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A much-touted study recommended therapy and exercise for patients with chronic…

A much-touted study recommended therapy and exercise for patients with chronic…

Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she's encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don't fully understand..

Five years ago, TED Fellow Jennifer Brea became progressively ill with myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, a debilitating illness that severely impairs normal activities. In this poignant talk, Brea describes the obstacles she's encountered in seeking treatment for her condition, whose root causes and physical effects we don't fully understand..

A popular therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome made many patients worse. That research supporting it is now unraveling adds insult to injury.

A popular therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome made many patients worse. That research supporting it is now unraveling adds insult to injury.

"These Xenon SPECT scans show pathological brain changes in a 37 year-old female M.E. patient.  They show abnormally decreased brain perfusion (blood flow) which decreases further after exercise.     In contrast, a healthy person’s brain would normally show an increase in brain perfusion (blood flow) after exercise."

"These Xenon SPECT scans show pathological brain changes in a 37 year-old female M.E. patient. They show abnormally decreased brain perfusion (blood flow) which decreases further after exercise. In contrast, a healthy person’s brain would normally show an increase in brain perfusion (blood flow) after exercise."

collection of quotes about the illness, mainly from researchers and clinicians who study and treat me/cfs but also from patients as well.  (depressing but good collection. guess which one made me cry?) (rhetorical q)

collection of quotes about the illness, mainly from researchers and clinicians who study and treat me/cfs but also from patients as well. (depressing but good collection. guess which one made me cry?) (rhetorical q)

Jennifer Brea is making a film about patients struggling with myalgic encephalomyelitis, known more commonly as chronic fatigue syndrome...Article and video

Jennifer Brea is making a film about patients struggling with myalgic encephalomyelitis, known more commonly as chronic fatigue syndrome...Article and video

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