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Erica Verrillo

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Erica F. Verrillo was completing her doctorate in Speech Communication before falling ill with CFS in 1992. She is the co-author, with Lauren Gellman, of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 1st Edition (St. Martin's). She is also the author of three middle reader fantasies, Elissa's... Full Bio
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Conflict of Interest: CDC Accepts Millions from Corporations by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Jeanne Lenzer is the associate editor of the The BMJ (British Medical Journal), USA. The BMJ is one of the world's oldest medical journals. As a peer-reviewed publicati ... Read on »
Dr. Kerr Rebuts Assertion That GET and CBT Are Legitimate Treatments for ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Unfortunately, PACE isn't admitting anything. In  a recent editorial  published in the British Medical Journal Andrew Lloyd states: "The evidence for graded exercise and ... Read on »
Unite for Equal Funding at NIH! by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Courtney Miller Two scientific reports in two months by experts independent of the ME/CFS field say the same thing: "The committee stresses that more research is ... Read on »
May 12 - International ME/CFS, Lyme, and FM Awareness Day Events by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome This post first appeared on ProHealth . International ME/CFS Awareness Day was originated by  Tom Hennessy , an ME patient and staunch advocate who testifie ... Read on »
Guts, Bugs and "Slow Sepsis" in ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Last fall,  Invest in ME  announced an update in its research into the microbiome of ME/CFS patients. The study is based on the hypothesis that exposure to gut microbes ... Read on »
"Fear of Exercise" in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Therapy Today is the flagship professional journal published by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the largest membership organisation for co ... Read on »
Profound, Debilitating Fatigue in Autoimmune Disease Overlaps with ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A number of researchers have proposed that ME/CFS may eventually become an autoimmune disease. There is plenty of scientific evidence to support this theory. Persis ... Read on »
Can light therapy help the brain? by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome When NIH doesn't fund research for your illness, what do you do? You look at results from studies for other diseases that have an overlap in symptoms. One such illness ... Read on »
Dr. Martin Lerner's Treatment Protocol for ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dr. Martin Lerner has been a long-time proponent of antiviral therapies for treating ME/CFS. His background as an infectious disease specialist naturally led him to exp ... Read on »
SEID Definition Captures People with Major Depression, Autoimmune Diseases, and Cardiopulmonary... by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In the following commentary, Leonard Jason defends the use of self-reporting measures for the diagnosis of ME/CFS. While self-reporting has its merits, it also has draw ... Read on »
Immune Activation, Chronic Inflammation and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autoimmune Disease and... by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Michael Maes and his colleagues have a long history of delving into immune system and mitochondrial abnormalities, not just in ME/CFS but in a number of diseases. I ... Read on »
Cerebrospinal Fluid, Autoimmunity, and Cognitive Dysfunction in ME/CFS by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Columbia University has published the second of two significant studies examining immune system markers in ME/CFS. The study, "Cytokine network analysis of cerebrospina ... Read on »
IOM Opens Marketing Agency: Rebrands All Chronic Diseases by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome HHS satisfied with DRECC By A. Lotta Blarney WASHINGTON: April 1, 2015. Inspired by its success with rebranding ME/CFS, the IO ... Read on »
Name Change Poll Results: ME WIns by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In September 2013, the IOM was contracted by HHS to devise a new definition for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), the current CDC definition being considered too br ... Read on »
Fluge and Mella on Rituximab and Autoimmunity in ME by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A Cambridge University radio series,  The Naked Scientists , interviewed Øystein Fluge and Olav Mella on March 24 as part of a program exploring the interface of biolog ... Read on »
Medical Politics and Cognitive Dissonance: How Psychiatrists Purloined ME by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome On March 18th 2015, The Royal Society of Medicine in London hosted a meeting entitled "ME/CFS: Frontiers, Clinical Practice and Perception."  Speakers included Dr Ch ... Read on »
Petition Launched Against SEID by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Below is a message from Kristina Bray, who has launched a petition calling on the IOM to cease any attempts to rename ME as SEID (systemic exertion intolerance disease) ... Read on »
Prestigious Research Team Seeks Funding for ME/CFS Immune Biomarker Research – Deadline... by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Dear ME/CFS patients, friends, and family, I am an ME/CFS Spanish patient, administrator and owner of the national  Spanish ME/CFS research forum , and also a ... Read on »
Hemispherx Enters a Collaboration for the Commercialization of Ampligen for CFS in Australia and... by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome On the heels of its  $8M manufacturing plant rehab , Hemispherx announced today that it has signed an agreement with Emerge to seek approval of Ampligen in Austra ... Read on »
Call to Action: Congressional Hearing on Ampligen by Erica Verrillo Posted in: Blog Posts in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome From the FDA Action Team To all ME/CFS –S.E.I.D. Patients, Family and Friends As most patients know, the IOM and NIH P2P have released some very positive findings ... Read on »