Digging Wide and Deep


With our blogs, and the GIST, and now with Geoff’s narrations, we take complex topics and try to make them as understandable as possible.

We dig wide and deep as we tackle complex subjects and try to make them as understandable as possible. Look at the wide range of blogs just from the last month or so. From brain donation to ME/CFS/FM/long-COVID mimics to research breakthroughs to treatment possibilities, Health Rising is seemingly everywhere.

The Immune Switch in the Brain blog, for instance, showed how a major immune breakthrough could particularly impact diseases like ME/CFS/FM and long COVID, while “A Failure to Respond” and the Intramural study and Effort Preference blog focused on particular ME/CFS breakthroughs.

On the treatment end, a new supplement possibility (LOLA) sat next to a blog on a way to exercise anaerobically. Our commitment to present every possibility present for people with ME/CFS led us to publish two recovery stories: one employing a unique anti-parasite and alternative medicine approach and another, more controversial one, employing EFT.

Some of the blogs over the last month or so include:

  • Presented two new treatment possibilities – LOLA and anaerobic exercise program.
  • Two recovery stories – showed how Melody was able to get off oxygen and 13 meds after COVID-19, and how, in her darkest moment, Flo was somehow able to recover after decades with ME/CFS.
  • Switch

    The Immune Switch blog showed how a major immune finding in the brain may have particular relevance for ME/CFS, FM and long COVID.

    Explored how a master immune switch in the brain could impact ME/CFS/FM and long COVID.

  • Alerted the community to the fact that some people with ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and long COVID might actually have myasthenia gravis.
  • In “A Failure to Respond“, we used past study results to show that, on many levels, the bodies of people with ME/CFS just aren’t seem to be responding to exercise (!)
  • Our blog showing how people with ME/CFS and FM can donate their brains to science got such a response that it was included in the Brain donor newsletter.
  • We cleared up the controversial and disturbing “effort preference finding” (it wasn’t psychological at all) in the Nath Intramural study and demonstrated how the study is helping to energize research at the NIH.

Coming Up

Big Map Project

Health Rising’s Big Map Project will allow patients to tell their stories, communicate with each other, and find good doctors.

Big Map Project – These things always take longer (a lot longer (lol)) than expected, but with our Lives Interrupted program launched and running, we are about to launch the next part of our Big Map project – the patient section – which will allow you to put yourself on the map and communicate with others in your community. After that comes the Doctor review site. With that, HR will have the most comprehensive and useful chronic illness map on the web.

The Lives Interrupted Project for ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, Long COVID, POTS and Lyme Disease is Here!

Two brains talkin

The “What’s Up? Doc” Zoom interview series will allow you to hear from the top experts in the ME/CFS, FM, long COVID and allied fields.

The “What’s Up Doc”  Zoom Interview Series – features Zoom interviews with ME/CFS, FM, long COVID and related experts about what’s exciting them right now. We’ve already wrapped up talks with Nancy Klimas MD, Eleanor Stein MD, Emily Taylor of Solve M.E., and Lauren Stiles of Dysautonomia International, and many others are coming. If you know of someone you think Health Rising should interview, please let us know.

Supporting Health Rising

Health Rising Donation Drive way

If you’re able to, please push some money our way.

Health Rising, with its thousands of blogs, has a big footprint on the web. Our combination of deeply researched, scientifically supported blogs has led us to be readily picked up by Google and other search engines.

With just one full-time (me) and one part-time (Stavya) employee, and two volunteers (an editor and narrator (Geoff)), our financial needs are puny compared to the difference we make in the world – but they are real. Health Rising is unfortunately not a hobby site I do on the side – it’s my sole source of income – and it’s your support that makes it possible.

The Quickie Summer Drive

Community supported

Health Rising is wholly community supported. Thanks for helping to keep us in the web for over ten years,

This drive will last a couple of weeks and our goal is to raise $20,000.

We love all forms of support. Small, medium, or large – they all add up over time. If you’re up for a recurring donation, they’re one way to painlessly make a big difference with Health Rising. Sign up for a $5 or $10 (or more) recurring monthly donation – you’ll probably hardly notice it, but that little bit – multiplied many times over – has become a vital source of revenue for Health Rising.

Or grace us with a one-time donation via PayPal (see below) or check, Amazon gift card or Bitcoin donation. Health Rising also gratefully accepts bequests.

Please note that Health Rising is not a 501 (c) 3 non-profit 




Checks – Please send checks, made out to Health Rising, to Cort Johnson, 404 Boulder Hwy, PO Box 91245, Henderson, NV 89015.

Amazon gift cards! – Amazon is Health Rising’s go-to place to get electronic accessories, books, stuff for the vehicle, etc.  Simply go here, find your gift card, and put my email address (cortrising@gmail.com) in the “To:” box, and voila – instant Amazon gift card!

Bitcoin! – Bitcoin has been very good to us. A Bitcoin donation from around ten years ago is now worth a hundred times what it was. Our Bitcoin address is 18D9JkiGxPcpx8RYNcG5p2Be1joU9J6v5D and our account is at Coinbase. 

Thanks for your support!

A BIG thanks to the 320 people who helped make Health Rising's fundraising drive a success!

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