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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It’s the simplest of medical tests. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or SED rate) test simply measures the rate at which the red blood cells in whole blood descend in a test tube over a period of one hour. This non-specific measure of inflammation works because, during an inflammatory process, […]

Solid Ground At Last ? Cytokines Make Good In Major ME/CFS Review

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  By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   The immune system in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has been kind of like a mirage in the desert. Given the way the disease starts and its symptom presentation – so close to the “sickness behavior” produced during an infection – it seems that the immune system must […]

Getting At The Hurt In Chronic Pain

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Pain – A Surprisingly Complex Experience Pain seems pretty elementary – it hurts! When it really hurts, you want to throw yourself out of your skin. It’s actually not so simple. Pain is often described as a complex, “biopsychosocial phenomenon“. The International Association for the Study […]

From Infectious Disease Specialist To ME/CFS Expert: Dr. Bela Chedda Talks

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   I met Dr. Chheda of the Center for Complex Diseases at Ron Davis’s Working Group Meetings funded by the Open Medicine Foundation. She graciously agreed to talk more about how she approaches treating ME/CFS in her practice. I was particularly eager to talk to one of the younger […]

The Exercise Intolerance In ME/CFS – Is it Unique ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Just about everyone with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) has the sense that the disease has an astonishing ability to fall through the cracks. It’s a major disease that affects around a million people in the U.S. yet gets very little funding. It has no home at the NIH; it […]

Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Gap Widens

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The similarities are striking: the symptoms, the shoddy research funding, the poor treatment from doctors, the gender imbalance and the stigma both still face. Both diseases still really exist on the fringes of medicine and medical research. Yet one disease is moving forward rapidly and the other […]

David Tuller On Exposing The Bad Science Behind The Biopsychosocial Effort To Define ME/CFS

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   “…many of these people spout nonsense and then freak out when confronted with facts or details about the research that they can’t explain away.” David Tuller David Tuller is a unique figure in the ME/CFS universe. A reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and […]

Novel Insights Into Overtraining Syndrome Suggest Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Connection

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Were you an avid exerciser prior to becoming diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)? Are you sure you were diagnosed correctly? Symptomatically, overtraining syndrome (OTS) and ME/CFS appear almost identical. Symptoms like fatigue, pain, post-exertional malaise, sleep problems and cognitive issues pervade both “syndromes”. If it was […]

Ten Ways To Prove That Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Is A Serious Illness

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      By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a terrible name. It’s such a terrible name that you have to give the people around you a little break. With that name, they’re almost doomed, at least at first, to think ME/CFS is a milquetoast kind of disease best suited to […]

From Infectious Disease Specialist To ME/CFS Expert: Dr. Bela Chedda Talks

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Dr. Chheda’s Road to ME/CFS I met Dr. Chheda of the Center for Complex Diseases at Ron Davis’s Working Group Meetings funded by the Open Medicine Foundation. She graciously agreed to talk more about how she approaches treating ME/CFS in her practice. I was particularly eager to talk to […]

Cortene To Move Forward On New Drug For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   In February of last year, Health Rising announced an unusual event was going to take place: a small drug company named Cortene was going to trial a new drug for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Cortene’s trial was unique in a number of ways. For one, it involved ME/CFS […]

ME/CFS Seahorse Energy Production Study Shows Surprises

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    By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   Dr. Maureen Hanson leads one of the three NIH funded ME/CFS research centers, but her ME/CFS research doesn’t stop there.  Using samples from Dr. Daniel Peterson provided by the Simmaron Research Foundation, she’s also been assessing the metabolism of one of the most important cells in […]

Marijuana As Medicine For ME/CFS And FM III: Cannabis – More Than Just THC And CBD

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   For the relief of certain kinds of pain, I believe, there is no more useful medicine than Cannabis within our reach. Sir John Russell Reynolds 1859. This is the third part of a five-part series on the use of Cannabis in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). […]

Is The Brain Causing The Small Fiber Neuropathy In Fibromyalgia (And ME/CFS ?)

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It seemed ever so clear. The reduction in the number of small nerves in the skin and eyes of roughly forty percent or so of the people with fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) must bring the body – as opposed to the brain – into […]

New Hub Of ME/CFS Research Opens At Harvard Plus The “Hidden Gem” And New Insights

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Times are changing. The Stanford area with its bevy of researchers and doctors (Ron Davis, Robert Phair, Mark Davis, David Kaufman, Bela Chedda, Jose Montoya, Rahim Esfandyapour, Michael Zeineh, Fereshteh Jahanbani and others) seemed like “it” for ME/CFS. But look at Boston now! A new hub […]

Straight Talk From Carol Head As She Steps Down From Solve ME

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   ME/CFS Rears Its Head Again A commitment to social justice runs in Carol Head’s blood. She founded a non-profit which has given away millions to support entrepreneurs who work on global poverty, and was a founding board member of another non-profit that tells the stories of marginalized women’s lives. Her work […]

Emerging Insights #1: McGregor’s Grand Conception Of ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This is the first in a series of blogs that report on the recent EMERGE conference in Australia. The different conference format – which allowed for long presentations – allowed the presenters to dig more deeply into their topics than usual. Longtime Australian metabolomics researcher Neil McGregor […]

The Epstein-Barr Virus – Could It Be Causing Neuroinflammation In ME/CFS ?

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    By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   BV has been a virus of interest since almost day one in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). In fact, at one point, EBV was such a hot topic that ME/CFS was called for a time “chronic Epstein-Barr virus” disease. While studies have generally failed to find evidence […]

The ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia “What Would You Have Done Differently” Survey

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. when you get it right you pass it on… Gary Snyder   When things go wrong, the “If only I had known! “, “If only I could have that back!” mantra shows up in spades. Of course, we all make mistakes – major mistakes – that we wish we could […]

Out Of Africa – Breaking the Mold And Making A Difference

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The news of Dr. Montoya’s termination from his Stanford medical practice and center hit the ME/CFS community hard. The possible loss of even one practice is alarming, even to people who would never have the opportunity to visit that practice. Maybe now is a good time to […]

Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Could […]

Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) And Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Leader in the […]

“Just Be Positive!” Toxic Positivity, ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia

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  By Lori Madeira and Cort Johnson in Health Rising.    In the face of a chronic illness, our friends and family can resort to simple solutions: just try and be positive they might advise. Look on the bright side. Focus oun what you can do. It’s not bad advice, but it often comes across as out […]

A Ketamine Revolution For Depression And Pain ? Spravato, Fibromyalgia And ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   For years, ketamine was known for its use as an anesthetic or as a recreational drug. It had the nice benefit of being able to knock one out without impacting heart rate or breathing.  Its ability to provide quick and safe sedation saved many lives during the Vietnam […]

David Tuller On Exposing The Bad Science Behind The Biopsychosocial Effort To Define ME/CFS

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. David Tuller is a unique figure in the ME/CFS universe. A reporter and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon and writer for the New York Times, the policy journal Health Affairs, and other publications, Tuller became outraged at the long history of neglect and abuse directed toward ME/CFS. His publications […]

East African Disease Informs Nath’s Search For The Cause Of ME/CFS

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    By Cort Johnson in Simmaron Research.   Could a disease found in the remote villages of East Africa end up being a model for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)? Dr. Avindra Nath – the leader of the NIH Intramural study on ME/CFS –  thinks perhaps so. He’s not daunted by mysterious diseases and nor […]

Medscape’s Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) Program Reaches Deep Into The Medical Community

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   With its regular news updates, information on drugs and diseases, quizzes, conference overviews, and educational courses, Medscape, which just turned 20 years old, strives to be a kind of one-stop shop for medical professionals (and consumers). It appears to be succeeding. Producing dozens of news stories a day, […]

NIH Brings In New Faces And Looks To The Future In Accelerating ME/CFS Research Conference

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Conferences are exciting because they’re virtually the only place one can go to learn about breaking research.  The NIH ME/CFS conference, with its bevy of new faces that’s taking place on the NIH campus itself on April 4th and 5th, certainly fulfills that need. Many of the heavy […]

Could Craniocervical Instability Be Causing ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & POTS? Pt I – The Brainstem Series

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Jeff had a typical ME/CFS onset: he was a young, healthy and active individual before being felled by a viral infection and a high temperature. The infection left him with headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and pain, sound and light sensitivity, and a general sense of being […]

The Basics: A Guide To Learning, Sharing And Making A Difference In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Welcome to Health Rising. This page is designed to give you basic information on chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and provide opportunities for you to learn about it, share your experiences, and participate in bringing about the end of this disease. It is focused on the U.S. […]

The Hummingbird: Could A Blood Flow Enhancer Help With Fibromyalgia, POTS And ME/CFS ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. A Different Approach to Fibromyalgia “The effects of not getting good blood flow to your brain, joints and muscles?…. Fibromyalgia” – Vital Motion Erik Hiester D.O., is not your ordinary doctor. He’s an interesting blend of engineer and doctor. Hiester’s first love was biomedical engineering (B.S. and M.S.). Wanting […]

The Best, Most, Biggest And Least Of 2018 In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Best, Most and Least of 2018 A look back at a most interesting year which has to start with Cortene… Treatment Nicest Surprise It wasn’t supposed to go like this. First, in a disease like ME/CFS, you’re supposed find a repurposed drug or two to treat […]

Ten Ways To Prove That Exercising Will Not Cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Your family, friends and even your doctor may, probably will at some point, prod you to get moving.  They think that if you can just get on your feet again and start exercising, you’ll be so much better. It’s irritating to hear and just reinforces how isolated you […]

Filling “The Landscape Of Unmet Needs” In ME/CFS and FM: The Bateman Horne Center Pt 1

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   This is the first of a couple of blogs that will celebrate visionaries within the ME/CFS/FM communities who took action to make their visions real. Dr. Bateman was doing yeoman’s work serving the ME/CFS/FM community in her medical practice in Salt Lake City, Utah.  She could […]

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