Archive for Research

The Czarista Has Landed: Vernon and Bateman to Form ME/CFS and FM Center

I am so excited and honored to partner with the Bateman Horne Center to establish a world-class research program that will bring science-based medicine to ME/CFS patients. Suzanne Vernon The Czarista has landed.  As promised Suzanne Vernon is back in the ME/CFS research field. She'll be working with Read more [...]

The CDC’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Program: Boon Or Bust? – A Review

(This is a lengthy blog. Now might be the time, if you haven't used them yet, to use the print or PDF buttons at the bottom of the blog) Recently a Senate Subcommittee zeroed out the entire budget of the CDC's CFS program for next year in an Appropriations bill. It's not clear why they did so, but Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lyme Induced Immune Suppression May Bring Lyme Tests into Question

There has been a growing consensus  that whatever chronic Lyme disease is it's not due to the bacteria. This concensus has been based on studies indicating that short term antibiotic treatment following an infection, causes a dramatic reduction in antibodies. That drop in antibody levels is believed Read more [...]

Predisposed to Inflammation? CDC Zeroes In on Innate Immune System

Thousands of small alterations in our genes exist.  This propensity for genetic experimentation has helped the human race adapt and thrive.  Many never have an impact. Others may be helpful in some situations and problematic in other situations, and some, often in combination with other gene variations Read more [...]

The HPV Vaccine, POTS and ME/CFS and FM – Is There An Issue?

Through their ability to virtually eradicate infectious diseases such as polio, smallpox and measles, vaccines have produced incalculable good over time. Measles is a case in point. In 1958, 763,094 cases of measles were reported in the U.S.:  in 2008 less than seventy were.  Recent research suggests Read more [...]