Dec 17, 2011
me+ME: Dr. Mikovits has a temporary job
- Judy Mikovits being prepared for criminal
Here are its first two paragraphs - and I am assuming my readers are mostly familiar with the backgrounds, that also can be traced through the first of the above links:
This is "the Lipkin study", the results of which were earlier said to be ready by the end of this year. That goal will not be met, but then Ian Lipkin Ph.D.'s main practical problem doing that study was that Judy Mikovits Ph.D. has been fired from the WPI in the end of September of this year, and also arrested for theft and for conspiracy to steal, and then released on bail in mid November, while she has to appear in court again, or at least her lawyer(s) must appear in court for her, coming Monday.
As I have said quite a few times, I like the Lipkin experiment being done, because it has a good design - "three groups testing dozens of blinded blood samples from CFS patients and healthy controls" - that may help clarify what did in fact go wrong with the methods that doctors Mikovits and Ruscetti used to establish the presence of XMRV they reported in October 2009, and could not replicate with the Blood Work Group.
By this time, my reasons for liking to see the study done are scientific, moral and legal. In the Ewen Callaway article there are two somewhat interesting paragraphs about dr. Lipkin. Here is the first:
I agree that is a logical possiblity. My personal probability for it is low, given the results of the Blood Work Group and given dr. Mikovitz's (*) actions since she was fired by the WPI, but then these are recent results, that might have been different, logically, morally and legally speaking.
And here is the second:
I suppose dr. Lipkin has to be diplomatic, but in fact dr. Mikovits had them taken without as much as raising the possibility of obtaining a copy, as far as I know, and legally that is theft, as she ought to know. Also, since she did not raise that possibility, but simply had the materials taken and had them hidden for some seven weeks, it seems not unlikely she did so because there was something to hide in them or erase from them.
But then that eventuality - why did dr. Judy In Whom We TrustTM have the lab-books and other stuff stolen from the WPI? - will be treated in court, starting coming Monday, and that is another kind of trial, conducted for quite other kinds of reasons, than the trial dr. Lipkin's plans to conduct, in order to find out whether, after all, dr. Mikovits and dr. Ruscetti can find XMRV (or something similar) or again fail to do so when asked to do so with blinded samples.
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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