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Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Is Joni Mitchell Another Victim of HHV-6?


Inside Morgellons: Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/01/inside-morgellons-joni-mitchell-s-mystery-illness.html

"The consistent finding of numerous unexpected biologic agents at atypically high levels (some thought to be non-pathogens, others definitely pathogenic) strongly supports that an immune deficiency state exists in Morgellons patients. Agents identified serologically include many zoonoses (intermittently and in low numbers) such as Borrelia (at least five species) and Babesia, a single recently found gram negative bacterium, most herpes viruses, some strongly activated such as VZV and HHV-6, several mycology species (esp. Tineas), and particularly in those we have labeled Morgellons patients, parasites (species will be elaborated following PCR sequencing)."

http://www.morgellons.org/case_definition.htm

New Site Dedicated to the Study of the Relationship of HHV-6 to Porcine Herpesviruses

http://porcineherpes.blogspot.com/

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Julian Lake's The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Follies: Cartoons about an epidemic of lies.

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The title of this collection of cartoons by Julian Lake was inspired by the The March of Folly, a stunning work by the late Barbara Tuchman. To try and explain why certain political disasters in history have occurred, Tuchman uses the very apt construct of "folly," which she defines as the "pursuit of policy contrary to the self-interest of the constituency or state involved." Tuchman analyzes four periods in history that are characterized by enormous folly. Julian Lake's collection is in many ways about a fifth example of such a phenomenon. Surely the last two decades in which so-called "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" has been called "mysterious" over and over in a cult-like manner (and in the manner of the Big Lie) qualifies as another period of egregious folly. Anyone who has read the lucid journalism of Neenyah Ostrom and Hillary Johnson on "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" knows precisely what this is  alluding to. And if you don't know, you should find out, lest you be caught aiding and abetting this great folly. That an epidemic as serious as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," and so obviously connected to the AIDS epidemic, could be treated to this very day as a "mystery" by the government, by researchers, by the media, and even by most of the patients, has not reduced Julian Lake to tears, for like most humorists, this great tragedy--and folly--is at times, downright funny. Morbid maybe, perhaps dark, and maybe of the gallows school of comedy, but still funny. Julian Lake has tried to capture the folly of two decades of an obvious Chronic Fatigue Syndrome coverup in a manner that is surprisingly three-dimensional, given his hostility to the medical establishment that has been playing deadly political games with CFS. While trying to use humor to capture the horrific plight of CFS patients, in Julian Lake’s democratically mischievous world view, some of the CFS patients have themselves become little emperors without you-know-what. In this collection of cartoons, Julian Lake has given us a rich universe of CFS folly. Unless your easily offended and suffer from CFS political correctness (a new CFS symptom?), don't be afraid to enter Julian Lake’s zany world and have a few laughs. After all, laughter boosts your immune system. And maybe from a political viewpoint, the best antidote to folly is humor.

Why Won't Lipkin and Hornig Call it Non-HIV AIDS?

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-03/cums-sfc032715.php
Scientists find clues into cognitive dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome
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Immune markers in cerebrospinal fluid provide insights into the basis
for symptoms like 'brain fog'

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
have identified a unique pattern of immune molecules in the
cerebrospinal fluid of people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic
fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) that provides insights into the basis for
cognitive dysfunction--frequently described by patients as 'brain
fog'--as well as new hope for improvements in diagnosis and treatment.

In the study published in Molecular Psychiatry, Mady Hornig, MD, and
colleagues used immunoassay testing methods to measure the levels of
51 immune biomarkers called cytokines in the cerebrospinal fluid of 32
people with ME/CFS for an average of seven years, 40 with multiple
sclerosis, and 19 non-diseased controls. The researchers found that
levels of most cytokines, including the inflammatory immune molecule,
interleukin 1, were depressed in individuals with ME/CFS compared with
the other two groups, matching what was seen in the blood study in
patients who had the disease for more than three years. One
cytokine--eotaxin--was elevated in the ME/CFS and MS groups, but not
in the control group.

'We now know that the same changes to the immune system that we
recently reported in the blood of people with ME/CFS with
long-standing disease are also present in the central nervous system,'
says Dr. Hornig, professor of Epidemiology and director of
translational research at the Center for Infection and Immunity at the
Mailman School. 'These immune findings may contribute to symptoms in
both the peripheral parts of the body and the brain, from muscle
weakness to brain fog.'



Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment

'Diagnosis of ME/CFS is now based on clinical criteria. Our findings
offer the hope of objective diagnostic tests for disease as well as
the potential for therapies that correct the imbalance in cytokine
levels seen in people with ME/CFS at different stages of their
disease,' adds W. Ian Lipkin, MD, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology
and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity. There is
precedent for use of human monoclonal antibodies that regulate the
immune response in a wide range of disorders from rheumatoid arthritis
to multiple sclerosis. However, the researchers note, additional work
will be needed to assess the safety and efficacy of this approach.

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The research was supported by a grant from the Chronic Fatigue
Initiative of the Hutchins Family Foundation and the Edward P. Evans
Foundation.

Additional study authors include Andrew F. Schultz, Meredith L. Eddy
and Xiaoyu Che at the Mailman School; C. Gunnar Gottschalk and Daniel
L. Peterson at Sierra Internal Medicine in Incline Village, NV; and
Konstance K. Knox at Coppe Health Care Solutions in Waukesha, WI, and
Simmaron Research in Incline Village, NV.


About Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

Founded in 1922, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health
pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the
critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the
nation and the world. The Mailman School is the third largest
recipient of NIH grants among schools of public health. Its over 450
multi-disciplinary faculty members work in more than 100 countries
around the world, addressing such issues as preventing infectious and
chronic diseases, environmental health, maternal and child health,
health policy, climate change & health, and public health
preparedness. It is a leader in public health education with over
1,300 graduate students from more than 40 nations pursuing a variety
of master's and doctoral degree programs. The Mailman School is also
home to numerous world-renowned research centers including ICAP
(formerly the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment
Programs) and the Center for Infection and Immunity. For more
information, please visit
http://www.mailman.columbia.edu.

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http://revistas.unam.mx/index.php/repi/article/view/48177

SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE FROM CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME IN MEXICO

Abril Berenice Macías Torres, Andrea Feliciano Cruz, Yesica Danitzel Montiel Orihuela, Norma Coffin Cabrera, Constanza Mirlario Medina

Resumen


Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFSDI), is a complex and debilitating chronic condition which has a serious impact on the lifestyle of the sufferer. A number of studies have stated the importance of demographic factors in the development of this illness. Some sociodemographic topics have been asseted in this study, such as: gender, age, ethnicity, and marital status, among others. The current study compared two samples of undergraduate students: a sample of 51 students from DePaul University who identified as Caucasian (not Latino), and a sample of 156 students of Latino origin from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Results show that women report higher levels at men; participants who have never been married reported less prone to CFS/ME; Also, in the geographical area, at Mexican sample, it was found that 40% suffered from CFS and the State of Mexico. Little research has been made in this field, being necessary.

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