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Erica Verrillo

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Erica F. Verrillo was completing her doctorate in Speech Communication before falling ill with CFS in 1992. She is the co-author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 1st Edition (St. Martin's). She is also the author of three middle reader fantasies, Elissa's... Full Bio
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Sophia Mirza and Severe ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome August 8 is the birthday of Sophia Mirza, a British woman who died of ME at the age of 32. Sophia would have been 41 today. Sophia Mirza contracted ME in 1 ... Read on »
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Baffling Syndrome With a Tragic Aftermath by A. Melvin Ramsay by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dr. Melvin Ramsay was a consulting physician at the Infectious Diseases Department of the Royal Free Hospital when an epidemic of what he would later call myalgic encep ... Read on »
Kindling, Chemical Sensitivities, and ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dr. Jay Streastrunk (now deceased) was a pediatric and adolescent psychiatrist who had a clinical practice in Texas and California. He was known for his explanation of ... Read on »
P2P: The Question They Will Not Ask by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The P2P (Pathways to Prevention) Panel was originally convened to examine case definitions for ME/CFS and to address differences between ME and CFS. The examination ... Read on »
The Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Assertive Approach  by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This paper (below) by Dr. Paul Cheney and Dr. Charles Lapp was written more than two decades ago. It contains detailed descriptions of numerous test abnormalities found ... Read on »
Hydrotherapy for ME/CFS - Dr. Cheney's Protocol by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The DAR state forest - Goshen, MA In the 1990s, Dr. Cheney proposed the idea of cool-water hydrotherapy for ME/CFS patients. The idea behind the treatment was that verti ... Read on »
Shake-up at HHS - Koh Resigns by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Hot on the heels of Secretary of Health and Human Service Kathleen  Sebelius' resignation  comes the resignation of Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health (see belo ... Read on »
CFS, FM, and Fraud - How the Mythology of "Faking It" is Perpetuated in the Media by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome On January 29, 2014 CBS re-aired  a segment  on disability fraud. In this segment, reporter Steve Kroft characterized SSDI as a "secret welfare system" with its own "di ... Read on »
“Justina’s Law” Introduced in Congress - Is This the Beginning of the End for... by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Justina's father carries her home The saying that politics makes strange bedfellows has gained a new dimension today. In a rare bipartisan effort, two staunchly conservat ... Read on »
The Big Lie by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome There have been several attempts to gain access to the full results of the Queen Mary University of London's PACE trial under the Freedom of Information Act. All of ... Read on »
P2P Invites Input From the Public by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome If you think the P2P panel is the most hare-brained scheme you've ever heard of, you are probably right. The NIH somehow came up with the wacky idea that the best p ... Read on »
State guardian stood by as police called to ME sufferer’s home by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Oli Smith Scotland is considering a plan that would appoint a guardian for every child in the country.  The state-appointed guardians are supposed to protect the welfa ... Read on »
Call for Congressional Hearing on Treatment for ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome The following announcement comes from the FDA Treatment Team, a group of people dedicated to securing FDA approval for Ampligen.  The team has drafted a letter requ ... Read on »
Time to Deliver Report: How Surveys on CFS and ME Fail by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Action for ME published two reports during ME Awareness Week (May 11 to 17) 2014. The survey was based on responses from more than 2,000 Action for ME members in 2014. ... Read on »
Advocates to NIH - "Pull the P2P!" by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome With the amount of attention that has been garnered by the IOM contract, a second federal initiative, the Pathways to Prevention, or P2P Workshop, has gone almost unnot ... Read on »
Plague: An Interview With Judy Mikovits by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This interview was first posted on Pro Health . By Erica Verrillo I had the rare pleasure of interviewing Dr. Judy Mikovits at the IACFS/ME conference in San Fran ... Read on »
Basal Ganglia Implicated in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This study by Andrew Miller (see below) builds on previous work by Chaudhuri (Chaudhuri and Behan,  2000 , Chaudhuri et al.,  2003 ) and by Unger et al. ( 2012 ) linkin ... Read on »
New Diagnostic Tools for ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Alan and Kathleen Light An article appeared recently in Deseret News describing the development of a biomarker for ME/CFS. The Lights believe they have found one based on ... Read on »
CDC AND NIH Officials Discussed "Desirable Outcome" of Seeing A Distinct Illness "Evaporate” by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Reprinted with permission. CFS Report  Op/Ed, March 2014 By Craig Maupin  In recent months, efforts to redefine chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have come und ... Read on »
May 12th, 2014 - Photos of the San Francisco and Washington, DC Demos by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome SF photos courtesy Cecelia San Francisco, CA - Federal Building/McKesson Plaza May 12th was an unusually hot day. But that did not deter seventeen demo ... Read on »