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U.K. patients describe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or (ME/CFS)

*Often called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS


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Patients like these are why Dr. Gordon began research into chronic illness. Find out about our Science in Service of Humanity metabolomics research in CFS/ME. Read our published study, “Metabolic Features of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” watch for the next study to be published in the fall of 2017, sign up to participate in new research as a patient or a healthy control, and donate to support the work.

Evidence that CFS truly does deserve all three elements of its name has accumulated over the years but a definitive diagnostic test has remained elusive. Until, perhaps, now. For in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Robert Naviaux of the University of California, San Diego, and his colleagues published evidence that the metabolisms of those diagnosed with CFS are all changing in the same way. Their data suggest it is this cellular response to CFS-triggering traumas, and not the way the response is set in motion, which should define the illness. They also show that this response produces a chemical signal that might be used for diagnosis.

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The Most Important and Groundbreaking Study of ME/CFS to Date

 in Clinical Pain Advisor
September 27, 2016

Metabolomic Deficiencies Characteristic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In a study designed to test the utility of targeted metabolomics in the diagnosis of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), researchers identified a unique chemical signature that differentiates affected patients from healthy individuals.

Ronald W. Davis, PhD, director of Stanford Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Center of Stanford University School of Medicine commented on the findings of Dr. Naviaux’s group on the the Open Medicine Foundation website, where he serves as director of the Scientific Advisory Board.

“It is the most important and groundbreaking study of ME/CFS to date. Extending recent indications of metabolic alterations in ME/CFS, this study provides the first comprehensive, quantitative demonstration of the metabolomic deficiencies that characterize the disease.”

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New Study Published: Metabolic features of chronic fatigue syndrome

Robert NaviauxMetabolic features of chronic fatigue syndrome. Naviaux RK, Naviaux JC, Li K, Bright AT, Alaynick WA, Wang L, Baxter A, Nathan N, Anderson W, Gordon E. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Aug 29.

Download a PDF copy – Metabolic features of chronic fatigue syndrome

The Metabolomics study done in collaboration with Robert Naviaux of the Naviaux Lab and Gordon Medical Associates is now available!

Here we report a metabolomics study of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in 45 CFS patients and 39 controls. Our data show that despite the heterogeneity of factors leading to CFS, the cellular metabolic response in patients was homogeneous, statistically robust, and chemically similar to the evolutionarily conserved persistence response to environmental stress known as dauer.

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Some people still argue that CFS is not a real illness but all in the mind. Does your discovery of a chemical signature help shatter this myth?

Yes. The chemical signature that we discovered is evidence that CFS is an objective metabolic disorder that affects mitochondrial energy metabolism, immune function, GI function, the microbiome, the autonomic nervous system, neuroendocrine, and other brain functions. These 7 systems are all connected in a network that is in constant communication. While it is true that you cannot change one of these 7 systems without producing compensatory changes in the others, it is the language of chemistry and metabolism that interconnects them all.

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New Study Shows Neuromuscular Strain Increases Symptom Intensity in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A new study recently published in PLOS One shows that neuromuscular strain (utilizing straight leg raises) significantly increases body pain and cognition difficulties compared to healthy controls and CFS patients who did not do the leg raises. For the following 24 hours, the CFS group who did the leg raises showed increased composite scores in fatigue, body pain, lightheadedness, concentration difficulties, and headache.

While not something new to those with CFS/ME, it is another piece of support for the reality of the illness. [Read more…]