WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!! #chilliMEchallenge Irish Contest

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!!! #chilliMEchallenge Irish Contest

Announcing the winner
of the Irish contest for Neven Maguire prize!


Drum roll please….

The winner is…

The YouTube channel, DatChallengeGuy !!!!

His magic ingredients for a Chilli M.E. Challenge that we appreciated:
Healthy people + learning about M.E. + sharing what they learned about M.E. with the world + hilarious reaction to chilli (although if you really can’t eat a chilli, no problem too!) + and they even donated to biomedical research for M.E.! = BINGO! WINNER WINNER!

The prize is Neven Maguire’s cooking book “The Nation’s Favourite Food FAST!” and a certificate for a lunch for 2 at his restaurant (which has a 6-month wait list), donated by him especially for the Chilli M.E. Challenge!

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Thank you to all those who participated in the contest, spreading awareness and raising biomedical research funds for M.E.!

You can watch DatChallengeGuy’s winning video on our YouTube playlist (click the image):

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THE HEAT IS ON! Countdown to LIVE broadcast!


THE HEAT IS ON!! (song below😉 ) 15-hour countdown to the 1pm Eastern/EDT (6pm UK/BST & 7pm Europe/CEST) LIVE broadcast of world renowned researchers Ian Lipkin & Mady Hornig at CII at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health eating spicy peppers for ME/CFS awareness and biomedical research fundraising!! (Donate more now to ensure they eat a habanero pepper tomorrow instead of a thai pepper.) Link here:

“The heat is on!!”

“I’m on fire!!” “Burnnin up!!”

Three weeks and a life time


Our #chilliMEchalleng-er and friend Marina Kim’s blog post at Marina Express about the last 3 weeks of her life, when her M.E. suddenly declined to “severe M.E.” and she spent 8 days in the hospital – and the video that touched the M.E. community. I wish more people would see the power of story telling that we sought to evoke when we began the challenge and encouraged other people with M.E. to remake the “My M.E. Story” videos we began with in April.

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When I uploaded My M.E. Story 2, I didn’t think it’d get more than 100 views – my family and friends, and some from people following #chilliMEchallenge. I appreciate every word of support that I’ve received since. I’ve gone through such a drastic change in my life past three weeks, not in a good way as you know if you’ve watched my video from the hospital, and seeing my message getting passed around gave me the positive spark I needed to continue what I was planning on before I ended up at the hospital. I have to give the credit to Brenda and Nicole who kept me company during my hospital stay, heard my numerous rants about frustrations I was encountering, and encouraged me to share my story with more people.

I started feeling more sick than usual from 9th, but initially I just thought it was a bad…

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Please take the #chilliMEchallenge !


Please take the #chilliMEchallenge, a grassroots global campaign organized by a few girls ill with M.E., the 4 Chillis in a Pod. It would mean so much to millions of desperately ill people, including children. Here is an example of life for some people with myalgic encephalomyelitis (…/meam-meaw-my…) and a plea from an ill person ( We need help raising biomedical research funds and spreading awareness because this disease is stigmatized as just being lazy because we look healthy on the outside. There’s huge disparity in training on M.E. in the medical community (see Marina Kim’s story video about this during her hospital stay). M.E. is more common and just as debilitating as M.S. but yet has far, FAR less funding from the NIH. Thank you so much from the whole M.E. community!!! Check out live updates &videos at Chilli M.E. Challenge Facebook page; watch videos on our YouTube playlist Chilli M.E. Challenge videos; and if you post a donation page it’s (these funds go to Columbia University research in the U.S.) or www.justgiving,com/chillimechallenge (these funds go to Invest in M.E. research in the UK) or you can text donate: Ireland text HOT to 50300 (€4) U.K. text CMEC73 to 70070 (£4). See our FAQ page for questions and please look around these website for information about the 4 Chilli in a Pod, the challenge, and M.E.


Chili Peppers Health Benefits


Cardiovascular, boost immunity, clear congestion, anti-cancer, stomach bacteria balance, diabetes, weight loss… Can’t tell us we’re poisoning people!

Also, the chemical that makes peppers spicy is used in capsaicin cream on localized chronic pain sites to kill the pain receptors.

Read for yourself here.

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