Canadian researchers from the University of Toronto released info on a study that looks at the impact physical abuse as a child plays in developing chronic illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome or Fibromyalgia.

“Women who reported they had been physically abused as children have twice the odds of chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities, and 65 per cent higher odds of fibromyalgia” says lead investigator Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson Continue reading “Abusive Childhood Could Play Part In IBS, Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia” »

Some interesting analysis from both Pacific Northwest National Laboratory & University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey has found unique protein types in the spinal fluid of those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS) & Neurological Post Treatment Lyme Disease(nPTLS). Those with CFS were found to have 738 proteins that were unique from a healthy individual or someone with nPTLS. Those with nPTLS were found to have 692 unique proteins that were not found in a healthy person or someone with CFS. What’s interesting as well is that there were also 305 unique proteins that were shared by those with CFS or nPTLS, but not with someone who was healthy.

While the test group was relatively small(79 people), it does shed more light on both of these hard to diagnose diseases. Lyme Disease is somewhat well known, but notoriously hard to diagnose & treat. Meanwhile Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, until recently, has usually been labeled as a “psychosomatic illness”, as in it being “all in your head”. These proteins do seem to back up the notion that there are physical differences between a healthy person and one who has been dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Lyme Disease. Hopefully it will open doors to better testing & open the minds of some doctors.

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