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The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association, a 501(c)3 founded in 1985, exists to meet the needs of patients with CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) or FM (Fibromyalgia), their families and loved ones. The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association works to educate health-care providers and the general public regarding these severely-disabling physical illnesses. We also support patients and their families and advocate for more effective treatment and research.


In general Dr. Hubbuch recommends a low sugar diet high in fresh, whole foods, lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grain complex carbohydrates, 40-60 grams of protein/day and use of nonhydrogenated oils 

Hydrogenated oils are frequently found in bakery goods, i.e.,  breads, muffins, crackers, cookiesto extend shelf life. She strongly recommends limiting caffeine and alcohol.

Caffeine challenges the adrenal glands and raises blood sugar as well. Alcohol is particularly a problem if you have yeast infections.

Alkaline diet

Dr. Hubbuch also recommends an alkaline diet based on the research of Dr. Russell Jaffe. The goal is to maintain a good acid/base balance in your body.

Keep your urine pH between 6.5-7 when you get up. (pH is the measure of acidity or alkalinity of a substance. Water has a pH of 7.) You can use urine test strips at home to monitor this.

High alkaline foods include: yams, lentils greens, pumpkin seeds, oats, quinoa, wild rice, miso and seaweed. You can also add lemon lime juice or apple cider vinegar to your drinking water.

To combat high acidity, you can take baking soda, buffered vitamin C, calcium and magnesium buffered. If you're feeling particularly toxic, you can take a baking soda and epsom salt bath. You will absorb the magnesium and bicarbonate as well as detoxify your body through your skin. Soak for 20 minutes, rub your skin, then rinse off. You can also substitute alka seltzer for baking soda for oral detoxification.

Notice about names

The Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association would like to clarify the use of the various acronyms for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue & Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and  Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) on this site. When we generate our own articles on the illness, we will refer to it as ME/CFS, the term now generally used in the United States. When we are reporting on someone else’s report, we will use the term they use. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are currently using ME/CFS. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling the illness CFS.

Until there is consensus on a name for the illness, the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association name will not change.