There are somewhere around one or two million Americans with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a disease that often leaves sufferers barely able to move or think. But after decades in the dark, researchers have finally taken a step toward better understanding CFS: Among other things, the disease is correlated with a substantial decline in metabolites, the waste products our cells produce as part of their normal function.
It’s been a strange couple of years for people with CFS, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), and for researchers working toward a better understanding of it. In that time, doctors and epidemiologists have discovered new tests for ME / CFS and strong hints that it could be a disorder of the immune system. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health announced it was in the planning phase of a major new study aimed at understanding the causes and mechanisms behind the disease….