Jody Smith has been taken by surprise by the value of having a dog when dealing with ME/CFS …
There’s been plenty of research indicating that having pets is good for your health. I never really noticed any particular benefits to having cats, though that may have had more to do with my cats. They’ve been fairly indifferent to my presence and we’ve shared a live-and-let-live type of relationship over the years.
Then I got a dog.
I didn’t even want this dog in the beginning, to be honest. My son Duncan had adopted Cleo, a German Shepherd-Lab mix that had ended up at the Humane Society after an injury that required amputation of her back left leg.… Read More
by Jody Smith
Post-exertional malaise. The first few times I heard this term I could not grasp what it meant. Chalk that up to a CFS-crippled brain. The first few dozen times I tried to say it, my cognitive fog prevented me from being able to do so.
Many years later it rolls off the tongue, though not in a pleasant way. Each syllable brings home a sense of irony that a term that is too hard to remember and to say should be such a central facet of ME/CFS.
You might have symptoms I don’t have. I may respond well to treatments that have no positive effect on you.… Read More
In Part I of the Dan Moricoli’s three part series on Dr. Klimas’s Heart Rate Based Activity Management Program on ME-CFSCommunity Center.com, we followed Brenda as she did a VO2 max exercise test on a bicycle at Dr. Klimas’s CFS Clinic. In the second video Dan video’s Brenda as she consults with Connie Sol, the exercise physiologist at Dr. Klimas’s Clinic, about her test results.
You exercise – you have no idea what you’re doing’ …and then you crash. That kind of approach is counterproductive and what shouldn’t be done.
Dr. Connie Sol, exercise physiologist for Dr.
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In collaboration with Dr. Klimas, Dan Moricoli of the ME-CFS Community and Knowledge Center has created a video series focusing on using VO2 max and heart rate measures to create a relapse free ‘exercise’ program to enhance ones health.
focuses on using the VO2 max test to determine at what heart rate patients enter the danger zone – their anerobic threshold. It features a patient, Brenda, Dr. Klimas and her exercise physiologist Connie.
Parts II and III will focus on discussing what the test means and how to implement a relapse free exercise program (even for the very ill) and will be released over the next couple of weeks.… Read More
In this three part series we look at the Light’s exciting work at the University of Utah on ME/CFS. First – we look at the Light’s attempt to validate their gene expression findings, then we examine what they believe may be ground zero for ME/CFS, and finally we tie together their findings with a theory paper by Shapiro suggesting that different kind of herpesvirus may be a work in ME/CFS. Thanks to the Lights and Judith Shapiro for their willingness to answer questions and, as always, to Dennis for his invaluable help getting research papers.
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