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Nov 23, 2011               

ME: WPI vs Mikovits - documents in the case

After yesterday's revelations about the doings of dr. Mikovits:

ME: Dr. Mikovits and co-worker implicated in theft

it is quaintly quiet on Phoenix Rising. A little more on that below, but for the moment mostly documents in the case - not all of them, but quite interesting, clear and revealing ones, put on line by the WPI and elsewhere as well.

The following four are links to pdf's. The first is by the lawyers for the WPI, the other three are sworn statements. All is from the court case WPI vs Mikovits, about the disappeared lab books and other materials, and it reads like a crime novel: [*]

- Reply To Opposition To Motion For Preliminary Injunction
- Exhibit 1: Affidavit of Max Pfost
- Exhibit 2: Affidavit of Max Pfost
- Exhibit 3: Affidavit of Amanda McKenzie 

Dr. Mikovits was freed on bail of 100,000 dollars yesterday. It is not clear to me whether the lab books and other materials that Max Pfost took, instructed by dr. Mikovits, or so it would seem, have been restored to the WPI or where they are if not.

It seems a clear case of theft, and it also seems as if the WPI is most concerned with getting their property back. Then again, I assume the eventual legal persecution, or not, of dr. Mikovits and Mr. Pfost, and possibly others, is up to the legal authorities.

And it is well worth saying that, in view of the above documents it seems that the WPI the last seven weeks have been trying to do the morally and legally right things, against much uninformed opposition by misled patients, and against what I take are criminal actions by Judy Mikovits and Max Pfost.

No doubt the case will continue, but the above files provide a lot of clarity about the last seven weeks of goings on around the WPI and dr. Mikovits, especially the first, that legalese by the lawyers acting for the WPI, but rather clear and quite convincing legalese as well.

More documentation:

There are three threads about it - at least - on Phoenix Rising:

Judy Mikovits has been arrested
Whittemore Institute suing Mikovits
Article: Researcher Confesses, Implicates Dr. Mikovits

There is some discussion, but given the two years of wild waves of earlier enthusiasm and support for dr. Mikovits not much, and it also seems as if  quite a few former anonymous action heroes of the anonymous post may be just now really busy with looking the other way, in a highly innocent manner, of course. People are like that. Many are, at least.

And more documentation:

Gerwyn has again left from the forum I am not allowed to view by their most exemplary owners CF_Since_1998 and Patricia Carter, and He has taken V99 and Jace - Blessed Be Their Hallowed Names! - and some others with Him, to preach the True Gospel About ME here:

People with ME

Well... it clarifies groupings and sub-groupings some, I'd say, and I do also have a real interest in a Real Life Cognitive Dissonance Experiment:

Cognitive Dissonance
When Prophecy Fails

In that way, it's all most instructive and educational, and the site should invite many researchers in the subject.

And yet more documentation:

Then again there is The ArchFiend aka ERV aka Abbie Smith's blog, which I happen to like, in its latest instalment on the subject, the thirtieth in a sequence:

ERV Blog - XMRV and CFS - 30

Though it may amaze some, it's quite restrained, mostly, and Ms Smith has a quite sensible analysis at Nr 99, that I leave to your own perusal.

Also, it should be remarked that, while she is one of the winners in The Battle Around XMRV, she is neither crowing nor gloating, and she also did what real scientists do: Try to make honest sense of things, to help people. Moreover, people with ME/CFS are helped by scientists like Abbie Smith, for it is the truth that shall set you free, not impostures or bad science.

Endremark: I have removed the doubly quoted paragraph in yesterday's last Nederlog.

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- 24 nov 2011: It turns out that I did not upload the above yesterday
to the Danish site. So I uploaded it today, briefly after noon. (I did upload
it to the Dutch site, yesterday.)
[*] Jan 7, 2012: I found on Dec 27, 2011 that the materials the WPI had on its site
about the civil courtcase against dr. Mikovits have disappeared from the WPI-site.
Since I had them downloaded - status 22 and 23 nov 2011 - I put them on my
site and relinked to have the evidence available.


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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