Disabling Fatigue and the New York Times Lapdog Jane

Majid Ali, M.D.

An Article of Eating Crow Series

People with persistent and disabling fatigue continue to live severely diminished lives, decades after decades. The lapdog Joes and Janes of The New York Times continue to promote drugs for it. Please read this article completely to see if I am being unethical in my comments.


Disabling Fatigue Circa 1994

In my book The Canary and Chronic Fatigue (1994), I recognized the central roles of gut fermentation and mold allergy in the cause and persistence of disabling chronic fatigue. For effective treatment, I discussed the important subject of altered states of bowel ecology at length and offered my guidelines for my Seed, Feed, and Weed Approach for restoring the bowel flora.

Disabling Fatigue Circa 2015

Following is an excerpt form an article published in The New York Times on Feb. 25, 2015. “In my case, I have improved almost unbelievably by taking extreme steps to avoid mold, an approach that has become an underground movement among patients but that has received very little study.”


I am happy for the writer’s discovery by personal experience that avoid mold toxins improved her health “almost unbelievably .” I would have been happier if she had stopped there. But she did not.

Chemotherapy for Curing Chronic Fatigue

The Times’s writer went on to sing the virtues of a chemotherapy drug for curing chronic fatigue. Consider the following text from the article: “That may be about to change. Rituximab, a lymphoma drug, has produced remarkable remissions in C.F.S. patients in a small study and is now undergoing a large trial.”

Not a Watchdog But a lapdog Jane

Singing the praises of chemotherapy for chronic fatigue makes the writer not a watchdog journalist but a lapdog Jane. She does not understand something that people who suffer from chronic disabling fatigue find out the hard way: fatigue caused by chemicals cannot be cured by taking more toxic chemicals. The Times writer could have read my book, spoken to my patients who got better, and reviewed their records (with their permission). If she had done that, she would have acted as a watchdog journalists.


No, regardless of the short-term benefits of the chemotherapy drug, this drug will fail just as other drugs have failed. I know this prediction will prove right as my other predictions in this matter have in the past. The problems caused by overgrowth of fermenting flora in the bowel, gut fermentation, and resulting mitochondrial failure in ATP energy generation cannot be cured by chemotherapy. It is that simple.


Please consider other articles in my “Eating Crow Series” to see how much damage lapdog Joes and Janes have done in past decades. Then decide if I myself being unethical in taking cheap shots at The New York Times.




Please consider my free course entitled “Dr. Ali’s Chronic Fatigue Course”. The new name for CFS, I might point out, is SEID.


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