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Chronic Fatigue "CFS"

CFS can result in inability to work or function effectively. Depression and mental problems are often symptoms which when treated with drugs do not alleviate the underlining causes and often increase the other symptoms. CFS completely shuts down the mental and physical aspects of ones life. Many who do not know what it is or have not experienced it are quick to judge with trite statements such as, "Just exercise and think positive."  Such statements are judgmental and absolutely do not apply to a CFS person.  Foggy brain and the complete inability to function normally is not something just thinking positive will overcome.

CFS is grossly misunderstood. The theory that if one would just excercise and it would       go away is terribly frustrating and harmful to a CFS person.
CFS sapps ones energy and exercise actually makes them ill.
CFS stresses the entire physical and mental systems and exercise increases fatigue.

Symptoms:

  • chronic fatigue for at least 6 months or longer that is not alleviated by rest
  • forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating - foggy brain
  • sore throat
  • tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit
  • muscle pain or multi-joint pain without swelling
  • headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity
  • un refreshing sleep and vague feelings of illness or depression after exerting oneself, lasting more than 24 hours following exertion (This symptom causes a CFS person to become ill after exercise and is a complete opposite to the theory that exercise eliminates CFS)
  • tiredness that lasts longer than 24 hours

Diseases that may cause or be related to CFS. This is not to be considered a complete list, there may be many other diseases as well as thyroid, allergies and nutrient deficiencies that also contribute to CFS.

Aluminum Toxicity
Arthritis

Candida

Celiac Disease
Diabetes
Digestion Problems
Lyme Disease
Immune Problems
Metallothionein
Oxidative Stress
Parasites
Sleep apnea

1. Pub Med Study to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) "Shilajit has been used as a rejuvenator for ages in Indian ancient traditional medicine and has been validated for a number of pharmacological activities...CONCLUSION:The results indicate that shilajit mitigates the effects of CFS in this model possibly through the modulation of HPA axis and preservation of mitochondrial function and integrity. The reversal of CFS-induced behavioral symptoms and mitochondrial bioenergetics by shilajit indicates mitochondria as a potential target for treatment of CFS." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22771318

2. Pub Med "To evaluate ethanolic extract of leaves of Aegle marmelos in an experimental animal model of chronic fatigue syndrome for potential therapeutic benefit...CONCLUSION: The results are suggestive of potential protective effect of A. marmelos against experimentally induced CFS. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22701245 Leafs from a tree in India that bears an apple like fruit, referred to as Bael tree.

3. Pub Med "OBJECTIVE:To study the effects of tuina on the mechanical properties of skeletal muscles of four limbs in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)... CONCLUSIONS: CFS patients have lowered mechanical properties of four limbs. Tuina therapy can improve the biomechanical properties of limb skeletal muscle and reduce the overall degree of fatigue in patients. The changes of limb skeletal muscle and mechanical properties can provide objective reference for the clinical diagnosis and assessment of CFS." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22679716

4. Pub Med "...A novel mind-body approach (amygdala retraining) is hypothesized to improve symptoms related to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue... RESULTS:Of the 44 patients randomly assigned who completed baseline assessments, 21 patients completed the study (14 in the standard care group and 7 in the study group). Median age was 48 years (range, 27-56 years), and female subjects comprised 91% of the group. Analyses demonstrated statistically significant improvements in scores for physical health, energy, pain, symptom distress, and fatigue in patients who received the amygdala retraining compared with standard care." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22385563 Amygdala retraining program labratory (double blind test) proven to improve chronic fatigue and overall health.

 
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