Oct 07 2011
Here’s an interesting article by Dr Joseph Mercola on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and its link with infections like Epstein Barr virus, cytomegalovirus and gastrointestinal infections.
The CFIDS Association estimates that some 800,000 Americans suffer from this debilitating condition, with a mere 16 percent of those with CFS having been diagnosed.
The characteristics of CFS include:
•Muscle and joint aches and pains
•Periodic fevers and chills
•Numbness and tingling of the extremities
•Inability to cope with any stress
Viral infections, such as Epstein Barr, cytomegalovirus, and parvovirus, have been seen to produce many of the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, so it also seems quite plausible that a mild, long-term gut infection could play a role.
The Yeast Connection
A close cousin of CFS, fibromyalgia, is a similar condition that shares many of the same symptoms. They are often spoken of in the same breath and may indeed be connected. Certainly their similarities, beginning with a shared feeling of profound fatigue make it easy to find a connection between the two.
Both of these conditions appear to be connected to yeast overgrowth, as a significant number of sufferers from these two syndromes find relief when they follow an anti-candida diet and other protocols to address Candida albicans yeast overgrowth.
Dr. William Crook is the single most influential physician that motivated my transition to “alternative” or natural medicine. He was a friend who passed away some five years ago now and was the author of the classic book, “The Yeast Connection.” His great legacy is being carried on at www.yeastconnection.com, where you can find out all the latest insights on how Candida yeast causes problems in your body, and how to alleviate them.
I first tried his theory in 1985 and it failed miserably because I just used the drugs to treat the yeast. About seven years later, I wised up and used dietary changes in addition to antifungals when needed and saw far better results.
So, Exactly What Help is There for CFS?
Some useful strategies include:
•Proper diet according to your nutritional type, to maximize your overall health and physical energy
•Supplements for digestive problems and nausea, including probiotics, digestive enzymes, and ginger
•Effective use of energy psychology tools, such as EFT
•Gentle exercise, such as yoga
•Sleep and rest management
Many people with CFS are highly sensitive to conventional drug therapy and find much more relief taking natural nutrients and from non-invasive therapies.
The Emotional Connection
Eventually I realized that one of the primary reasons that this disease occurred was due to a suppressed immune system from untreated emotional traumas. When I started using technologies like energy psychology, I noted an entirely different level of improvement.
I have long stated that chronic fatigue is related to emotional challenges incurred in early childhood, typically below the age of five. Although clearly there are also other factors involved (as not everyone with childhood trauma develops these problems), I believe it is vital to address the emotional system together with the physical.