Date: October 6, 2012
Author: Christina England
Secret papers reveal funding refused to researchers looking into link
between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and vaccinations
Secret papers hidden in archives for years clearly show that when
medical researchers applied for funding to study the link between
vaccinations and the debilitating condition known as ME/CFS in more
detail, their applications were turned down in favor of psychiatric
research, which was said to be preferable.
For many years, researchers and medical professionals have suspected
that there could be a link between vaccinations and ME/CFS. This has
been difficult to prove because much of the evidence supporting the
ME/CFS/vaccination link has either been suppressed or ignored for a
variety of reasons. Before exposing secret documents that have been
hidden from the public view since the 1990's, I will explain what is
meant by the term ME/CFS.
WHAT IS ME? WHAT IS CFS?
THE DIRTY NOT-SO-LITTLE SECRET
According to paperwork supplied to me by an interested party, grants
have been denied to researchers studying a possible link between
vaccinations and ME/CFS. The documents were only discovered when they
became the subject of a Freedom of Information request. (It is
interesting to note that every document carries a stamp saying 'closed
In 1992, Doris Jones, a postgraduate medical research student, applied
for funding from the Medical Research Centre (MRC) to research what
she believed to be the link between vaccinations, antibiotics and the
subsequent development of ME/CFS. On May 25, 1992, Jones wrote a
letter to Dr. Peter Dukes of the MRC, stating how a Ciba (Ciba Geigy
Corporation, a Swiss pharmaceutical company now owned by Novartis)
open meeting that she attended had been a unique experience for her.
She explained that although she did not belong to the medical
profession and was not affiliated with any patient organizations, she
was studying the subject of ME/CFS for her postgraduate degree.
She described how shocked she was that there had been what she
described as 'a huge chasm between how the illness was perceived by
general practitioners and psychiatrists compared to how it affects
sufferers in real life and what its true nature may turn out to be.'
Ms. Jones described in depth a comprehensive, multifactorial,
epidemiological research project that she had recently completed on
ME/CFS. Enclosing the abstract for Dr. Dukes to read, she wrote: 'You
will note that details on associated factors like vaccinations,
antibiotics and allergies may be especially relevant, as may those on
diet, stress and earlier infections. It is disconcerting that some of
these associated factors can also be seen in certain apparently
healthy subjects, notably in normal students, which seems to coincide
with concurrent emergence of similar symptomatology.'
She backed up her theories with references to other published
research, in particular the work of Professor Behan. She enclosed one
of his papers for Dukes to read. She wrote: 'Indeed one of Professor Behan's teams recently identified sequences of an enterovirus which were identical to the polio vaccine virus in a proportion of carefully
selected PVPS patients.' Jones offered various other examples of
carefully researched material to support her claims, mentioning
various vaccinations and antibiotics as possible triggers to ME/CFS.
Although Jones appeared to supply the MRC with sufficient documented
evidence for funding to be granted, she was turned down in favor of
other research projects that supplied less evidence to support their
At the time of her application, ME/CFS was being portrayed as a
psychiatric disorder and Jones wished to dispel this myth, proving
that ME/CFS was in fact a physical disorder caused by vaccinations, in
particular the tetanus vaccination and/or antibiotics.
UNNECESSARY HUMAN SUFFERING
It is interesting to note that Ms. Jones may have hit the nail well
and truly on the head as to why she was refused funding, when she
innocently wrote: 'You may agree that in the circumstances an in depth
large-scale epidemiological research project into the disorder would
seem advisable. Whilst possible consequences for the pharmaceutical
industry need to be considered of course, these surely should be
offset against not only an incalculable amount of perhaps unnecessary
human suffering, but also against what may be a rapidly growing number
of middle-aged or even quite young incapacitated, perhaps permanently
disabled and STATE BENEFIT Dependent subjects!' (emphasis added)
The documents demonstrate evidence of how various discussions between
Ms. Jones and the MRC grew quite heated, especially when it appears
the MRC did not seem the slightest bit interested in supporting
Jones's application, advising her instead to apply to a charity for
funding! Was it because research into vaccinations and antibiotics is
financially beneficial to the pharmaceutical industry and therefore,
not a viable option for research? It certainly appears that way when
reading the supplied document.
On December 22, 1992, the MRC wrote to Jones, seemingly rebutting her
suggestion that it was because she was studying vaccinations as a
trigger for ME/CFS that they were refusing her application. They
claimed that it was more to do with the fact that she was not
'competitive,' stating: 'You suggest that there may be a link between
vaccinations and ME. The sequelae of immunisation in general is of an
area in which the Health Departments in particular have a special
interest. The problem is to establish the specificity of that link to
CFS. I can however assure you that the MRC is certainly not reluctant
to support research or any other area that may be related to CFS, as
long as it is competitive.' (emphasis added)
It appears from reading the documentation that instead of researching
a wide range of possible causes, the MRC continually favored research
undertaken by the Institute of Psychiatry, stating this fact in at
least three documents.
On March 24, 1992, Dukes wrote to an unknown source (which, due to the
content, I believe to be Ms. Jones), stating: 'As you suggest, the
council does fund work on CFS at the Institute of Psychiatry, an
institution with a distinguished record of research spanning
disciplines such as neurology and neuropathology and not only
psychiatry. The project you may be referring to is entitled 'An
Epidemiological Approach to the Study of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.'
It was later revealed that the MRC had given the Institute of
Psychiatry 91,000 pounds to fund research. In a 1995 letter to a Ms.
Heather White, Department of Health, they wrote: 'The investigators
planned to study the prevalence of CFS amongst consecutive general
practice attenders aged 18-45, together with exploration of associated
demographic, clinical and psychosocial variables. In addition, they
planned to identify patients suffering from prolonged fatigue
following viral infections and determine how many met a case
definition of CFS. We have not yet received a final report detailing
the findings of the study.
I should point out that we receive very few grant applications
concerning CFS and apart from the epidemiological study mentioned
above, none have been of sufficiently high scientific quality to merit
funding.' (emphasis added). Obviously researching vaccinations and
antibiotics as a possible trigger of ME/CFS was not scientific enough
to meet the 'high standards' required by the MRC. It is a real shame
that the MRC did not realize Doris Jones's true potential, as she went
on to gain a Master of Science degree and publish a selection of
papers on the subject. One of her papers titled 'ME and Vaccinations'
 was published in 1997 and read: 'Cases where ME subjects had been
vaccinated in the month before developing an infection and/or other
health problems which resulted in ME, attracted my particular
attention; in some instances there were no infections - an
immunization alone seemed to have triggered the onset of ME. There was
also a small group who informed me they had received long term
corticosteroid treatment for health problems before receiving a
vaccination which triggered their illness. Significantly perhaps,
adverse reactions to vaccines, drugs as well as sensitivities to
chemicals and foods were reported with almost predictable regularity.
Results of my study were first shown at the International Conference
on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Dublin, in 1994.'
By cherry picking their research preferences, the MRC has potentially
condemned many to suffer a life blighted by this tragic condition.
Instead of funding studies researching a variety of possible causes,
it appears the MRC only choose to fund the 'it's all in the head'
theories drummed up by psychiatrists only interested in lining their
own pockets. It is a pity they have such a closed view when handing
out financial support. How can we ever learn more about this
debilitating disorder when research is being suppressed in this
2. About.com Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Encephalopathy (ME)
4. Doris M. Jones MSc - ME and Vaccinations First Published by Yoga
and Health March 1997
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