Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID)
Majid Ali, M.D.
I wish there were a law that forbade invention of new diseases. I wish there were a law that doctors to introduce a new diagnostic term unless they could describe the cause(s) of symptom-complexes associated with their newly-minted diseases.
A Discovery 21-Years Too Late
In 2015, a prestigious advisory committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) did exactly that. It invented a new disease without making a serious effort to recognize nutritional, envoronmental, and stress-related elements that cause chronic fatigue syndrome. IOM is a national non-profit institute that advises policymakers on matters of health, science, and medical research. In a long report , it outlined a list of proposed diagnostic criteria for what was previously called chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis, and then invented a new disease: systemic-exertion-intolerance-disease (SEID). I have no difficulty in visualizing how the committee members must have celebrated their astounding feat of intellect, wining and dining on tax-payers’ dollars.
Disabling Fatigue Circa 1994
The Canary and Chronic Fatigue (1994), I recognized the central roles of gut fermentation and mold allergy in the cause and persistence of disabling chronic fatigue. For effective treatment, I discussed the important subject of altered states of bowel ecology at length and offered my guidelines for my Seed, Feed, and Weed Approach for restoring the bowel flora.
Disabling Fatigue Circa 2015
So now we have SEID. This diagnosis does not recognize any of the following: (1) mold allergy and mycotoxicsis; (2) altered gut flora and gut ecology; (3) toxicity of lead, mercury, cadmium, and other toxic metals; (4) impaired or blocked liver detox pathwaysh; (5) increased urinary excrettion of Krebs cycle metabolites; (6) thyroid and adrenal dysfunctions related to the gut and liver toxicity; and (7) hyperinsulinism which is present in most cases of chronic fatigue. It did recognize the stress-related symptom-complexes.
Consider this excerpt form an article published in The New York Times on Feb. 25, 2015. “In my (author’s) case, I have improved almost unbelievably by taking extreme steps to avoid mold, an approach that has become an underground movement among patients but that has received very little study.”
Long live our invented diseases!