• Chronic Fatigue

    Chronic Fatigue

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) does not cover all the symptoms that may be experienced to those with this condition. Drugs do not have a lot of effect on Chronic Fatigue. Two treatments are exercise and cognitive therapy. Neither of these seems to be curative. Chronic Fatigue may not be relieved by rest. The individuals often cannot do the daily activities that are required. Some symptoms are pain in the muscles, sore throat, memory problems, visual disturbances, dizziness, headaches, joint pain, mood swings, numbness and tingling, as well as many others. The immune system and digestive system may be affected. When seen in children there may be sadness, depression, hyperactivity, headaches and abdominal pain. It is also coupled many times with fibromyalgia symptoms.

    Some viruses have been accused of causing CFS. Epstein Barr, Herpes 6, Candida Albicans, and Influenza. Nutritional support for these conditions may be very helpful. But many times antibodies to these diseases are not present. Viruses such as Epstein Bar are stealth pathogens and may react well with herbal support.

    CFS patients have more inflammation in the body than is normal. Inflammation is not all bad. It is a biochemical process that helps to repair cells and tissues that are harmed or removes waste and toxic substances. Inflammation can become chronic. Chronic inflammation can cause fatigue as well as other problems. Fatigue reduces the immune system response which is primarily in the digestive tract. 70-80 percent of the immune system is located in the digestive tract. Nutritional support for digestion is needed in any patient with CFS. If the composition of the gut microorganisms are altered from what would be considered optimal this will increase inflammation and can affect the CFS patient. Leaky gut where the intestinal permeability is altered can also cause an immune problem as well as allergic reactions. In a patient with allergies leaky guy must be addressed. All of this can lead to CFS.

    In a past blog I spoke about the HP or HPA axis. The central nervous system is a prime player with CFS.    Problems with memory, concentration, depression, anxiety, poor sleep and hormonal difficulties. The connection of the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenals is crucial in any stress reaction. Down regulation of the HPA axis can be involved with problems such as CFS. Nutritional support for the HP axis is helpful in CFS patients.

    Many patients with CFS have chemical sensitivities. Aluminum hydroxide, heavy metals, pesticide residues, formaldehyde, solvents, organochlorines can all build up in the body. Aluminum hydroxide from vaccines can also cause CFS as well as muscle pains and weakness. With the patient with CFS those need to be dealt with correctly. Detoxing properly is essential. Over the counter detox programs have been seen to have minimal results especially long term. A detox program that deals with the digestive tract, liver and kidneys will certainly get a patient a long way towards feeling much better as well as proper clinical nutritional supplement. Most CFS patients will have gastrointestinal dysfunction and need support for the digestive system.

    There are many other variables to CFS. Hope is certainly not lost with the CFS patient. With proper nutritional support they are able to feel better and have resolution of symptoms. As I like to always make patients understand nutrition support is not ever treatment of a disease, gland or organ. It is simply giving the body what it needs so it can start the healing process.

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