Ella Peregrine discusses the mostly hidden and therefore almost completely unknown, but often cruelly debilitating disease called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).
Our discussion explores ME’s impacts, both personal and societal, a brief history, and the current political situation. Currently (as of autumn, 2013) 50 medical experts and hundreds of disease advocates are united in opposition to a Department of Health and Human Services contract with the Institute of Medicine to redefine ME under an overly broad and medically vague umbrella term. Experts say this redefinition effort “threatens to move ME/CFS science backward by engaging non-experts in the development of a case definition for a complex disease about which they are not knowledgeable.”
Further information on ME definitions, history, and current demonstrations, petitions, and other efforts can be found at: www.name-us.org
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) is a little-known but devastating and disabling disease affecting an estimated 1 million people in the USA, but doctors don’t learn about it in medical school.
Advocate Mary Dimmock, who worked 30 years at Pfizer, talks about the condition and the current situation patients face, both medically and politically.
Jen Brea, a Harvard Ph.D. candidate on leave due to ME discusses her film Canary in a Coal Mine, the incredible response to the film’s Kickstarter campaign, and her advocacy for herself and other patients.
Cindy Folkers, of Beyond Nuclear, and Kimberly Roberson, author of Silence Deafening – Fukushima Fallout, discuss the radiological health effects of nuclear power and the ongoing accident at Fukushima, Japan.
Geoffrey Sea, of the Southern Ohio Neighbor’s Group, and the newly formed Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative (NOVA), returns to give an update on USEC, Inc. (formerly United States Enrichment Corporation).
Listen to Geoffrey Sea, of the Southern Ohio Neighbor’s Group, discuss the USEC, Inc. (formerly United States Enrichment Corporation), the Gaseous Diffusion Plants at Paducah, KY, the sister sites at Piketon, OH and Oak Ridge, TN; and other issues related to Uranium Enrichment.
Listen to Ariel Zevon, Adam Woogmaster and Joelen Mulvaney discuss Occupy Barre, and the upcoming Funeral Procession for Corporate Personhood, on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2012.
Also, on the show is Willem Marten, of the Los Alamos Study Group, discussing the announcement of the indefinitely deferred funding for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility. The CMRR was slated to be built at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, but now is indefinitely deferred.
Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space talks about the U.S. Navy’s plans to build a new base on Jeju Island, South Korea. In doing so, the U.S Navy will wipe out the islanders way of life: killing coral reefs, taking over sea lanes and land and air space. The Aegis Destroyers will be based there if the base is built.
Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group discusses the CMRR — the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility proposed at Los Alamos, and the wildfire nearing the Lab in the high mesas of northern New Mexico.