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Naviaux believes the dauer-like state (actually it was the opposite to Dauer - same metabolites - different response) may have been entered into because of an infection but he's not seeing the kinds of metabolites that he sees in infection. I think it is possible that this is a different way of coping with infection but both Davis and Naviaux suggested that antivirals should be not used unless there was a clear sign (PCR) of infection."It suggested than infections, inflammation and metabolic syndrome were not problems in ME/CFS."
Cort, are you quite sure about that? You know more about this stuff than I do, but isn't it eminently possible that (for example) some kind of ongoing infection, perhaps in the gut, is causing the body to stay in the Dauer state? Isn't that what Dr Lipkin is looking for?
So at this point I think he believes infection at one time pushed ME/CFS patients into the state but that in general it doesn't exist anymore.