Author Archive for Cort Johnson

Gut Finding in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Dispels Idea IBS is Psychological

“A functional symptom is a medical symptom in an individual which is very broadly conceived as arising from a problem in nervous system 'functioning' and not due to a structural or pathologically defined disease cause.” - Wikipedia “... on finding itself unable to discover effective treatments Read more [...]

Supporting Your Health Rising – the Amazon.com Way

The Holiday season is here! Forget dragging yourself out to the stores, you can do virtually all your shopping on Amazon.com - and support Health Rising at the same time. Amazon.com will provide Health Rising 4-10% of every purchase you make through our U.S., Canadian or U.K. stores. The easiest Read more [...]

Should the Feds Give Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A Pass On Rigor?

The tough criteria used by  the AHRQ panel to assess diagnostic and biomarker studies ended up eliminating well over 90% of ME/CFS studies from consideration.  That shocking result has lead some to suggest that the chronic fatigue syndrome field should be given something of a pass when it comes Read more [...]

Chapter Opens Up in Quest to Understand PEM in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Lights are ploughing new ground - not just in ME/CFS - but in how post-exertional malaise and fatigue occurs after exercise in humans (and, one must say mice.). In this third blog in a series of blogs exploring PEM and ME/CFS. we take advantage of a chapter in a book they wrote that explains how Read more [...]

A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Brain on Exercise – Not a Pretty Sight

Deciphering Post Exertional "Malaise"  In the last blog we found that the “fatigue” in chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis (MS) were very different.  While exercise knocked the ME/CFS patients into a new sphere of suffering, it had only temporary and  moderate effects on the MS Read more [...]

A Breakthrough For ME/CFS? Dr. Unger on the CDC’s Multisite Studies

When all is said and done the CDC's multisite studies may end up being the biggest set of ME/CFS studies ever done. Covering the practices of seven ME/CFS experts they have the potential to alter how we diagnosis, test for and treat people with ME/CFS. Their promise is huge. In this Simmaron Research Read more [...]

A “Fatigue” Disorder No More? – What Multiple Sclerosis Taught Us About Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The "Fatigue" Disorders Multiple sclerosis (MS) ranks amongst the most fatiguing disorders known.  The most common symptom found in MS (75-95% of patients), fatigue is a major research topic with ten studies in the last five months featuring fatigue in their titles. Like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Read more [...]

Lipkin Project Gutting It Out

Ian Lipkin thinks the gut holds the key to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and who are we to disagree with him? ). His study will identify microbes that are associated with immune activation in ME/CFS, then find ways to knock them down using probiotics, antibiotics followed by probiotics, restriction Read more [...]