XMRV Buzz: XMRV According to Riley (3/27/11)

March 27, 2011

Posted by Cort Johnson

XMRV has taken some hits lately but there have been some hopeful hints as well and Riley on the PR Forums put a list of them together. He said “they say that the darkest hour is before the dawn, and I believe we are in that darkest hour” and here is why he believes XMRV will work out.

1. Dr Mikovits’ comments at Santa Rosa that she believes “the politics will go away shortly.”

2. Another person on the forum reported a few weeks ago that Dr. Demerleir told him that there is something coming out in a couple of months that will end the contamination debate, but that he could not provide details because of a non disclosure agreement.

3. The report from XMRVGA on Dr. Mikovits’ recent talk in Canada. They said that some new “jaw dropping” directions were announced and that the research is progressing nicely. They too said they could not release details at this time.

4. Some comments that Dr. Lo and Dr. Alter made during the NIH videocast abou their research, which make it seem that contamination is highly unlikely. Also , the general confidence that they display in their results.

5. The recent letter from Dr. Lapp which states that Chronix found XMRV, possibly integrated into human DNA with new technology.

6. The escalating coverage in the Wall Street Journal. I cannot help but think that ADM has gotten wind of whatever big announcement is coming, and that she and the Journal are now laying the groundwork for what is sure to be a massive story. Think about it why all of the full page articles about CFS now? Why run that article about Mangan and NIH campaign now? That stuff happened six months ago, and the article read like it was written six months ago.

7. The press release being discussed in this thread. I take this not as a demotion of Dr. Mikovits or some sort of capitulation by the WPI, but as a sign that they have a trump card on the way and are therefore ready to move in a new direction (treatment) with Dr. Mikovits at the helm. I think that this announcement will come in May and coincide with the opening of the WPI clinic.


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Luke March 28, 2011 at 6:21 am

The same arguments could be made for why XMRV will not pan out. I am seeing far too many people have false hope from XMRV, it could result in a huge disappointment for people. We need to look at the science done so far and see there are some serious problems with XMRV right now. Even Silverman has some serious concerns about the validity of XMRV in humans. The post a few days ago was excellent: http://phoenixrising.me/?p=5132


Camilla March 29, 2011 at 3:03 am

Regarding De Meirleir: He has been heard to state such things many times over the years, i e “some very important research is just being done, which will end all debate, but I can’t say any more at this point…” I believed him the first time, can’t say I really do anymore. :-)


Cort March 29, 2011 at 7:26 am

I know what you’re saying….we shall see this time if he’s right.


Eric March 30, 2011 at 3:50 am

Hi all

This is not really a comment to this article, i’m just posting to let you know that i can’t access the forums anymore, since the move.
The first two or three days after the move i could not access this page here neither, but now i can, only when i click the link to the forums i get the error message that the page can’t be found.
I don’t know what the problem is, i can access any other resource in the internet normally, without any problem. Could be something with the DNS, routers or whatever, i don’t know, it seems a bit strange to me that it takes so long to resolve. It’s not like i live on an island in the south pacific or something like that ;-)

So bye and i’ll be back as soon as it works.


Cort March 30, 2011 at 10:46 am

Not Eric! We have had alot of problems with the DNS servers. We thought we fixed them yesterday – but apparently not all the way….Back to work I guess.


Eric March 31, 2011 at 4:37 am

Now it’s working fine, thanks.

maz March 31, 2011 at 2:38 am

I believe that Dawn is coming, lets not forget also the comment Judy made in the blood pathogen audio link that she was moving on into drug making – her favourite thing (not exact words but not enough oomph to search that out)


Cort March 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Yah! We finally figured it out.


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