Tung oil

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Exposure to tung oil has been implicated as a potential trigger for the development of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). While not considered a major cause of the illness, it is believed that tung oil exposure may be the cause of some individual cases.

Tung oil, also known as China wood oil, is a drying oil extracted from the nut of the tung tree. It is commonly used as a wood finisher for furniture and other products, as well as on stone surfaces such as granite or marble.

Theory[edit | edit source]

  • Dr Paul Cheney has said that tung oil may reactivate the mono virus that is latent in 90-percent of adults.[1]
  • Dr Jay Goldstein has noted that many of his ME/CFS patients became ill after exposure to tung oil.[3] He has theorised that inhaled tung oil may cause CFS through overstimulation of Protein kinase C.[4]
  • Dr Carol Jessop reported that most of her patients had been exposed to tung oil.[5]

Evidence[edit | edit source]

  • Tung oil is known to potently reactivate Epstein-Barr virus. The phorbol ester HHPA in tung oil reactivates EBV.[6]
  • Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Infection.[7]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Castle, Khaly (September 8, 2015). "CFS–The "Invisibled" Disease". CFS Untied. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  2. "Is Glutathione Depletion an Important Part of the Pathogenesis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? by Richard Van Konynenburg (Independent Researcher)". Phoenix Rising. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  3. "The CFIDS Chronicle Physicians' Forum Fall 1993". web.archive.org. April 13, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  4. Betrayal by the Brain: The Neurologic Basis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Related Neural Network Disorders, pp 126-7. Jay Goldstein. Routledge, 2013
  5. "The Telegraph - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  6. "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — A Roadmap For Testing And Treatment". sites.google.com. Retrieved February 4, 2020.
  7. Jones, J F; Straus, S E (1987). "Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Infection". Annual Review of Medicine. 38 (1): 195–209. doi:10.1146/annurev.me.38.020187.001211. PMID 3034134.