Like approximately 1 million Americans, I have family members who suffer from the devastating neuro-immune disease ME, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It is as disabling as MS and many people are sick for decades.
My sister has been sick for 18 years and is unable to work. It can strike any racial, ethnic or socioeconomic group and at any age. Many children have the disease and some do not recover and never have the chance to complete their education, go to college, have a career, marry or have a family.
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University at New York, called ‘the world’s most celebrated virus hunter’ by Discover magazine and well-known for helping to contain the SARS epidemic in China, is raising money for a study of the bacteria, viruses and fungi in the gut and their role in ME/CFS, using sophisticated DNA sequencing techniques.
Dr. Lipkin believes that the gut microbes are ‘where the action is’ in this terrible illness. This research could lead to an understanding of what causes our disease and to treatments.
I’ve donated to this research and I hope your readers will too, via www.microbediscovery.org.