What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated medical condition, characterized by long-term fatigue and other symptoms that do not get better with rest or sleep. Food Sensitivities, Poly-Microbial infections, Environmental toxins, Chemical Sensitivites, Mold Toxicity, Genetics, Adrenal fatigue, Thyroid function, Hormone Imbalance, mercury/lead toxicity and nutritional deficiencies can all contribute to the cause of the syndrome. Diagnosis is made by signs and symptoms and sometimes lab work which can indicate the potential cause. One million Americans are said to have CFS, with it affecting women more than men
How can it be treated?
Blood work, Applied Kinesiology or other specialty testing may be needed to confirm the underlying causes. Natural treatments can include dietary avoidance, detoxification, herbs, and supplements. Each case is different and may require multiple modalities over varying time frames to see improvement.
There is a strong link with multiple infections as a potential cause. Viruses, bacteria, fungi and/or protozoa parasites are all thought to be the causative agents while others report dysfunction with the mitochondria as the problem. Each case of CFS is unique with different potential causative agents.
Many people seeking alternative treatments use Mitochondrial Support, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide, L-Carnitine, or Coenzyme Q10. Mitochondria are inside each cell of our body, this is where the body turns glucose into energy, creating energy for each cell. We have 60 trillion or so cells and there are a thousand or more mitochondria generating energy inside every cell. Aerobic Exercise is the only proven way to increase the amount of mitochondria we have.
Deep breathing exercises, muscle relaxation techniques, and massage. Intravenous vitamin therapy, vitamins and nutrients can be extremely helpful for CFS.
Adrenal support such as Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) ashwagandha, Schizandra, Tulsi, Ginsing and Tyrosine can improve adrenal function.