You brought up flouride Wayne - is that possible when all around drink the same flouride in their water here.
I don't know the answer of course, but i would disagree with some of this (no offense meant though).1) Evolution has made it so that women have better immune systems than men:
- as the "breeding unit" they must survive, but men are "throw aways" (seriously)
- men have higher variation than women, the bell curve is inverted as it were, so as male, you get higher chance of being a moron or genius, psychopath or autistic etc (evolution wants variation to find good survivors, it can afford to lose many males, since only takes 1 male to fertilize many females)
- women develop more phobias of poisonous critters when menarche hits (to protect them)
- all those are just TENDENCIES, but they do skew some things, like women tend to get more autoimmune disease probably because whne fertile, their immune systems are so strong they can over react, and when menopausal it gets screwed up.
2) Women are siically much more capable than men, and are more likely to talk to their doctors about embarassing problems or about illness that suffer BIGOTTED ABUSE, grrr (yes, us ME/CFS folks, similar iwth HIV/AIDS)
3) ME/CFS usually has very severe effects on the HPA Axis, like in my case, Pituitary is no longer regulating testosterone production as it should (note, pituitary releases a control hormone, not testosterone itself)
Men have typically have at least 10 times as much testosterone as women, so any change could have a more severe effect on females as there's "less room to manouver" with a problem that lowers it.
4) Men ABHOR being weak, for many reasons, no damn fun for a woman either of coruse, but for men it is grossly deemening. this would lead to higher rates of suicide and self destructive behaviour as well as "keeping it to themselves"
5) Men tend to have much greater body mass, which would help with dealing with toxins, by the way. I could drink most folk under the table cause I was much bigger than them, so the dose was diluted, not 'cause I was "magically immune"
(though Buckfast wine knocked me on my ass more than spirits did, ick! hate that vile stuff, lol)
Does anyone know of a study or paper that explains why M.E. strikes several hundred percent more women than men? That might give us a hint into understanding this disease.
Are auto-immune diseases the only diseases related to ME that affect more women than men. I assume you would find very good clues from looking at the research as to why women are more prone to (other) auto-immune diseases.