Howard K. Bloom (born June 25, 1943) is an American author and music publicist. Prior to developing myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) in 1988, he had been the publicist for some of the biggest names in popular music in the 1970s and 1980s. These included Prince, Billy Joel, Styx, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Talking Heads, Lionel Richie, ZZ Top, Bette Midler, AC/DC, Simon & Garfunkel, John Mellencamp, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Kiss.
After getting ME/CFS in 1988, he became bedbound for five years and housebound after that. Being unable to continue working as a publicist, he began to write books on history, science and religion. His titles include The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History, The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates, How I Accidentally Started the Sixties, and The Mohammad Code: How a Desert Prophet Brought You ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram.
In 2001, Bloom fought the New York City Clerk's Office ruling that allowed them to refuse to issue him a marriage license in his home, despite being housebound. Marriage licenses can be arranged for others unable to attend its office, such as those confined to hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, but there was a union rule that prohibited City Clerk workers from going to people’s homes. One city employee suggested that Bloom take an ambulance to the clerk’s office, which he refused. He called his publicist, who, in turn, called the media. Soon, a personal visit was made by the city clerk to his house to issue a marriage license. Bloom stated that it was little comfort for him, because he wonders about the other housebound patients of CFS who don’t have the money and connections to maneuver bureaucratic rulings. “There are hundreds and thousands of people who are just like me,” Bloom said. “And they are voiceless.”
The New York Times observed that the city's regulations in regard to obtaining marriage licenses at the city clerk's office were likely to be in breach of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as city and state human rights laws. Bloom stated: "There has to be a more visionary solution, ways to redo the bureaucratic system so people could do this online or on the telephone. New York City has to get its bureaucratic systems out of the age of Nikolai Gogol."
The 2007 edition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome For Dummies, by Susan R. Lisman M.D. and Karla Dougherty, includes Howard Bloom in the chapter on "Ten Famous People With CFS."
Articles[edit | edit source]
Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]
- 2018, Howard Bloom talks about being bedridden for 15 years because of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Interview with Joe Rogan via YouTube
- 2013, Howard Bloom - On what happens when we extend ourselves Canary in a Coal Mine launch trailer.
- 2013, Howard Bloom: Living Strong with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (21 videos)
Books[edit | edit source]
- 1995, 1997, The Lucifer Principle : A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History
- 2000, The Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century
- 2010, The Genius of the Beast : A Radical Re-vision of Capitalism
- 2012, The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates
- 2013, The Mohammed Code: Why a Desert Prophet Wants You Dead
- 2014, How I Accidentally Started the Sixties
- 2016, The Mohammad Code: How a Desert Prophet Brought You ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram, paperbook edition.
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References[edit | edit source]
- Bloom, H.K. (1995, 1997). The Lucifer Principle : A Scientific Expedition into the Forces of History. New York, NY: The Atlantic Monthly Press.
- Bloom, H.K. (2000) The Global Brain: The Evolution of Mass Mind from the Big Bang to the 21st Century. New York, NY: Wiley.
- Bloom, H.K. (2010). The Genius of the Beast : A Radical Re-vision of Capitalism. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books.
- Bloom, H.K. (2012). The God Problem: How a Godless Cosmos Creates. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books.
- Bloom, H.K. (2013). Howard Bloom, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
- Bloom, H.K. (2014) How I Accidentally Started the Sixties. Howard Bloom, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
- Bloom, H.K. (2016)The Mohammad Code: How a Desert Prophet Brought You ISIS, al Qaeda, and Boko Haram. Port Townsend, WA: Feral House.
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.