Saturday, December 28, 2013

One Theory To Explain Them All? The Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis

It's called the Vagus Nerve Infection Theory for ME/CFS and it's got a lot of people excited. Check it out on Simmaron Rising at
"The vagus nerve isn't just any nerve; it's the nervous system's immune conduit to the brain. VE believes that an infection there doesn't need to be large to cause havoc in the brain; it just needs to be present."
"Not surprisingly,  the rodents looked and acted sick – the cytokines were doing their job to keep the animal down and isolated – but  no trace of those cytokines could be found  in their bloodstream.  Only if the animal's spinal cord was sampled near where the 'infection' was  it possible to find any evidence of increased cytokine levels."
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Many of my symptoms are compatible with vagus nerve problems.  But, of course, because I have no background in the sciences, there was no way I was ever going to convince a doctor of something this bizarre, so I didn't even try.

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