Erik Johnson

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Erik Johnson is an advocate for research into the biotoxin connection to the Holmes 1988 "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He is the subject of the book Back from the Edge by Lisa Petrison, has chapters in Dr. Ritchie Shoemakers books Mold Warriors & Surviving Mold, describing how he agreed to help start the new CFS syndrome as a prototype in order to draw the attention of researchers to the overlooked clues of biotoxins in the Tahoe Mystery Disease, and has published several books of his writings on extreme mold avoidance. He is also a regular contributor to the blog Paradigm Change.

Erik became ill in the 1970's due to toxic mold and had been a student at Truckee High School which had its own outbreak of Sick building syndrome during the same time period of the 1984 Incline Village chronic fatigue syndrome outbreak, but he recovered in the late 1990s as a result of extreme mold avoidance. He has since spent his time working with scientists on the role of mold toxins in chronic illnesses, as well as producing educational materials.[1]

Incline Village: Cohort for examining the outbreak[edit | edit source]

Erik was the first Epstein-Barr virus-negative patient identified by Dr. Paul Cheney, who then asked Erik to volunteer to be a "prototype for a new syndrome" as Dr. Cheney's goal was to disprove the CDC's "Chronic EBV Syndrome" and necessitate the creation of a replacement in which EBV was neither inherent or necessary.[citation needed]

By the time of the April 1987 Holmes committee meeting which convened for this purpose, Dr. Cheney had located 19 total EBV negatives, but Erik was the only one from the original Tahoe outbreak. The "19 EBV negatives" were called "The Pristine Cases" and were the core basis for the rationale behind the new syndrome.[citation needed]

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  1. "Erik Johnson". Paradigm Change. Retrieved September 10, 2019.