Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 4

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Found Worse Than Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancer, etc.

Let's put aside questions of whether a disease is going to kill you or not and concentrate on what happens if it doesn't kill you. Let's say God said you had to have a chronic illness but he/she would allow you to choose which one to have. On what basis would you make that choice? My guess is that Read more [...]

How Fibromyalgia Got to Be the Worst Funded Disease at the NIH

Fibromyalgia gets about  double the funding of chronic fatigue syndrome, but of all the female dominated chronic illnesses found in the NIH's bottom forty in funding, only endometriosis gets lower funding per person (about $1/year).  In fact, per person affected ME/CFS receives five times funding Read more [...]

The NIH’s Blindspot: The Real Reason ME/CFS and FM Funding Stinks – Conclusion

The Bottom Forty at the NIH The first part of this blog series was focused on chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Now, in an effort to understand why these disorders get such poor funding, the focus broadens to the bottom forty of the two hundred plus conditions and disease categories the NIH Read more [...]

The Real Reason Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Get Lousy Funding: Pt I

The cause of chronic fatigue syndrome's decades long funding problems have prompted much speculation and finger-pointing. If only the CDC had taken the Incline Village outbreak seriously, or if Stephen Strauss had never showed up at the NIH, or if Bill Reeves hadn't take over the CDC or if Fauci, Read more [...]

The Next Lyrica? Thousand Person Fibromyalgia Drug Trial is Underway

It's not often that you see a 1,000 person drug trial for fibromyalgia or any other disease but one recently begun  in the U.S. and Canada. A Japanese drug company, Daiichi Sankyo, is making a huge bet on a new drug called mirogabalin for fibromyalgia and other diseases. If mirogabalin sounds Read more [...]

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 [...]