Meryl Nass, M.D.— Bio

I am board certified in Internal Medicine, and practice at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Maine.  I care for hospitalized patients, and have a clinic where I treat patients with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and related disorders.

I have also studied biological warfare and bioterrorism since 1989.  In 1992 I identified the use of anthrax as a biological weapon in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) between 1978 and 1980, during a civil war between the white minority and black majority.  Only areas populated by blacks were affected: because Rhodesia was then an apartheid nation, it was possible to confine the effects of the epidemic to areas where only black people lived and worked.  The epidemic was part of a strategy of low intensity warfare, designed to wreak economic havoc by killing cattle needed for ploughing.  At least 182 people were also killed.

I have also worked to prevent biological warfare by creating ways of investigating suspect epidemics.  A report I coauthored was presented to the 1996 international Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference in Geneva.

In 1998 I found that the anthrax vaccine being given to hundreds of thousands of military service- members was making many of them sick, and have since helped publicize the reactions, and treated many affected individuals.  I have also pointed out the serious flaws in relying on vaccines as a panacea for the threat of biological warfare, as they are a medical Maginot Line.  This was pointed out by the Congressional Committee on Government Reform in its 2000 report, Unproven Force Protection

I volunteer to answer medical questions related to biodefense vaccines, host the website www.anthraxvaccine.org, advocate for better vaccines and drugs for bioterrorism, and continue to write academic and popular articles on anthrax, bioterrorism and biodefense vaccines in my spare time.  I also provided five testimonies at the request of four Congressional committees on these topics since 1999.  I have attaché a Resume, with links to many of the articles and testimonies I have written.