A FIRE HAS BEEN RAGING ABOVE INCLINE VILLAGE NEVADA AND FOUR THOUSAND
PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES. I COULD NOT SLEEP LAST
NIGHT THINKING ABOUT THEM. AND ABOUT ALL THE PRECIOUS DATA WHICH IS IN
DOCTOR'S OFFICES THERE. THEY THINK THE FIRE WAS STARTED BY CHILDREN.
THE LAKE TAHOE DISEASE AS IT WAS CALLED AT THE TIME OF THAT LOCAL
EPIDEMIC STILL SEVERELY AFFECTS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THERE.
THERE ARE ESTIMATED TO BE BETWEEN FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND AND THREE
MILLION INDIVIDUALS IN THE UNITED STATES WITH THE DISEASE ALONE.
WORLD-WIDE THERE ARE BETWEEN TEN
AND THIRTY MILLION. MANY OF THESE PEOPLE ARE DIAGNOSED WITH A DISEASE
CALLED FIBROMYALLGIA. IN THE THIRD WORLD PEOPLE MAY BE INCORRECTLY
DIAGNOSED WITH AIDS. ONLY WHERE ANTIBIOTICS ARE AVAILABLE ARE THE
DISEASES EASILY DISTINGUISHED. IN THE UNITED STATES BLACK AND BROWN
PEOPLE SEEM TO BE MORE ILL THAN MORE AFFLUENT WHITES.
Just a word about Osler's Web. There has been a lot of confusion as to
whether this book implies that CFIDS is contagious. I'm on page one
hundred and fifty or so (this is what has been recorded for me so far by
recordings for the blind and dyslexic.) If your eyes hurt so that you
can't read as much as you ned due to physical causes,
you can get Osler's Web from RFBD for a fifty dollar membership fee.
Then get unlimited reading indefinately. I
think that many of our PWC/PWFM's qualify for this program. Even if you can
read a little bit. Patrons can have some ability to read and still
qualify for the program.
E-mail me for information.
Back to the contagiousness issue. I do not know of any
chronically contagious viruses. Thank god. The ones that we hear of
chiefly affect cannibals and Europeans (BSE/HSE) and you do have to be
exposed to raw infected meat.
If we lived in a cannaballistic society, there would be a greater chance
that CFIDS would be contagious in the process of food contamination. I
would wager that neither you or I do. Many of us are sexually active.
The one case that Hiliary presents before page 150, is not intentended to
be conclusive and no one from small town Nevada would think it was.
There are'nt many places to be at night in small towns and the prostitute
and her five clients would have had significant casual contact either
with one another or with other infected people during the initial
contagious phase. For the vast majority of people this phase passess as
a simple cold or other viral infection. There is nothing to indicate
possible trouble down the line. The viruses which may cause FM/ME are
contagious but not everyone infected with them gets the diseases. All of
them are capable of passing the infection on. Some viruses are better
at producing CFS than others. I
like to think of them as talented or untalented. Talented viruses cause
epidemics. Untalented viruses may cause the disease in susceptible
people--probably most these susceptibilities are genetic or
toxicological. Though people with insommia, those who overwork or are
overworked, those who are exposed to extreme stress, or many, many
viruses per season are also at higher risk. Malnutrition is a
prediposing factor in developed countries. In poor counties where there
is no access to anti-biotics, disease occurs but bacterial infections
which also occur in the first world in PWCs are more often fatal.
A way I sometimes think of it is that the infection is the animal
and the disease is the tracks. In order to suffer a bite, there must have
been an animal. Of course, another virus could come along and bite
you and that would probably make you sicker if you have CFS. In fact,
lots of different microscopic animals could come bite
you and you could be covered all over in lots of tracks. After so many
years, that's what I'm like I think. I don't know what HIllary will
say after page 150, but doubt she will say FM/ME is contagious.
Some people writing about this book have implied that the work of our
FM/ME virologists somehow indicates some kind of chronic casual
contagiousness. Some viruses found in people with CFIDS -- called retro
virus are infectious -- transmitted as aids is transmitted. These are
never casually contagious and there are none which are known to produce
Most of Dr. Martin's most conclusive research involves the spinal fluid
of PWCs and controls. This is where the most destructive chronic
infection is. At no time does this type of chronic infection transmit
virus except during cannabalism and meat preparation.
I believe there may be cases of CFS related to meat preparation in the
developed world. There has been no research to dat that would directly
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