|2-butoxyethanol is the commonly used chemical for
DECADES that would cause all of the autoimmune issues those with
CFIDS are concerned about
Flu? Virus or chemical poisoning? *
Chronic fatigue sufferers largely ignored
Patient-funded studies search for blood
test to diagnose complex condition
By Chris Zdeb Photograph by: Jimmy Jeong, Edmonton Journal
March 30, 2009
Greg Dust, who has chronic fatigue syndrome, says the condition derailed his career as a teacher. In a world where most people function on a shortage of sleep, chronic fatigue syndrome is the Rodney Dangerfield of diseases -- it gets no respect. And in Canada, it gets little or no money.
It's so bad that sufferers, estimated to number four million in the U.S. and 400,000 here, have to fund the research themselves to come up with a simple blood test just to diagnose the syndrome.
Currently, a person is usually diagnosed with CFS only after doctors have ruled out all other possible causes.
The $125,000 US recently awarded to Gordon Broderick, a University of Alberta researcher, to study CFS at a molecular level comes from the American-based Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America, the largest patient-advocacy group for CFS sufferers.
"They are a population of very sick people that are so frustrated, that they decided to take this into their own hands," he says. "Every nickel of this money comes from patients and their families, so if ever there was a sacred trust this is it.
"Do I think it's enough to get the job done? It's a really good start and that is the way the money is being given to us essentially: to produce enough results to go after bigger funding."
Based on the research being done in places like the U.S. and Japan, he predicts doctors will have a diagnostic test for CFS in five years. The difficulty in researching this and other complex chronic illnesses is that they affect multiple systems, including the immune, endocrine or hormonal system, and the nervous system, Broderick explains.
CFS symptoms include extreme fatigue that lasts at least six months, mild fever, sore throat, tender neck with swollen lymph nodes, a decreased ability to concentrate, muscle weakness, joint pain and headaches. They can be severe enough to interfere with a person's work, leading to sick leave and extended periods of bed rest. Some people never return to their original energy levels.
"Twice as many women as men have the disease. No one knows why"
Be Careful what you clean with
Too many things going on at the same time for doctors / researchers to
What is often thought to be a virus is actually a particular
chemical poisoning. Suspect 2-butoxyethanol or glycol butyl ethers
for cause of CFIDS, CFS, FM. Find the anemia this chemical causes
(Also causes an assortment of autoimmune issues) and you will want
to avoid it; especially in our home cleaning products
(non disclosed, however) *
How does our body 'complain' about too much of a chemical exposure? *
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