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The Myhill Mitochondrial Test And ME/CFS Studies Take A Hit

Monday 25 November 2019


From Health Rising:


Hand battery
The ATP Profiles test results seemed to make perfect
sense: the mitochondria in people with ME/CFS simply
weren’t producing enough energy (ATP). The Tomas
paper, however, suggests the test results were wrong.

The Myhill Mitochondrial Test and ME/CFS Studies Take a Hit

By Cort Johnson
October 6, 2019
© 2019 Health Rising.

The ATP Profiles test developed by Dr John McLaren-Howard (and the Mitochondrial Energy Score developed from it) has been a big deal for the chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) community. The test formed the basis for studies dating back to 2009 by Dr. Myhill, Dr. McLaren and Dr. Booth which asserted that mitochondrial dysfunction plays a major role in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

Mitochondrial dysfunction subsequently became a central theme in Dr. Myhill’s writings, website and treatment protocols. (See – The Central Cause: Mitochondrial Failure) in ME/CFS and her book (Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalitis, 2nd ed.: It’s Mitochondria, Not Hypochondria). Dr. Myhill’s website states that the ATP profiles test she’s used extensively (@ 1000 results) provides an objective test which clearly differentiates ME/CFS from healthy people.

“The joy of the ATP profiles test is that we now have an objective test of chronic fatigue syndrome which clearly shows this illness has a physical basis.”

The studies were like a breath of fresh air which provided hope that a cause which made perfect sense (reduced mitochondrial activity!) and an objective test for ME/CFS had been found. With the emergence of more studies suggesting that problems with energy production were a big deal in ME/CFS, the earlier studies seemed prescient indeed.

Plus, they presented a potentially ground-breaking possibility. If the tests could be validated, the U.K.’s National Health Service could conceivably include them in their list of accepted tests for ME/CFS. Cara Tomas PhD, Dr. Newton MD, PhD and their group reported that it was with that possibility in mind that they attempted to validate the McClaren mitochondrial test.


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