Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 3

Depressing Consequences: The Infection Mood Disorder Connection Revealed

We know that many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) start with an infection and that those infections result in what is called "sickness behavior".  The fatigue, pain, difficulty concentrating, problems with sleep and apathy found during an infection, are intended to force Read more [...]

The Brain Game: The Search for Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

An inflammatory process (neuroinflammation) almost certainly plays a major role in the development of many neurological diseases. Andrew Lloyd has pointed out that the symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome (and fibromyalgia)  are "brain symptoms"'; i.e. they are flu-like symptoms produced by the Read more [...]

Reborn II: Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Inflammation

A recent blog featured the story of a woman who recovered from severe fibromyalgia using vagal nerve stimulation. This blog features, if anything, a even more remarkable story of recovery from a different angle; this time the patient suffered from severe, crippling inflammation. With a Read more [...]

Male Trouble: the Testosterone Connection in Fibromyalgia

Testosterone, women and fibromyalgia? Could a male hormone be causing trouble in FM? The primary male sex hormone, testosterone promotes the growth of the male sex organs and helps produce the increased muscle, bone mass, body hair  and deeper voices seen in men. Testosterone may be Read more [...]

Tipping Point? The Stanford Chronic Fatigue Initiative’s Big Year Is Here

We are at the tipping point in our scientific pursuit to identify the biomarkers and central abnormalities of ME/CFS. Several treatment interventions will stem from our work and that of other institutions. We believe that by applying the appropriate methodology and technology, we will be able to conquer Read more [...]

Huge Advance in Viral Detection Could Benefit ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

FM and ME/CFS are often triggered by infections but concluding the role pathogens play in these illnesses has been difficult. It just got a whole lot easier. A Harvard researcher recently published a widely lauded paper that describes a quantum leap in researchers ability to assess the influence Read more [...]

Posts, Polls, Recovery Stories and Resources: Health Rising’s Forums at 2 1/2 (Months)

Over 1300 registrations, 650 threads and almost 3,000 posts later  Health Rising's Forums have come a long way in 2 1/2 months. If you're just registered for the blog you may be missing out on some good material.  If you're registered and haven't been by lately -  do come by again. A lot has Read more [...]

“Medical Game-Changer” Could Shed Light on ME/CFS

The discovery of a lymphatic system in the brain is being touted as a game-changer that will rewrite the textbooks and provide new insights into devastating neuro-immune disorders such as Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. Could it help us understand ME/CFS as well? Some evidence suggests Read more [...]