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Chronic fatigue syndrome

Also known as: Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome; CFIDS; CFS; Epidemic Neuromyasthenia; ME; Myalgic Encephalomyelitis; Postviral Fatigue Syndrome; PVFS

Description

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome involves constant, disabling Fatigue which is not relieved by bed rest. There is presently no agreement within medical or naturopathic disciplines as to the cause of CFS.

Prevalence references

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects 0.3% to 1.0% of the population of Western nations. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome primarily afflicts (white) women between the ages 25 and 45 (it occurs in women 1½ times more often than it occurs in men).

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Cardiovascular System

Many CFS patients experience (orthostatic) Hypotension. references

Enzymes

CFS patients often have reduced Aspartate Aminotransferase activity (this is believed to be due to lowered Vitamin B6 activity). references

Immune System

Adenitis (swollen Lymph Nodes) may occur as a symptom of CFS.
Slight Fever may occur as a symptom of CFS.

Recurrent Sore Throats (Pharyngitis) may occur as one of the symptoms of CFS.

Metabolism

Chronic (prolonged) Fatigue is the primary symptom of CFS - the usual definition of Fatigue used for the diagnosis of CFS is Fatigue of new onset lasting more than six months with a 50% reduction in activity.

Musculoskeletal System

Muscle Pain may occur as a symptom of CFS. references

Muscle Weakness may occur as a symptom of CFS.

Nervous System

Many CFS patients experience Anxiety.

Impaired Concentration ability may occur as a result of CFS. references

Poor Attention Span may occur as one of the symptoms of CFS. references

Depression may occur as a symptom of CFS.

Headache may occur as a symptom of CFS. references

Memory impairment may occur as a symptom of CFS. references

Many CFS patients have severely disrupted and insufficient quantities of Slow-Wave Sleep. CFS patients’ Slow-Wave Sleep is often of the type known as Alpha/Delta Sleep (characterized by a mixture of Delta Waves and Alpha Waves instead of purely Delta Waves). references

These Substances may Alleviate Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Amino Acids

Carnitine (1,000 - 3,000 mg per day) may be of benefit to CFS patients (due to the fact that most CFS patients exhibit significantly lower levels of serum Carnitine). Clinical trials using supplemental Carnitine have shown Carnitine to improve many of the symptoms of CFS: references

- Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) (1,000 - 2,000 mg per day) may increase Energy levels in many CFS patients. references
CFS patients often have low levels of Cysteine. Supplemental Cysteine may be useful for CFS patients because of its ability to lower Methemoglobin levels. references

Phenylalanine (1,500 mg per day) may alleviate CFS symptoms in some people (by increasing the body’s production of Norepinephrine). references

Tyrosine (1,500 mg per day) may alleviate CFS symptoms in some people (by increasing the body’s production of Norepinephrine). references

Auxins

Indole-3-Carbinol may alleviate some of the symptoms of CFS Syndrome. [more info]

Coenzymes

Supplemental NADH may alleviate CFS. references

Hormones

Supplemental Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) may increase Energy levels in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients and may reduce the neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with CFS. references

Melatonin may help to correct the impairment of Slow Wave Sleep (deep Sleep) experienced by CFS patients. references

It is speculated that replacement doses of Thyroid Hormones may alleviate CFS (based on the theory that the underlying cause of CFS may be Hypothyroidism).

Lipids

A combination of Fatty Acids (comprising Linoleic Acid, Gamma-Linolenic Acid, Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) at a total dosage of 4,000 mg per day) may improve the condition of CFS patients. References

USE SOLAL “OMEGA 3 FISH OIL EXTRACT” OR “life-OIL” FISH AND BORAGE OIL EXTRACT

Minerals

Magnesium (especially the Magnesium Aspartate form of Magnesium - 1,000 mg per day) may alleviate CFS: references

- A clinical study confirmed that 50% of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients who received Magnesium injections (administered by a physician) reported increased Energy.

Many CFS patients are found to be deficient in Zinc. references

Neurotransmitters

It has been hypothesized that Acetylcholine malfunction (especially in its relationship with Nicotinic Receptors) may be an underlying cause of CFS. The rationale is that Acetylcholine malfunction in the Peripheral Nervous System may account for the physical (muscle) Fatigue experienced by CFS patients and that Acetylcholine malfunction in the Central Nervous System may account for the mental Fatigue experienced by CFS patients. References

REQUEST PROTOCOLS FROM SOLAL TO RAISE ACETYLCHOLINE LEVELS

Nucleic Compounds

One of the underlying causes of CFS may be impairment in the production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) by the Mitochondria of Cells. References

Peptides

CFS patients often have low levels of Glutathione. Supplemental Glutathione may be useful for CFS patients because of its ability to lower elevated Methemoglobin levels. References

Quinones

Coenzyme Q10 (300 mg per day) may increase Energy levels in some people afflicted with CFS (but generally only in those CFS patients who are already deficient in Coenzyme Q10) (Approximately 70% to 75% of CFS patients have been found to be deficient in Coenzyme Q10). references

Vitamins

Many CFS patients are found to be deficient in Folic Acid (indicating that Folic Acid may be useful for the treatment of CFS). references

Alpha Lipoic Acid (500 - 800 mg per day) may increase Energy levels in some CFS patients. references

Vitamin A may be useful for the treatment of CFS (due to its ability to increase IgA levels). references

Many CFS patients are found to be deficient in Vitamin B1 (indicating that Vitamin B1 may be useful for the treatment of CFS). references

Many CFS patients are found to be deficient in Vitamin B2 (indicating that Vitamin B2 may be useful for the treatment of CFS). references

Vitamin B6 may be useful for the treatment of CFS - many CFS patients are found to be deficient in Vitamin B6. references

CFS patients often have abnormally low Vitamin B12 levels and supplemental Vitamin B12 (2.5 - 5 mg per day administered via injection or 5 - 10 mg administered orally) may be useful for the treatment of CFS. references

These Foods/Herbs may Alleviate CFS

Herbs

Olive Leaf may alleviate some of the symptoms of CFS (primarily due to the Oleoeuropein content of Olive Leaf) (according to physicians’ observations). references

Oils (dietary Oils)

Borage Seed Oil may be useful for the treatment of CFS (due to the high Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) content of Borage Seed Oil).

USE “Life-OIL” WHICH CONTAINS BORAGE SEED OIL

Conventional Medical Treatment of CFS

Pharmaceutical Drugs

Many orthodox medical practitioners prescribe Prozac for the treatment of CFS:

- Double-blind clinical trials have concluded that Prozac does NOT alleviate any of the symptoms of CFS and in fact causes CFS patients to experience Tremor and excessive Perspiration.

Theories of the Cause of CFS

Amino Acids

CFS patients are often found to have elevated Homocysteine levels (suggesting that elevated Homocysteine may be a possible underlying cause of CFS). References

USE SOLAL “HOMOCYSTEINE REDUCING FACTOR” AND REQUEST INFORMATION ON THE DANGERS OF HOMOCYSTEINE

Free Radicals

Some researchers have noted that damage caused by Free Radicals is a common thread in CFS. It has been proposed that in CFS patients, excessive generation of Free Radicals damages the Mitochondria and Cell Membranes of Cells throughout the body.

USE ANY OF SOLALS ANTI-OXIDANTS.

Hormones

High levels of Reverse T3 are common in CFS patients. references

Immune System

Suppression of the Immune System has been proposed an underlying theory of CFS. references

Clamydia pneumoniae infection may be an underlying cause of some cases of CFS. references

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection has been speculated to be a cause of CFS.

CFS patients may have an increased risk of Clostridium difficile infection. references

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) infection has been speculated to be a cause of CFS (most CFS patients have previously been affected by Glandular Fever which itself is caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus).

CFS patients often have a low Helper T-Cells:Suppressor T-Cells ratio.

Mycoplasma infection may be one of the underlying causes of CFS (a high percentage of CFS patients are found to be infected with one or more species of Mycoplasma). Species of Mycoplasma that have been detected in CFS patients include:references

- Mycoplasma fermentans
- Mycoplasma hominis references
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae

CFS patients often exhibit sub-optimal levels of NK Lymphocytes or sub-optimal levels of NK Lymphocytes activity. references

Elevated Thrombin levels may be implicated in CFS:

- Elevated Thrombin levels increase the viscosity of the Blood. The thicker the Blood, the harder the Heart has to pump to maintain the Blood’s flow throughout the body. This overworking of the Heart lead to Fatigue.
- Increased Thrombin levels in CFS patients may be caused by an event associated with the Immune System (e.g. bacterial, viral infection or toxic chemical exposure) that triggers a hypercoagulable state.

Overactivity of TH2 Helper T-Cells (known as TH2 Helper T-Cells Dominance) is one of the features of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Metabolism

It has been speculated that the underlying cause of CFS may be Hypothyroidism (indicating that replacement doses of Thyroid Hormones may alleviate CFS). references

Nervous System

It has been speculated that the underlying cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be impairment or exhaustion of the Adrenal Glands (Adrenal Insufficiency) - the Adrenal Glands of CFS patients are, on average, only 50% of the size of normal, healthy persons. references

Excessive Stress is speculated to be an underlying cause of CFS. references

Proteins

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients may have elevated Methemoglobin levels. references

 
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