chicago Tribune, may have been there first, and Abbie Smith probably also knew it sooner than Cort did.
Here it is in brief points, skipping the introduction, and with my corrections, with what I corrected struck through:
Skipping some, more are implicated:
Cort also explains why it is mistaken to blame the WPI for dr. Mikovits's acts, as I explained before in Nederlog, and gives a brief explanation of what dr. Mikovits risks: Years of prison.
So... while not explaining all, this explains a lot, such as: Who did it? (Max Pfost, asked by Judy Mikovits.) How was it done? (By a co-worker, who was given keys.) Why was dr. Mikovits arrested and jailed? (Because of what the judge or the court knew.)
It also leaves quite a few questions open. Here are a few:
Etc. I suppose most of these questions will eventually be answered.
My own guesses are that the answers to the first two questions are probably: Money.
The third question is difficult to answer/guess, but maybe the working climate at the WPI was not what it should have been, or Mr Pfost is a gullible guy. (As is, he risks years of prison.)
The fourth is - I guess - evidence of fraud in the paper prepared for Science, and possibly more.
The last two I leave open and unanswered, not even by my guesses.
What's the overall result so far? There we have a sudden considerable amount of clarity and clearing of much problematic circumstances:
Quite a few people, of the True Believers Community will be much disillusioned, or so I hope, but for the truly faithful and their students there still is good hope for faith, science and amusement: Gerwyn has just started his own forum, so the above linked ERV-blog informs the world, namely via a commenter, so there still is a good chance for the willing and eager researchers into cognitive dissonance to keep studying a real life case of it.
The WPI, at least if the the notebooks have been restored in tolerable order, has passed a major hurdle. To what effect remains to be seen, but at least it doesn't seem they have to face years in an obscure and complicated court case, nor a continueing stream of anonymous allegations that they are the evil meanies who incarcarated the great and good saviour of the folks with ME/CFS.
The retrovirologists, and especially Abbie Smith, can take some pride in having been right about retrovirology and having their own yard swept.
The NIH has answers to quite a few questions they probably wanted to ask about XMRV, about the WPI and about dr. Mikovits.
As for me: I am mostly relieved, for it seems the real culprits have been arrested; the case has been in principle solved; what remains is probably going to be most unpleasant for Judy Mikovits, Max Pfost, and probably the Ruscettis, but then it would seem they did it "for filthy lucre", as the phrase is; and I also may hope the air and climate on patients forums clears some, and maybe - one can hope! - the Patricia Carter owned forum gets shut. I also hope in the future patients will limit themselves to this:
Well... more no doubt later, if possibly not today.
As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
Short descriptions of the above:
1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
7. A space-
and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.
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