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CFS Workshop Report: Stress & Immune System; FM: An “Invisible” Disability; Treating Parvovirus-Associated CFS

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FEATURE ARTICLES – July 30, 2003:

* NIH CFS Workshop Report: Firdhaus Dhabhar on Stress & the Immune System in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

* Fibromyalgia: An “Invisible” Disability

* Successful Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy in 3 Cases of Parvovirus B19-Associated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


* Yeast


* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room


* CFIDS Lobby Day 2003


* ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs


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* About Us

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Feature Articles

NIH CFS Workshop Report: Firdhaus Dhabhar on Stress & the Immune System in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

According to Rich Van Konynenburg, Ph.D., “Firdhaus Dhabhar is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University. His talk (at the NIH Workshop on CFS on June 12, 2003 at Bethesda, MD) had one central message, which was that under normal circumstances the effect of stress on the immune system is beneficial, not detrimental…He noted that the problems with stress and the immune system occur when the stress situation is long-term, as in weeks, months, or years.”


Fibromyalgia: An “Invisible” Disability

Deborah A. Barrett, Ph.D., writes, “In what follows, I address why fibromyalgia has been nicknamed the ‘invisible disability’ and how this has been changing. I also discuss issues relevant to having an invisible disability. For those of us suffering with pain and fatigue, it feels anything but invisible.”


Successful Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy in 3 Cases of Parvovirus B19-Associated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Three cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) that followed acute parvovirus B19 infection were treated with a 5-day course of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), the only specific treatment for parvovirus B19 infection. The purpose of this study was to determine whether IVIG therapy could ameliorate the clinical symptoms and reverse the documented dysregulation in cytokine production in three cases of parvovirus B19-associated CFS.



Candida albicans is yeast normally found in small amounts in the warm interior membranes of the mouth, skin and digestive tract of healthy individuals. Typically, Candida does not cause any health problems as its growth is kept under control by the immune system and other “friendly” bacteria in the body. However, there are conditions that may disrupt the balance of bacteria and cause the overgrowth of Candida, producing an infection.

Once growth of Candida becomes unregulated and pathogenic it will begin to release large amounts of toxins that have harmful effects on tissues and organs, which in turn produces symptoms such as excessive fatigue, bowel and digestive problems, gas and bloating, food and mold allergies, skin rashes, depression and thyroid problems. To read more about yeast overgrowth and options for achieving healthy yeast levels, click on the link below:


Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner!

Dealing with the day-to-day struggles of living with a chronic illness can be trying. Coping Corner is the spot where you can find the online support you need to get through your day. Featuring personal stories, advice columnist Eunice Beck, RN, book reviews, and more.


Got Questions? Here Are Answers…

Need a specialist in your location? Not sure what sleep meds are the best? Don’t know how to deal with the spouse, kids, and dog? Who better to help you than your fellow readers at ImmuneSupport.com? When you post a question to the message board, you can be assured of speedy and helpful replies. Other people have been through the same struggles and are happy to share their wisdom. It’s easy, too!

If you’re feeling chattier, go to the chat room and ‘talk’ to others in real time. You can let people know when you’ll be there by posting a note to the message boards.

Just click on the link below to find friends and support in the message boards and chat room:


CFIDS Lobby Day 2003

Congressional Activities: Lobby Day

Personal contact from voters who care about CFIDS is the secret weapon in the CFIDS advocacy arsenal. To facilitate contact with elected officials, The CFIDS Association of America sponsors an annual Washington, D.C., Lobby Day event. This year, Lobby Day will be held September 17-18, 2003.

On Lobby Day, CFIDS advocates from around the country, including persons with CFIDS (PWCs) and their family members and friends, come together on Capitol Hill to personally educate Congress about CFIDS and ask for help in securing an improved federal response to the illness.

Lobby Day participants are trained on effective meeting strategies and provided with materials to share with elected officials so they will feel confident and prepared before their first meeting.

The registration deadline is August 1st. For more information, please visit:


ImmuneSupport.com Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

Pro Health is happy to offer CFS & FM Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs at ImmuneSupport.com! We have designed these features to enable CFS & FM sites all over the world to get connected so we can work together to share important information and resources with our readers.

We invite webmasters to post headlines for the latest CFS & FM treatments and breaking news on your websites (linking to the complete content), in addition to linking to CFS & FM events, chat forums and message boards. We also invite CFS and FM related websites to link with us. To learn more about these programs, click on the link below:



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