CFS and ME - causes and articles

Please click on the links below to read our articles. If you are interested in research findings, click here for links to research reports.

Diagnosis and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Dr Sarah Myhill. Essential reading for for anyone who suffers from, or knows someone who suffers from, or who works with, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. June 2014

Fatigue as a symptom: a systematic approach to diagnosing adrenal fatigue  Amy Terlisner NMD Townsend Letter November 2013 

Fibromyalgia and CFS: A Clinical Update by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD  Townsend Letter. November 2013

ME or CFS: that is the question.
Ellen Goudsmit, PhD, FBPsS, is a psychologist who has long studied ME and CFS. She believes that the diagnostic confusion between what are two quite separate conditions is unhelpful both for sufferers and for the understanding of both conditions.
FoodsMatter carries three of her articles on the subject: Classic ME: the basics which defines ME; ME or CFS, that is the question which explores the differences between the two conditions, and ME: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or a distinct clinical entity, a fully referenced academic paper from which the two articles are drawn.

Secret papers reveal funding refused to researchers looking into link between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and vaccinations. Article from Vactruth. October 2012

Chronic Fatigue sufferers ignored by NHS - report from AFME – September 2012

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and chronic gut infections – Dr. Kenny De Meirleir
August 2012

Hookworm honeymoon – cohabiting with worms may help to treat ME and CFS
November 2009

Lynn Gilderdale dies after 16 years of total ME (she could neither speak nor move and had to be fed by tube) resulting from a tuberculosis vaccination.
October 2009

The great thyroid debate: an investigation into the function of the thyroid, and the problems with diagnosis – Michelle Berriedale-Johnson and Foods Matter Readers 2006

Music and ME: describing how the sound sensitivity that often accompanies ME can affect the way sufferers listen to music – John Scott

A Journey to the Dustbin: A poem by Kath Arnold who suffers from ME

Genes matter in CFS: a report on research suggesting that those suffering from ME and CFS may be more susceptible to ME-triggering viral infections, traumas and stresses than others – John Scott 2006


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Research Reports


Widely used agricultural insecticides found to inhibit mitochondrial bioenergetics - so could they have a link to CFS in humans as well as problems in bees? August 2014

Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have higher levels of neuro-inflammation. April 2014

ME/CFS definitely not caused by the XMRV or pMLV viruses September 2012

Chronic fatigue syndrome patients have reduced activity in brain's 'reward centre'April 2012

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a major cause of school absence
December 2011

Chronic abnormal blood brain flow in Gulf war veterans
September 2011

Physical abuse in childhood linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
May 2011

Chronic fatigue syndrome may result from mitochondrial dysfunction
March 2011

New mouse virus found in chronic fatigue patients
March 2010

Genetic basis suggested for ME/CFS
June 2010

Three types of chronic fatigue syndrome identified in children and young people

Further doubt cast on virus link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Febuary 2010

XMRV virus may not be linked to CFS as reported in October
January 2010

Vitamin D and muscle power
April 2010

Footnote from John Scott - ME skin
April 2009

John Scott - progress, teeth cleaning - and web research...
January 2009

John Scott no longer trawls the web
August 2008

Test for CFS/ME mitochondrial malfunction now available.  
Febuary 2009

Teens who suffer from 'mono' or glandular fever may be a great risk of developing CFS
July 2009

Chronic Fatigue may be helped by chemotherapy treatment
July 2009

Fatigue syndrome affects one in three women after breast cancer treatment
March 2009

Mitochondrial dysfunction a cause of chronic fatigue syndrome
Febuary 2009

Sexual or emotional abuse may be risk factor for chronic fatigue syndrome
January 2009

The link between the underlying causes of fibromyalgia, CFS and myofascial pain.
November 2008

Differences between CFS/ME and fibromyalgia
November 2008

Chronic fatigue patients respond poorly to placebo
August 2008

Abnormally low morning concentrations of the hormone cortisol may be correlated with more severe fatigue in CFS patients
January 2008

Physiologists at Columbia University have shown that the fatigue that extreme athletes feel at the end of a race is caused by a tiny calcium leak inside their muscle cells. Could this be relevant in chronic fatigue syndrome?
Febuary 2008

A new study reveals that abnormally low morning concentrations of the hormone cortisol may be correlated with more severe fatigue in CFS patients, especially in women.
January 2008

The development of an autopsy protocol may help unlock some of the mysteries of chronic fatigue syndrome
April 2007

Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome run in the family?
(Febuary 2007

Researchers blame the onset of chronic fatigue syndrome on a low-level viral infection and on the body's immune response to it.
November 2007

More CFS genes found
October 2007

CFS – stomach virus link
October 2007

Chronic fatigue syndrome impairs a person's slow wave activity during sleep.
May 2007

Chronic Fatigue and organophosphate
May 2006

Does Chronic Fatigue Syndrome run in the family?
(Febuary 2007
Research presented at the 8th IACFS Conference in January suggests children whose mothers suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome are more likely to develop the condition.

Death from chronic fatigue syndrome
August 2006

Medical referrals – staying in the loop
June 2006

Genes do matter in chronic fatigue syndrome
September 2006

A seven-year tracking study has prompted scientists to suggest that chronic fatigue syndrome could be the result of brain injuries inflicted during the early stages of glandular fever.
April 2006


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First Published in April 2006

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