By Gussie FauntleroyFor The New Mexican, The New Mexican - 1/29/2001
Jamie Sams, 49, walks like an old woman. She shuffles, hunched over, and
sometimes forgets what she came into a room for. Off and on for 11 of the past
30 years she's been bedridden with an illness that has been misnamed and
renamed many times, but generally is referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome.
Yet in spite of constant exhaustion, pain, 80-hour headaches and a long list of
other health problems, Sams is driven to help others who suffer from similar
symptoms. Her mission is to raise awareness about what she sees as one of the
most misunderstood, least known and sometimes openly denied medical theories of
our time: that chronic fatigue, certain cancers, autism, attention-deficit
disorder, multiple sclerosis and a host of other serious and often
life-threatening diseases originate as viral infections.
These viruses, Sams and others believe, often are introduced into the body by
way of vaccinations. And some are contagious even while they remain latent and
almost undetectable in the body for many years. In particular, a newly
discovered category of virus, called stealth viruses, are so small they are
detectable only by electron microscope.
Stealth viruses behave in ways that previously were believed to be impossible,
and are the hidden culprit behind many diseases, Sams believes.
Sams, a Santa Fe resident for the past 14 years, is co-author of Medicine
Cards and author of a number of other books on American Indian spirituality
and related topics. (Her own heritage is Seneca, Cherokee and French.)
In the past few years she has been immersed in reading and research on what she
believes to be the source of her lifelong health problems. She has amassed
volumes of studies, documents, books and Web sites dealing with the question of
viral infections, and is in regular communication with a number of physicians
and scientists actively involved in the issue.
It is a subject that soon will break into the public's attention, Sams
predicts. So she and others working with her are setting up what she calls
"information grand central," a Web site where doctors, nurses,
scientists, care givers and the general public can have access to worldwide
networking and the newest studies and resources on chronic disease and stealth
The Emerging Worlds Web site (www.emergingworlds.com) is scheduled to be up by
the end of March. It is being established under the umbrella of the Children of
Earth Foundation, which Sams founded a number of years ago to fund a variety of
programs for American Indian youth, artists, elders and others.
The site will include a secure, private discussion forum where researchers,
doctors and nurses around the world can share information and exchange ideas.
Another secure chat room will be available for patient to patient exchanges.
Among the research studies and articles posted on the site will be audio
interviews with scientists and physicians working on these issues. There will
be information on alternative treatments for chronic illness, and innumerable
links to related sites.
Sams sees a need for this type of resource in part because most medical Web
sites are owned by pharmaceutical companies, and on many sites medical
researchers feel inhibited about discussing unconventional theories and
treatments. Sams and her colleagues hope to provide a centralized, independent
resource for the immense volume of new information available.
"I think there needs to be a free spot on the bingo card so any researcher
who knows something can come forth with it. Our motto is 'check your ego and
your preconceptions at the (chat room) door.' We're trying to create a way for
doctors in the field in third world countries to get involved in the dialogue
and link up with the latest research, not just on viral illness, but for any
chronic illness," she said.
Discussion of stealth viruses, in particular, runs up against long-held beliefs
within the established medical system, Sams said. Dr. W. John Martin, at the
Center for Complex Infectious Diseases in Rosemead, Calif., has been studying
the link between stealth viruses and chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis and
other chronic diseases that up till now have not been considered contagious.
According to Martin's research, stealth viruses have the previously unknown
capacity to mimic other strains of virus within their species. Martin believes
they can even mutate to the extent that they jump species and become a
completely different form of virus. And as the name implies, they are able live
undetected in a body for years without killing the host, thus increasing the
chances of spreading latent and undiagnosed disease.
Having mutated or adapted from well-known viruses, stealth viruses become
transmittable through saliva, sexual intercourse, mother's milk and blood
transfusions, Martin believes. As a result, babies can be born with viral
infections that lead to serious illnesses, even though their mothers may be
asymptomatic. Without the patient exhibiting symptoms of common viral infections,
most doctors don't know to look for viruses in the body.
A number of researchers now believe one of the primary ways many viruses have
been, and continue to be introduced into the population is through vaccines and
forced inoculations. Some vaccines, such as those for polio and rubella,
contain live human viruses to which Sams believes no one should be exposed.
Other vaccines are "contaminated" with wild animal viruses that can
wreck havoc in the human body.
"A live virus going into a human body can be deadly, and viral medicine is
in its infancy, in my opinion, when it comes to understanding the long term
effects of these things," Sams said. She added that even attenuated
vaccines, those made without live viruses, are not necessarily safe. Attenuated
vaccines are created by injecting a live virus into substances such as animal
organs or chicken eggs, and then producing a vaccine with the antibodies
created by this process.
However, it recently was discovered that some batches of oral polio vaccine in
England were made with antibodies grown in bovine cells from cows infected with
mad cow disease. As a result, children receiving the vaccine are in danger of
manifesting the deadly viral infection that causes a variation of mad cow
disease in humans, Sams said.
In another case, a large number of children in Norway were diagnosed with
autism within a very short time of being inoculated with the
measles/mumps/rubella vaccine that included a live rubella virus. A class
action lawsuit currently is ongoing, brought by parents of those children.
Many people also believe the source of the debilitating Gulf War Syndrome was
forced inoculations of military personnel with vaccines containing dangerous
combinations of animal and human viruses, Sams said.
Central to all such cases is the fact that there is no required testing of
vaccines, a situation Sams and others see as unconscionable.
"We have to be real clear on the fact that there have been major
scientific blunders with attenuated and live vaccines. All vaccines need to be
tested. We have to have a way of knowing that vaccines on the market are safe.
As it is now, it's a matter of Russian roulette of which (batch) your doctor
gets," she said.
If testing of vaccines had been required since the introduction of the first
polio vaccines in the 1950s, Sams believes her own life would have been very
different. An athletic young child growing up in Waco, Texas, she suddenly
passed out several times in the eighth grade, and has had continually more
serious chronic health problems since then.
In college she collapsed for a year and a half with what was diagnosed as
mononucleosis. From age 16 to 28 she underwent eight surgeries on her abdomen,
ovaries, uterus and other organs. Now her condition is called chronic fatigue,
the current name for a general set of symptoms she shares with some 12 million
"Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real weird label. It includes people with
environmental illness, heavy metal toxins and candida. I think there are five
different kinds of CFS. But in every case the person is waylaid, and even if
they're doing well they may have 50 percent of the energy level they used to
have. And you never know, if you overdo things, when it'll come back with a
vengeance. It's scary as the dickens," she said.
"They keep misnaming this disease. They called it the Yuppie flu, then
chronic Epstein-Barr virus, but they never talk about the fact that there are
many other viruses involved."
She added that the majority of doctors still consider chronic fatigue a
"phantom disease," claiming the patient's symptoms are "all in
the head." Contributing to this is the fact that most doctors do not test
such patients for latent viral infections. Stealth viruses show up in blood
cultures only when viewed under an electron microscope or by PCR (polymer chain
reaction) machine, which detects latent viruses in DNA.
Sams said she has tested positive for 23 active and latent strains of easily
detectable viruses, as well as several stealth viruses. She is convinced at least
some of these entered her body through inoculations with the original polio
vaccines, which contained a simian (wild monkey) virus. The vaccine was made
with live kidney cells from monkeys that had viral infections, she said.
In her case, the stew of viruses in her body has produced a type of cerebral
encephalopathy, or eating away of brain cells, as well as chronic hemorrhaging
of the brain and other organs, and viral meningitis.
Sams uses a combination of Western drugs and alternative treatments to keep
herself as functional as possible. Some viral inhibitors are available, and Dr.
Martin currently is working on developing an inhibitor for stealth viruses.
Everyone, Sams says, should follow preventative measures such as safe sex and
not sharing food, drinking glasses or utensils. She also strongly believes laws
must be put into place to require testing of all vaccines for contamination by
animal viruses, and all blood banks should be tested for contamination by
"People need to bind together and put pressure on the FDA and on senators
and congressmen to stop forced vaccinations and to test all vaccines,"
Sams said. "There's a multibillion-dollar link (between the FDA and drug
companies) where they don't have to have vaccines tested. It's all about money
and the bottom line, instead of human health."
The Emerging Worlds Web site (www.emergingworlds.com) being set up by Jamie
Sams and others is scheduled to be online by late March. In the meantime, for
information on support groups and current medical research on chronic fatigue
syndrome and other chronic illnesses, here is a list of Web sites, books and
resources suggested by Sams.
· Chronic Ill Net, www.chronicillnet.org
· Chenney Medical Center, www.fnmedcenter.com
· Center for Complex Infectious Diseases - stealth virus research,
· Australian research - Newcastle University biology department and
links to CFS researchers worldwide: www.ahmf.org/links
· The CFIDS Association of America, 800-442-3437
· National Vaccine Information Center, 800-909-SHOT, or www.909shot.com
· Books: Osler's Web: Inside the Labyrinth of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Epidemic, by Hillary Johnson
· The Virus Within: A Coming Epidemic - How Medical Detectives are Tracking
a Terrifying Virus that Hides in Almost all of Us, by Nicholas Regush
· 50 More Things you Should Know About CFIDS and its Link to AIDS by
Neeya Ostrum (www.chronicillnet.org/book/ostrum)