Martin Pall, PhD and Professor of Biochemistry has concluded that:
“…a single complex biochemical cycle which elevates levels of potent oxidants in the body the nitric oxide/peroxynitrite cycle (NO/ONOO- cycle) is responsible for causing CFS, FM, MCS, PTSD, and other chronic diseases. He believes this vicious cycle is initiated by a range of short-term stressors including viral and bacterial infections, toxic chemicals, physical trauma, and severe psychological stress. And a well-chosen regimen of antioxidants and other agents may help the body down-regulate that cycle.”
Dr. Pall is NOT a physician and he does not want the information he has provided to be construed as medical advice.
Dr. Pall says that he did have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but unlike most people with this illness he has made a full recovery and has had no relapses in over 8 years.
Pall goes on to say that his CFS was caused by …”Varicella zoster infection basically a bad case of shingles. Herpes group viruses are common initiators for cases of CFS, so this should not be surprising. They probably are active in this because they are very active in producing an inflammatory response.”
When asked what he did to recover from CFS, Martin Pall said:
“I did three types of things. I was very careful to pay attention to what my body was telling me – specifically to avoid exercise. I think that response to exercise and perhaps other stress seems to be a specific defect in CFS. I talk in my book about what is the probable mechanism here. So this may be a good thing to observe but I think, in general, it is always good to pay close attention to many of the things your body is telling you.
I was very careful about my diet, knowing much about the biochemical properties of different foods, trying in general to give my body everything it might need in order to recover. I also took a number of nutritional supplements including antioxidants, magnesium, Co-Q10. However, it should be noted that you never know when you look at one person, what is producing a favorable response. So I think these things were important, but you can’t say as a scientist that this has any validity.”
You can click here to read the rest of Professor Pall’s live chat interview and below is the book, “Explaining Unexplained Illnesses” by Professor Pall.