Hi everyone, this is my first post, but I have been reading the posts here for awhile and I think this is a great group. I was diagnosed with lupus, CFS and Fibro more than 20 years ago. I believe that CFS, Fibro, lupus, RA, Sjogrens, hypothyroidism and MS all originate from the same source. I have been able to trace every single symptom and every valid scientific finding of all of these diseases directly back to this source. Findings such as low dopamine, low iron, lack of B12 and vitamin D, low magnesium, lack of CoQ10, dysautonomia, white matter lesions, spinal cord changes, etc. Also, every single symptom in clear detail can be explained. Even the connection to peptides can be explained, which is a current topic of discussion here. The source is missing pancreatic enzymes called proteases. They break down proteins. I can demonstrate how this is done by starting with the findings of Dr. Woods. He is the scientific director of the Fibromyalgia Association of America. His findings in Fibro are low dopamine, low iron, spinal cord changes and dysautonomia or a dysfunction in the autonomic nervous system. First, dopamine- Dopamine is derived from tyrosine. Tyrosine is derived from phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid found in high protein foods. If you lack protease, you would not be able to break down high protein foods and release phenylalanine. Here is a study that shows fibromyalgia patients lack phenylalanine. http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=14396 Second, low iron- These same protease regulate iron absorption. Here is the link. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2430097/ Third, spinal cord changes- According to the National Institutes of Health, subacute combined degeneration of the spinal cord is CAUSED by a vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 is only found attached to dietary animal proteins. As this next study shows, these pancreatic enzymes are ESSENTIAL for the binding, transport and absorption of vitamin B12. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC371670/ Fourth, dysautonomia- The two neurotransmitters that regulate the autonomic nervous system are adrenaline and acetylcholine. Adrenaline come from dopamine. (Dopamine comes from phenylalanine) The other neurotransmitter is acetylcholine. Acetylcholine comes from choline and choline is synthesized from B12. In this way, every symptom and every valid scientific finding can be traced directly back to these pancreatic enzymes.