Mike “The Health Ranger” Adams, of NaturalNews.com, has written an article making a blanket statement about chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis in the wake of the recent big discovery of an XMRV retrovirus by the Whittemore Peterson Institute (a non-profit organization) found in 95% of CFS/ME patients. Adams claims in his article that there is no such thing as a virus that causes CFS and says that this latest news is “Big Pharma’s disease mongering engine hard at work” to lay the foundation for a future CFS vaccine program.
I usually agree with Mike Adams on a lot of his statements but I am disturbed in this case. His blanket statements do not reflect a familiarity with the long and complicated political history of CFS/ME, and his article does not reference this history, so its natural to wonder whether he even has an awareness of it. In the past, researchers who tried to present findings on an AIDS-like virus seen in CFS patients were vilified by the CDC and medical community.
Mike discounts the “germ theory,” stating:
People with CFS have compromised immune systems, and in this state of weakened immunity, they are unable to rid their bodies of not just XMRV, but many other viruses as well. The presence of this virus is a symptom of the disease, not the cause.
But then he does not go on to specifically propose what he thinks the cause of CFS is. Now don’t get me wrong; Mike Adams might be right. It just doesn’t sit well with me to read an article based on medical “stereotypes” rather than the specifics of this complicated disease’s history.
It’s one thing to dismiss the germ theory but one can’t deny that certain bacteria and viruses cause symptom sets in human beings. And ultimately, whether XMRV is the cause or a symptom itself of CFS won’t matter if treating it alleviates some of the horrible symptoms of the illness. I would like to hear from Mike Adam’s what he believes to be the true cause of CFS/ME.
A next great article would compare the specific history of AIDS to the specific history of CFS. There are a lot of theories about AIDS and some have said HIV does not necessarily even cause AIDS; much like what Adams is saying here about XMRV and CFS/ME has been said about HIV in relation to AIDS – that it is not a causal relationship.
It would be great if Adams would flesh out those theories for these two serious health conditions with related retroviruses rather than make sweeping statements that do not reflect the specific history of the diseases. I am wondering what the CFS community, which has been vocal about its excitement over this discovery, thinks about his article, as well. Care to comment? read Mike Adams’ article on XMRV