Thursday, May 12, 2016
Slightly Alive: For May 12, 2016: ME is not a "mysterious" disease.
The whole point of this blog is that NIH and CDC behave as if we knew nothing about ME. That is not true. It is not so mysterious. You do not have to start from scratch as you slowly turn to investigate it again. Bethesda and Atlanta may have been asleep, but the research community was awake.
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Dr. Dowsett noted that in 1988, when the CDC changed the name from ME to CFS, all knowledge about ME and its connection to polio was lost. And CDC wanted it that way.
Fortunately, they couldn't erase the memory banks of older doctors, like Dr. Dowsett, who'd already learned that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Poliomyelitis are related.