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Cheers to Supporters Who Rally to End Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS)

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By Author: John W. Addington • • February 1, 1999

Fascinating research now reveals a likely cause to the ailments many CFIDS patients suffer from, and there is even hope that medications are or soon will be available that can keep these symptoms in check. As the article entitled "Tests Establish Connection Between CFIDS & Herpes Virus Six" on page one of this issue of Healthwatch reveals, many researchers now feel that human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6) may be responsible as either a cause, or at the very least a key contributing factor to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This important discovery evidences that CFIDS may have a correlation with Multiple Sclerosis. The likelihood of a link between CFIDS and MS is particularly strong; some doctors are even hypothesizing that these ailments are different stages of the same disorder. Recent research has also implicated active HHV-6 as a possible necessary cofactor as the cause of HIV infection progressing to AIDS.

What makes the finding of HHV-6 involvement in CFIDS very important is that now research can focus on attacking that mainspring, to remedy the disabling symptoms fostered by this pathogen. We thus are on the verge of crucial investigation which quickly needs funding. Leading researchers in this field from HerpesVirus Diagnostic, Inc. and Institute for Viral Pathogenesis have designed a laboratory study to determine the effect of various antiviral agents, singly and jointly, against HHV-6 activation. The estimated cost of this study, monies yet to be raised, is $35,500; quite modest given its application may aid in determining viable treatments for not just CFIDS but MS and AIDS as well.

As the news of a possible cause and treatment for CFIDS breaks like the dawn over what has been a long dark night for CFIDS sufferers it is only appropriate that commendation be given for the valiant efforts of those who have contributed to and supported these research efforts. The very positive research being done by HerpesVirus Diagnostic, Inc. and Institute for Viral Pathogenesis on the link between CFIDS and HHV-6 would not have been possible without the continual support of Pro Health, Inc. Pro Health and its sole subsidiaries, The CFIDS & FM Healthwatch and the alternative medicine catalog Health Resource, have so far generated over $120,000 in donations. Dr. Knox, of HerpesVirus Diagnostic, in particular is indebted to the loyal support of the founder of Pro Health, Richard Carson. Rich explains that thanks to those who support these altruistic institutions "we have become the world's largest private fundraising organization for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome research, over two million dollars having been raised to date." Kim Kenny, the executive director of the non-profit CFIDS Association of America could not provide enough commendation for Pro Health noting that it "has been both a source and a conduit of significant financial support for CFIDS research, and its president, Rich Carson, has established and maintained contact with dozens of researchers, often linking bench scientists with clinicians and facilitating promising research." So far, Ms. Kenny attributes funds received by the CFIDS Association of America to the tune of $818,000 as being raised via Pro Health and Rich Carson, much from Carson's own selfless pocket.

Rich Carson modestly protests to the use of selfless to describe his efforts since as a CFIDS patient himself for over 17 years, he has a personal stake in the research being done. For a successful investment broker now completely disabled with the disorder for so many years, Rich's positive attitude seems nearly incomprehensible. But his philosophy is simple and profound. He is convinced that through research CFIDS soon will be a thing of the past. "Every time I find some more money to put into research, I tell myself: this is the support that will make a difference. And I believe it will."

Rich encourages all CFIDS sufferers to whatever extent their energies and finances allow to follow his proactive stance. His rally to the CFIDS community is "you have to wrestle with this disease, do whatever you possibly can. The worse thing is to sit back passively and wait for medical science to come up with a cure. You absolutely have to participate in your own wellness." Kim Kenny elaborates how The CFIDS & FM Healthwatch empowers those with the illness, when she says that this organization "has played a key role in keeping persons with CFIDS informed about research findings, promising studies, and the need to continue supporting research as a way to fight back against this disease."

All those who patronize Pro Health's CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Health Resource, either by purchasing their supplements or through outright donations, have contributed to the exciting developments now on the horizon. As a matter of fact, in 1998 100% of all Pro Health's catalog profits went into CFIDS research. But now that there is talk of causes and treatments of this elusive disorder the call for funds has never been greater. So let's continue the support and we just might make Carson's and many other CFIDS patients' dream come true by felling this debilitating disorder.

You may request a free copy of The CFIDS & FM catalog by calling 1-800-366-6056 or by email.

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