If you haven’t viewed the following video, showing Mady Hornig, MD, director of translational research at the Center for Infection and Immunity and associate professor of Epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School, speaking about their findings, now is a good time to do it.
According to Dr. Hornig, there is biological evidence, determined by the levels of 51 immune biomarkers in blood plasma samples taken from 300 ME/CFS patients and compared with 350 healthy people as controls, proving this is a disease. These findings are the evidence which strongly support hers and her team’s beginning assumptions.
Dr. Hornig devotes some time in the short video to describing how patients have trouble getting a diagnosis; and many times, they go for from one year to up to 10 years before they find a doctor who will give them their diagnosis. Uninformed doctors and clinicians cannot understand the disease; in fact, many have not heard of it. Others deny that these patients are sick.
This is not news to patients suffering from ME/CFS. They, more than anyone else, know their sufferings are not imagined.
Dr. Hornig’s conclusions are just the beginning. There are many highly qualified scientists and researchers who have come forward, and more are coming forward, and have started their search. Since this disease (IT REALLY IS A DISEASE!) has many symptoms and affects literally every system in the body, the job of finding biomarkers that can be established as definitive causes, is monumental, and not for the slight of heart.
If the NIH (National Institutes of Health) would have granted and will grant more funding for ME research, we would have been so much more ahead in this very important research.
Listen to Dr. Hornig’s short (2 minutes) report, in which she clearly states the problems of the disease as they affect patients, and the results found in her research.
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