Author Archive for Cort Johnson

Powerful New York Times Op-ed Strikes Blow For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The New York Times is the most influential paper in the English speaking world. It gets hundreds of op ed applications a day, and it just chose to publish a powerful, powerful editorial on chronic fatigue syndrome. Coming on the tails of the Institute of Medicine report Julie Rehmeyer, a journalist Read more [...]

A New Name For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? The Community Weighs In

About 4500 people saw the survey and about 550 took it. The survey consisted of a ranking mechanism that allowed the participants to rank their favorite names from first to last. The survey tool from Gravity Forms  then produced an aggregate score. Survey Round I ME was the clear winner with Ramsey's Read more [...]

When Touch Hurts: An Allodynia Overview

No Useful Purpose Allodynia is a particularly nasty and mysterious problem. One of the first things to get about allodynia is that it serves no useful purpose. Other types of pain serve to protect an injured area but there’s nothing protective about a condition that causes results in the touch of Read more [...]

Dr. Montoya Talks – With the CDC – On ME/CFS

The CDC is having a public call-in session on Monday, Feb 23rd. First Dr. Unger will talk and then Dr. Jose Montoya of Stanford.  (See the schedule below). Everybody is invited. It's not a call to be missed. Dr. Unger and the CDC First Dr. Unger will talk on what the CDC has going on - and Read more [...]

The Name, the Name, the Name….What Name Would YOU Pick?

Lenny Jason had little good to say about the new name in a recent article "How Disease Names Can Stigmatize". Prominently highlighting a slew of negative comments (" It is pathetic, degrading and demeaning", "Absolutely outrageous and intolerable!”) at the head of the article, Jason stated Read more [...]

The Pain Brain: Hippocampal Atrophy Found in Fibromyalgia

The Pain Brain Sometimes you've got to ask wonder where is it going to stop with fibromyalgia (FM) and the brain? Reductions in the volume of "gray matter" (the neuronal cell bodies and glial cells as opposed to the long nerve fibers) have been found in the insular, anterior cingulate cortices Read more [...]

Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome the IOM Way: the IOM Report #3

This is not a figment of their imagination. This is not somaticizing. This is a common, all too common, complex disease" Dr. Ellen Clayton, Committee Chair The proposed new name for chronic fatigue syndrome really jumped out in the IOM report but the report provides several other difference making Read more [...]

Changing the Conversation: the IOM Reports Sparks Re-evaluation of ME/CFS in the Media

I assert that for ME/CFS it's all about changing the conversations or narratives around it that are keeping it poorly funded and mostly ignored. Once those conversations change everything else will change. What was impossible beforehand will suddenly become not just possible but natural. In Read more [...]