Re: Disturbing article about cfs.
I think the article is pretty alarmist in that it places way too much emphasis on AIDS and analyzes causal relationships simplistically. (As in, "If A and B are similar, or if A is present when B occurs, then A clearly causes B.") You could pretty much replace "AIDS" with "undiagnosed viruses, bacterial infections or parasites" or "chronic Lyme" or "Gulf War Syndrome" throughout; it would probably be much less misleading and much less scary.
I do think many, many "syndromes" are really chronic health problems caused by an undetermined virus, bacteria, or some other kind of parasite. Because the root cause goes undiagnosed, it continues to stress the endocrine system; overwork the handicapped immune system and cause autoimmune responses.
For instance, some CFS diagnoses probably do have a root cause of AIDS, but it could also be Lyme, any one of a dozen autoimmune diseases---or something else entirely.
I've been diagnosed with Lyme rather than CFS, but my symptoms could really be designated as either. My response to the antibiotics is absolute proof I was diagnosed right, and I'll tell you I don't agree at all with their statements implying CFS people are commonly misdiagnosed with Lyme. Heaven knows what test was used to decide they really didn't have Lyme. Just read the Lyme boards and you'll see how incredibly hard it is for most Lyme people to get tested right, diagnosed right and treated right. There are many who have co-infections which create more opportunities for confusion.
I hope that helps somewhat.
Last edited by KCLyme; 07-19-2006 at 12:01 AM.