More and more evidence points to the fact that Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) may be infectious. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been aware of the potentially infectious nature of ME/CFS since it investigated an outbreak of the illness 25 years ago.
As far back as the 18th century there were recorded outbreaks. ME/CFS veteran, Dr. Byron Hyde, wrote a book in 2010, titled Missed Diagnoses, which contains a compilation of 63 epidemics and clusters throughout the world. These clusters confirm ME/CFS is infectious. The original complete list was compiled primarily by British physician Dr. J. Gordon Parish.
Dr. Byron Hyde added the more recent epidemics which occurred from 1984 to 1992 in all areas of the United States and Canada in which an unusual number of clusters and epidemics of ME/CFS appeared.
How Infectious is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ?
In 2009, a private lab discovered that this debilitating illness is linked to a new retrovirus (XMRV) that is possibly transmissible sexually, by blood transfusions, by bodily fluids, or vertically (mother to fetus).
ME/CFS researcher, Dr. Nancy Klimas, says many infections can come from exposures between great-great-grandparents and maintained for generations as latent infections.
Dr. Klimas also states that, although it does happen, it is very unusual for both partners to develop the illness. And while mother-to-child transmission can happen, it is not very common.
Genetics, however, cannot explain how some family members come down with ME/CFS. Here’s an interesting story about a whole family who came down with the illness even though some members are not genetically related: The family of Keith Baker
How Government Health Agencies Proceeded to Disguise the Illness
Consequent to this history of frightening community outbreaks, appeals from doctors, a contagious pattern and an increasing epidemic diffusion, neither the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) nor the NIH (National Institutes of Health) seemed to conduct themselves in a straightforward manner to ascertain the cause, nature and extent of the epidemic. No plan was put in place to alert and protect the public either.
The health agencies were accused of downplaying the seriousness of the illness. They then proceeded to develop and implement policies designed to disguise the illness, and confuse the medical community and the public.
For example, they decided to change the name of the illness from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- a misnomer which minimized how serious it really is. This new name gave the illness a different label and only focused on one symptom : fatigue. As a result, medical practitioners were cut off from the history and the infectious nature of this illness.
Policies developed by health agencies are supposed to protect the general public but in this case they reveal misconduct and disregard for the public’s health.
Here’s an interesting report which accurately demonstrates how the CDC failed to respond to the epidemic:
What’s going on?
In a review article as far back as 1994, the CDC stated : The evidence that CFS might be caused by an infectious agent is somewhat weak, but cannot be ruled out at the present time.
ME/CFS has been ignored by health agencies for a long time. The result of this is millions of people who are now housebound or bedbound because of this illness.
In 2009, the Whittemore Peterson Institute discovered a link between ME/CFS and a retrovirus called XMRV. And just recently, a number of countries starting with Canada, in April 2010, banned ME/CFS patients from donating blood- Canadian Blood Services.
Yet, very little money has been allocated to research this illness or to reproduce the WPI study.
Why did the CDC fail to look for a viral link to ME/CFS when outbreaks were reported to them 25 years ago? Why are countries (including the US) banning or deferring ME/CFS patients from donating blood?
Something is very wrong here.