An 115 page oversight report on the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) that was authored by the Minority
Office of the Federal Financial Management Subcommittee
examined how far off track the CDC has gone and made recommendations
on how it could get back on track. The CDC is expected to
spend their $10 billion annual budget on treating and preventing
diseases along with dealing with safety threats but they
waste millions of dollars. The report, "CDC Off Center",
was put on ranking member Senator Tom Coburn's website and,
although he said it "is not an effort to discredit
the good work" but one that is hoped the federal agency
will look at as a way to return to better fulfilling their
mission. The report did not mention the historical fiasco
that continues to this day in addressing "CFS"
and the way they have managed to bury the actual disease
they were supposed to be looking at, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
(M.E.), but that was well documented in Hillary Johnson's
outstanding historical novel, Osler's Web and continues
to this day. This may be a good opportunity to let your
own congressional representatives know that this medical
fiasco has continued and has obliterated the disease known
as M.E. While the 1988 CDC's Holmes criteria listed some
neurological symptoms, the 1994 (Fukuda) criteria have none.
On the cover of the report on the CDC, it states, "A
review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing
disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars
for failed prevention efforts, international junkets,
and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling
disease." Some of the examples contained in their
- $1.7 million spent on a Hollywood liaison program which
included funds set aside for terrorism. The program just
happened to be run by a former CDC employee.
- $49 million spent on conferences that included
prostitutes, protests and beach parties.
- $200,000 spent on a fitness center with mood-enhancing
lightshows and $3,500 zero gravity chairs.
- AIDS funds spent on a transgender beauty pageant
while 40,000 new HIV cases annually are seen.
- Syphilis prevention funds spent to feature a porn
- $250,000 spent so two former employees could help
build staff morale.
- Funds that could have been spent on retroviral
drugs to prevent mother-to-child AIDS transmission for
more than 115,000 infants were, instead, spent to send
110 CDC employees to two AIDS conferences.
- $5.1 million spent on audio visuals that include
a 70 foot wide video wall and plasma television screens.
- $106 million spent on a communications and visitor
center but there already was a visitor's center.
- A Hawaiian office of the CDC to open in Manoa when
a Hawaiian Senator oversees the CDC funds.
- Funds a bar night and manual on how to throw an
- Funds "serious health issues" such as
land development, bike paths, and guns.
- CDC's Atlanta campus is like a theme park including
Japanese gardens and they even paid to have a "woman"
made out of vegetables for their lobby.
- Secretary of Health Leavitt uses the CDC's leased
jet at a cost of millions "in times of emergency"
which turned out to include visits to teach senior citizens
about Medicare Part D and other speaking engagements that
could not be termed an "emergency". (However,
Leavitt has not found time to address the CFSAC's recommendations
- A "revolving door" was seen funding ex-employees
of the CDC but no mention was made of the CDC's failure
to get a prevalence estimate in over a decade while funding
a private company owned by an ex-CDC high-level employee.
The report says the "CDC says it has 'remained at
the forefront of public health efforts to prevent and
control infectious and chronic diseases...'" From
this report and from what every PWC/ME patient knows,
it has done just the opposite. Although the CDC's budget
has nearly tripled in the past 10 years, some of the agency's
documents indicate it has decreased. "CDC Off Center"
says "Perhaps there is a budgetary reason why the
CDC does not 'count' over a $1.8 billion dollars it has
received and spent over the last few years..." Is
this a new problem? In 1993, the U.S. government spent
$277,000 on "pickle research."
The CDC continues to make news as the media reported
a month later that they have "lost" $22 million
worth of equipment from their site and a thorough audit
has been said to be taking place. The audit will also
look in to whether the CDC has implemented the recommendations
that were in a prior report. In the past few years, there
have been 61 investigations into theft or disappearance
of property belonging to the CDC but no arrests or disciplinary
actions have resulted thus far.
Regarding the report "CDC Off Center", Tom Coburn,
M.D, U.S. Senator, asks others to "submit a tip"
with any "examples of government waste, fraud, or
abuse." You can do it anonymously though the internet
or by writing to his subcommittee at Senator Tom Coburn,
Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government
Information, and International Security, 340 Dirksen Senate
Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20510. As Dr. Coburn wrote,
"It is up to the American people to demand that their
elected officials respond vigorously to the findings."
The NCF has written but not yet received a reply. Join
us and let them know that a disease in huge numbers that
have debilitated hundreds of thousands has been purposely
obfuscated by the CDC to the extent that a physician is
no longer able to diagnose ME in this country. Send copies
to your own federal senators.