Great article Jody! About 19 or 20 years ago Dr. David Suzuki's program, The Nature Of Things, I think it was called, did a segment on CFS. It was extremely interesting! They interviewed a doctor in Scotland who was doing research into CFS. That doctor discovered that, at that time, our "cluster" of symptoms had been on the medical books for over a 100 years. He also noted that historically, an outbreak of theses symptoms corresponded with an outbreak of polio within a given geographical distance. Based on this, and the fact that he noted significant similarities between the affects of polio and CFS, he decided to do further research into this matter. He did blood tests on patients in London, England who were still in iron lungs as a result of the 1950's polio outbreak. He then compared those test results with blood tests done on CFS patients, with some VERY interesting results. As should be expected, the polio victims' blood work showed the distinctive markings on their DNA for the polio virus. What was totally unexpected, however, was the fact that the same distinctive polio blueprinting was on the CFS patients' RNA. RNA, produces our DNA. Since the blueprinting image for each virus is unique, the question had to be posed as to why was the polio virus on the RNA of CFS patients? As well, why is this outbreak of what we now call CFS so widespread and at a time when polio has been all but wiped off the face of the earth? Unfortunately, this doctor's research was not well received in the medical community. Why, I do not know, when the facts certainly seem to speak for themselves.
Being a somewhat analytical individual, and certainly having a stake in the outcome of this research, I too have spent a great many hours pondering these questions. I keep thinking about a number of things. First of all, is the fact that this outbreak of CFS has been worldwide since the 1980's when it was called the Yuppie Flu. Then, I kept thinking about the fact that although many doctors didn't know what was wrong with us, they did seem to think that it was a retrovirus. As well, since the blueprinting on our DNA upon exposure to viruses is unique and distinctive for each virus, why would the identical blueprinting for polio be on CFS patients' RNA if we haven't had polio? Is it a coincidence that our generation is the first to be hit so dramatically with CFS, when there are no current outbreaks of polio, and when we were the first to be vaccinated against polio? Is it also a coincidence that they used live virus for some of those vaccinations? Was there a problem with some of those early live virus vaccines that resulted in the virus becoming a retrovirus in our systems and resulted in CFS? Well, these are some of the questions that I have been pondering for nigh onto 20 years now.
It will be interesting to see how things play out over the next few years. It will be interesting as well, to see if this doctor's findings are accepted by the medical community, or rejected in the same manner that the findings by the research doctor from Scotland's results were rejected by the medical community 20 years ago.