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The Politics Of CFS And The Center For Disease Control (CDC) – A Long And Bumpy Road

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

If you suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), we encourage you to read a substantive article written by David Tuller that examines the history of CFS and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Tuller, a journalist who is also coordinator of a new concurrent master’s degree in public health and journalism at UC Berkeley, provides a close examination of the intrigue and politics that have dogged CFS since its first appearance in the 1980s. It is a long article, but well worth the read.

Tuller explains the arguments of critics who claim that the CDC, which is charged with investigating threats to the health and safety of the population, has failed miserably when it comes to CFS. Worse, he explores the claim that the CDC’s failure to take CFS seriously and treat it as a real disease is a large reason why even today CFS sufferers are treated as malingerers, not people suffering from a real illness. The dismissive attitude to CFS as an organic disease or cluster of diseases has been “a font of misinformation and has been routinely used by insurance companies to deny legitimate claims for tests ordered by doctors.”

If you have CFS and your disability insurance company is delaying or denying your claim, call us today to find out how we can help. We have worked with many CFS patients over the years and are well-versed in the politics as well as the pragmatic facets of disability claims for CFS.

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