Many thanks for the direct replies concerning my questions. Bad choice of words, when I said own volition really I meant that it seems at least people do recover, whether through conscious or unconscious action. Certainly I have a friend who pushed his wife around in a wheelchair for almost two years, she then appeared to recover and has remained recovered since.
Annunziata, I know Im one of them, again apologies for my wording.
Fresh Eyes, Robin, you confirm that something happens, regardless of the cause, viral or otherwise, a change occurs in the overall condition.
Garcia, Im not a scientist Im an IT geek, and believe me 3.5% is a really, really, really big number when it refers to the world population. In the UK alone that would account for more than two and a quarter million people, how many do you think have had swine flu? I dont think the WHO will be making any plans soon to control that rate of infection. If the Germans have exercised poor science while WPI categorically have not thats something Id be interested in seeing the proofs for.
Richvank, thanks for this, it was reading the likes of this from people like Pall that had me reacting yesterday, assuming for now that there is a viral cause, and that cure isnt cure but dormancy, then clearly something brings that dormancy about, something alleviates at a chemical level the cause of symptoms, so why deride a microbiologist like Pall.
Eric, Im not suggesting that Pall isnt attached to his work, which is probably significant, but unlike many of those posting to this thread, who seem rabid in their determination that this is the TRUTH and all that went before should be crushed to dust, Im sure Pall will be more than accepting of any good science which follows this initial discovery.
Advocate, no offence was intended, Im sure theyre all well meaning caring individuals, I was simply trying to point out that Im sure Pall is as well. Regarding the rest that you say, all suggests its too early to jump to conclusions; we have a set of pretty compelling statistics which have already been disputed, which may be geographic. Even accepting the statistics, we have other virus present, and as far as I can tell, and Id really like to hear if its different, its only the statistics which support the theory that this is the cause of CFS rather than any other science. Who was it that said, there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
Gracenote, I certainly could not have said this better and it certainly reflects my own views.