CFS is a homogeneous disese. Homogeneous means: 1 : of the same or a similar kind or nature 2 : of uniform structure or composition throughout merriam-webster.com At about 5:45:15 on Day 1 on the CFSAC Meeting webcast, Dr. David Bell testifies: "Everybody is saying that this is a heterogeneous condition. Whatever happened in Lyndonville, a small, rural town out by Buffalo NY, was not heterogeneous. 212 people got sick, 60 kids got sick. That made me quite biased, I didn't see sporadic cases. When we reported this to the CDC in 1985, I talked with Gary Holmes and he said that it was mass hysteria. During the time we were talking with him, he was also dealing with Incline Village in Lake Tahoe, CA, but he never told us that. I'm very grateful for that because we knew from Day 1 that this was not Epstein Barr Virus and in those years they were thinking it was EBV." Dr. Bell then goes on to say that he thought that Yersinia Enterocolitica (thank you Denis) that had gotten into to the local milk supply was a coinfection that had helped cause CFS. Dr. Bell continues, "Dr. Ablashi found it wasn't HHV6, I knew it wasn't EBV, but the patients did have some improvement with Doxycycline. We need to look not only at XMRV but at coinfecting factors." Then Dr. Oleske says that children are often not included in the studies and Dr. Bell states that he is doing a follow up on the 60 children from the Lyndonville outbreak. So we are now finding out what their symptoms are 25 years later." Thank goodness for Dr. Bell! He makes the point that CFS is a homogeneous disease and that is what we need to get out there to the medical profession and to the public. I wonder if we had a lot more outbreaks like this that were missed because doctors were being told that CFS was all in our heads. You or I may have been part of large outbreaks, and now we'll never know. If Dr. Bell saw about 200 patients with CFS all near the same time, I wonder if many doctors around the U.S. were seeing that many patients who were presenting with symptoms of CFS and just writing us all off! Each doctor we saw may have also seen close to 200 other people with our symptoms and told all of us that these symptoms are in our heads and many of us had to see at least 6 doctors just to get a diagnosis of CFS. Does that make you angry like it does me? Many people here and I have said that we think we are the only patients our doctor sees that have CFS. If the doctors don't come right out and state that, it's implied that we are the ONLY patient they've EVER seen with the symptoms of CFS. In fact, they make us feel like we are anomalies. Since there are at least a million of us with CFS in the U.S. now then there had to be other unreported outbreaks.