Smith tells an interesting tale of an initially hopeful paper which indicated that a RV was the cause of CFS, but the paper was later found to have some serious flaws. Other labs could not replicate the initial promising results, and some of the protocol seemed a bit funky. The lead author instead of taking the criticism in a professional manner struck back accusing detractors of improper motives. From here the story moves to alleged intellectual property theft, contempt of court proceedings, with the result a large number of people thinking 'the man' is hiding treatment options from them.
More than the tale of some off track conspiracy, it is the tale of how the scientific process works in the real world, and what can occur when someone goes broken arrow.
It was not only an educational interview, but also quite entertaining. The Science or Discovery Channel could somewhat redeem themselves if they turned this into a made for TV movie.
Some side observations: I am always struck at the caliber of guest Karl attracts. Smith is a graduate student. Astronomer Royale, Stuart Robbins is a freshly minted Phd. Karl has had Chuck Morrison, M.D. as a guest. Skeptical rising star Hayley Stevens, now published in Skeptic magazine, as an honored guest etc.* Also, as learned on this episode Smith is a fan chocolate. Dr. Robbins is a Euro-trash chocolate snob. SkepReview worldwide HQ is in self proclaimed Chocolatetown, U.S.A. home of good old all American Hershey's Chocolate. I have heard Stevens is a fan of Reese's peanut butter cups. I wonder if Skeptics tend to have sweet tooth . . .
*No idea how I have ever qualified as a guest. Lapse in judgement for sure by Karl.