Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 4

The Fibromyalgia Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and Leaky Gut Connection

We  just saw Esther, an ME/CFS patient make dramatic improvement not just in her gut but in her decades-long problems with extreme  fatigue, cognition, orthostatic intolerance and mood by treating her small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) with an antibiotic called Xifaxin.  The gut problems Read more [...]

From the Gut to the Brain: Esther’s Amazing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Xifaxin Story

Esther’s Xifaxin Story “It's impossible to describe the awe I (and my husband) feel as I am able to do things I haven't been able to do for so many years.” Here we recount Esther's amazing experience with Xifaxin (Rifaxamin), an antibiotic often used to treat small intestinal bacterial Read more [...]

Accelerating ME/CFS Change With the #MEAction Network

"Because it's time we became the strength of our numbers" One thing that's missing in ME/CFS advocacy are easy and effective  ways to do it.  We lack the tools other advocacy groups use to communicate, get the word out quickly and easily, and produce change. It looks like Jen Brea of  the Read more [...]

Pressure Building? Study Suggests Cerebral Spinal Fluid Pressure May Be Causing Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

"Is it possible, then, that chronic fatigue syndrome represents an incomplete form of idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)?" Higgins et al. "Your lumbar pressure is high" I remember Dr. Baraniuk commenting as a doctor started  removing my cerebral spinal fluid during a spinal tap for a study. Read more [...]

“How to Make a Disease Evaporate” – Epic Work on ME/CFS Underway

"In addition, to counter the spin, misinformation and misunderstanding that has held ME hostage, we also need a detailed, fully referenced narrative that tells the historical and political story of what has happened to ME"  Mary Dimmock Mary Dimmock is engaged in an epic work on ME/CFS and the first Read more [...]

NIH – Get Your Act Together! Advocates Press Director Collins to Cancel P2P Workshop

P2P workshops are designed for topics that “are generally not controversial”  - P2P website Mary Dimmock and Jennie Spotila have collaborated on a call to request Director Francis Collins to cancel the P2P Workshop.  Mary's background is in the pharmaceutical industry, Jennie was a lawyer. Throw Read more [...]

Are Both Small AND Large Fiber Neuropathy Present in Fibromyalgia?

We report here a surprisingly high prevalence of clinical and electrodiagnostic (EDX) abnormalities implying a demyelinating polyneuropathy, suggestive of chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), in FMS. Caro et. al 2008 With three studies finding evidence of small fiber neuropathy Read more [...]

Treating Viral Reactivation: Health Rising’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Expert Panel Provides Answers

Health Rising's ME/CFS and FM Experts panel answers one question a month from the ME/CFS and FM communities. The April question picked by community vote involved a patient with signs of viral reactivation.   We were looking  for a variety of answers and we got them. Learn more about the Read more [...]