Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS) Awareness on the Rise

It seems the public is developing an insatiable curiosity about Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Numerous newspaper and magazine articles now appear whenever CFIDS-related scientific research is published, and the past few months have provided the press with ample material.

Among the more important questions being asked: Is CFIDS a result of depression, or is depression a result of CFIDS? This topic is discussed in a fascinating study evaluating brain hormone levels in clinically depressed people, with and without CFIDS. We think it strengthens the notion that depression is just one of the varied symptoms of CFIDS.

Also, a recently published study conducted by Drs. Paul Cheney, Daniel Peterson, Anthony Komeroff, and others strongly indicates that this disease does, in fact, have an organic basis. Brain lesions and evidence of activation of human herpes virus number six (HHV-6) in patients helps to prove this point.

Along with updates on Ampligen and Kutapressin, we have included informative articles on three nutritional supplements frequently used by CFIDS patients: Coenzyme Q10, Ginkgo Biloba, and magnesium. We are interested in your experiences with these products, and welcome feedback concerning your use of nutritional or pharmaceutical products that may be of interest to our members.

Your Buyers Club [Pro Health – Your CFS & FM Health Resource] is delighted to report our Spring 1992 research fundraising campaign is underway. A personalized appeal for research funds is being sent to 3,500 of the most influential people in the entertainment industry, and to 1,265 chief executives of the largest U.S. corporations. We hope to raise more than $100,000. And because all expenses are being covered by private contributions of CFIDS Buyer’s Club members, 100 percent of every dollar raised will be channeled to researchers via the largest CFIDS patient organization in the world, the non-profit CFIDS Association in Charlotte, North Carolina (see enclosure on this organization).

We are grateful for your continued support as we strive to serve you and to become an even more valuable asset to the CFIDS patient community.

Yours with hope and determination,

Richard Carson, Club President

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