Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 5

‘Sustained Arousal’ Hypothesis Not Sustained: Wyller’s Clonidine Trial for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fails

Specifically, we suggest that CFS is caused by sustained arousal. Wyller Brun Wyller has raised controversy in Norway for his drug/behavioral approach to chronic fatigue in service of a hypothesis asserting that 'sustained arousal' (increased sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight)) activity Read more [...]

An Interview with the Creator of the Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis For ME/CFS

Michael VanElzakker's hypothesis that infections of the vagus nerve cause ME/CFS has generated an enormous interest. Now the Tufts neuroscientist talks about how he got interested in ME/CFS, how he's trying to test his hypothesis, why he believes it may be able to explain post-exertional malaise Read more [...]

“A Regulatory Barrier to Change” : Why Women Get More Stuck with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Than Men – A Model of ME/CFS Emerges

"The HPA axis [is] a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality and energy storage and expenditure." Wikipedia The HPA axis and low cortisol readings were Read more [...]

What Stops You From Trying To Get Better? An ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Community Report

Everyone wants to get well, and if you asked anyone with chronic fatigue syndrome and/or fibromyalgia the one thing they wanted in their life, it would probably simply be  to be healthy again.  Most people would say they would do anything to be healthy again, and, in fact,  people often invest Read more [...]

Study Finds Vitamin D3 Helps With Pain in Fibromyalgia: Should You Try Vitamin D?

Vitamin D3 has become a big deal in the past couple of years, but the findings in fibromyalgia have not been particularly promising.  Several fibromyalgia studies have not found evidence of low Vitamin D3 (calcifediol) levels in fibromyalgia. Noting,though, that other studies suggest low Vit Read more [...]

Is Your Health As Valuable As a College Students? A Call To Action From the ME/CFS Treatment Team

Dear Patient Community: We are asking your help to continue to push for treatments for ME/CFS.  Our ME/CFS Treatment team will continue to work for meetings between the FDA and pharmaceutical companies with the sole purpose of urging them to develop and approve drugs to treat ME/CFS. People Read more [...]

Poor Oxygen Uptake May Be at the Core of the Exercise Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Taking the Next, er, Step First you document the problem, then you try to figure out what's causing it.  At least three research groups have decided it's time to move past documenting a messed up  energy production system in ME/CFS and to begin figuring what's causing it. Over the next couple Read more [...]

FibroMapp Friday: News and Views from the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Communities

On Fibromapp Friday we bring some news and events from the ME/CFS and FM communities to your attention, but first check out a cheap and easy way to manage your illness for better health. "The FibroMapp app is SUPERB! I have not only been able to control my medications, but track which ones Read more [...]