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Hi, I’m carrie.  I’m 50 years old and trying desperately to improve my condition of chronic fatigue.  Feel free to leave comments, or not, I initially created this site to store my supplements list while I was on the net, then I found out that I have more to say.  I’d be smilin if I knew that my experiences helped you in some way. 🙂 Thanks for visiting!


  1. In your research, have you looked at C.Pneumoniae.? It’s strongly associated with CFS/ME, and eliminating it seems to help most of us. The site is all-volunteer, so it’s not very polished, but on the other hand, no one has anything to sell.

    It’s also well-documented (lots of links to CFS/C.Pn. research) and well-connected (several professionals in the field, including the head of Vanderbilt’s Microbiology Department, keep tabs on the site.)

    When I find someone else with CFS/ME, I tell them about C. Pneumoniae. Then, they’re on their own.

    Hope your improvement keeps improving — I am feeling much better, but I have at least 18 months to go.


  2. Hi, I haven’t read all thru your site, but figured I’d share info. I had several unusual health problems, as well as tiredness, back pain, times of joint pain, not mentally sharp, and finally an allergic reaction and trip to the ER. This led me to finally go for the ELISA/ACT Allergy test I’d heard about. http://elisaact.com/.
    Expensive, but I wish I did it years before. They identified common food ingredients, chemicals, and a typical inactive ingredient in medicines that I should avoid. I did and felt much better.

    Recently after work I collapsed on the sofa, staring off, didn’t want to go for walk w/ friends, had canceled a hike the day before since my back hurt so bad. I looked around at all I hadn’t gotten done that weekend, realized I napped three days in a row (unusual after avoiding identified items), and thought “What did I eat?” I couldn’t find any offending food or ingredient, thought to double check a prescription, which turned out to contain the very common inactive ingredient povidone (aka PVP, polyvinylpyrillodone, crospovidone, etc.), one of my allergens. It is amazing how tired I used to be, how much it interfered with work and home life, and how much worse my back pain was when consuming anything, and the huge change when avoiding them. I’ve wondered how many people w/ CFS or fibromyalgia may have allergies (ELISA looks at delayed lymphocyte reaction, not standard IgE allergies)to chemicals, preservatives or ingredients we never think about. Let me know if you know anything about this.

    I first realized there was some problem related to food when doing juice fasts and felt fantastic after 5 days of nothing but juice. I once went 8 days w/out eating because I didn’t want to return to feeling like crap.

  3. Hi Carrie,

    Thank you so much for your blog. I find it really inspiring. I am calling myself a CFS survivor – as I’m having a lot of success managing my CFS with nutrition and diet. I’m writing to you today to let you know about a new book from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, a foremost expert on Fibromyalgia and CFS. The book is called “Beat Sugar Addiction Now!” and can be found at Dr. Teitelbaum’s website: http://endfatigue.com/

    Sugar is as powerful an addiction as tobacco or alcohol—and one of the most difficult to break given its prevalence in the modern diet. The average American adult consumes 150 pounds of sugar each year! In Beat Sugar Addiction Now!, board certified internist and energy expert Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, reveals the four types of sugar addiction and their hidden causes. “Adrenal fatigue, candida overgrowth, hormonal deficiencies, and exhaustion, are the four major contributors to this addiction,” says Dr. Teitelbaum.

    “Understanding your sugar addiction type, you can take steps to beat it and in the same stroke improve your overall health. Knowing the type of sugar addict you are also helps to solve many other chronic medical problems.” Sugar addiction contributes to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and a plethora of other medical problems, and in day-to-day life it can just make you feel miserable. According to Dr. Teitelbaum, common complaints include: fatigue, getting irritable when hungry, having chronic nasal congestion and sinusitis, digestive problems (irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colon), weight gain with inability to lose weight even on a diet, and poor concentration and memory.

    Beat Sugar Addiction Now! provides a step-by-step program for breaking the sugar addiction, managing withdrawal symptoms, and helping the body recover from its side effects. Simple sugar addiction quizzes presented throughout the book help to hone in on your type of sugar addiction and provides easy and effective steps to overcome it.

    For more information check out http://endfatigue.com/ Also please “Like” the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beat-Sugar-Addiction-Now/108923549141473?ref=ts join the group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/group.php?gid=113983755284222&ref=ts and follow Dr. Teitelbaum on Twitter: http://twitter.com/DrJTeitelbaum

    Because of the tremendous impact that this information can have on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I’m trying to get the word out about the book to as many people as possible. I’d be grateful if you could consider blogging about or reviewing the book and forwarding this message to anyone else you think could benefit from the information.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dean at dean@drazninpr.com


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