Anyone in the UK?
Is there anyone here who lives in the UK? Check out this article.
Who is this Professor Andrew Lloyd? Is he a member of the ME/CFS Society of NSW Inc., which posted his comments? I'm not familiar with the organizations in the UK. Is that society for us or against us?
Professor Lloyd says his comments were made to arm readers with a "scientific" appraisal of the recent XMRV article in Science.
He complains that in the past sophisticated lab techniques have been used to examine poorly characterized subjects. Yes. I agree. That's what the CDC has been doing. Their subjects include anyone who didn't go to bed early enough the night before.
Then he tries to paint the Science study as one that used poorly characterized subjects. He criticizes the study because he can't tell if the patients in the study were comparable to 'typical' (his quotes) patients with CFS in the U.S. I say the last thing we would want is the CDC's "typical" patients.
Why is this man pretending that he can't characterize the patients whose specimens were used in the study? The Science article is clear. It's true that it doesn't include the ages, sex and zip codes of the patients, but according to someone at the WPI those details were in the original paper submitted to the journal, and the editors said it wasn't necessary.
The CDC is notorious for using vague patient samples. If the CDC tries to invalidate the Science article by arguing that the zip codes, ages and sex were not included, I hope the Science study authors will say, "We'll show you ours, if you'll show us yours."
Ah, and since 20 of the CFS patients have lymphoma, Lloyd thinks the whole study should be called into question. Hey, they met the CFS criteria. They were probably treated like psychiatric cases until their lymphoma came along. Does Professor Lloyd have no scientific curiosity about the link between CFS and lymphoma? Doesn't that worry him just a tiny bit?
He's trying to set a trap. He's saying that CFS MUST be the same as the disease linked to XMRV. If it's not, throw the study out, he says
Then Professor Lloyd gets really crazy. He writes: "...the finding of a retrovirus in the blood would seem to be highly significant, however so called 'endogenous retroviruses' (ERVs) are actually found commonly in humans and generally cause no ill effects."
With the word "commonly" he brushes aside the profound difference between the ubiquitous endogenous retroviruses and the three pathogenic retroviruses that are linked to disease. He doesn't mention that XMRV is a member of the same family of viruses as the AIDS virus.
Lloyd says he has a research group. Surely no one in the CFS or ME communities gives him money! Does the ME/CFS Society of NSW Inc. give him money? Who gives him money?
On their membership page the ME/CFS Society says, "...with so much information out there, it is often difficult to find the truth. The Society aims to provide the highest standard of up to date information from sources around the world."
If they are interested in the truth, why did they print what Professor Lloyd wrote without commenting on it?
I don't understand. I just looked at their brochure for health professionals, and it's pretty good. What is this Society's link to Lloyd? Is the organization run by volunteers, or are they paid?