- Mikovits would have continued to insist "IT IS XMRV / MLV / pMLV / HGRV !!!!!!!!!"
- A sizable portion of patients and "advocates" would have continued to insist "IT IS XMRV / MLV / pMLV / HGRV!!!!!!!!!"
- Nobody would have believed the ME/CFS community ("It's all in the head, you know")
This would have been the mess, created by Mikovits (and Ruscetti) – hadn't Ian Lipkin stepped up.
Should I thank Mikovits for creating a mess?
Mikovits effectively hijacked large parts of the ME/CFS community, and tried to drive us down the XMRV dead-end.
Should I thank Mikovits for chasing us down the XMRV dead-end?
Mikovits convinced some patients to take anti-retroviral medications against viruses that they didn't had. What harm did that? What side effects did it cause? Was there permanent health damage for people taking medication that they didn't need? So was it only a "financial" loss? At least, as far as I know, nobody died from that.
Should I thank Mikovits that she didn't kill anybody?
I'm grateful that Ian Lipkin got involed to clean up the mess created by Mikovits and Ruscetti.
Should I thank Mikovits and Ruscetti, that Lipkin cleaned up their mess?
And after all that, Mikovits hasn't managed to say one word in the way of an apology.
Should I thank Mikovits for not owing up to her deception?
Or should Mikovits and Ruscetti rather fear prison for their reckless behavior?