Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
Chronic fatigue syndrome is one of the most mysterious and controversial
maladies of our time. Even now, more than fifteen years after the disease
was recognized and named, doctors argue about its origin or origins: Is it
caused by a viral infection? Blood pressure abnormalities? Chronic
infection? Food allergies? Chemical sensitivities? Some doctors wonder if
the symptoms of CFS are indeed real.
Despite the doubts of a few doctors, chronic fatigue syndrome most
definitely is real. And as its victims well know, it can also be horribly
debilitating. Its predominant symptom is persistent, overwhelming fatigue
that dramatically reduces its sufferers' ability to participate in the
regular activities of life. Along with the fatigue are problems with memory
and concentration. It is also usually accompanied by several out of a long
list of symptoms, including but not limited to headaches, insomnia, sore
throat, and muscle and joint pain. These problems can come and go over a
period of years. If you have deep fatigue for more than two weeks, or of
for any reason you suspect that you have CFS, do not make a diagnosis on
your own. See a doctor so that he or se can rule out other possible
disorders. Once other disorders have been ruled out, your best chances of
recovery are, in our opinion, from the use of natural therapies.
CFS s probably caused by a combination of factors and often results in a
depressed immune system. Of course, the key to treatment is to find out and
treat the reason(s) for the immune system imbalance, which can be related
to many factors. For example, chronic infections are thought to play a role
for some people, such as the viruses Epstein-Barr (EBV), cytomegalovirus
(CMV), and human herpes virus (HHV-6). Other infections, such as mycoplasma
and Chlamydia, are also suspect. The overgrowth of yeast (Candida albicans)
seems to be a common problem for people with this condition, and health
practitioners frequently find parasite infection to be present.
One common finding in people with this condition is a hormone imbalance.
The most common one is adrenal gland insufficiency, also referred to as
"adrenal burnout." The adrenal glands, located on top of both the kidneys,
produce the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. These hormones are commonly
depleted in people with chronic fatigue, and we find that restoring the
levels to normal is generally quite helpful. The same can be said of many
of the hormones in the body. Low thyroid function can be a core problem and
will result in suboptimal energy production within the cells. In addition,
deficiencies in testosterone or growth hormone and deficiencies or
imbalance can be hypothalamic dysfunction. This refers to an imbalance of
the hormonal and the neural messages from the brain to the adrenal and the
thyroid glands and other hormonal organs of the body.
Poor digestion and impaired detoxification also need to be considered as
root causes of chronic fatigue. Malabsorption of foods and nutrients
contributes to nutritional deficiencies. Environmental toxins, such as
mercury and others, inhibit enzyme functions that are required for energy
An unhealthful diet can set stage for chronic stress on the body. A high
amount of refined carbohydrates contributes to blood sugar problems, yeast
overgrowth, increased demand on the adrenal glands, and chronic
inflammation, and immune suppression can set in. In addition, a diet of
processed foods is deficient of nutrients required for energy production
and a healthy immune system.
Also of prime importance are the effects of chronic stress on the body.
People who do not deal with mental, emotional, and spiritual stresses
effectively are more likely to suffer fatigue. As well, unresolved problems
with anxiety and depression contribute to fatigue.
Movement and exercise are fundamental keys to health. Too little exercise
contributes to fatigue, while, at the opposite end of the spectrum,
overtraining and overexertion lead to breakdown of the organs involved with
A final area worth mentioning is sleep. This is your body's way of
recovering and regenerating. Adequate sleep is essential. If you suffer
from a sleep problem, seek medical help and focus on natural ways to
A good complementary care regimen will address the whole body-and therefore
many of the possible causes. If you have CFS, it's important to find the
treatments that give you the most relief; what works for one person might
not be right for another.
** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level of
effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
LifeSource's Super Prescriptions - Chronic Fatigue
Prescription for Natural Cures by: James F. Balch, M.D.
& Mark Stengler, N.D.
Super Prescription #1
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Take a 50 mg B-complex twice daily. B-vitamins are involved
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Super Prescription # 2
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Take 250 mg two to three times daily. Magnesium is crucial
for energy production within the cells. Reduce the dosage
if diarrhea occurs
Super Prescription #3
- LifeSource ProductsTake one dropper full
of the sublingual form daily. This will help elevate your
energy levels and attention.
Super Prescription #4
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Take 800 mg twice daily of a standardized product. It
supports adrenal gland function.
Super Prescription #5
- LifeSource ProductTake 5 to 25 mg daily
under a doctor's supervision if testing shows that your
levels are low. This adrenal hormone helps with energy
production and the effects of stress.
Super Prescription #6
CoQ10 – Coenzyme Q10
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Take 100 mg two to three times daily. It is utilized within
cells to produce energy.
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for Chronic Fatigue
Constant, disabling fatigue is the primary symptom, but CFS usually
incorporates several of the following:
Depression and anxiety
Temporary loss of memory
Muscle and joint pain
Exhaustion after even mild exercise
Loss of appetite
Upper respiratory tract infections
Sore or swollen lymph nodes
Chronic infection (often viral)
Immune system damage
Low blood pressure
Parasites and dysbiosis
Poor adrenal function
Sleep disorders (such as apnea)
Environmental toxins (e.g., toxic metals)
Side effects of pharmaceutical medications
Please consult your Doctor before taking any supplements.
Your diet should be dense with nutrients and strong in immune-building
foods. Sea vegetables and whole grains are high in minerals that your body
may lack; cultured foods with probiotics will fight infection, especially
candidiasis; cruciferous vegetables are higher in nutrients and fiber; and
nuts, seeds, and cold-water fish contain lots of essential fatty acids,
which support immune function.
Drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours to flush out toxins and
encourage good health.
Intestinal pain is an unpleasant symptom of CFS. Keep your digestive tract
working efficiently by eating foods that are high in fiber, especially
Foods to Avoid
People with CFS usually have severely depleted immune systems. Keep as much
stress off the body as possible by avoiding caffeine, alcohol, junk and
processed food, and refined sugars. In addition to taxing the immune
system, some of these items aggravate conditions that may cause CFS.
Caffeine depresses the adrenal glands, excess sugar consumption can lead to
hypoglycemia, and junk and processed foods contain additives that stimulate
CFS is often accompanied by food allergies; in fact, allergies may cause
some cases of CFS.
Be wary of wheat. Fatigue is a common symptom of wheat or gluten allergy or
intolerance. Talk with your nutrition-orientated doctor about testing for a
reaction to this food. Or, avoid gluten products for two to four weeks, and
see if you notice an improvement.
CFS sufferers can grow weary of well-meaning friends and family members who
suggest that their problem is "all in your head." But don't let
exasperation regarding this popular misconception prevent you from seeking
relief from depression, tension, and anxiety-all of which are linked in
some way to CFS, as either a cause or a symptom. Experiment with several
stress-reduction techniques, and practice them daily
If you're ready for a gentle workout, take a yoga class. Yoga relieves
joint and muscle pain and several of the poses help strengthen the
If you suffer from anxiety, consider EEG biofeedback to teach you to
control your brainwaves.
Take a walk every day early in the morning sunlight. You'll stimulate
your immune system, get vitamin D, and ward off the depression and the
anxiety that often attend CFS.
Don't try to do too much. Listen to your body; when it tells you to get
rest, do so.
Don't smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke. You'll wreak havoc
on your immune system.
Breathe slowly and deeply to encourage relaxation and to diminish
Try to keep an optimistic outlook and focus on a positive outcome.
Go to bed by 9 p.m. and take a thirty-minute nap after lunch.
Bruce Brightman – founder
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