Doctor Courtney Craig is a Nutritionist and Chiropractor who has a special interest in treating patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). She became ill with ME/CFS in 1998, at the age of 16, but greatly improved in 2010 utilizing both conventional and integrative medicine. She is featured in the 2016 documentary film, Unrest, which is about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.
Dr. Craig hosted a podcast called Spoonie Radio for two years in which she interviewed doctors, researchers, and patients within the ME/CFS community.
Education[edit | edit source]
- Undergraduate study in exercise science at the College of William and Mary, Virginia
- Graduated with honors from the University of Bridgeport’s Human Nutrition Institute Master's program.
- Clinical training at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Florida
- Visiting Scientist at Cornell’s Center for Enervating Neuroimmune Disease
- Master Student in Nutrition and Biomedicine at Technical University Munich in Germany.
- Member of the American Nutrition Association, the American College of Nutrition, and the Institute for Functional Medicine.
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 2015, Mitoprotective dietary approaches for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Caloric restriction, fasting, and ketogenic diets - a paper hypothesising that ME/CFS could be treated by improving mitochondrial function using fasting, caloric restriction and a ketogenic diet. - (Abstract)
Clinic location[edit | edit source]
She has relocated to Germany and consults with patients via phone or Skype.
Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]
Books[edit | edit source]
- Oct 23, 2014, ebook/digital: All My Test Results are Normal: A Smart Guide to Testing for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Online presence[edit | edit source]
See also[edit | edit source]
Learn more[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- "About Dr. Craig".
- Craig, Courtney (November 2015), "Mitoprotective dietary approaches for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Caloric restriction, fasting, and ketogenic diets", Medical Hypotheses, 85 (5): 690-693, doi:10.1016/j.mehy.2015.08.013, PMID 26315446
myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.
mitochondria - Important parts of the biological cell, with each mitochondrion encased within a mitochondrial membrane. Mitochondria are best known for their role in energy production, earning them the nickname "the powerhouse of the cell". Mitochondria also participate in the detection of threats and the response to these threats. One of the responses to threats orchestrated by mitochondria is apoptosis, a cell suicide program used by cells when the threat can not be eliminated.