Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Causing persistent fatigue (exhaustion), chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis – myalgia means muscle pain and encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord) affects everyday life and does not go away with rest or sleep.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a serious condition which can cause long-term illness and disability. However, many people – especially children and young people – improve over time.
Although it is more common in women than men, anyone can get CFS and it’s estimated that around 250,000 in the UK alone have the condition. Usually developing in the early 20s to mid-40s, the illness can also affect children between the ages of 13 and 15.
Most cases of CFS are mild or moderate, but around one in four people with CFS have severe symptoms – see below for more information.
- Mild: You are able to care for yourself, but may need days off work to rest.
- Moderate – You may have reduced mobility, and your symptoms can vary. You may also have disturbed sleep patterns, and need to sleep in the afternoon.
- Severe: You are able to carry out minimal daily tasks, such as brushing your teeth, but you have significantly reduced mobility, as well as possible difficulty concentrating.
Symptoms may include the following:
- Persistent exhaustion (‘fatigue’)
- Muscle and/or joint pain
- Sleep disturbance
- Flu-like symptoms, such as headache, sore throat, painful lymph nodes, dizziness and/or nausea and problems with memory and concentration.
Exactly what causes chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is unknown, but there are several theories. For instance, some experts believe a viral infection such as glandular fever can trigger the illness.
Also, many cases of CFS do not start after an infection and this theory does not explain why the condition sometimes develops gradually.
Other suggested causes of CFS include problems with the immune system, psychiatric problems, depression or emotional trauma, a hormone imbalance, genes or as a result of traumatic events.
According to the University of Washington, a good, balanced diet – which is important for sufferers of ME – includes some choices from each of five groups:
- Protein (poultry, fish, lean meats or dried beans)
- Dairy (low-fat milk, cheese or yogurt)
Maintaining a good intake of fluids is as important as enjoying a balanced, healthy diet. Try reducing your consumption of stimulants such as caffeine and depressants like alcohol, too.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurized and homogenized dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
According to chronicfatigue.about.com, Vitamin B12 is beneficial for ME sufferers as B vitamins are essential for energy production. The site goes on to say that some experts on these illnesses recommend at least 50 mg daily of most B vitamins, and 500 micrograms of B12. Several treatment protocols use B12 injections.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Miller’s Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
A home remedy for fatigue www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fatigue.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Aromatherapy for chronic fatigue www.aromatherapy-school.com/aromatherapy-schools/aromatherapy-articles/aromatherapy-chronic-fatigue.html
Possible treatment options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome www.naturaltherapypages.co.uk/article/Chronic_Fatigue_Syndrome
Traditional Chinese medicine for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2816380
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
E3 Live, Green Superfoods
Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil
www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701
St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887
Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work
www.totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008
Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788
Neuro Emotional Technique
www.netmindbody.com (800) 888-4638
Bowen, Find Practitioner
Rebounder, Evolution Health
www.evolutionhealth.com (888) 896-7790
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.