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Congressman Bob Filner's Letter to the CFSCC

Congressman Bob FilnerCongressman Bob Filner has long been an advocate for CFS.  He addressed the CFSCC on February 8, 2000 and submitted five specific suggestion for improving the performance of the CFSCC in written testimony on November 2, 1999.  Click here to read his message to the CFSCC dated July 12, 2000.

Profile: Back from the Brink

Keith Jarrett's epic solo piano concerts captivated audiences with their mix of jazz and classical music. But four years ago, he was struck down with chronic fatigue syndrome. Now he is back and, as he tells Richard Williams, the pyrotechnics have given way to a calmer, more heartfelt sound.

Feature: Trouble in the Air

Kathleen Houghton hugs Maggie, a Shih Tzu given to her for companionship at home. Maggie is odorless and does not shed. A sign at the front door warns visitors about her condition and the perfumes, fragrances and other chemicals they may be wearing that can trigger a reaction. (Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News)



The landmark publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring in 1967 sounded the alarm for harmful effects of chemicals on wildlife. The 1996 publication of Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski, and John Peterson Myers was a clarion call for recognition of similar effects on humans. The authors of Our Stolen Future revealed how many of the findings in animals correlate with disturbances in normal reproductive and developmental processes in humans, citing data from decades of research on wildlife that traced birth defects, sexual abnormalities, and reproductive failures to synthetic chemicals that mimic natural hormones.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) stressed during a briefing on Tuesday that it recognizes the need for a balanced approach to curbing abuse of pain drugs and that it aims to ensure that legitimate patients are not denied access to needed treatments.

Welcome to the Unify Coalition

UNIFY is an international advocacy/activist group for those who suffer from the overlapping "invisible" illnesses of CMP, FMS, GWS, MCS, ME/CFS, PPS and related illnesses.  The cause of these illnesses has not yet been determined, but common ground research in other areas may be found useful for potential application.  Some of these would be: RA, Lupus, ALS, MS, ADD, Autism, Lyme Disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes (Type 1), Huntington's Disease and other biochemical abnormalities.

What do all these neuroendocrine, neurological, Immunological illnesses have in common?

1.  All are said to be of unknown origin.
2.  All are said to have no known cure.
3.  All are said to be increasing in incidence at a startling rate.
4.  All are characterized by the degeneration of certain cells of the brain and/or body.

Many in the medical and research community continue to reject these as legitimate illnesses. Activism for these illnesses with a UNIFIED voice will help promote further awareness and research, for the benefit of all.

Our aim is to remain focused on our goal and hopefully find effective treatments, if not a cure.

Thank you for your interest in UNIFY. It is our goal and fervent hope that, together, we will make a difference.

The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

- Hubert H. Humphrey

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Activism Alerts

An Open Letter to Members of the Name Change Committee

CFS-Related Abstracts from the CRISP Database

CFS Study at Rutgers University

The Question of Donating Blood?

 CDC Director Plans Audits And Overhaul

DePaul Study Estimates 800,000 With CFIDS

CDC Misled Congress on Spending, Records Show

CFIDS Association Outraged Over NIH "State of the Science" Meeting

No More Yuppie Flu

CFS, "Thick Blood" and Hypercoagulopathy

Another Pain Patient "Tortured" by the Drug War! The Fisher Case

Senator Reid Calls for Criminal Investigation into CDC

Assault on the Clean Air Act

News and Views

Examining the Alternatives
NIH Official Brings Research to Bear on Nontraditional Medicine

February 4, 2000:
Overlapping Conditions Among Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Temporomandibular Disorder

Chronic fatigue syndrome – mapping the interior by Simon Wessely

Chemical Poisoning, Abraham Lincoln, and Flashdarks

New Diagnostic Tool for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome not fully understood

Sick and Tired - From BBC

HMO to Accept Care Decisions

Click here for Chemical Injury Awareness Ribbon Project

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