Today on "Healthbeat" (a local Torrance cable tv program sponsored by Torrance Memorial Hospital) there was a panel of doctors, including Dr. John Chia discussing CFS and Fibromyalgia. He is convinced CFS is caused by enteroviruses that attack the immune system and are like weeds to get rid of. These enteroviruses can hide anywhere in the body, ie digestive system, and cause all sorts of problems. He was adamant CFS and Fibro are not in people's heads and must be treated aggresively. The treatment depends on each individual and their lab results. He tests DNA for the viruses. One treatment he does is "interferon" for CFS which has helped some but is very expensive - but the person did have remission. He discussed many treatments including months of Zithromax, certain supplements, gamma globulin - there was over 50 things on his list. One thing he said you should never take prednisone if you have CFS. For a while you will feel much better, then will get much worse because of your compromised immune system. The infections/viruses he talked about were scary. Dr. Chia has been researching CFS and Fibro for ten years now. It started with him because his own son came down with CFS. He discussed patients who had remissions for 15 months then relapsed after overdoing it. For fibro patients he does not recommend aerobic exercise - just gentle walking. I made notes I will try to post later.