Archive for Pathogens

Epstein Barr Virus, Autoimmunity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Are They All Connected?

Epstein-Barr virus just keeps showing up in ME/CFS. After the Lipkin study suggested EBV activation wasn't a problem in ME/CFS, a German study suggested it was. Now, we look at that issue and a fascinating hypothesis proposing that poorly controlled EBV infections are at the heart of all autoimmunity. The Read more [...]

Bacterial Resistance, Infection and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Fighting Infections Pt. I

This is the first of a second series of posts dealing with remission strategies from infections.  The contents will apply regardless of which infection model you believe causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The usual models are: A bacterial infection in the body (tissue, bone marrow, blood) - for Read more [...]

EBV Back Front and Center: German Group Finds Immune Holes and Increased Levels of Epstein-Barr Virus in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Virtually everyone is exposed to Epstein-Barr Virus. If you catch it as a child you usually feel nothing, but if you're an adolescent you're likely to come down with infectious mononucleosis - and a greatly increased risk of ME/CFS. After German researchers noticed some strange EBV antibody Read more [...]

The Devil Is In The Details – A Herpes Simplex Virus Inquiry For Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(As we await the outcome of the Pridgen antiviral herpes simplex trial in Fibromyalgia, Albert Chang takes a deeper look at herpes simplex  viruses.) Two herpesviruses, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and HHV-6, have been of interest in chronic fatigue syndrome for decades.  However, it was not Read more [...]

The Lipkin Study, The Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis and HHV-6: Kristin Loomis of the HHV-6 Foundation Talks – Pt. I

Highlights The assays Dr. Lipkin used in the CFI ME/CFS pathogen study would not detect the kind of 'persistent, subacute' infections some researchers and doctors believe are present in chronic fatigue syndrome Fine needle biopsies of the thyroid gland in ME/CFS could uncover evidence Read more [...]

Could the Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis Explain Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

It could explain the disappointing Lipkin Chronic Fatigue Initiative pathogen study results. It shows how an infection could trigger ME/CFS and then - poof - seemingly disappear.  It includes two hot research topics in ME/CFS; the autonomic nervous and immune systems.  It explains how sickness Read more [...]

The Monster Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Pathogen Study Results Are In…..

Dr. Ian Lipkin surprised everyone on the CDC's Conference call yesterday when he presented many of the results from the two major pathogen studies involving the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Initiative and Dr. Montoya at Stanford. These studies, easily the most rigorous of their type ever attempted Read more [...]

Viral Study Suggests Treatment Options for Twenty Thousand Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

If the virus situation in ME/CFS with its possibilities of aborted, endogenous or just plain hidden viruses wasn't enough, now perhaps comes the strangest twist of all; ME/CFS patients infected with one herpesvirus that's been integrated into the DNA of every cell in their body, and another Read more [...]