Mady Honig from Columbia University, USA, published a paper last week firmly placing ME in the physiological camp. Here, at last, is excellent research from an esteemed immunologist. The evidence, following a large trial, highlights distinct stages in the development of the disease opening up the way for tailored treatments at each stage. The trial showed a difference in immunological markers between those who have had the disease for less than three years and those who’ve suffered for more than three years. In Dr Honig’s own words: “Therapeutic strategies that specifically target abnormalities found in these early immune profiles may present novel but time-limited opportunities not only for remediation but potentially also for staving off the long-term, chronic decline associated with ME/CFS.” So there is real potential for early diagnosis of the condition from a simple blood test and thus for early targeted treatment and halting of disease progression. Further reading available at: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/1/1/e1400121.
And in the meantime please pay attention to eating a diet high in quality proteins, healthy fats such as seed oils, fish and avocadoes, eating regularly and ensuring a variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are eaten daily. Come and see me at the clinic for a nutritional consultation and a discussion of the tests that are currently available.
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