Historical video on CFS, please watch

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Wow. A long video, well worth watching.

Interesting how they refer to it as "sif-ids" (CFIDS).

Any thoughts on when this video was filmed?
 

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Filmed in about the 1992-93 time frame. Filmed in SF, Tahoe, Sacramento, various east coast locations. Participants Jerry Crum and Nancy Kaiser have both died from complications, most likely of XMRV (not suicide). I forgot that video but it sure brought back memories. Criminal that Ampligen isn't available to treat. It does greatly improve symptoms in a subset of patients.
 

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Wow. Thanks for posting, Frank. Nothing much has changed in 17 years, has it? Until now. I wish some of those reporters who keep referring to us as "desperate" patients would watch this; maybe they'd understand better.

Dan Peterson and Nancy Klimas looked so young, just babies. One thing that strikes me is that the doctors who are helping us are all the same players. If we made a film like this today, where would we find the new young doctors speaking passionately on behalf of ME/CFS patients? It would be the same people saying much the same things they did in 1993.

Did this ever air on TV, does anyone know?
 
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yeah, where did it end up airing?

And I think Peterson looks like a dark-headed Robert Redford. Although they look different now.

And, the fact that the specialists were coming close to retiring and no new clinicians getting in the field was one of the motivators for Annette Whittemore.

Tina
 

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Thank you Frank

I noticed (foggy now) threats that were made regarding Dr Cheney and someone else. This is noteworthy and could very well hamper others trying to help us. It could directly affect clusters not being reported

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That shocked me. That Dr Peterson was asked to take his child out of a preschool b/c claims of an outbreak were damaging the City's economic future.

I feel so sad watching this....wondering where all those people (with CFS) are now, how they've fared all this time.

I noticed (foggy now) threats that were made regarding Dr Cheney and someone else. This is noteworthy and could very well hamper others trying to help us. It could directly affect clusters not being reported

glen
 

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I liked the part about how it would be big news if somebody was kidnapped, drugged, and stuck in a room for years--but nobody pays attention to us for the same thing.
 

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In the second movie the news reporter says her producer got Reeves on the phone, and he said that the Lake Tahoe cluster is mass hysteria. Too bad they didn't have an actual recording of the phone call. OTOH, I think this confirms our suspicions.
 

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Wow, this was so well made. I think it's better than anything I've seen, and enlightening for those of us unfamiliar with the situation 20 years ago. The advocates and doctors in the film were SO articulate and credible.

Stunning that has almost nothing has changed: the ridiculous "controversy" and the "mystery" factor, the continued skepticism of doctors, celebrities unwilling to speak out to raise awareness out of fear for their careers, lack of funding (the NIH person boasting that funding had increased from $500K to $3 million), etc. etc. etc.

The documentary made it clearer than ever what a tragedy the CDC's initial response to the disease and the name Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been.
 

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This video should be in the base info package every new patient gets. I will try to create such thing.
 

Andrew

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I think links to one or both of these videos could be included in letters we send to people in congress, etc. We could make our points, and then offer the links as futher support for what we are saying.
 

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Good idea, Andrew. People are more easily engaged by video, and it may have the effect of drawing more attention to the points we make in our letters.
 
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dipic, I love your picture.

Ooops, that didn't come out right. I mean to say I like that you show the often hidden part of our illness.

I am not flirting.

Geez, my mouth and typing fingers get me in so much trouble.

Tina