Bateman from the F&F (FIbro and Fatigue) Center? That just blew this project!
As far as the limitations put on the blood samples, it's a good thing. They need to be sure that people really have CFS! I live near Dr. Bell, and even the sickest bedridden people in my area found a way to get seen by him. I'm sure the doctors in these practices see some of the sicker people, too. And, don't forget that CFS can fluctuate in people. I'm severe and bedridden now but was moderate for a long time -- it doesn't mean I'm any less worthy as a research subject at different parts of the spectrum.
CBS, that is horrible that people wanted $ to be involved in such an important study. Shame on them!