Journal of IiME Volume 1 Issue 2 www.investinme.org CFS/ME MAY BE MAJOR CAUSE of CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE IN NON-DIABETIC POPULATIONS By Dr. Tae H. Park OBJECTIVE OF STUDY: To prove that CFS/ME is a major cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the general population. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study PATIENTS: Participants are 20 years of age and older 400 CFS/ME patients There is a sudden increase in occurrence of non-diabetic, chronic kidney disease patients in the last 3-4 years. In one report (Class et al), 39% of the non-diabetic population showed GFR below 80ml/min. Among them 14% showed GFR below 60ml/min. We collected data from our 400 CFS/ME patients who meet the Fukuda criteria of 1994 and calculated the GFR using the Cockcroft-Gauld formula. The results which we found in our study are striking. Among our 400 CFS/ME patients we found 88% of the patients showed GFR below 80ml/in and 46% GFR below 60ml/min. If we subdivided stage 3 CKD patients (GFR below I60ml/min) then 38.4% showed GFR between 55-60, 33.6% showed GFR 50-54, 29% showed GFR 45-49. In stage 2 CKD classification (GFR below 90) our study showed 84.7% of CFS/ME patient met stage 2 criteria. Among stage 2 patients we further subdivided patients. The result is as follows - GFR 60-65 is 43%, 65-70 is 45%. Even in stage 2 classification we found 88% of CFS/ME patients were close to CKD. What this means is that these CFS/ME patients will be CKD patients in the near future without any diabetes or hypertension. A recent report showed 80% of CFS/ME patients are not diagnosed yet, with only 20% being diagnosed. If we bear these facts in mind, and if many of CFS/ME patients are misdiagnosed as having a psychiatric disease or as having HIV, then these non-diagnosed CFS/ME patients would contribute to a major risk factor of CKD in general populations. We suggest that every CFS/ME patient is checked for s-creatinine based GFR and that this is recorded. Furthermore, one should avoid medication like Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to control pain and most importantly to avoid many tests using contrast media - CT scan, intravenous pyelogram (IVP) especially coronary angiography, even if they have non-specific chest pains. Facts About ME “Psychogenesis of these illnesses is based on the shaky foundation of somatoform disorders and somatisation. It is based on emotion-laden phrases, transparent falsehoods, logical flaws, overstated claims, and unsupported or poorly supported opinion”. “It is based on ignoring the existence of a genetic role in these illnesses. It is based on ignoring the long history of false psychogenic attributions of other illnesses” “It is based on ignoring hundreds of studies documenting real physiological changes in multi-system illnesses”. “It is based on a deliberate ignorance, flaws and quicksand. I do not know how long it will take for the scientific community to realise the demise of the psychogenic view of multi-system illnesses, but it will happen”. “My critique of psychogenesis of multi-system illnesses should not be considered as a critique of psychiatry. It is rather a critique of those who either lack wisdom or who have sold their integrity”. “Whilst the most severe long-term damage created by psychogenic advocates has been to the research prospect for these illnesses, the most severe short-term impact has clearly been to sufferers of these illnesses and their families”. Professor Martin L Pall Professor of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences at Washington State University, (Explaining ‘Unexplained Illnesses’:; Haworth Press, 2007) http://www.investinme.org/Documents/PDFdocuments/Martin%20Pall%20Book.pdf Invest in ME Charity Nr 1114035 Page 7/72

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