Facts from Florida

 

 

Margaret Williams                                 16th February 2007

 

 

 

The 8th International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (IACFS) Conference was held at Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from 10th-14th January 2007. This synopsis is not intended to be a detailed report of the Conference; it simply lists some key points that people may wish to use in their dealings with uninformed healthcare professionals. It is taken from the published reports of conference attendees (including Dr Charles Lapp, Dr David Bell, Dr Rosamund Vallings, Dr Lesley Ann Fein, Virginia Teague, Pat Fero, Cort Johnson, John Herd and Pamela Young, whose various reports are on the internet (mostly on Co-Cure), to whom grateful acknowledgment is made.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cardiovascular system

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuclear Medicine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proteomics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gastrointestinal dysfunction

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep disruption

 

 

 

 

 

Fatigue

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pain

 

 

 

 

Cognitive impairment

 

 

 

 

 

Immunology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neuroendocrine dysfunction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Genomics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paediatrics

 

 

 

Behavioural medicine

 

 

 

 

Despite the significant biomedical abnormalities found in ME/CFS that have been published over the last two decades and despite the vast amount of research evidence presented at so many international conferences over so many years and despite the $4.5 million public awareness campaign bankrolled by the US Centres for Disease Control, some clinicians – in this case Peter Manu, Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Director of Medical Services, Hillside Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Centre, New York – still refuse to accept the scientific evidence. On 14th February 2007, Manu went on record as affirming: “I personally believe the CDC’s emphasis on (ME/CFS) has been wrong from day one. I don’t think there is much to it” (The Times, Frankfort, Indiana, 14th February 2007).

 

There speaks the difference between psychiatry and science.

 


Corrections and Clarifications

Margaret Williams thanks those who have queried her reference in her article "Facts from Florida" to Dr P Chaney being at he Mayo Clinic.

She wondered about this herself but accepted in good faith the notes of Dr Lesley Ann Fein which clearly stated that Dr Cheney was at the Mayo Clinic.

http://www.cfidsreport.com/News/07-IACFS_Conference_2007_Research_Summary.htm

Margaret also apologises for the numerous typing errors including "peforin" which should of course be perforin and "disarry" which should of course be disarray.

http://www.meactionuk.org.uk