Skip to comments.New study shows chronic fatigue syndrome may have to do with gut microbes
Posted on 09/17/2016 6:07:34 PM PDT by Seizethecarp
Our work demonstrates that the gut bacterial microbiome in chronic fatigue syndrome patients isnt normal, perhaps leading to gastrointestinal and inflammatory symptoms in victims of the disease, said Maureen Hanson, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Cornell. Furthermore, our detection of a biological abnormality provides further evidence against the ridiculous concept that the disease is psychological in origin.
In a study published this month in the journal Microbiome, Cornell University researchers looked at stool and blood samples of 48 people diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (or more formally, myalgic encephalomyelitis) and at 39 healthy volunteers.
They found two main differences: Through DNA sequencing, they found the stool samples in the patients with the condition had less diversity in bacteria present in the gut and that there were fewer that were anti-inflammatory. The blood samples were also distinct: There were markers of inflammation that the researchers theorized may be due to a "leaky gut from intestinal problems that allow bacteria to enter the blood."
The researchers said that it was unclear whether these were causes or a consequences of the disease, but the discovery, despite the fact that it was only based on a small sample, is important for two reasons.
First, the indicators could be used in the future to help diagnose the condition, as they were present in 83 percent of the patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Second, it suggests that diet and things like probiotics may be a way to help treat the disease by getting the gut microbiome back in balance.
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A long sought possible diagnostic marker for this illness may have been found, in this case in 83% of the sample.
I read somewhere that fermented foods work better than probiotic pills.
Last year I was plagued with recurrent infections.
I ended up with several hospital stays and IV antibiotics.
Follow up included extended use of oral antibiotics as well.
To avoid intestinal problems I started taking probiotics.
I continued to augment with probiotic after the antibiotic courses were finished.
I am still taking them and I notice that if I miss even as
little as a week of the probiotic my energy level drops precipitously.
Thus it is easy for me to believe that a deficiency in
the proper microbe balance could cause serious fatigue.
Probiotics off the shelf?
It’s amazing how much Michele Akers accomplished as part of the US Women National Team over years, while combating cronic fatigue! She was a warrior!
Good info. So many conditions are affected (if not caused) by the gut bug population. So easy to remedy by feeding the bugs the probiotics they need, and helping the population along by eating things grown in healthy soil, by eating fermented veggies and other foods.
By the way, it might be interesting to note that some of the healthiest peoples of the world with great natural diets both plant and animal, actually don’t have “the most diverse” gut bugs. Like real life, it isn’t the DIVERSITY that counts, but the quality of bacteria themselves! :)
Can anyone recommend the best probiotics?
There are a lot of worthless probiotics.
I can share some really good ones here: Prescript Assist is an excellent soil based one that cured me of a terrible gut condition within days. I took it for 1.5 years but now I don’t need it any more. This one is on Amazon.
ELIXA is a very powerful probiotic from England that has been carefully formulated to get into the intestinal area where they need to go, and is a good mix of good bacteria. Go to the website to order.
I know some other good ones too if anyone is interested.
The gut bugs themselves love fibers, especially resistant starches. Cooked and cooled potatoes are great (potato salad, anyone). As is cooked and cooled rice. Pricy ones are like inulin etc.
See my post right after yours. Prescript Assist is amazing.
Ping for later.
I asked the Doc about the prescription kind and he said the only difference was the price.
Generally I get the stuff that is marked “Stable at room temperature” with 20 billion critters per capsule.
Eat Hot Peppers...
I take a daily probiotic supplement as prescribed by my MD at the NOVA U neuroimmune clinic that specializes in ME/CFS, but it hasn’t “cured” my ME/CFS...yet.
I will say I am now getting better after starting treatment at the NOVA clinic which is an improvement after going downhill steadily for the prior 15 years, but I don’t attribute that to the probiotic. I attribute it to 1500mg of Valtrex/day to beat down the HHV-4 reactivated Herpes virus (same as mono) that was out of control due to my immune system being compromised from ME/CFS for so many years.
When you have ME/CFS your childhood and young adult diseases can get “reactivated” like mono, the kissing disease you got in college can come back from hiding in the recesses in your body...so they give you Valtrex for that.
Saccharomyces Boulardii probiotic and Caprylic acid for leaky gut.
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