Thursday, December 10, 2009

CFS/XMRV in Woman's Day

The CFIDS Association of America Woman's Day magazine's website has an article about CFS that includes XMRV info.
"Meanwhile, Dr. Mikovits is hopeful that the discovery linking the XMRV retrovirus to CFS might eventually lead to a cure—though first the study results need to be repeated and independently verified. The next step will be clinical trials to test potential treatments for this retrovirus."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Taking questions for Q&A with Dr. Mikovits

From website-

Q&A with XMRV Researcher Dr. Judy Mikovits to Be Streamed Live Friday
Jan 22: Submit Questions Now
December 9, 2009

ProHealth is honored to announce that we will host a presentation &
Q&A session by XMRV researcher Judy Mikovits, PhD - to be streamed
live on Friday, January 22.

(Time and registration details to be determined, so watch for news.)

Dr. Mikovits
As director of research at the Whittemore-Peterson Institute in Reno,
Nevada, Judy Mikovits gained worldwide attention in October with
publication of a paper in the journal Science, reporting "Detection of
an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." To review the article and subsequent media
coverage, see "In The News" at

XMRV Research Continues, Worldwide
Dr. Mikovits' team at Whittemore-Peterson, and collaborating
researchers around the globe, are working intensively on next steps in
the research – which relates to ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and other
neuroimmune disorders, certain cancers, and much more.

Submit Questions to Dr. Mikovits for Advance Consideration
Attendees at the January 22 event in Santa Barbara will be able to
question Dr. Mikovits directly about XMRV research progress, findings,
testing, and plans. But to address the questions of those
participating online, Dr. Mikovits invites you to submit questions now
for her consideration in advance.

To submit your question to Dr. Mikovits, email to-  - Subject: Mikovits Question

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dr. Oz on YouTube

Dr. Oz's recent segment on CFS and XMRV is now posted to YouTube at


Monday, December 7, 2009

CDC in Damage Control Mode


Author: Dr. Timothy Luckett 

CDC Damage Control: ME/CFS Research Group Relieved of Duties 

In a stunning move, responsibility for XMRV research has been taken away from the ME/CFS working group within the CDC, and re-assigned to the division of HIV/AIDS prevention. 

This group will be in charge of replicating findings of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute, rather than the group under the control of Dr. Reeves. 

The move is highly significant: it appears that the CDC is now acknowledging the serious nature of XMRV. 

The CDC will be part of an interagency working group on XMRV, led by Dr. Jerry Holmberg. A three-part study will be initiated: 

The first part will consist of standardizing and validating laboratory methods and reagents for XMRV testing. This stage will use samples provided by samples collected by Dr. Judy Mikovitz. The intention is to create an FDA approved test. 

The second part will test a much larger sample than the initial study, trying to determine the prevalence of XMRV in the general population, and the blood supply. 

The third part will consist of how XMRV is transmitted, how it causes disease, and how it affects various subgroups of the population. 

The forceful demotion of Dr. Reeves is a sign that the CDC is in damage control mode. The HIV/AIDS prevention group in the CDC has many capable retrovirologists, who can provide years of expertise. In my opinion, this turn of events should lead to balanced, common sense research.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

"When did it stop being about you and become all about them?"

I've posted a new blog, "When did it stop being about you and become
all about them?"  An assessment of the CFIDS Association of America.