Archive for Pathogens

Mosquito’s, Ticks and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Tea-Time at the Simmaron Research Institute

Clusters or outbreaks first put ME/CFS on the map over twenty years ago. The clusters are still occurring - every infectious outbreak from Giardia to SARS leaves behind set of ME/CFS-like patients behind - but they've rarely been studied in ME/CFS. The Simmaron Research Institute is putting Read more [...]

Post Ebolavirus Disease Syndrome (PEVDS) – the new Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Fibromyalgia? The Post-Infectious Syndromes Pt I

The Post Infectious Syndromes Pt I They came down with infection and never got over it. They're experiencing fatigue, dizziness, abdominal pain, muscle and joint aches, headaches, sleep problems, weight loss and vision problems.  They're not ME/CFS or fibromyalgia patients - they're Ebolavirus survivors 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 [...]

Triggering Effects: Andrew Lloyd on Infections, Genes and Getting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(In the second of a series of blogs of presentations on the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Conference in September of this year, Simon tackles Dr. Lloyds fascinating talk on the how infections trigger chronic fatigue syndrome. Thanks for Simon’s and Action for ME for allowing us Read more [...]

Simmaron Researcher Probing Cause of Immune Holes in ME/CFS

Studies suggest a significant genetic component is present in ME/CFS and we know the immune system is involved. Now Simmaron Research Foundation Research Director, Dr. Isabel Barao is combining genetics and the immune system to try and uncover the cause of immune holes in ME/CFS. Check out what Read more [...]

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 [...]