First of all I should mention that I am a resident of Green Bank WV and the people mentioned in the article are known to me. Including Diane Schou.
Just wanted to say that while the cause of their symptoms can be argued about endlessly the symptoms they have are real and they can be debilitating. The whole issue is no joke to them and as was said by Charlie Meckna, "Do you think I want this?, No!"
I don't think any of them are trying to pull a fast one or indulging in attention seeking behaviour. The ones I have met are just plain folks.