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 (Sep 8, 2015). "CFS–The "Invisibled" Disease". CFS Untied. Retrieved Feb 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 Feb 4, 2020. 
  3. "The CFIDS Chronicle Physicians' Forum Fall 1993". web.archive.org. Apr 13, 2012. Retrieved Feb 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 Feb 4, 2020. 
  6. "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — A Roadmap For Testing And Treatment". sites.google.com. Retrieved Feb 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. 

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.

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