Welcome to an Invest in ME Newsletter Supplement - September 2009
THE PROOF IS OUT THERE -
Dr. John Chia (speaker at the IiME conferences of 2008 and 2009), and his
son, Andrew have recently published a paper on enteroviruses following their
paper, published online in July 2009 by the Journal of Clinical Pathology (click
here), reiterates what Dr Chia stated at the
IiME conferences, that his results support the work carried out by the late Dr
John Richardson all those years ago.
It is interesting to examine the
implications of his studies.
Chias reported on adult cases of
intussusceptions (the enfolding
of one segment of the intestine within another) associated with
enteroviruses which occurred within a three-week period. After performing
virologic studies (including viral RNA detection) it was determined that
contaminated tap water was implicated in the outbreak. Better monitoring of
drinking water may prevent other cases of non-polio enterovirus infection.
implications of contaminated tap water causing harm to millions of people
could be enormous – for governments, insurance companies, society. Dr.
Irving Spurr stated at our 3rd International ME/CFS Conference in 2008 that
enteroviruses are not destroyed by chlorination.
governments, organisations and individuals have been denying the fact that
ME is an organic illness - if not always in words then certainly in deeds. Every ME advocate or ME support group knows from
experience how difficult it is to get publicity or understanding or support
for the illness. It has
been inconceivable that ME is not scientifically examined and that no
biomedical research is sufficiently funded.
be a reason why governments and Chief Medical Officers and Medical Research
Councils fail to engage with patients or only offer policies based on
procrastination? Is this why the media is so silent regarding the scandal of
We will report more on
this in the future.
THE PROOF IS OUT THERE - II
evident again from the 2009 conference that biomarkers are present already
Dr Daniel Peterson mentioned this.
mentioned that cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX) was useful in
separating true fatigue from perceived fatigue as it measures Peak
Oxygen Consumption (VO2), Anaerobic
Threshold Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and Ventilation. Dr Peterson
mentioned the VO2 MAX test as a universally accepted and straightforward
test to be used to judge disability, thus providing objective
information for assessing patients' disability claims, for example.
Of course, this is impossible for severely affected patients who are
unable to attend clinics for examination but may help some in avoiding
endless rounds of proving disability with government departments.
More on the
International ME/CFS Conference 2009 DVD.
A Norwegian study - "B-cell
Depletion Using the Monoclonal Anti-CD20 Antibody Rituximab in
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A Double-blind,
Placebo-controlled Study" - is taking place at Haukeland University Hospital
in Oslo, Norway (click
Based on pilot
patient observations the investigators anticipate that
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients may benefit from B-cell
depletion therapy. The hypothesis is that at least a subset of CFS patients
have an activated immune system involving B-lymphocytes, and that B-cell
depletion may alleviate symptoms.
The results of
the trials are expected in 2010.
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