CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Television Media Coverage
2007 Coverage: 1/07 through 4/07
2007 Coverage: 1/07 to 4/07
Rochester, NY ABC affiliate WHAM-TV 13 reports that psychiatrist Dr. Leslie Arnold is conducting new research on CFS to see if its symptoms can be reduced with medications that seem to work for patients with fibromyalgia. Her team is “looking specifically at medication that can alter a couple of neurotransmitters in the brain, serotonin and neuroepinephrine” and hopes that enhancing these neurotransmitters will lead to patients feeling more energetic. (New York) (4/21/07)
Nevada Newsmakers broadcasts a two-part series on CFS. Part one features Annette F. Whittemore, founding director of the Whittemore/Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease; Andrea Whittemore, patient; Anita Patton, patient; her daughter Rebecca Patton; Dr Daniel L. Peterson, M.D., medical director; and Judy A. Mikovits, PH.D, research director. The patients discuss their difficulty in being diagnosed with the condition and how they treat it. Annette Whittemore says her motivation for creating the Institute was the lack of qualified physicians and researchers to treat the disease. The doctors both point to the lack of funding for CFS research as a barrier to finding a cure and treatment protocols. (Nevada) (4/02/07, 4/03/07)
A report by Zach Thaxton on KRDO in Colorado Springs, Colorado, describes the “Guaifenesin Protocol,” an over-the-counter treatment for CFS and fibromyalgia administered by George Juetersonke, a Colorado Springs-based doctor of osteopathic medicine, in which patients take strictly regimented doses of decongestants such as Robitussin, Humibid and Mucinex to speed the excretion of phosphates. According to Dr. Paul St. Amand, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Endocrinology at UCLA, the retention of phosphates appears to be the root cause of the fibromyalgia and associated chronic fatigue. The story notes that this treatment is considered alternative and experimental, and has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, nor proven to be effective in clinical trials. It also includes a link to the CDC’s CFS web pages. (Colorado) (3/11/07)
In part 2 of “Sick & Tired: The Truth Behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” WCHS-6 reporter Vivian Leigh visits a CFS support group and outlines several treatment options. The story includes a link to the video. (Portland, Maine) (2/16/07)
In this story of CFS patient Lisa Ball, WCHS-6 reporter Vivian Leigh notes that the CDC has recognized CFS as a real disease. The online version of the story includes a link to the video and to the National CFIDS Foundation. (“Sick & Tired: The Truth Behind Chronic Fatigue Syndrome") (Maine) (2/15/07)
Kim McCleary, the CFIDS Association’s president & CEO, was interviewed for a 30-second spot during the 5:30 p.m. newscast of Charlotte, N.C., ABC affiliate WSOC. The spot featured “The Faces of CFS” traveling photo exhibit at SouthPark Mall. (North Carolina) (2/09/07).
Dr. Laura Black of the Hunter-Hopkins Clinic and Kim McCleary, the CFIDS Association’s president & CEO, were guests on the "Charlotte Now" television program with host Mike Collins on WJZY (Channel 46). The half-hour program covered CFS diagnosis, treatment and awareness, including the “Faces of CFS” exhibit at SouthPark Mall, Feb. 8-11. (North Carolina) (2/4/06)
This story was also picked up by:
WNDU – NBC16 (South Bend, Indiana) (1/30/07)
WPLG-ABC10 in south Florida aired a story featuring CFS expert Dr. Nancy Klimas and patient Marla Silverman. The story provided a basic overview of CFS and addressed the life-altering impact of the illness. (1/26/07) http://www.local10.com/health/10850207/detail.html
“Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste,” a one-hour program broadcast by Spanish language network Telemundo, featured interviews with CFS expert Nancy Klimas, MD, and CFS patients Marly Silverman and Rosa Berrocal on its Nov. 17 show.
WHAM "Chronic fatigue syndrome, often misunderstood" (11/4/2006)
"NBC Nightly News" lead medical correspondent Robert Bazell reports, "Chronic fatigue is a real illness, gov't says." The report includes interviews with CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding and CFIDS Association Board member and CFS patient Jennifer Spotila, whose career as a rising-star litigator was cut short due to CFS. (11/2/06) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15535705
10NBC in Rochester, NY sent anchor Jennifer Johnson to Washington, D.C. to attend the press event, conduct interviews and produce a news segment that aired November 8. Jennifer also shared her own story; she had CFS during high school and was profiled in a Boston Globe article in 1994, telling how her life as an honor student and varsity athlete was dramatically changed by the illness. Although she has recovered now, she still celebrated the press event as a long overdue turning point in recognition for CFS. Jennifer's report includes interviews with CFS expert and local resident Dr. David Bell and other local CFS patients. You can view the video and the transcript at
CNN ran text “crawlers” on Nov. 3 reporting CDC’s statement that CFS is real, serious. (11/3/06)
Fox News Edge taped an interview with CFS patient Jennie Spotila and CDC researcher Dr. Suzanne Vernon to broadcast to all its stations across the country. This interview was part of the satellite media tour for TV and radio stations that occurred early on the morning of Nov. 3, just before the press event, at the National Press Club’s Broadcast Center. (11/3/06)
KVUE-TV Austin aired a live interview with CFS patient Jennie Spotila and CDC researcher Dr. Suzanne Vernon at 5:40 a.m. (local time), part of the satellite media tour. (11/3/06)
KRQE-TV CBS Albuquerque interviewed Jennie Spotila and Dr. Suzanne Vernon live at 6:10 a.m. (local time) as part of the satellite media tour. The station also broadcast the TV public service announcement. (11/3/06)
KWGN-TV CW Denver interviewed Jennie Spotila and Dr. Suzanne Vernon live at 6:15 a.m. (local time) as part of the satellite media tour. (11/3/06)
KBMT-TV ABC Beaumont (TX) interviewed Jennie Spotila and Dr. Suzanne Vernon live at 6:20 a.m. (local time) as part of the satellite media tour. (11/3/06)
KAMC-TV ABC Lubbock (TX) aired a live interview with Jennie Spotila and Dr. Suzanne Vernon at 6:25 a.m. (local time) as part of the satellite media tour. (11/3/06)
WTXL-TV ABC Tallahassee (FL) will use an interview “package” featuring Jennie Spotila and Dr. Suzanne Vernon produced as part of the satellite media tour. The date of the station’s airing of the interview is not yet known.
New12 NJ will air the satellite media tour interview package on some future date.
WCTV-TV Tallahassee CBS will air the satellite media tour interview package on some future date.
KXTV, Sacramento’s ABC affiliate (News10) will air a one-hour program about CFS on its “Sacramento & Co.” show on Friday, October 27, seen at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Leonard Jason of DePaul University and CFS patient Elizabeth Lockhart and her husband Robert will be guests on the program. (10/27/2006)
WCCO-TV, the Minneapolis/St. Paul CBS affiliate, reported on CFS and the traveling photo exhibit that was displayed at Mall of America. Reporter Sue Turner interviewed CFS patient Joanne Brayden and CFIDS Association staff member Tiffany Stovall. 8/06/06. In conjunction with the TV report, WCCO also posted a story on its website. 8/07/06. http://wcco.com/topstories/local_story_218211856.html
NBC10 in Rochester, NY followed its Nov. 8 report with a second segment, which aired on Nov. 15. Station anchor and recovered CFS patient Jennifer Johnson begins with her own story and reads from the hundreds of messages she received in response to her first report. She also lists local resources for area patients. (11/15/06)