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CFIDS, cellular metabolism, and ionizing radiation: A review of contemporary scientific literature

Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Countrygirl, Jan 5, 2018.

  1. Countrygirl

    Countrygirl Senior Member


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  2. redrachel76

    redrachel76 Senior Member

    I read the whole paper and not just the little extract in the link above.

    I think the reason no one likes discussing radiation from atomic power as a possible cause for this illness is:
    1. People think there should be large visible epidemics of CFIDS or ME around nuclear power stations and in places like Chenobyl.

    It could be that low dose radiation around power stations could be a risk factor for CFIDS/ME like cigarette smoke is for lung cancer..., in that smoking does not effect everyone in the same way. Some people who smoke live long healthy lives. It took till the late 1940's and 50's to discover that smoking cause lung cancer, not just because everyone smoked , but because you have to document large numbers with statistics before you see correlation and then causation.

    It could also be that there are epidemics of CFS around Mayak or Hanford nuclear plants. In this paper by Mothersill there is a quoted figure of over 60% of chenobyl liquidators getting the symptoms of CFIDS or ME. There is also a statistical increase of autoimmune diseases around nuclear plants that don't get talked about much.

    The other reasons no one likes discussing radiation as a possible cause is:
    2. No one knows the treatment.
    3. It's a bloody scary concept.

    I read up about HBOT being a treatment for radiation induced damage organs. On that basis and the fact it is supposed to dampen down inflammation generally, I have decided to try it.

    Of course radiation might not have anything to do with this illness.....I think discussing it is as relevent as discussing toxic mold as a cause of ME. That was ignored at first too. Now there are whole forums of People with CFS trying mold avoidance.

    I am not sure radiation is the cause...I would just like it discussed and ruled out so that I can figure out another way to get better .
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2018

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