Author Archive for Cort Johnson

Her Brain Was On Fire: A Neuroinflammation Story

A Neuroinflammation Story Who knows how it started? Did those two mysterious red dots on a vein on her arm mean anything? Could that businessman who sneezed on her in the subway triggered her illness? Or did her biological stars just suddenly align in the strangest configuration ever? Nobody Read more [...]

Excluding Factors: Jason Critiques the IOM Definition for ME/CFS

Clearly, issues concerning reliability of clinical diagnosis are complex and have important research and practical implications. Jason et. al In the beginning of his overview on the IOM definition and name change Jason notes the numerous false starts and botched definitions that have plagued chronic Read more [...]

The Neuroinflammation Man: Jarred Younger on Inflammation, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(This blog is taken from three sources. A radio interview with Jarred Younger, information on the University of Alabama at Birmingham website and an interview I did with him. Thanks to Jarred for his time.) Unlike others, Younger was never phased by the lack  of attention given fibromyalgia and chronic Read more [...]

Lyme Induced Immune Suppression May Bring Lyme Tests into Question

There has been a growing consensus  that whatever chronic Lyme disease is it's not due to the bacteria. This concensus has been based on studies indicating that short term antibiotic treatment following an infection, causes a dramatic reduction in antibodies. That drop in antibody levels is believed Read more [...]

Predisposed to Inflammation? CDC Zeroes In on Innate Immune System

Thousands of small alterations in our genes exist.  This propensity for genetic experimentation has helped the human race adapt and thrive.  Many never have an impact. Others may be helpful in some situations and problematic in other situations, and some, often in combination with other gene variations Read more [...]

Childhood Disrupted – How Biography Becomes Biology: the Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS ACE Poll

“My goal is to help those suffering from chronic conditions better understand the intersection between our neurobiology, immunology and the deepest inner workings of the human heart — and to use that understanding to embark on a transformation to healing.” —Donna Jackson Nakazawa Donna Jackson Read more [...]

More is Better: Rituximab Trial Boosts Hopes for ME/CFS

Dr's Fluge and Mella had produced a breakthrough and they had a new problem. Over 60% of the ME/CFS patients they gave the powerful immune drug Rituximab significantly improved but they tended to relapse when they were off the drug. Plus some patients didn't react to the drug. In this study Read more [...]

The Pain Pioneer: the Visionary Approach of John Bonica

"Those who pursue knowledge about pain or attempt to relieve pain and suffering in their patients should recognize that John Bonica had the vision and laid out the road that made our careers feasible. Those who travel this route will be forever indebted to him." IASP Check out an entertaining, inspiring Read more [...]