Howard Bloom: Living Strong with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Howard shares stories from his days of working with Michael Jackson, the moment CFS took-over his life, and how support from others helped him get proper diagnosis and saved his life.

 

Chapter 21 | Looking Up

People that look up, go up!

Howard Bloom About Howard Bloom

After graduating magna cum laude and phi beta kappa from NYU, Howard changed direction. Turning down multiple grad-school fellowships, Howard began a personal journey to dissect “society’s myth-making machinery,” the internal functions of contemporary politics and media.

Applying the methods of a seasoned sociologist, Howard utilized correlational studies, empirical surveys, and ethnographic expeditions into suburban teen subcultures to more than double the sales of the monthly rock magazine Circus.

Still fascinated by the collective consciousness and evolution of both pop and sub-cultures, Howard founded the largest PR firm in the music industry. In the 1976, the Howard Bloom Organization was founded.

Heading the Howard Bloom Organization, Howard worked with Michael Jackson, Prince, John Cougar Mellencamp, Kiss, Queen, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Joan Jett, Peter Gabriel, Diana Ross, Simon & Garfunkel, The Talking Heads, AC/DC, Billy Idol, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, and Run D.M.C.

In 1981, Howard began formally researching for his 1995 book, The Lucifer Principle: A Scientific Expedition Into the Forces of History. From there, Howard continued to critically re-evaluate Neo-Darwinist preconceptions by spearheading a new discipline, paleopsychology.  Paleopsychology’s goal is to “map out the evolution of complexity, sociality, perception, and mentation from the first 10(-32) second of the Big Bang to the present.”

In 1988, Howard developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which left him homebound, and then things got interesting…

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Previous Chapters:

 

Chapter 1 | Looking Up

Howard Bloom & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Chapter 2 | The Sickly Scientist

Bloom discusses his outstanding achievements in science and his ease in conversing different theories of cosmology at the young age of 12. “I spent my youth in science, my teenage years.” Recalls a story his introduction to the theory of relativity and how it influenced Bloom to become a writer.


Chapter 3 | The Land Where the Gods Are

Howard Bloom takes you into the secret land "Where the Gods Are" and illuminates his journey into the world of publishing and entertainment.


Chapter 4 | Rock & Roll Beginnings

Howard discusses his transition from editing Boy's Life to Circus Magazine and how this would eventually lead to his break into the music industry.


Chapter 5 | Into the Music Business

Howard discovers the perils of negotiating salary and plaid pants!


Chapter 6 | Working with Dot & Paramount

Howard tells us about power shifts and his discovery of a star!


Chapter 7 | Before the Strength Disappeared

Howard's career takes off but CFS lurks in the near future.


Chapter 8 | Chaka Khan & the Birth of the Howard Bloom Organization

Howard branches out and forms the Howard Bloom Organization.


Chapter 9 | Publicity & The Womacks

In the world of PR, honesty and truth always find a way.


Chapter 10 | Cyndi Lauper & CFS

While working with Cyndi Lauper, Howard is confronted with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.


Chapter 11 | Why It's NOT the "Fatigue" Syndrome

Howard reflects on the power of names.


Chapter 12 | Understanding Your Symptoms

Your symptoms can and will be unique! Never discount them!


Chapter 13 | Finding Your Modality

How to avoid falling through the cracks of condition diagnosis and find your own modality.


Chapter 14 | Finding Support

How online support saved me... in the early 90s.


Chapter 15 | Community

How an online community could have helped in the 90s.


Chapter 16 | The Unknown

How to find a treatment that works for you. What works for me may not work for you.


Chapter 17 | Staying Connected

How important it is to stay connected.


Chapter 18 | Dealing with Isolation

Isolation is torture!


Chapter 19 | Catharsis

How writing helped me cope and move forward.


Chapter 20 | Making Connections

How connecting with other patients will help you deal with the haze of medical uncertainty.


 

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