Cort Johnson



Cort Johnson is the founder and director of Health Rising. Cort came down with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia around 1980 while at the University of Santa Cruz.

He received a BA in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach in the late 1980′s and a MS in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University around 2000.

Cort first created a very basic (Frontpage) content based site on chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) research and treatment around 2004 called Phoenix Rising.  Soon afterwards a newsletter was added.

By 2010 with the move to WordPress, the addition of a blog and a forum package, and hundreds of articles/blogs later, Phoenix Rising had become the most visited ME/CFS website on the internet. In August 2010 Phoenix Rising became a non-profit corporation.

In December 2012, Cort left Phoenix Rising to form Health Rising. Over time he has produced over a thousand blogs on ME/CFS and FM. In 2016 he received a Special Services award from the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (IACFS/ME).

For the past seven years Cort has been travelling the western U.S. with his two dogs and his big yellow van. His partner – who lives in Toronto – has ME/CFS as well. Besides working on ME/CFS/FM he enjoys reading, classical music, botanizing, trying to understand geology, and participating in the work of Landmark Education.


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