My trip to Stanford Cardiology for high cholesterol (and ME/CFS)

Seeing a new specialist can be a bit dicey when you have ME/CFS. Most doctors are not very knowledgeable about the disease and if they are let's just say it is not in the way we might hope. I have learned the hard way to keep expectations as neutral as possible. Many who read my … Continue reading My trip to Stanford Cardiology for high cholesterol (and ME/CFS)

Keto and ME/CFS (part IV): Beyond basic cholesterol testing

Many people are shocked to see their LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) shoot up after starting a low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) diet. If you are in this boat some additional testing may be needed to understand why this is happening and what to do about it. Most people will be given a statin and not think about it any … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (part IV): Beyond basic cholesterol testing

Keto and ME/CFS (Part III): lipid models and the lean mass hyper-responders (LMHR)

Many people who go on the ketogenic diet see incredible health gains only to discover their LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) has skyrocketed. Rightly so, many people resist giving up their low-carb lifestyle due to its many benefits. A deep distrust of doctors and pharmaceutical companies, not to mention decades of farcical advice on nutrition, leads people … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (Part III): lipid models and the lean mass hyper-responders (LMHR)

Keto and ME/CFS (part II): the cholesterol hyper-responders

When I set out to write this piece, I thought it would be just that: one piece. I have been in the cholesterol rabbit hole for five months now and have concluded that this complex topic will require several posts to cover it adequately. There are many threads I attempt to weave together, including how … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (part II): the cholesterol hyper-responders

My life as an ecologist

As you have probably guessed, I do not write about ecology much anymore, despite devoting 30 years of my life to the subject. I am toying with a few new ideas to write about, but for now, I wanted to share some of my past work in case you are wondering who I was as … Continue reading My life as an ecologist

Keto and ME/CFS (Part I): An elevated heart rate

I am at a stage in my illness where I am scanning the horizon and asking the following question: how can I mitigate the risks involved with raging inflammation, poor sleep, and no exercise - three hallmarks of ME/CFS and huge risk factors for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer? The prospect of growing … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (Part I): An elevated heart rate

Marijuana as medicine for ME/CFS (Part II): Getting started with Cannabis

Here is part II of the Cannabis series over at Health Rising (here is part I). The next part in the series is written by Cort Johnson and will be a deep dive into all matters CBD. Stay tuned over at Health Rising! I hope some of the general guidelines in this article are enough … Continue reading Marijuana as medicine for ME/CFS (Part II): Getting started with Cannabis

Marijuana as medicine for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Pt I: A look behind the science

This is part I of a three-part series called "Marijuana as medicine" over at Health Rising. Part II will focus a little more on how to go about using Cannabis to manage symptoms of these two diseases. In Part III, Cort Johnson dives into the world of CBD. We may have a 4th blog on … Continue reading Marijuana as medicine for ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Pt I: A look behind the science

Tapped

Early on in my medical maladies, I realized I needed to toughen up. Little did I know at the time, but I thought that my infertility treatments were going to be the worst I would ever see, apart from a myomectomy to remove a grapefruit-sized fibroid before trying to become pregnant. To put it mildly, … Continue reading Tapped

A quick guide to 2-day CPET reports for ME/CFS

OK, so I wrote a really (overly) long piece on how to interpret a 2-day CPET report from Workwell Foundation with an eye toward understanding these documents for disability purposes. To understand something I pretty much need to delve into the science and write about it. While writing that piece certainly helped with my understanding … Continue reading A quick guide to 2-day CPET reports for ME/CFS