Chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to bowel

CFS patients often have symptoms of irritable bowel (in my experience 100 percent), new onset food allergies and chemical sensitivities, and low blood pressure with dizziness when standing up too quickly. No medications seem to be effective and the success of many nontraditional medicine therapies is limited. CFS shares many symptoms with chronic infections, but a causal association with viral infections and Lyme disease is inconsistent. However, the symptoms of CFS do closely mimic the common symptoms of leaky gut syndrome.

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Otago scientist awarded Rutherford Medal

An Otago University molecular biologist has been awarded New Zealand’s top science and technology honour, the 2010 Rutherford Medal.

Professor Warren Tate was last night awarded the honour for his work explaining how proteins are built in living cells, helping research into HIV, Alzheimer’s and chronic fatigue syndrome.

From The New Zealand Herald

Leading World Expert to visit New Zealand

Leading World Expert in Myalgic Encephalopathy/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome to visit New Zealand

Professor Nancy Klimas will be visiting New Zealand in late November, at the invitation of Associated New Zealand ME Society (ANZMES), to update the medical community on recent developments in the research, diagnosis, management and treatment of patients with ME/CFS, and the ongoing investigation into the possible links with xenotropic murine leukemia virusrelated virus (XMRV).

Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) is a debilitating long-term disease that can affect anyone. In New Zealand, it is estimated that there are around 20,000 sufferers. It is thought to afflict around 150,000 in the UK, and over one million in the US.