Is a virus the culprit in cases of chronic fatigue?


“X-associated neuroimmune disease” — this is the name given to chronic fatigue syndrome by Dr. Judy Mikovits, whose recent findings suggest a link between the oft-stigmatized illness, certain types of lymphomas and leukemias, and a recentl y identified virus called xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related virus, or XMRV.
__ XMRV, discovered in 2006 during a study of prostate tumors, is a gammaretrovirus, a strain of contagion historically associated with animals. In animals, its effects include neurological problems, immune deficiency, and the onset of lymphoma or leukemia. Working under the umbrella of the privately funded Whittemore Peterson Institute in Reno, Nevada, Dr. Mikovits proposes that XMRV is the third identified human gammaretrovirus, one of a small but alarming group that includes HIV. Though its means of transmission is not yet understood, XMRV infection is permanent.
__ The causes and symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome have been debated for years—and even, in a recent study by the Center for Disease Control, linked to childhood trauma or sexual abuse. It manifests itself initially through flu-like symptoms—fever, headaches, and sore throat—which can eventually give rise to pronounced memory loss and an inability to follow normal conversation.
__ Among the initial cluster of patients who came down with the disease in 1984 near Lake Tahoe, Nevada, many carried several viruses at once. At the time, investigators with the CDC believed that the exhaustion they encountered in these patients was likely caused by personality disorders.
__ That may change now, reducing the stigma for some of those suffering with this disease. In collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Mikovits’ study found XMRV present in 67% of 101 patients suffering from CFS. Furthermore, live or replicating XMRV was found in both frozen and fresh blood samples, as well as in saliva samples, of persons known to have CFS dating back to 1984.
__ Quoted recently in The New York Times, Dr. Nancy Klimas, an immunologist who works with AIDS and CFS patients at the University of Miami School of Medicine, differentiates the two diseases as follows: “My HIV patients for the most part are hale and hearty. Many of my CFS patients, on the other hand, are terribly ill and unable to work or participate in the care of their families.”
__ Estimates place the number of Americans seriously affected by the disease at more than one million. bw


  1. And we can all blame the CDC for this Retrovirus being out there in the public and in our nation’s blood supply. A similiar Retrovirus was found in the mid 1980’s by Dr. Elaine DeFreitas at Wistar Institute in Pensylvania. When she published her work the CDC tried to replicate it and deliberately damaged the results and then refused to fly from Atlanta to Philadelphia to stand next to her and do the study together. The CDC people then issued papers saying that this virus did not exist and because it did not exist did not cause or have anyting to do with Chronic Fatigue/Immune Dysfunction. The paper was published in 1990. From that point on, no one researched Retroviruses except for AIDS because the researchers saw that DeFreitas’ work, career and reputation were destroyed by the CDC. Funding was taken away by the CDC and NIH. So, here we are, almost three decades later and the CDC continues to do everything in its power to demean those with CFIDS. They have covered-up the origins of this disease and started destroying the outcome of CDC replication even before the study had started – That was Dr. Wiliam Reeves of the CDC/CFS program. Reeves and his associates and contractors have ensured that CFIDS remains a psycho-babble disease that blames the victims – meaning, the sick WANT to remain sick and refues to get better. Of course there are over 6,000 major research studies on all aspects of CFIDS including 88 genes discovered by Dr. Jonathan Kerr and high tech brain SPECTS by Dr. Amen that show the damage to the brain (no short, medium -term memory, major cognitive issues) and the damage to the immune system, endocrine system, GI, GYN, – the entire body and ALL of its systems.
    Congress investigated and found that the CDC/CFS program had misused funding for CFIDS back in 1999. Congress must again go back in an investigate the CDC/CFS program, Dr. William Reeves and his contractors ABT Associates, Emory University MIND-BODY Program and the UK researchers that are working with Reeves to keep CFIDS a mental disorder. For far greater insight on the sordid history of CDC and CFIDS, see Hillary Johnson’s website Ms. Johnson wrote a brilliant book (900 plus pages) on the CDC/CFIDS history. It is quite upsetting and shows the public just how political and “bought off” by the insurance companies and Big Pharm are by the CDC.
    XMRV has probably been in the nation’s blood supply for decades. They know it causes a very aggressive form of Prostate cancer and may also cause other cancers and diseases. The CDC KNEW THIS and yet allowed this Retrovirus to remain in the public and in the blood supply.
    We need to clean out the CDC and esp. those involved in CFIDS going back two decades.

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