In the News (The Washington Post): “The research, published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, focuses on the devastating condition known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, more popularly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. CFS is one of the biggest mysteries of modern medicine and is characterized by severe fatigue and related issues such as headaches and memory problems. According to conservative estimates, 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from it, but no cause has ever been pinpointed. …
“They found that 80 percent of the metabolites were lower in those with CFS. They also found what they described as ‘abnormalities’ in 20 of the metabolic pathways.
“All this suggests that the metabolism of people with CFS is markedly slowed down. …
“When faced with adversity, cells go into defensive mode, he explained. ‘In most cases, this strategy is effective and normal metabolism is restored after a few days or weeks of illness, and recovery is complete after a few weeks or months.’ But with CFS, it’s possible the body got ‘stuck’ in that state.
“He said that although he does not believe that CFS is actually hibernation and although humans do not, in fact, hibernate, he said the ‘metabolic signature’ is similar to that of animals in hibernation.”
My Comment: We pay a price for disregarding the laws of nature, the goal of which is to bring unity between us and a restructuring of human society. Only in this way will we achieve tranquility, balance, and relaxation.