Over the years I've spent a good deal of time trying to really nail down the REASON or REASONS for the CDC's blatantly inept handling of CFS from the beginning. There is much speculation. I would like to start a thread dedicated solely to what people think are possible motivations for the CDC's behavior. This latest website update they have done in the face of today's state of the science of CFS is deplorable, but what would motivate them to do such a STUPID thing? They are scientists (theoretically) after all, and they do have to answer to higher-ups, and their reputations and therefore careers are on the line. It sees as if they bend over backwards to ignore real science and this just does not seem logical. Can anyone be that stupid and still breathe? So what do you think is behind it all? Protecting insurance companies profits, as Teitlebaum suggests? What? Many people have theories and it seems good to place them in a thread and see if anything in particular surfaces.