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Chronic Fatigue

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is in your gut, not your head

Research by Cornell University in America has identified consistent differences in gut bacteria and inflammatory markers in the blood of people with chronic fatigue syndrome compared to those without the syndrome. This gives weight to the idea that CFS is really not in your head after all, but in your body. The study looked at 48 CFS sufferers and 39 healthy controls. There was less diversity of gut bacteria and also less of the bacteria known to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the CFS sufferers. At the same time, the researchers discovered specific markers of inflammation in the blood - thought to be due to a ‘leaky gut’ from intestinal problems that allows intestinal bacteria to get into the blood. This will trigger a heightened immune...