Well, Happy Thanksgiving to us. WPI has just recently acknowledged, using an editorial the NCF put out moons ago, that DeFritas' CAV does not equal XMRV. For a month and a half, the conjecture's been allowed to mushroom in cyberspace. We've read third-party reports that Dr. Mikovits intended to prove the exact opposite; we've read second-hand statements that NCF thinks XMRV is both important and irrelevant. Now, it appears Hillary Johnson was foolish to bring up DeFritas in her NYT editorial - but too late. This isn't really the "bad" news, though. Since NCF has been brought into the picture, perhaps its time to find out just what "they" officially think. Then we will know whether to throw our funds toward WPI, blue-green algae research, or the Fibro and Fatigue Clinics. Cort also reported that WPI stumbled onto XMRV via the RNase L defect by luck, and posted the revelation by GMA, a holistic medical practice in Santa Rosa, CA, that through their RNase L testing on 38 CFS patients, there is no connection between XMRV and RNase L: dismissed. This practice, comprised of two MDs, a DO, and three Naturopaths, claims not only to have proudly supplied samples to WPI, but to have welcomed Judy Mikovits to their April 2009 symposium of the greatest minds in neuro-immune disease, an operative known as the Sonoma Working Group. Indeed, from here, it appears some rather interesting minds are purportedly melding under the guidance of someone who has already taken a patient lashing for essentially dismissing XMRV as causative in Psychology Today. Yes, that is Dr. Teitlebaum of who says of the Sonoma Working Group, " We have also been offered what may be the largest CFS research grant [from whom is unstated] ever given, with our instructions being to explore the causes of CFS and to determine how to treat it effectively. I am honored to be the Chairman of the Protocols Committee for this study." Of course, he is already dispensing instructions to the naturopaths at the Fibro and Fatigue clinics. I would like to think, for my sanity and others, that I will awake very soon and realize I was writing this in a nightmare. Unless someone is really fabricating something here or gotten their reporting wrong, this suggests some of the "best minds" have time and money to play the game with whomever and let peer-reviewed Science take a back seat. What will WPI's "center of excellence" truly offer? The SHINE protocol of un-insured vitamins and hormones, thrown at patients like the kitchen sink? Will it be staffed with real doctors? Of course, there are readers here who believe WPI should be an alternative medical clinic. Others, however, will be left scratching their heads over whom to donate to, unless some answers come soon over just how that money will be spent.