My view of the MEA is that they do a reasonable job (much better than the AfME who collaborate with Michael Sharpe and other psychiatrists) for those with mild and moderate M.E., but appear to have no understanding of severe M.E. - most sufferers of this are members of the 25% Group.
M.E.A are at least trying to fund research into xmrv via their Ramsay research Trust. AfME only fund psychological research.
he doesn't seem to know that the private Breakspeare hospital in Hemel Hempstead are hoping to offer xmrv testing.
It's too soon to tell if XMRV has anything to do with ME. As far as I am aware no one with pre-CFS ME has been tested and has their results.
It may be that the CFS epidemic outbreaks were the same as ME and as Dr Peterson has the samples we now have proof.
I really do hope that this is the case. Even if it is "only" another passenger virus it's still another very important point.
Charles Shepherd is right to be cautious as the MEA is receiving lots of very upset calls from frightened people. He doesn't want to make any mistakes and is being conservative.
When he says that it will not resolve things he is totally correct. Right now Barts hospital in London, the enemy of every person with ME in the country, is working to argue against this finding and is intending to "try" and replicate it.
Their intention will be to prove that there is no association with CFS. They have the support of some of the Psychiatric patients that they treat.
If by chance, Barts does find the virus in their patients, they will claim that CFS is enough to keep it under control and no further treatment is required.
It helps to keep focused on where our real enemies are. I don't think that the current MEA and Charles Shepherd fit into that category.