CFS/FMS and the Pandemic: Good News and Bad News

Published: February 1, 2021

For people with CFS and fibromyalgia, most of the COVID-19 news is actually very good. We aren't seeing the illness be more harmful to our CFS/FMS population than others. And in the rare cases where CFS/FMS flareups occur after having the virus, people respond very nicely to simply tuning up with the S.H.I.N.E.® Protocol.

In fact, there's a good reason that people with CFS /FMS could actually say “Thank You" to the virus!

NIH research funding for fibromyalgia is going to be increased from its current paltry $12 million a year (it should be at least 30 times this much given how many people have the disease and its severity). Congress is appropriating $1.15 billion to study persistent post COVID-19 symptoms. This is study of the so-called "COVID-19 Long Hauler" syndrome, which is largely CFS and fibromyalgia. So, thanks to coronavirus, research funding for CFS/FMS is going to increase by as much as a hundredfold!

But this is an indication of bad news too, as the funding increase is happening because so many more people are expected to come down with CFS/FMS. In fact, current estimates in an article by Komaroff and Bateman estimate that 10% of people who get COVID-19 will develop CFS/ME. (This is pretty close to my estimate that 15% of those who get symptomatic COVID-19 will get post-viral CFS/FMS.)

Some More Good News to Report

Two studies  we recently completed on a new nutrient showed that 60% of study participants with post-viral problems experienced a 69% improvement in energy and overall well-being with a new supplement called Recovery Factors® (download a pdf of the first study), which has been accepted for publication. We launched a follow up study of yet another very helpful herbal, HRG80 Red Ginseng, just last week.

There is great reason for optimism!

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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