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The Virus Within: A Coming
By Nicholas Regush
2000, Dutton, $24.95
Regush, an award-winning medical writer and science journalist for ABC News,
recounts ongoing research that he claims reveals the frightening power of Human
Herpesvirus-6, or HHV-6. HHV-6 has been implicated in a variety of illnesses,
including chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple sclerosis, AIDS and some
forms of cancer. The book focuses on the work of two scientists, Konnie Knox and
Donald Carrigan, who believe that a variety of factors might "trigger" the virus
and allow it to attack key cells in the body.
While Regush devotes
a significant part of the book to the role of HHV-6 in CFS, it has implications
for everyone in exploring what he believes could be a profound health threat. He
outlines research that could change the way we understand diseases and influence
the direction of future investigation into viable treatments.
who find typical "scientific" literature dry or hard to follow, this book reads
more like a mystery thriller, complete with personality and politics, triumphs
and disappointments, controversy and intrigue. Whether or not his conclusions
turn out to be true, the book's skillful storytelling makes for a very
Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia
& Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
By Mari Skelly and Andrea
1999, Hunter House, $15.95
When conventional medicine fails to
help enough, where do you turn? This book is a helpful aid for individuals who
want to hear what others with fibro-myalgia or CFS have to say about their
The authors take a balanced approach to treatment,
and note that although the book focuses predominantly on alternative therapies,
readers should consider the full range of options available. Topics covered
include osteopathy, Chinese medicine, nutrition and yoga, as well traditional
Each chapter includes a "patient's story." Most of the stories
are more inspirational-focusing on personal philosophies-but some include tips
and suggestions regarding particular therapies.
Essays by experts
in each field of alternative medicine are also included to provide a broader
medical perspective, and contact information for each practitioner mentioned is
listed at the back of the book.
By Jane Colby,
Children's Officer, Action for ME 2000, Dome Vision
Review by Rebecca C. Moore
Jane Colby's new book, Zoe's
Win, addresses the challenge of helping children with myalgic
encephalomyelitis (ME) adapt to their limitations and find new ways to excel.
The first section tells the story of Zoe, an 11-year-old with ME. Colby
sensitively discusses issues such as the difficulty of accepting the rapid
changes caused by illness; education, adaptation and pacing as positive coping
mechanisms; and the blessing of friendship within the community of young
Part two contains information for educators and
physicians. It explains the impact of symptoms such as fatigue, pain and
neurocognitive problems on a child's ability to learn. Colby emphasizes the
importance of adapting academic curricula and exams for young persons with ME.
Part two also includes information from a study of the impact of pediatric ME on
education in the UK and a "collaborative care model."
facing CFS/ME will need information resources beyond what this book provides the
sensitive discussion of the feelings and questions many kids with ME face.
Zoe's Win should be much appreciated by the reader.