Monday, February 14, 2022


Review on CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

One of the key underlying findings in conditions causing chronic mental or physical fatigue is dysfunction of the mitochondria. Mitochondria are small structures located in the nucleus of every cell, and every cell contains thousands of them. These powerhouses produce the energy our bodies need to carry out every function in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). When mitochondria don’t function at their best, or too many of them are destroyed, our energy levels suffer. While this can be due to inherited genetic disorders, most often it is seen as the result of chronic damage over time.

Many of the biochemical reactions in our bodies produce toxic versions of oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen, including how we make ATP. These toxic molecules, which we call free radicals, have to be neutralized so they don’t damage the mitochondria. Our bodies have powerful antioxidant defenses to keep these in check. But when these protective systems become overwhelmed by too many free radicals, oxidative stress results and mitochondria are damaged.

Each person’s ability to handle these toxins and oxidative stress is different and depends on the interaction between their genes and their environment. Our genes commonly have small errors, called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that affect how each protein in our body works. [see: genetics vs genomics article] Since proteins run all of our biochemistry, these small DNA changes can affect how we deal with emotional stress, energetic stress, and physical stress; how we process the toxins; what we need nutritionally. When we get a mismatch of our genes and our diet and environment, that can set us on a collision course for disease if it persists over time.

Some of the most common causes of oxidative include deficiencies of key nutrients and antioxidants (such as CoQ10, Alpha-lipoic acid, B vitamins, and Vitamin C), and overload of toxic substances in our environment (including air pollution, heavy metals like mercury and arsenic, herbicides and pesticides). Emotional stress is also often a key factor. Viral and other infections that trigger an immune response that then gets out of hand is also a common contributor. Chronic inflammation goes hand -in-hand with the oxidative stress, and this is why so many chronic diseases related to inflammation are also linked to mitochondrial dysfunction – either as a cause or as a result. Once this cascade of oxidative stress and inflammation gets going, it feeds itself and can be hard to reverse unless all contributing factors are addressed.

Because mitochondria are found in every cell of the body, often multiple systems are affected. This can result in a wide range of symptoms that are often hard to diagnose, especially in conventional medicine. Fortunately, we have ways to understand what each person needs through personalized approaches. By integrating functional medicine, genomics, and a wide range of healing modalities, we have the knowledge and the tools to unlock what each person needs to restore health – and then keep them healthy. 

Dr. Bobbi Kline combines her decades of experience as an ObGyn physician, energetic healer, functional and genomic medicine practitioner, along with Human Design and Astrology to help women get to the root of the health of mind, body, and spirit. She is dedicated to serving her fellow clinicians in addition to her patients, she has created and taught courses in functional, genomic, energetic medicine within a holistic model through faculty positions with the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Graduate Institute. Currently, as founder of, she shares the wisdom gained from her own health journey to empower women in successfully navigating life and health challenges for themselves and their children.


Climbing Out of CFS with Alternative Therapy

In 2017, Suzanne Wheeler was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She was home bound for about two years and bed bound about 50% of the time. Suffering from significant  chronic pain throughout her body with a health report reading equivalent to that of about a 95 year old, Suzanne spent the better part of 15 years being mis-prescribed therapeutic drugs and dangerous opioids that gave little or no positive results. Read Suzanne's exploratory journey to wellness, her extensive research and her ultimate solution to getting back on her feet again with PEMF. 

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Thursday, February 10, 2022


Written by: Josh Schueller, PT

In the health care universe, clinicians face many challenges in the pursuit of improving health and wellness for their patients. Many variables play a role in a patient’s recovery from illness or injury. Some of these variables are controllable some are uncontrollable.  In my decades or treating illness and injury, the #1 controllable variable is having a SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE.   This lifestyle is characterized by a high rate of inactivity (such as too much sitting) and little physical activity throughout each day-- a major precursor to many serious health issues.  

The past 20 years 'blessed' humanity with an exodus of screen technologies like phones, computers, and streaming videos on TV- increases the prevalence of sitting stationery.  The average American spends over 7 hours a day looking at a screen of some kind. Combining this with 7-9 hours of sleeping per day, two-thirds of our day is automatically spent sedentary for the average American.  This doesn’t account for time spent driving, eating, or talking with someone which usually occurs in a sitting position.  Many have compared sitting as the new smoking regarding health concerns. Nearly a half of all Americans are obese.  Sedentary lifestyles are directly correlated with obesity.  Hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and sleep apnea are all significantly increased because of a sedentary lifestyle.  Musculoskeletal issues such as osteoporosis, joint pain, chronic inflammation and stiff/weak muscles are all associated with sedentary lifestyle. Anxiety and depression are increased with sedentary lifestyle.  

Over the last two years COVID-19 has also played a significant role in increasing sedentary lifestyle.  Social isolation, social distancing, working from home, fitness centers closing, quarantine have all led to an increased acceptance to a sedentary lifestyle.  Over the last two many of our houses have a worn carpet trail from the bedroom to home office to kitchen to bathroom every single day.  Rinse and repeat every day.  Blaming COVID is a popular rationale. A recent study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, demonstrated that sedentary people had a greater risk of hospitalization, admission to ICU, and death from COVID-19 compared to those who meet the physical activity guild lines. 

Looking at our current existence (job types, transportation modes, technologies), modern society has enabled us to be inactive.  In fact, it encourages it.  Our very economic trends like online ordering lends itself to us all reaching for the quicker/cheaper option instead of exerting any calories to achieve anything. 

Exercise is the new swear word in today’s world.  Many people just hearing the word exercise break out in hives or have a breakdown.  The excuses not to exercise are endless.  “I am too busy”, “I am too tired”, “it hurts to exercise”, “exercise is boring” seem to be the most common.  We need to stop using the words exercise and diet and instead replace with movement and wellness.  So many people take a failed approach to movement and wellness.  This “all or nothing” mind set has to stop and it has to stop NOW!!!!.  If you have been sedentary for an extended period, DO NOT try to change a hundred bad habits.  That is unfair and it leads to failure.  Set yourself up for success not failure.  Success breeds success.  If you think you are going to change all your bad habits like physical activity, diet, sleep, and medications all in one day or week you find yourself back on the couch watching Real Housewives of Whatever County.

According to just about every cardiologist and Fitbit(tm), movement is recommended 150 minutes a week. That might seem like a lot but that is only 30 minutes a day 5 days a week.  That doesn’t mean a high intensity Navy Seals style workout session.  It is easy to fall out of shape, don’t set too many obstacles in your way. 


1) Image insert: "Sitting too much can AGE you by a lot..." - AARP:

Wednesday, February 9, 2022


 By Bobbi Kline, MD (Integrative Physician / Genomic Research Specialist)

As a mom, my heart grieves for parents, including Elysa’s, who suffer such devastating tragedy. It’s the worst thing you hope never happens to your child, and I truly admire parents who turn a tragedy into something positive. It requires such amazing strength, courage and grace. As a physician, I find my self immediately asking "Why do these things happen? How can we predict or prevent them?" As clinicians, we look for patterns to help guide diagnosis and treatment. We know what to expect, but sometimes they can lull us into a false sense of security. Childhood viruses, as any parent knows, are an expected part of those early years. 

But what happens when they turn out to be something more? That’s where pattern recognition is crucial. When something obviously falls outside those patterns, it’s a signal to question and go deeper. But what happens when you don’t even recognize that deviation? What if something is so uncommon or so subtle that it’s hard to detect among all the noise? Post-viral myocarditis is one of those conditions, and I’m glad to see it now in the spotlight. Raising awareness is a key first step. While COVID-19 has certainly helped to highlight this condition, it goes further than COVID. Many common childhood viruses have been implicated in causing myocarditis, but most people are completely unaware. I admit that it was not something I ever really thought about as my kids were growing up. And I am not alone. Educating clinicians as well as parents on what to look for, when to be alarmed, when to go deeper is crucial. This alone will save lives. 

But it’s only the first step.
We also need better tests and tools to quickly and easily identify who is at risk, and better treatments for helping these children. This requires a multidisciplinary approach that includes better diagnostics including noninvasive technology, along with effective medications and other treatments. It also includes the burgeoning field of genomics and personalized medicine, both to provide a better understanding of the why, as well as a powerful tool to predict and prevent. For, at the heart of this, is understanding each child’s uniqueness in a way that empowers.  Two studies have been published this year that have the potential to leverage the power of DNA to identify who is at risk for developing myocarditis after a viral infection. Not only that, but also which of those children are most likely to recover, and therefore need fewer interventions, and which of those children are most at risk for sudden death and require much more intensive treatment and support. And, in today’s world, we also need the power of legislation to make sure everyone has access to this higher level of care. There is much promise to change the trajectory of this devastating illness, and it is only through advocacy such as this that it will happen. 


Written by: Dr. Robert L. Bard

Since the advent of Covid-19 Long Haul studies in 2021, the medical diagnostic community shifted into overdrive- seeking out all available screening and examination protocols to assess health problems called POST-ACUTE SEQUELAE (PASC). One of the recent Covid-19 related headliners is the rise in cases of MYOCARDITIS in children 16 years and under. CDC Reports link the pathological impact with covid infection since it is proven that Viral infections are a common cause of myocarditis. 

Between early 2020–2021, patients with Covid-19 had nearly 16 times the risk for myocarditis[1]. According to the CDC, in a study of myocarditis cases, 2,116 (41.7%) had a history of Covid-19.  In addition, cases of myocarditis reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) indicated links between Myocarditis and Pericarditis to come from the mRNA Covid-19 vaccination (especially in male adolescents and young adults) more often after the second dose.[2].

Myocarditis is defined as an inflammatory disorder of the heart muscle (myocardium) leading to cardiac dysfunction. It is also recognized as myocardial cell death 
[3]. Checkups for this also reviews for PERICARDITIS (the inflammation of the outer lining of the heart). Various causes of myocarditis includes: Viral Infectious including adenoviruses, echoviruses, enteroviruses like the coxsackie viruses. In addition, predisposition can occur from those with Autoimmune diseases such as Celiac disease, Churg-Strauss syndrome, Crohn disease, Kawasaki disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis etc. (See NIH chart for full list of causes- [4])

As with any critical disorder, detecting early stages of myocarditis allows for a higher opportunity to treat and even eliminate the health risk.  In children, symptoms include: Fever, Fainting, Breathing difficulties, Rapid breathing, Chest pain and Rapid or irregular heart rhythms [5]. In adults, symptoms range from chest pain, shortness of breath, at rest or during activity and fluid buildup with swelling of the legs, ankles and feet. To prevent possible heart damage, a cardiologist may order one of a number of imaging options:

▪ Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
▪ Chest X-Ray
▪ Heart MRI
▪ Blood Tests
▪ Doppler Ultrasound for Acute Myocarditis
▪ Cardiovascular MR Elastography (MRE)
▪ Ultrasound Elastography

See expanded details on diagnostic protocols, visit:

In Feb. 2022, lead directors of The AngioFoundation, The NY Cancer Resource Alliance and publishers of forged a collaborative outreach community project with the For Elysa Foundation (myocarditis awareness org) to form a national coalition of clinical support associations, research foundations, researchers and parent groups dedicated to the awareness of rare pediatric diseases and critical disorders. This collective concept called "MOMMIES ON A MISSION" is a unique and remarkable platform that aspires to support the many pediatric disorders that plague today's children.

Known as 'Project One", Mommies on a Mission will launch the ONE VOICE crusade to leverage new awareness response for the deadly health threat of Myocarditis in America's children. "MOMMIES ON A MISSION" is a creative title Mrs. Jana Rojas (director of For Elysa Foundation) used to describe her fellow advocates who, like her, established a dedicated benevolent program to battle pediatric myocarditis through education, awareness and to support clinical research. Even more are driven to forge standardized screening of myocarditis as part of a national prevention and early detection initiative. "Losing another child to this terrible and insidious disease is one child too many! It's time we joined hands with all groups, legislators, medical societies and anyone who can make a difference. We hope to deploy a multi-stage battle plan to address this disease and enact new solutions in every pediatrician's office!", states Dr. Noelle Cutter (Molloy College, NY Cancer Resource Alliance).

MedNews Extra
Saving Lives Through Advocacy & Research:

Around the first week of Feb, 2022, our clinical diagnostic researcher, Dr. Robert Bard launched his 2.0 in NYC‐ which included a Pilot program for Myocarditis Screening through the use of advanced Doppler Ultrasound Imaging.  To establish the clinical network for this program is to connect with ICU specialists & Cardiologists as well as all associations supporting Myocarditis research.

We met the directors of a remarkable national advocacy foundation called FOR ELYSA FOUNDATION‐ a non‐profit organization dedicated to promoting Education, providing Light, and supporting Research in the areas of viral myocarditis and pediatric sudden cardiac arrest. ( Mrs. Jana Rojas and husband Jaime Rojas from Kansas City developed this organization inspired by the loss of her vibrant little girl,  Elysa Louise Rojas who passed away at the tender age of two years old. " In Elysa’s case, a common childhood virus was responsible for her myocarditis. The virus either attacked Elysa’s heart directly or caused her immune system to attack her heart muscle in a “friendly fire” fashion while trying to fight the virus. The inflammation in her heart increased drastically and very quickly to the point of sudden cardiac arrest. Doctors and scientists do not fully understand the mechanisms within the body that cause a virus to “go haywire” in the immune systems of individuals with myocarditis. There is currently no way to predict when/if this will occur."

The FOR ELYSA FOUNDATION is one of our first advocacy friends in pursuit of bringing national awareness and supportive clinical research for myocarditis diagnostics and prevention. According to the website, Myocarditis is a disease marked by inflammation and damage of the heart muscle. There are many causes of myocarditis, including viral infections, autoimmune diseases, environmental toxins, and adverse reactions to medications. The most common cause of myocarditis in North America is viral infections. Myocarditis usually attacks otherwise healthy people. It is believed that 5 to 20% of all cases of sudden death in young adults are due to myocarditis. Although the exact incidence of myocarditis is not known, it is estimated that approximately 343,000 people die of myocarditis and its major complication, cardiomyopathy, each year. The prognosis is variable but chronic heart failure is the major long term complication. Myocarditis and the associated disorder of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy are the cause of approximately 45% of heart transplants in the United States.  

Materials in this excerpt are published with express consent from The For Elysa Foundation.  For complete Information, visit

By: Jana Rojas
The tricky thing with myocarditis being virally mediated is that Elysa could have had a heart scan a week before she died (the day before she contracted the virus that wrecked her heart), and it would have been normal. I am hesitant to insinuate that imaging could "clear" a patient and provide a clean bill of health without noting that this can and does occur spontaneously after viral infections, and so testing while ill or post-virally is actually the key message and window of opportunity for myocarditis detection.
In my mind, the primary role for cardiac diagnostic imaging as it related to myocarditis specifically would be for: 
1) acutely ill children in ED/urgent care/hospital inpatient settings
2) children exhibiting the signs and symptoms you have outlined (fainting, sudden fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations), 
3) after known Covid or other viral infection with prolonged or delayed healing (ie ongoing fatigue, shortness of breath, etc)  
4) and possibly PRE-PARTICIPATION SPORTS PHYSICALS. The pre participation screenings would be enhanced cardiac screenings in general to ideally pick up congenital heart defects and other concerns as well as myocarditis. 

1) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Association Between Covid-19 and Myocarditis Using Hospital-based Admin Data 3/2020-1/2021)
3) MR Imaging of Myocardial Infarction | RSNA-Radiological Society of North America  /
4) The Diagnostic and Clinical Approach to Pediatric Myocarditis: A Review of the Current Literature (NCBI/NIH)
5) Diagnosis and Management of Myocarditis in Children (American Coll. of Cardiology)

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