Subject: Beatrice Golomb / "Medical Politics" presentation / paper - CFS as CMI (Elsewhere, Ecoclimber recommended a Research Advisory Committe (RAC) report. Then... ) (A.) To rest my eyes, I searched youtube for RAC listening material, and thus noticed a presentation by Beatrice Golomb (an RAC member): "Your Brain on Medical Politics", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtt-W3LROY Also here (with other presenters - should they be of interest): http://thesciencenetwork.org/programs/beyond-belief-candles-in-the-dark/beatrice-golomb The audio is sketchy; Dr. Golomb delivers a lot of info lightening fast; And the references in the slides aren't clear - BUT she discusses the *multiple levels* of conflict-of-interest which affect research. The presentation is largely in regard to pharma, but I thought it might also contribute to this community's (the ME community's) understanding of research validity and ethics - or lack thereof, more specifically. (B.) I also noticed CFS on Dr. Golomb's CV*: http://cnl.salk.edu/~bgolomb/ *Note (1): "Are chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War illness, and autism spectrum disorder on a spectrum? Commonalities and mechanisms, including increased prevalence of autoantibodies", 8th International Congress on Autoimmunity. www.kenes.com/Autoimmunity (pending), Granada, Spain. May11, 2012 Note (2): I believe the following Golomb paper has been discussed elsewhere on PR, and I've only read the abstract but wanted to just call attention to CFS defined as a CMI. "Overlapping chronic multisymptom illnesses (CMI) include Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, and Gulf War illness (GWI), and subsets of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)... http://precedings.nature.com/documents/6847/version/1/files/npre20126847-1.pdf Edit update: Noticed another reference to CFS as a CMI. This time from 2010, and again from the VA. I searched regulations.gov for "chronic fatigue".