Jay Goldstein

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Dr. Jay A. Goldstein was a prominent ME/CFS clinician and researcher located in southern California, USA. Trained as a psychiatrist, he taught at the University of California, Irvine. He was director of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Institutes of Anaheim Hills and Beverly Hills. He organized a symposium in Los Angeles on CFIDS and fibromyalgia. When Stephen Straus, in 1989, published that CFS was likely a psychiatric illness, Jay Goldstein vehemently criticized Straus's work, saying "To be quite frank, I could not believe a research paper could be this bad and be published."[1]

In 1993, Goldstein published a book Chronic Fatigue Syndromes: The Limbic Hypothesis stating that, in his opinion, chronic fatigue syndrome was a limbic encephalopathy in a dysregulated psychoneuroimmunologic network.[2] Goldstein's limbic hypothesis does not suggest a specific treatment to address the root causes or CFS. Goldstein's book on his limbic hypothesis makes no mention of "fight or flight" responses or the body's "alarm system" responses and does not support claims that "fight or flight" or brain inflammation is the cause of CFS symptoms; Goldstein does not suggest using "brain retraining", self-help "brain rewiring" programs or relying on "neuroplasticity" to treat CFS despite the fact that such self-help programs claim their treatments are based on a limbic or amygdala dysfunction hypothesis.[2]

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Notable studies[edit | edit source]

  • 1995, The Assessment of Vascular Abnormalities in Late Life Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Brain SPECT: Comparison with Late Life Major Depressive Disorder[5](Abstract)
  • 2000, The Pathophysiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Related Neurosomatic Disorders[6]

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  1. Johnson, Hillary (2006). Osler's Web (2nd ed.). iUniverse, Inc.
  2. 2.02.12.2 Goldstein, Jay (2020). Chronic Fatigue Syndromes The Limbic Hypothesis (1st ed.). London: Routledge. ISBN 1-000-11167-9. OCLC 1196193842.
  3. Goldstein, Jay A. (1993). Chronic Fatigue Syndromes: The Limbic Hypothesis. Haworth Medical Press. ISBN 978-1-56024-433-2.
  4. Goldstein, Jay A. (2004). Tuning the Brain: Principles and Practice of Neurosomatic Medicine. Haworth Press. ISBN 978-0-7890-2246-2.
  5. Goldstein, Jay A.; Mena, Ismael; Jouanne, Eugenio; Lesser, Ira (1995), "The Assessment of Vascular Abnormalities in Late Life Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Brain SPECT: Comparison with Late Life Major Depressive Disorder", Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 1 (1): 55-79, doi:10.1300/J092v01n01_05
  6. Jay A. Goldstein. (2000). The Pathophysiology of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Related Neurosomatic Disorders. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Vol. 6, Iss. 2, pp. 83-91. http://dx.doi.org/10.1300/J092v06n02_09

amygdala Part of the brain, within the temporal lobe. Related to memory and emotional behavior.

Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) - Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome is another term for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but one which emphasizes the immunological aspects of the disease. Popular in the 1990s, this term has apparently fallen into disuse.

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