Featured in a YouTube video with English Subtitles, the August 30 Dutch TV show “Een vandaag” showcased interviews regarding the watershed August 23 NIH/FDA paper published by PNAS* that reports evidence of a retrovirus in many ME/CFS patients. The program features:
• Dr. Kenny De Meirleir, MD, PhD, a leading ME/CFS physician-researcher with a lab in Brussels, Belgium (REDLABS) who offers tests for XMRV;
• A Dutch ME/CFS patient who tested positive for XMRV and has started treatment with antivirals by De Meirleir in Belgium;
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• And Dr. Jos WM van der Meer, until now a prominent force behind insistence in the Netherlands that ME/CFS is a psychological problem. Van der Meer – chairman of General Internal Medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre – is co-author of a recent paper reporting failure to find evidence of XMRV in ME/CFS patients’ blood.
Note: According to the video subtitles Dr. van der Meer responded to the patient's statement that "This is wonderful news, I think," saying "You could call it earth shattering" which might imply acknowledgment of its potential importance ("earth shaking," an English speaker might say). But, as astute reader tiki123 suggests in the comments below, by another translation in transcript form the meaning was more like "world shocking," and Dr. van der Meer was referring to "the controversy surrounding the virus, not the ME/CFS-retrovirus in itself." A low key response in any case, with many innings left in this particular game.