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Health Rising is dedicated to providing timely, accurate information to people with chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia.


cortwebsiteverysmallCort Johnson came down with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia around 1980 while at the University of Santa Cruz in California. He received a BA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach in the late 1980’s and an MS in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University around 2000.

Committed to create a site devoted to understanding ME/CFS he opened a very basic (Frontpage) content based site around 2004 called Phoenix Rising.  By 2010 with the addition of a blog and a Forum package and hundreds of articles/blogs, Phoenix Rising had become the most visited website devoted to ME/CFS on the internet.

In December 2012, with the help of the Simmaron Foundation, Cort left Phoenix Rising to form Health Rising and has since produced hundreds of blogs on ME/CFS and fibromyalgia.  Presented with the Special Service Award in 2016,  the IACFS/ME had this to say:

Cort is the quintessential patient advocate, breaking more news about this illness than many
professional journalists. He has an amazing ability to absorb complex medical information and
translate it into user friendly language for his readers and the CFS/ME community. You can rely
on him to keep patients updated with the latest information about the illness. His reports provide
hope, which is so important and often hard to find with the minimal attention this disorder has
received through the years. His commitment to science as well as courtesy is a refreshingly
welcome approach that is respected by patients and professionals alike.


Health Rising c/o Cort Johnson
2555 Hampton Road – Unit 6308
Henderson, NV 89052
(202) 341 7536
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