This is number 42 in a series of interviews that Llewellyn King has been conducting with prominent CFS/ME physicians. In this short interview, King asks Dr. De Meirleir, who has seen between 15,000 - 20,000 patients since 1990, what treatments he uses for his patients, and whether patients get better.
CFS/ME starts as an infection, but later develops into an autoimmune disease
CFS/ME is easiest to treat in its earlier stages, particularly among people who are in their teens and early 20s
Treatments must be individualized, because patients are at different stages of the illness
About 50% of Dr. De Meirleir's patients get better
There is considerable overlap with MS and other autoimmune diseases
Dr. De Meirleir has has partial sucess with Ampligen, but he streses that no single treatment will work for all patients
More basic research is needed into the causes of chronic inflammation in CFS/ME