Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Statement of Work

I have obtained a copy of the Statement of Work (SOW) for the Institute of Medicine study on clinical diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS. I am making that document available to you in its entirety through this link. I am also … Continue reading

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Can you trust someone if you think they don’t respect you? There is an abundance of mistrust and disrespect among all participants in the ME/CFS landscape. I think it’s important to talk about because these attitudes have a significant impact … Continue reading

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The Experts

Developments came fast and furious last night. First, the CFIDS Association announced that it would not oppose the IOM contract, but would actively call for the IOM to choose a panel that matches the CFS Advisory Committee recommendation from October … Continue reading

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Contract Signed

This message was sent out via the CFS Advisory Committee listserv this evening: We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will begin conducting a study on Diagnostic Criteria for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome this month.  This … Continue reading

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Lips Are Sealed

Whatever happened to that investigation we requested after the last CFS Advisory Committee meeting? Good question. You may recall that at the May 2013 CFSAC meeting, voting member Eileen Holderman alleged that she and two other members had been intimidated … Continue reading

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Pedal to the Metal

I feel like an engine that has been gunning too long. I’m revving revving revving and I can smell something burning and a gear is about to blow. The rest of my life is being neglected. I haven’t been able … Continue reading

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To The Healthies

We need all the help we can get right now! HHS is bound and determined to sign the IOM contract by September 30th. Advocates are working like mad to stop it. So in addition to sending my own emails to … Continue reading

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Insult, Meet Injury

Did you think that your efforts to tell HHS to freeze the IOM contract to create a clinical definition for ME/CFS were successful? Did you have the impression that your government would listen to your concerns? Join me in mourning … Continue reading

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Cut Back or Cut Out?

Last week, the CFS Advisory Committee announced via its email listserv that the fall meeting will be held on November 12th and 13th. Advocates were shocked to learn that the meeting will be held from 12pm to 5pm each of … Continue reading

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Opportunity Lost

The CDC hosted a conference call for ME/CFS patients and advocates today. The highlight of the call was a presentation from Dr. Ian Lipkin about his pathogen and immunology work in ME/CFS. But we received an important update on the … Continue reading

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