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Fuel Shortage: Norwegian Study Expands On Energy Problem In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Monday 9 January 2017
Fuel Shortage: Norwegian Study Expands on Energy Problem in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
Dr. Øystein Fluge and Professor Olav Mella seem to be working at almost lightning speed. Besides managing their huge Rituximab study (and all the sub-studies within it) and the cyclophosphamide trial, they’re also carrying out large research studies.
For years, of course, some researchers and doctors championed the idea that problems with mitochondrial energy production were at the heart of ME/CFS. For many, though, the idea seemed almost too simple…too easy in a way. The body throws too many curves at us for something so obvious to be the cause. But it may be.
The work of Bob Naviaux of UCSD, Ron Davis of the Open Medicine Foundation, McGregor and Armstrong et. al. in Australia, Maureen Hanson at Cornell, and Fluge and Mella in Norway suggest that problems producing energy could, in fact, be causing the physical and mental fatigue in (ME/CFS).
Of course, it’s going to be complex. Exercise studies and other studies have suggested that the aerobic energy production pathways are severely blunted in a significant number of ME/CFS patients. Thus far, though, the metabolomics data suggests that the breakdown comes not in the aerobic energy production pathway but just before it.
Some key facts – such as I understand them.
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