Can Toxic Chemicals Trigger CFS?

Published: October 11, 2012

Recent investigations on the origins of environmental diseases of the neurological, endocrine, reproductive, respiratory and immune systems suggest that early life toxin and other exposures may play a major role in producing CFS and ME later in life.

Research suggests that toxic exposures during childhood (called "early life immune insults" or ELII) induced by xenobiotics (substances foreign to living organisms, such as chemical compounds), may offer an important clue to the origin(s) of CFS.

The authors suggest that the developing immune system is a sensitive target for environmental insult (xenobiotics, infections, stress) with major ramifications for postnatal health risks. This review considers the potential role of ELII as an early life component of later-life CFS.

This goes along with research suggesting that the over 80,000 chemicals added to our environment contribute significantly to autoimmune diseases.


Toxicology. Feb 8, 2008. PMID: 18336982, by Dietert RR, Dietert JM. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. [E-mail:]

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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