Tag Archives: GWI

IOM-OCI-OIG … OMG!

[Update: 2014/05/28, OIG Fails to Investigate IOM Conflict of Interest & Tells ME/CFS Patients to Buzz Off] The organizational conflict of interest (OCI) of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in the ME/CFS case-definition study is as obvious as it gets. The IOM, … Continue reading

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IOM Meeting: Open? Participate At Your Own Risk

The third IOM meeting of the committee tasked with the development of a new case definition for ME/CFS will be held on May 5th and 6th, 2014. According to the IOM’s listserv message from yesterday, “[on the afternoon of May … Continue reading

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The IOMperor Has No Clothes: IOM Admits Lack of Expertise

Apparently, Kenneth Shine, former president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and chair of the IOM committee that was tasked by the VA with the development of a case definition for Gulf War Illness, had a gut feeling about the … Continue reading

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After OIG Dodges Charge of IOM’s Conflict of Interest, Meaningful Reply Demanded

[Updates: 2014/04/04: IOM-OCI-OIG … OMG! 2014/05/28: OIG Fails to Investigate IOM Conflict of Interest & Tells ME/CFS Patients to Buzz Off] I received a response from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to my request to investigate the IOM’s organizational conflict of interest (See … Continue reading

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HHS and the IOM Saga: The Definition of Insanity and a Bad Case of Stockholm Syndrome

[I have borrowed somewhat from my prior blog posts and my legal complaints for this piece, but I’ve added on, so to speak, based on recent events and I thought it might be helpful to have all the arguments in … Continue reading

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Call for the HHS Competition Advocate to Investigate the IOM Contract

I have sent today to the so-called “Competition Advocate” for HHS a request to investigate what appears to be a dramatic failure of HHS to follow applicable federal law and regulations regarding full and open competition in its award of … Continue reading

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Call for Investigation by the Inspector General of the IOM’s Conflict of Interest With Respect to ME/CFS

[Updates: 2013/11/17: Supplemental Request for Investigation by OIG: Did DHHS Violate its No-Bid-Contract Requirements for IOM Contract? 2014/01/08: After OIG Dodges Charge of IOM’s Conflict of Interest, Meaningful Reply Demanded 2014/04/04: IOM-OCI-OIG … OMG! 2014/05/28: OIG Fails to Investigate IOM Conflict of Interest & … Continue reading

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More Propaganda: Still no Explanation from CAA for Disagreeing with Experts and Patient Majority

Based on context and substance, we have to assume that the latest blog entry posted on the CFIDS Association of America’s (CAA) website was written by Suzanne Vernon although it was not signed and the author wasn’t identified. Suzanne Vernon … Continue reading

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Spinning Around-CAA Putting Political Spin on the IOM

“A “spin room” …. is an area in which reporters can speak with debate participants and/or their representatives after a debate. The name refers to the fact that the participants will attempt to “spin” or influence the perception of the … Continue reading

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Perfect is the Enemy of Good

[Disclaimer: I am not in very good shape and I do not, at the moment, have the stamina some other advocates do. But the recent developments are so monumental that I felt I nevertheless should give my impressions as best … Continue reading

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