Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 5

Turning Stress into Pain: A Fibromyalgia Primer by Dr. Martinez-Lavin Pt I – Pain

A Mexico City doctor and researcher, Dr. Manuel Martinez-Lavin, has been studying and treating people with Fibromyalgia for over thirty years. In a 2009 paper he proposed two pathways for Fibromyalgia. One suggested that over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system fibers (sprouting) Read more [...]

Networking ‘Vitality’: The Teitelbaum Effort To Train 1,000 Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS Practitioners

The last blog  on Dr.  Teitelbaum showed that some  people love him and others really, really don't.  He's a different breed from the Klimas's, the Lapp's,  the Bateman's and the other ME/CFS experts  many of us are  most familiar with. He doesn't do CFSAC and doesn't seem to have participated Read more [...]

Simmaron Research Foundation Study Targets Heart of the Immune Breakdown in ME/CFS

So many different pathogens can trigger ME/CFS that immune system problems (not the bugs themselves) are probably the key factor in this disorder. That fact and increasing evidence of high rates of heritability convinced the Simmaron Research Foundation to launch an effort to get at the underpinnings Read more [...]

Call for Congressional Hearing on Treatment For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

(Yesterday we highlighted a Reuter's article that proposed that the lack of funding and drug development for ME/CFS constituted a 'market failure'. Today we hit back on this market failure with a call for a congressional hearing that asks why the FDA is not, in the face of strong Congressional pressure Read more [...]

Market Failure! Reuters Journalist Asks Why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Is Ignored

"Sometimes, unhelpful ideologies get in the way" Edward Hadas, an economic journalist, recently took on the question of why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is funded so poorly in a Reuters piece "Market Failure Can Be A Sign of Fatigue" . He notes that while Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a mystery Read more [...]

The ANS, the Brain and Blood: The International Invest in ME ME/CFS Conference Overview

Invest in ME's annual conference always has  interesting speakers and Dr. Rosamund Vallings was there, as always to write up an overview. Check out Dr. Julia Newton on how autonomic nervous system problems may be the source of fatigue in many disorders, Dr. James Baraniuk on what happens to the Read more [...]

Knackered Nerves: Do Low BDNF Levels Spell Nerve Exhaustion in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Pt. I

“The decreased production [of BDNF] in those with CFS was unexpected and a novel finding. This finding could reflect a reduced ability to maintain neuronal structure and function in … CFS.” Authors Chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis don’t get paired in studies very often, Read more [...]

Alps to Climb: Lab Tests and Clinic Workup Suggest Big Trials Ahead – the Last Best Cure Pt. III

“It’s an alp to climb, to see if we can combat this all with state of mind” What do we know about Donna thus far? We know she was a very athletic mother and journalist before waking up one day paralyzed with a bout of Guillain-Barre syndrome.  We know that she partially recovered, but that Read more [...]