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Chronic fatigue syndrome?

By November 26, 2008 - 10:13am
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I have chronic fatigue syndrome and am wondering if there are some natural or holistic things i can do to help with it?

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CFS is one of the most controversial and mysterious maladies of our time. No one knows what causes CFS. Debate around viral infections, blood pressure abnormalities, food allergies, childhood traumatic events, chemical sensitivites have been on the table for discussion among doctors and scientists for decades. Even today, some doctors do not believe it is a real condition. But as a sufferer, you are among many women and men who experience the debilitating symptoms on a daily basis. I think we will come to a better understanding of this condition some day and it will be more than likely a combination of factors that results in a depressed immune system.

Like you, I have been asked by clients how to minimize the symptoms of CFS naturally. My first question to them is, are you willing to make major changes in your life? This includes: nutrition, attitude, routine, etc. If they say YES, then I ask them to get started by doing the following:

1. Measure your pH levels in your system. Many healthfood stores sell these strips. You can order them online too. Almost 90% of the time the pH levels will be lower than 6.5 which makes the body acidic. Body acidity is a sign of oxidative stress, picture your body rusting from the inside. What a thought!!!

2. The best way to increase alkaline levels (pH) in the system is by increasing raw greens and detoxifying the body for a couple of days. Drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins is very important. Try a water that has pH levels of 7.0 or higher.

3. Set aside 5-10 minutes to do breathing exercises to increase oxygen levels in your heart, blood, brain and lungs.

4. Eliminate sugars, alcohol, white processed flours, corn syrup, hydrogenated oils or any other processed food (boxed or canned) from your diet for at least a month. Withdrawls are very common as your body eliminates the toxins

5. Increase good bacteria in your gut by eating plan yogurt or any product containing "live" bacteria

6. Raw greens smoothies (khale, chard, cabbage, carrots, beats, celery) first thing in the morning and at least 2-3 more glasses during the day.

7. Raw fruits smoothies. Watermelon with lemon juice is a natural liver cleanser. It is best first thing in the morning before anything else and througout the day. Lime, cherries, acai, grape fruit are high in pH and the sugar is lower in these fruits. Fresh papaya juice is great for the digestive system and a natural laxative.

8. Find good sources of protein (eggs, turkey, fish, beans, lentils) and carbs (legumes, fruits and veggies, hemp, buckweat), flax seed and my favorite "quinua". Replace white rice with brown and potatoes with yams.

9. Walk 30 minutes at least 3 times per week. If you are sedentary, start with 10-15' and gradually increase the time and frequency per week. Make sure your joints adjust to movement slowly. It is important to breath in harmony with the motion of your body.

10. Practice stress reduction techniques - change thought patterns

I take the supplements below to support cellular energy:

B-Complex - for energy production
Selenium - deficiency of this mineral makes viruses replicate easier
Magnesium - 250mg twice a day is a good start. If you get diarrhea, then reduce the dosage
Vitamin B12 - sublingual 1,000mcg at least per day
CoQ10 - 100 mg 2-3 times per day - produces energy within the cells
MSM - very important for joint health and to protect body from fybromyalgia.
NADH - 10mg on an empty stomch each morning

Hope this helps!

November 26, 2008 - 11:24pm
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Hi Patti

Thanks for your question and I'm sorry you've been battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - it seems to be a real problem for so many people these days.

The Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome Association of America(CFIDS) lists this condition as "characterized by incapacitating fatigue (experienced as profound exhaustion and extremely poor stamina) and problems with concentration and short-term memory. It is also accompanied by flu-like symptoms such as pain in the joints and muscles, unrefreshing sleep, tender lymph nodes, sore throat and headache. A distinctive characteristic of the illness is post-exertional malaise, a worsening of symptoms following physical or mental exertion occurring within 12-48 hours of the exertion and requiring an extended recovery period.

The symptoms of CFIDS are highly variable and fluctuate in severity, complicating treatment and the ill person’s ability to cope with the illness. Most symptoms are invisible, which makes it difficult for others to understand the vast array of debilitating symptoms with which people with the illness must contend. "


There are definitely natural ways to circumvent the symptoms of CFS!

What is your current diet like?

Going as natural, raw and organic as you can really helps with flare ups associated with CFS. Raw fruits and vegetables, as well as foods rich in fatty acids like nuts will help. Limit processed foods as much as possible and decrease your sugar intake as much as you can. Check your food labels for ingredients like sugar, fructose, and sucrose. Keep the protein you eat as lean as possible. If you can go completely vegan or vegetarian two or three days a week, you may see fewer flare ups.

Treatment options such as herbal and vitamin supplements are used by many people, especially B Vitamins, but please make sure to talk to your doctor first.

Other alternative treatments including acupuncture, yoga, Tai Chi, massage, sleep management and talk-therapy are recommended.

CFS is a very painful and often lonely path for it's sufferers, and also confusing to family, friends and co-workers because it's not a 'visible' disease like measles, nor can it been seen under a microscope, like cancer. Women are four times more likely to suffer from CFS than men! Talk therapy is a good idea if you feel the emotional pressure and burden of this condition and you can find therapists who specialize in this area.

I hope you find some relief for this chronic condition. Please keep us posted.

November 26, 2008 - 3:09pm
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