Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition of prolonged and severe lethargy or weariness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other conditions. Numerous, variable symptoms accompany the disease, which most often occurs in females. Most researchers accept that there are a wide group of viruses are involved. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex viruses (genital and oral), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are clearly implicated. Candida albicans yeast and parasite infestations are also highly suspect. CFS association with hypoglycemia is well-known. Incredibly, new research shows that the polio virus, long considered conquered, may be resurfacing 20 to 30 years after childhood vaccinations against it, as Post-Polio Syndrome, now seen as Chronic Fatigue. Environmental contaminants contribute by lowering immune response and allowing CFS a path to develop through exhausted adrenal glands. CFS is a response (or lack of immune response) to the ever-increasing mental, emotional and physical stressors in our environment and often develops abruptly.
Natural healers and therapists have been working with fatigue syndromes since the early eighties. These illnesses represent a degenerative imbalance in the endocrine/metabolic systems of the entire body, and are therefore quite difficult to diagnose and treat. The number of people suffering from medically incurable viral conditions is increasing at an alarming rate. No conventional medical treatment or drug on the market today can help fatigue syndromes; most hinder immune response and recovery.top
What to Recognize With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diagnosis can be difficult since each person experiences unique symptoms. Specifically, two areas of criteria must be met for diagnosis of CFS.
Nutritional therapy can stop the vicious cycle of CFS and prevent it from starting up again. First, it is vital to determine the individual root cause of the CFS (nutrition counseling online or in person). Because CFS is an immunological condition, immune system testing and nutrition support are essential to condition management. Due to immune system impairment, many individuals with CFS also suffer from food and chemical sensitivities; these environmental factors tend to aggravate symptoms, especially gastrointestinal symptoms. A series of tests may be very helpful in further evaluation of CFS symptoms and culprits to include adrenal gland testing to measure cortisol levels, digestive stool analysis to evaluate candida yeast and food allergy testing to eliminate food-related inflammatory culprits. CFS sufferers are also likely to have a history of insomnia or impaired sleep. In many cases, chronic sleep loss will set the stage for an impaired immune system that is susceptible to viruses and foreign invaders. Supporting a health sleep cycle is an integral part to supporting the immune system and can be done through a combination of nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle management. Due to the stress incurred up on the body, blood sugar support is also necessary via dietary management. Antioxidants, herbs, and amino acid supplementation are extremely advantageous as well in treating the underlying cause of CFS as well as managing symptoms.top