Sunday, March 26, 2006

"LETTER OF PRAISE" (SAMPLE) for exceptional medical care.

Over the years, I have come to accept that medical professionals are getting totally screwed by the same flawed healthcare system.  Medical professionals are all being squeezed by the same Government-regulated "Big Insurance/Big Pharma" profit-based guidelines.

Most medical professionals went into these careers because they truly want to help people.  Deep-down the majority of them truly do care.

Whenever you encounter exceptional care from a RN, medical assistant (whoever) make sure you stop and take 10-15 minutes of your time to send a "LETTER OF PRAISE" to their employer.

I send 1-2/year, because I wait for exceptional care to present itself.  I prefer *snail-mail* to email, as it adds the human touch.

Even saying something simple to a medical professional, like: "I can't believe the caseload they make you carry" can make you some fast friends.  I've made several advocates over the years, by simply taking the time to acknowledge people --- and tell them that you care.

COST = $0.39 (stamp).             
RESULT --> priceless.

★★★★ PAY IT FORWARD!!  ★★★★

Feel free to circulate, and edit as you see fit.

~ This particular letter took someone a few years to earn. ~
Dear _______,

I am writing to you to let you know about the amazing patient care that I always receive from your medical assistant, XXX, of the YYY.
I have a ZZZ degree, and spent # years of my career working at ZZZ in various leadership positions.  I am also a frequent donor to your YYY campaign.
Unfortunately I am a frequent visitor to YYY, and have known XXX since (s)he started with the YYY several years ago. The entire YYY team is top-notch from the doctors, nurses, and administrative staff; However, I have officially concluded that XXX is the glue that holds it all together.
XXX has a very upbeat demeanor, a patient-centric attitude, and an incredible ability to comfort me.  XXXX's personality radiates like a ray of sunlight that instantly relieves all stresses; (Her) actions are impeccable (e.g., (s)he always gets that tricky vein on (her) first stick!), and (her) very presence puts me at ease every time I arrive at YYY. 
I can also attest to (her) flawless professionalism when (s)he interacts with others on the team.

Over the years of coping with chronic illness, I have encountered countless sub-par medical professionals who simply do not care about the patient experience, their employer’s mission, and/or helping to develop long-term loyal patrons; I have to say, however, that XXX is definitely not one of those employees. XXX is a huge asset to your team.
I acknowledge that Medicine is a profit-based industry, but with medical professionals like XXX on your team all I can see is that *patient care* is YYY's top priority.  XXX's dedication exemplifies the definition of patient-centric service, and support like (hers) is one of the very reasons that I continue to interact with (and refer others to) YYY.

I would be truly remiss if I did not take the time to write to applaud XXX.

Thank you for your time and attention.





★★★★ PAY IT FORWARD!! ★★★★

Washington, DC via conference call 
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Why are Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) -- the same exact disorder -- named two different things in the most powerful nations in the world (United States, United Kingdom, and Australia)?

Why are CFS and ME so prevalent in these three allied countries?

Why is ME mindfully categorized as a psychiatric disorder, in the United Kingdom, even though there is objective evidence (and millions of immunodeficient patients) that contradicts otherwise?

Why does ME have a barely pronounceable naming convention? In the USA, why does the medical establishment label the CFS disease paradigm with such a belittling name, which hardly portrays the severity of the illness? And, why do you only get a CFS diagnosis when you are barely hanging on by a thread?

Why does idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia (ICL/HIV-Negative AIDS) -- the most advanced stage of CFS -- have such a tongue-twister of a name as well?

Why are Gulf War Illnesses/Syndromes (GWI/S) commingled in the same, we-are-going-to-neglect-you-and-could-not-care-any-less-about-you, bucket as CFS/ME patients?

Am I a GWI/S patient?

Or are they CFS/ME patients?

Why was the major media momentum on HIV-Negative AIDS (idiopathic CD4 lymphocytopenia) abruptly halted at the 1992 International AIDS conference, one year after the Persian Gulf War I?

"As you are no doubt aware, NIAID head Anthony Fauci quelled the only important public debate that ever sprang up around this anomoly, in 1992, when doctors at an AIDS conference in Amsterdam started revealing that they had scores of HIV-negative "AIDS" cases. Fauci flew in to the conference from the U.S. on Air Force Two and held a press conference that swiftly hammered any rising curiosity right out of the press body, by informing them that these cases had nothing to do with AIDS and were their own disease (ICL). He added that focusing attention on this was irresponsible. Heads nodded and notepads whooshed, as pages were filled with the new doctrine. Before you could shake a stick at any of it, the CDC had renamed all HIV-negative cases "ICL,"...
(Celia Farber, NYPress, Volume 18, Issue 2, The Mail)

Do I have CFS/ICL?
Or do I have ICL/AIDS?

Statistically speaking, I know that my idiopathic illness is not rare, so why are there no research programs in the USA aimed at determining the cause of CFS and/or idiopathic lymphocytopenia ( Why, when you search the internet for my idiopathic illness, am I one of the top 10 resources that comes up -- even present-day medical journal citations are hard to find? Why do I (i.e., my blood) have to go keep going out of the USA to pursue a systemic diagnosis?

Does anybody actually believe that they can find a cure for an illness, without first understanding its cause? Why was NIH/CDC funding, apportioned to CFS research, throughout the 1990's mysteriously misrouted? And, why do so many CFS/ME patients test positive for the bacteria, Borreliosis (a.k.a. Lyme), even though there has been no exposure to, or risk for, ticks?

Why are US-based scientists, who question the HIV paradigm, banished to other countries to pursue their research studies (e.g., Dr. Peter Duesberg Ph.D.), finding that all their government-sponsored funding has vanished (e.g., Dr. W. John Martin M.D. Ph.D.)? Why isn't my government (i.e., those who purportedly work for me, not vice versa) more supportive of, and intrigued by, research for millions of its ailing/dying, CFS-diagnosed citizens? Do you think it's possible that my government already knows exactly what is causing CFS/ME, which would explain why it needn't conduct any more research, so rather than spending their time trying to fix the problem they choose to spend their time (i.e., my tax money) trying to mask the truth by creating a facade built of smoke-and-mirrors?

Why do CFS/ME patients allow themselves to be oppressed and muted? We are the ones with the (a)cquired (i)mmune (d)eficiency (s)yndromes. We are the A.I.D.S. patients and all of our research funding goes towards fueling a, clearly bogus, HIV paradigm -- which falsely stigmatizes, demoralizes and, in some cases, criminalizes very healthy HIV+ individuals, who are being brainwashed into drugging themselves to death.

Why aren't more people outraged?




Saturday, March 25, 2006

Captain America: Civil War

“Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right.

This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences.

When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world -- "No, YOU move.” 

~ Captain America: Civil War

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Open Letter To One Of My Critics

Thank you again for your continued interest in my idiopathic immune deficiency. There remain no inconsistencies, contradictions, or changes to my story. If you had “done your homework” on me, as you suggest, you would know that my NON-risk group body has been saying the same unwavering, progressively-worsening, thing for the last 1,000+ -- rather enduring -- days.

I stopped caring what people think about the truths of my life, and I share my life with open arms.

The fact that an AIDS Myth community (E.g., AIDS Myth Exposed) will not embrace an NON HIV AIDS case, just speaks to the totality of their ignorance.  Most AIDS dissidents can't handle the depths of my case, because I am epidemiologically-linkable, and most AIDS dissidents refuse to acknowledge that microbes exist, at all. Denial is a strong place to be, so I hope that they won't be there too long because innocent people are needlessly dying. I suspect that the HIV establishment would find AIDS dissidents far more respectable, if they could find it in themselves to use millions of NON HIV AIDS cases to debate the merits of the HIV orthodoxy, but who am I to tell the dissidents how they should be utilizing their time?

I don't understand your comments about the lack of support that I've received from, as I actually believe that they have been somewhat supportive of my plight.  While there have been some ignorant statements, I remain indifferent about all responses (good or bad) from for-profit entities that certainly cannot say anything that contradicts what the US-CDC allows them to say for sake of jeopardizing their numerous affiliations (notice all the Rx logos at the bottom of their site).

Interestingly, however, I have always found it intriguing that the strongest endorsement from came from a Canadian doctor, Dr. Brian Conway ("...I will add my voice to the many who have already congratulated you for your courage and determination..."). 

Actually, I don't really care what anybody's response is to my fact-based story, as one of my many strategies has been to get myself noticed, while leaving myself to linger long after I have left the room.  Your continued, baseless, criticism has proven to me that I have executed flawlessly.

As you'll notice, I have no sponsorships and, like Christine Maggiore, a long-term HIV+ individual who also questions whether HIV is the cause of AIDS (, have nothing to win/lose in sharing my life with you.  I don't want your money.  I want your ear and I want your voice!  If you would like to learn more about what motivates me to do what I do, please read "On Becoming an Activist" Perhaps, one day, when you are fighting for your life, and those of millions of others, you will understand that nothing else really matters… other than: 1) following your heart, 2) staying true to yourself, and 3) looking into the mirror at the end of day and smiling!

I have never said that Laura Hillenbrand has an infectious disease, although she was, by her own admission, diagnosed “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” by an infectious disease doctor (  I have, however, used her case (i.e., having become a best-selling author while bedridden) to demonstrate that disabled people are enabled in different, often-more superior, ways.  Despite my cognitive problems and physical restrictions (and the fact that I sleep 60-75% of the day), I believe I've found a similar outlet, truly transcending the occasion, and it utterly horrifies me to think that you outwardly perceive that disabled people are somehow inferior to you.

What exactly do you think patients with idiopathic immune disorders do with their time, (because my very active, career-aspiring, martini-sipping, triathlon-running, carefree days are long since over)? With toothpicks holding my eyes open most days, rather than coddling myself and/or watching drivel on TV, I choose to spend my little 'spare' time continuing to keep abreast of idiopathic immune disorders, working with scientists and Rx companies all over the world, trying to understand where my case sits in the HIV/AIDS, CFS, AIDS Myth debate, and trying to educate others about my plight.

I am a humanitarian.

Welcome to the 21st century, bloggers are simply people who choose to share their diaries with the world.  How is me choosing to write a few fleeting thoughts on the web from time-to-time compare to Montel Williams writing a whole book?  Or a terminal cancer patient participating in a major fundraising event?  Or any ol' sick person writing in a private daily journal, never to be publicly viewed?  Should I shrivel-up in helplessness (just because that is what you are implying you would do)?  Should I succumb to the pressure of my critics (even though they are ridden with closed-minded ignorance)?  Should I turn a naked eye and allow my voice to be muted (just because that is what you would allow to happen)?  Are you really that selective about who you deem worthy enough to protect your blood supply?  Perhaps you would prefer that I just, selfishly, loaf around on my sofa watching television?  Could you please advise me as to what you perceive to be my acceptable pastimes, because what I am hearing is that you don't believe that disabled people are entitled to (or capable of) either reading or writing for a couple hours throughout the week?  What exactly are you suggesting?  Would you just prefer that disabled people no longer partake in your aristocratic society?

Why shouldn't I help other people, even though pretty much nobody was there to help me: "This world does not care about you. This country does not care about you. Stop writing letters because nobody cares about you."?  SELFLESSNESS: -- you should take a sip of it, because it tastes great!

I do not need validation that the road I have chosen is the right one, because, as a humanitarian, my plight transcended me ~999 days ago.  My quest, since Day1, has been to systemically diagnosis my underlying pathogen.  The fact that I've been thrown into an extremely controversial HIV/AIDS, CFS, and AIDS Myth debate has all come as a secondary event and was one I didn't know existed when I started down this very dark - clearly nasty - road.  As you know, since you've "done your homework" on me, I was very focused on HIV when I started out, as I knew nothing other than what has been advertised on every city bus for the past 20 years, HIV--> AIDS. You can thank the dissidents for me questioning the whole HIV/AIDS paradigm and now they want to rid me of their establishment.  Ironic…huh?  Now, you can understand why using the 'AIDS Myth Exposed' crew in an argument is actually laughable to me. Ha! What a bunch of hypocritical frauds!

AIDS dissidents might actually be on to something (HIV?AIDS), but it's really no wonder why they are offered no respect from the HIV/AIDS orthodox community, because they repeatedly - and rather comically - sabotage their own creditability. Ha! Ha!

An AIDS Myth community that does not care about an NON HIV AIDS is rather humorous, isn't it? Ha! Ha! Ha!

Knowing everything I know about my personal medical file and now knowing everything about the concurrent HIV/AIDS, CFS, AIDS Myth debates, how couldn’t I question the merits of all 3 paradigms? Wouldn't you? Shouldn't you, knowing about me, question them too? Why does HIV get the exclusivity of causing AIDS -- by man-made definitional construct -- when clearly so many other (a)cquired pathogens cause (i)mmune (d)eficiency (s)yndromes too? Doesn’t that seem wrong to anybody else but me?

Any organization that shuns me from their membership fears the truth. I should rightfully be a member of all three, but, let's see: I have been banned from AIDS Myth Exposed. I have been banned from and (both sponsored by pharmaceutical companies), even The AIDS Action Committee tells me that I am not good enough for their very prestigious services (which they prefer to provide to very healthy HIV+ individuals). Hello? I am the one with the (a)cquired (i)mmune (d)eficiency (s)yndrome, here, people! I am not totally convinced that the CFS folks are too keen with me (i.e. the CFS/ICL/AIDS connection) either, but they do not have any choice than to accept me, as I am told, I am one of the most progressive CFS activists in the USA (...probably the world). Everybody fears the truth, and they do not like what my case represents. I do not really care, because I can not control what my medical file represents (i.e. the colliding of the paradigms), and fear is certainly not an attractive quality. I would rather stand by myself -- as a non-conformist with a fresh ideology -- than to follow misguided people in the wrong direction. Hello? I know I must be doing and saying something right, because when every other door slammed in my face -- I kept knocking -- and the ones that opened were at the United Nations.

Clearly, I am one of very few people who can see the forest through the trees.

Medical literature suggests that both CFS and ICL are infectious diseases. As you know, with these two clinical diagnoses, I believe that makes me living proof that the AIDS-like CFS is transmissible, something that the medical establishment seems unable to admit or to acknowledge (naturally I have researched numerous reasons why). I also believe it makes me living proof that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS are basically the same mysterious immune disorder. Can't you see that we have it all backwards? HIV+ individuals are not even sick (assuming they are not taking any toxic medications) and AIDS patients are just more CFS patients, who only by coincidence, have a questionably harmless virus, HIV. So, the question remains (15 years later): what is the cause of CFS?

You can see why so many scientists are interested in little ole me, and I have/will happily provide my medical files to you, if protected by HIPAA.

I have been offered antiretroviral (and numerous other experimental) medications. However, I am not convinced that I would even want them, (gosh, have you read Harper's recent article? Nevertheless, some folks at the CDC advised me that opting into treatment, even if they were to help me, would taint my med-naïve blood, interfering with any scientist’s ability to conduct microbe-culturing. Much to my family's dismay, I am forced to make mindful decisions about any narcotic that goes into my body (even if they would, selfishly, alleviate my symptomatology). For the betterment of mankind, I like to think that I am taking-one-for-the-team by keeping my blood pure…

Since having AIDS requires an HIV+ diagnosis by man-made definition (at least in the USA), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is the incubation period for HIV-Negative AIDS (or ICL). Statistically speaking, I know that my idiopathic illness is not, you tell me, if they are not in the very mysterious Chronic Fatigue Syndrome category, where are all these other immunosuppressed people? You can sit around in your rose-colored world saying "ICL is rare. ICL is rare. ICL is rare.", but depending on who you believe, there are anywhere between 500,000 - 14,000,000 Americans out there with a transmissible illness. If that is what it truly is, our new form of AIDS dwarfs the ‘original’ AIDS epidemic ---> TENFOLD. The worldwide phenomenon makes me exponentially nausea!


I do not believe that my single case, solely, disproves that HIV may be a cause of AIDS, but if everybody is so certain of the proof, why does everybody fear a REAPPRAISAL OF AIDS?

HIV-Negative AIDS cases do cast significant doubt on the HIV/AIDS paradigm and linking CFS and HIV-Negative AIDS makes for a perfect -- doubtful-- trifecta. Diagnosis me! Tell me what my underlying pathogen is (which is not HIV or a retrovirus of any kind)!! The day that I am systemically diagnosed, and I do remain hopeful (optimistic, but realistic) that it will happen in my lifetime, will be the day that the walls between the -- currently disparate -- paradigms, crumble.

Everybody I know thanks me for sharing my story and for raising awareness of HIV-Negative AIDS (, and nobody who has seen my medical file doubts my clinically-diagnosed idiopathic immune deficiency.

I do not know how to resolve your skepticism towards me, as I have found that the more facts that I provide to you, the more you choose to distort them. I have provided you excerpts scripted directly out of my medical files, only to be belligerently told by you that I have concocted them. So, I am clearly in a circular situation, continuously providing you more and more information, for which you will never be content. I guess that I am left with saying that: My request for an investigation -- and my selfless activism for the betterment of mankind -- was initiated from The White House, Vice President Cheney's Office, on March 23, 2004 and was transferred to The Commissioner at the State Health Department on May 12, 2004. If you have concerns about who I am, of my creditability, or of my research affiliations, please feel free to write them:, since investigations have already been opened on my own merit and accord. Why not ask them to confirm their investigation of me (which I proactively initiated)? Why not ask them to confirm that I am who I say I am (since I have already proactively reported myself to them)? Why not ask them to confirm the contents of my medical file (which I have already proactively charted for them on numerous occasions)? Why not support me in my quest for a systemic diagnosis (if only for your own selfish reasons)? You clearly have quite an imagination, making up all sorts of fictitious things about me, so I am sure you'll come up with something extraordinary to say. Since you'll be in a writing mode, and clearly engaged in my altruistic cause, please feel free to drop a letter in the mail to your representatives and senators, demanding a "Reappraisal of AIDS" and your support of research for "CFS/ICL/AIDS" cases. (

If you had "done your homework" on me, you would already know that I like making rain.  Good press, bad press -- whatever -- I like that people are talking about HIV-NEGATIVE AIDS!

Don't falsely assume that I am a team of one. Our paradigms are shifting, and, as I am told, MY LIFE'S PLIGHT IS HISTORY ALTERING.

In the fight for humanity!


Thursday, March 02, 2006

CHRONOLOGY OF ME & CFS (1934-1984)

"In order to think about "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)" clearly, it's imperative to bring the events that led up to the creation of CFS into "epidemic" context. 

There were many outbreaks globally of similar or identical illnesses before the 1984 outbreak in Incline Village, Nevada, and the surrounding Lake Tahoe area. There have been many since. But the outbreak in Lake Tahoe is the one that brought the CDC out to investigate, and the one that gave birth to the name "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." (PRIME-TIME LIVE NEWSCAST - 12-MINUTES)  (Not far from two U.S. Air Force Bases (map) and a heaping pile of controversial nuclear waste (AKA YUCCA MOUNTAIN)

Radiation Page of the National CFIDS Foundation: Medical Research 

In 1956, Dr. Melvin Ramsay formally coined the name "Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, (ME)" applying it to the Royal Free outbreak in 1955 (see below ). After 30 years of investigation, Ramsay developed a definition of the illness that has stood the test of time. As Dr. Ramsay stated, "Eponyms such as `Akuryeru Disease'. `Iceland Disease' and `Royal Free Disease' have also been used in the case of particular outbreaks. These have the disadvantage that they obscure the all important fact that the disease has been reported world-wide."

WHO has recognized "ME" as a distinct organic neurological disorder since 1969(36-PG PDF. BE PATIENT AND WAIT FOR IT TO LOAD: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Primer for Medical Practitioners)  However, when the CDC created the term "CFS," a great many patients who fit the clinical definition of ME were cut off from a legitimate infectious neurological disease diagnosis, and trapped in the broad wastebasket term "CFS."

Outbreaks prior to Incline Village, NV 
include (but are not limited to):

1934 -   Los Angeles, CA County Hospital - Atypical Poliomyelitis
1936 -   Fond Du Lac, WI - St. Agnes Convent - Encephalitis
1937 -   Erstfeld, Switzerland - Abortive Poliomyelitis
1937 -   St. Gallen, Switzerland - Frohburg Hospital Abortive Poliomyelitis
1939 -   Middlesex, England - Harefield Sanatorium - persistent Myalgia following sore throat
1939 -   Degersheim, Switzerland - Abortive Poliomyelitis

1945 -   Hospital of UPenn - epidemic Pleurodynia with prominent neurological symptoms and no demonstrable cause
1946 -   Iceland, disease resembling Poliomyelitis with the character of Akureyri disease
1948 -   Iceland, North Coast towns - epidemic simulating Poliomyelitis
1949 -   Adelaide, South Australia - a disease resembling Poliomyelitis

1950 -   Louisville, KY -- St. Joseph's Infirmary - outbreak in nurses' training school described as "epidemic Neuromyasthenia"
1950 - Upper State NY - outbreak resembling the Iceland disease simulating acute Anterior Poliomyelitis
1952 -   London, England - Middlesex Hospital Nurses' Home - Encephalomyelitis associated with Poliomyelitis virus
1952 -   Copenhagen, Denmark - epidemic Myositis
1952 -   Lakeland, FL - epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1953 -   Coventry and District, England - illness resembling Poliomyelitis observed in nurses
1953 -   Rockville, MD - Chestnut Lodge Hospital - Poliomyelitis-like epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1953 -  Jutland, Denmark - epidemic Encephalitis with vertigo
1954 -  Seward, AK - benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Iceland Disease)
1954 -   Berlin, Germany - British army - further outbreak of a disease resembling Poliomyelitis
1954 -   Liverpool, England - outbreak among medical and nursing staff in a local hospital
1955 -   Dalston, Cumbria, England - epidemic and sporadic outbreak of an unusual disease
1955 -   London, England - Royal Free Hospital - outbreak in staff and patients of Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1955 -   Perth, Australia - virus epidemic in waves
1955 -   Gilfac Goch, Wales - outbreak of benign ME
1955 -   Durban City, South Africa - Addington Hospital - outbreak among nurses of "Durban Mystery Disease"
1955 -   Segbwema, Sierra Leone - outbreak of Encephalomyelitis
1955 -   Patreksfjorour and Porshofn, Iceland - unusual response to polio vaccine
1955 -   NW London, England - nurses' residential home - acute Infective Encephalomyelitis simulating poliomyelitis

1956 -   Ridgefield, CT - epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1956 -   Punta Gorda, FL - outbreak of epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1956 -   Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, England - Lymphocytic Meningoencephalitis with myalgia and rash
1956 -   Pittsfield and Williamstown, MA - benign ME
1956 -   Coventry, England - epidemic malaise, benign ME
1957 -   Brighton, South Australia - Cocksakie Echo virus Meningitis, epidemic Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1958 -   Athens, Greece - nurses' school - outbreak of benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis with periostitis and arthopathy noted.
1958 -   SW London, England - reports of sporadic cases of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1959 -   Newcastle Upon Tyne, England - outbreak of benign ME

1961 -   Basel, Switzerland - sporadic cases of benign ME
1961 -   NY State - outbreak of epidemic Neuromyasthenia in a convent
1964 -   NW London, England - epidemic malaise, epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1964 -   Franklin, KY - outbreak of Neuromyasthenia in a factory
1967 -   Edinburgh, Scotland - sporadic cases resembling benign ME
1968 -   Fraidek, Lebanon - benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1969 -   Brooklyn, NY - State University of NY Downstate Medical Center - epidemic Neuromyasthenia, unidentified symptom complex

1970 -   Lackland Air Force Base, TX - epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1970 -   London, England - Great Ormond St Hospital for Children - outbreak of Neuromyasthenia among nurses
1975 -   Sacramento, CA - Mercy San Juan Hospital - Infectious Venulitis, epidemic Phelobodynia
1976 -   SW Ireland - epidemic Neuromyasthenia, benign ME
1977 -   Dallas - Fort Worth, TX - epidemic Neuromyasthenia
1979 -   Southampton, England - Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

1980 -   West Kilbridge, Ayrshire, Scotland - epidemic ME
1980 -   San Francisco, CA - epidemic persistent flu-like illness
1981 -   Stirlingshire, Scotland - sporadic Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
1982 -   West Otago, Dunedin and Hamilton, New Zealand - ME
1983 -   Los Angeles, CA - initial cases of an unknown, chronic symptom complex involving profound "fatigue"

1984 -   Lake Tahoe Area of CA/NV - start of a year-long epidemic involving over 160 cases of chronic illness eventually characterized as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)..." (PRIME-TIME LIVE NEWS - 12M) 

{source: broken link} + {Wiki} + {Osler's Web: Inside CFS Epidemic.}


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