There’s been a major breakthrough for people living with chronic fatigue syndrome, with new research into the causation of the disease undercovering it’s a pathological illness.
Researchers found chronic fatigue syndrome and the related myalgic encephalomyelitis, or ME, is a calcium ion channel impairment condition.
For those who are living with ME/CFS, the announcement proves the disease is not a physiological or a psychological condition – it’s real.
Professor Don Staines, a clinical professor from Griffith University’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED), said the findings were a “watershed moment”.
“We’ve demonstrated there are impairments in a particular group of calcium ion channels, and this causes impaired entry of calcium ions into the cell,” he told Hack.
In simpler terms, this means there is a lack of calcium in the cells and in the cells ion channels, which affects their ability to function properly.
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