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    This is lengthy 17 pages if you print it out, but interesting from the natural cures website.

    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Overview
    Practitioners of natural medicine recognized chronic fatigue syndrome,
    or
    CFS (also known as chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome, or
    CFIDS),
    as a valid disease many years prior to CFS being accepted by
    practitioners
    of conventional medicine as an actual medical condition. Not
    surprisingly,
    alternative health care practitioners have also achieved a much higher
    success rate in treating and reversing CFS, compared to conventional
    doctors, whose success is usually much more limited.

    CFS, which is characterized by severe, debilitating fatigue and muscle
    pain,
    was once considered to be a condition that most commonly affected
    Caucasians
    their 30s and 40s, is now recognized as an illness that can affect men
    and
    women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, although the National
    Institutes
    of Health (NIH) still maintains that CFS predominantly affects white,
    middle-class people, more than two-thirds of whom are women. It is
    estimated
    that 3 million Americans suffer from CFS and as many as 90 million
    people
    worldwide.

    Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Compounding the difficulties in treating CFS is the fact that no
    standard
    medical tests exist to detect it. This leads to CFS often being
    undiagnosed
    mistaken as other health conditions. Adding further to the problem is
    that
    other types of fatigue syndrome can also be mistaken for chronic
    fatigue
    syndrome. These include fatigue that is caused by diminished adrenal
    gland
    function, allergies (both food and environmental), anemia, candidiasis,
    chronic ill health, depression, diabetes, headaches, hypoglycemia,
    hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, infections, nutritional imbalances,
    obesity, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), sleep problems, and toxicity in
    the
    body's various organs.

    To properly screen for CFS, holistic health practitioners employ a
    detailed
    medical history and physical examination, along with laboratory tests
    for
    various infection agents, especially viruses. Hormone tests can also be
    used, especially to test cortisol levels, which tend to be chronically
    low
    in CFS patients and to also decline after physical activity and
    exercise,
    unlike in healthy people. Monitoring brain circulation after exercise
    and
    physical activity is another test health care practitioners use,
    because
    brain circulation diminishes in CFS patients following such activities,
    again unlike what occurs when healthy people are physically active.

    Crimson Crescents: Thanks to a discovery by Burke A. Cunha, M.D., Chief
    of
    the Infectious Disease Division of Winthrop-University Hospital, in
    Mineola,
    New York, health care practitioners now know that arch-shaped, bright
    red
    marks in the back of the mouth, shaped in the form of what Dr. Cunha
    calls
    "crimson crescents," can be a strong indicator of chronic fatigue
    syndrome.
    Usually the markings occur near the back molars, and they tend to
    deepen in
    color as CFS becomes more severe. According to Dr. Cunha, the crescents
    are
    present in a high percentage of all CFS patients, only appearing in
    less
    than five percent of non-CFS patients with sore throats, and not at all
    in
    cases of mononucleosis or strep throat. For this reason, Dr. Cunha and
    other
    regard the red markings as a tell-tale sign of CFS.

    An Immunological Test for CFS: An immunological test developed by Jay
    Levy,
    M.D., of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the University of
    California at San Francisco, can also help health care practitioners
    determine if their patients suffer from CFS as opposed to conditions
    with
    similar symptoms, including lupus, depression, acute viral illnesses,
    depression, lupus, and prolonged fatigue that doesn't match other CFS
    criteria.

    Although the test is incapable of making a definitive diagnosis of CFS,
    according to Dr. Levy, it can serve as a useful tool to identify
    patients
    who most likely have CFS so that they can then receive additional
    tests.
    When conducting the test, physicians examine whether or not their
    patients'
    immune system are in a constant state of over-activity of the immune
    system's CD8 cells, with a corresponding reduction in the activity of
    CD8
    suppressor cells. According to Dr. Levy, this is a sign of chronic
    fatigue
    syndrome 90 percent of the time.

    Other Tests for CFS: Holistic health practitioners employ a variety of
    other
    tests to screen for CFS. These include darkfield microscopy and
    electrodermal screening (EDS), both of which are typically not used by
    conventional doctors. Darkfield microscopy involves the use of a
    darkfield
    microscope. Unlike traditional microscopes, a darkfield microscope is
    specially adapted to be able to examine live blood cells that are then
    magnified onto a video screen. This allows physicians trained in this
    diagnostic technique to detect evidence of illness via distortions in
    the
    walls of the blood cells, and to spot harmful microorganisms, including
    bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the bloodstream, where they do not
    belong.
    Such microorganisms are commonly found in the bloodstream of CFS
    patients.

    Electrodermal screening (EDS) is a noninvasive diagnostic technique
    that
    measures the electrical output of specific points on the hands, face,
    or
    feet that correlate to acupuncture meridian points at the beginning or
    end
    of energy meridians. The electrical signals given off at these points
    provides information about the health status of the body's organs and
    organ
    systems, and can also be used to detect the presence of toxins, energy
    and
    hormonal imbalances, and harmful microorganisms. In the hands of a
    highly
    skilled EDS practitioner, EDS can often detect evidence of CFS, even
    when
    other sophisticated testing methods fail to do so because of the fact
    that
    both health and disease are first and foremost the results of balanced
    or
    imbalanced energy.

    Other tests that can be used to screen for CFS include digestive
    function
    tests, stool and urine analyses, immune system tests (T and B Cell
    Panel, NK
    Cell Function, Sedimentation Rate), thyroid function tests, tests that
    screen for nutritional deficiencies or toxins, and stress tests.

    Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    The most common symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome is a constant state
    of
    pronounced fatigue that does not improve with rest or sleep, and which
    is
    made worse by even minor activity. This is usually accompanied by
    muscle or
    joint pain, and muscle weakness. Additional symptoms of CFS can include
    allergic reactions, anxiety attacks, breathing problems, depression,
    digestion problems, dizziness, headache, heightened sensitivity to cold
    and
    heat as well as light and sound, irregular heartbeat, low grade fever,
    memory problems, night sweats, rash, recurring infections, and swollen
    lymph
    glands.

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for a
    person to be diagnosed with CFS, he or she must exhibit new,
    unexplained,
    and persistent fatigue that is not due to physical activity, does not
    improve with rest or sleep, and significantly reduces his or her normal
    daily activities. In addition, he or she must also exhibit four or more
    of
    the following symptoms for a minimum of six months: concentration and
    memory
    problems, fatigue after physical activity that lasts 24 hours or more,
    headache, muscle pain, multiple joint pain, sore throat, and/or swollen
    or
    tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpits.

    The severity of CFS symptoms can fluctuate from day to day or from week
    to
    week. In addition, symptoms can be intermittent, with the person
    feeling
    reasonably healthy for a short period between lapses of extreme
    fatigue.

    Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    There is no single cause for chronic fatigue syndrome. Holistic health
    practitioners believe that CFS has multiple causes that can be
    interrelated,
    such as more than one viral infection acting together to depress immune
    function. Bacterial infections, fungal and yeast overgrowth, such as
    candidiasis and parasites can also be factors in CFS, as can various
    other
    factors. The most common factors include: addictions to alcohol, drugs,
    and/or smoking; chemical and environmental toxin exposure or overload;
    chronic low-grade hyperventilation and/or muscle tension; poor diet and
    nutritional imbalances; lifestyle factors, such as lack of exercise and
    sleep; hereditary factors; and hormonal dysfunctions, particularly of
    the
    adrenal and/or thyroid glands. Therefore, to seek out a single cause of
    CFS,
    which is the typical approach taken by conventional physicians is
    misguided.
    Among the most significant and often overlooked causes of CFS are:

    Dental Factors: CFS can often be caused and exacerbated by mercury
    amalgam
    fillings in the teeth, which can result in mercury being leeched from
    the
    fillings in the form of vapors that then settle in and negatively
    impact
    various organs in the body. The end result is mercury poisoning. Common
    symptoms of mercury poisoning from dental amalgams include anxiety,
    confusion, depression, difficulties in concentrating, and irritability,
    all
    of which are also associated with CFS.

    Lyme Disease: Lyme disease, which is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a
    highly infectious microorganism known as a spirochete, can cause many
    debilitating health symptoms, including chronic fatigue. Although
    commonly
    thought to initially manifest as a "bull's eye" shaped skin rash, more
    than
    50 percent of people who are infected by Lyme disease never exhibit
    such a
    rash, and therefore may not realize that they are suffering from the
    disease.

    Symptoms of Lyme disease range from skin lesions or rashes, flu-like
    symptoms, sleeping problems, muscle pains and weakness, to headaches,
    back
    pain, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, facial paralysis, and enlarged
    lymph
    glands or spleen. Other symptoms including heart arrhythmia, seizures,
    blurry vision, mood swings, memory loss, dementia, and joint pains and
    inflammation. Another common symptom is ongoing fatigue that is not
    relieved
    by rest. All of these symptoms are also common to CFS. Therefore it is
    quite
    common for both conditions to be mistaken for each other, making
    accurate
    diagnosis of either condition more problematic. If, after undergoing a
    comprehensive treatment plan for CFS, you still have not found relief
    of
    your symptoms, the possibility that you have Lyme disease should be
    seriously considered.

    Pharmaceutical Drug Use: According to the Physicians' Desk Reference,
    the
    following drugs can cause symptoms that are common to CFS: Accutane
    Capsules, Actimmune, Anafranil Capsules, Aredia for Injection, Cardura
    Tablets, Cartrol Tablets, Centrax Capsules, Cordarone Tablets, Dantrium
    Capsules, Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection, Epogen for Injection,
    Fludara for Injection, Foscavir Injection, Hylorel Tablets, Hytrin
    Tablets,
    Intron A, Lariam Tablets, Leucovorin Calcium for Injection, Lopressor,
    Lozol
    Tablets, Marplan Tablets, Mesnex Injection, NebuPent for Inhalation
    Solution, Neupogen for Injection, Nipent for Injection, Normodyne,
    Norpace
    Capsules, Parlodel,, Procardia XL Extended Release Tablets, Procrit for
    Injection, Proleukin for Injection, Prozac, Roferon-A Injection,
    Sectral
    Capsules, Seldane Tablets, Supprelin Injection, Tambocor Tablets,
    Tegison
    Capsules, Tenex Tablets, Tenoretic Tablets, Tenormin Tablets and I.V.
    Injection, Toprol XL Tablets, Trandate Injection, Valrelease Capsules,
    Wellbutrin, Xanax, and Zoloft.

    Psychological Factors: Unresolved emotions, such as anxiety,
    depression,
    fear, and sorrow, as well as prolonged stress, can also play a role in
    chronic fatigue syndrome. Such psychological factors diminish immune
    function, making it easier for invading microorganisms to take hold in
    the
    body and cause fatigue. In addition, having CFS can cause a spiral of
    negative emotions because of how CFS interferes with people's abilities
    to
    engage in normal daily activities due to lack of energy. This can set a
    vicious cycle in motion where CFS causing immune-lowering emotions
    which in
    turn increase levels of fatigue. Helping CFS patients cope with such
    unresolved emotions and stress is an important aspect of a
    comprehensive
    treatment program for CFS.

    Thyroid Imbalances: A significant and often undiagnosed cause of CFS is
    an
    under-active thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland is
    part of
    your body's endocrine system, and it plays an important role in
    regulating
    your body's cells, organs, and tissues, including keeping them supplied
    with
    sufficient energy. Proper thyroid function is also essential for a
    healthy
    immune system, as well as for many other functions performed by your
    body.
    When thyroid function becomes imbalanced, it can potentially affect the
    health of every part of your body, resulting in a progressive increase
    in
    fatigue, as well as many of the other symptoms common to CFS.
    Supplementing
    with natural thyroid hormones and improving the diet can usually
    quickly and
    safely alleviate this problem. Unfortunately, this is a frequently
    overlooked issue and conventional physicians may not take the time to
    assess
    their patient's thyroid health, and even when they do, they often rely
    on
    blood tests that fail to accurately determine the true status of
    thyroid
    activity.

    To determine if your thyroid is under-active, you can perform this
    simple
    home test. Before you go to bed, set out a thermometer beside your bed.
    When
    you awake the next morning, before you get out of bed or engage in any
    activity, place the thermometer under your left armpit for ten minutes,
    and
    then note your body's temperature. Do this four consecutive days. If
    your
    body temperature is consistently below 97.8 degrees Fahrenheit during
    this
    time, it is a strong indicator that you suffer from hypothyroidism.
    Electro
    dermal testing, Live blood cell testing as well as some of the newer
    blood
    and urine tests now available can be utilized to confirm the
    temperature
    testing if this is a strong indicator.

    Viral and Other Infections: Though no single virus or other pathogen is
    known to be the sole cause of CFS, there is no question that viral
    overload
    and/or infections from other microorganisms plays a central role in its
    development. Among the most frequent viruses found in CFS patients are
    the
    herpes family of viruses, which, in addition to the oral and genital
    herpes
    strains, also includes human herpes virus-6 (HHV6) and the Epstein-Barr
    virus (EBV); cytomegalovirus (CMV); retroviruses, including HIV; and
    the
    enteroviruses, such as Coxsackie.

    Other infectious microorganisms commonly associated with CFS include
    fungi,
    especially Candida albicans, the fungal yeast that causes candidiasis,
    parasitic infections, and bacterial infections, such Lyme disease and
    bacteria that spread throughout the body due to abscesses in the jaw or
    teeth, and from chronic conditions such as gastritis, prostatitis, and
    sinusitis.

    The key to effectively dealing with such infections lies is improving
    overall immune function, which is a central element of the
    comprehensive CFS
    treatments employed by holistic physicians.


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    Natural Cures

    Proper treatment of CFS requires an ongoing, comprehensive treatment
    program
    that addresses all possible underlying causes of the disease. This is
    in
    stark contrast to the approach taken by conventional physicians, who
    rely
    solely on the use of pharmaceutical drugs to treat chronic fatigue
    syndrome.
    Not only are such drugs rarely effective for CFS, they suppress the
    immune
    system, are very expensive and frequently cause serious side effects,
    including the very symptoms of CFS that are being treated.

    In order to most effectively treat CFS, holistic health care
    practitioners
    seek to create a treatment program that most effectively matches their
    patients' unique needs in order that they can be sure they are
    addressing
    the causes specific to each patient's condition. In doing so, they will
    most
    commonly employ the following natural cures.

    Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Acupuncture is very
    useful for treating CFS because of its ability to stimulate the immune
    system and bring your body's other organ systems into balance so that
    they
    work together more effectively. Acupuncture can also dramatically
    improve
    your body's ability to manufacture adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which
    act
    as the cell's energy factories and are essential for healthy immune
    response. Acupuncturists accomplish this by removing blockages in the
    body's
    energetic pathways, known as meridians, so that qi, a form of vital
    energy,
    can freely flow throughout all of the body's organ systems to restore
    imbalances and enhance overall productivity by the cells and organs.

    In addition to acupuncture treatments alone, traditional Chinese herbs
    such
    as ginseng, which is a known immune stimulant, and astragalus, an
    adaptogenic herb that helps bring organs systems into balance, might
    also be
    employed to achieve quicker and longer-lasting results. In addition to
    improving immune function, such herbs, when used in appropriate
    combinations, create a synergistic effect that normalizes and then
    regulates
    the body. According to acupuncture therapy, acupuncture acts to
    reprogram
    the body to function the way that nature intended, and herbs ensure
    that the
    reprogramming is properly maintained.

    Ayurvedic Medicine: Ayurvedic practitioners treat CFS by seeking to
    improve
    a patient's overall digestion while simultaneously reducing the body's
    toxic
    load and eliminating allergies. To improve digestive health, the herbs
    amla,
    ashwagandha, bala, lomatium, and triphala are commonly used, in
    addition to
    dietary recommendations based on the patient's specific dosha, an
    Ayurvedic
    concept that closely corresponds to the Western concept of metabolic
    typing.
    According to Ayruvedic physicians, people whose body type is known as
    vata
    are most susceptible to CFS. Vata types tend to be thin, have prominent
    features, and cool, dry skin, and are usually creative and imaginative,
    as
    well as hyperactive and, at times, moody.

    Ayurvedic physicians help their patients detoxify through a
    detoxification
    and purification program known as panchakarma, which is not only highly
    effective in reducing toxins in the body, but also for eliminating
    unhealthy
    yeast and other types of fungus. Panchakarma programs also greatly
    reduce a
    person's tendency towards allergic reactions while improving overall
    health.

    Note: Panchakarma programs, which entail dietary modification in
    conjunction
    with detoxifying measures, should only be undertaken under the
    supervision
    of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

    Detoxification: Detoxification therapies are also often employed by
    other
    holistic physicians in order to reduce the toxic burden of their CFS
    patients. Detoxification strategies can range from water and juice
    fasts,
    colonics, enemas, saunas, and steam baths. For more information about
    how to
    detoxify your body, see Cleansing and Detoxification.

    Diet: Proper diet is essential for effectively dealing with CFS. This
    means
    eating only foods that support your immune system, and avoiding all
    foods
    that tax your energy and impair healthy digestion. Emphasize fresh,
    organic
    fruits and vegetables, especially dark, leafy greens, and select
    servings of
    healthy protein in the form of organic, free-range meats and poultry
    and
    wild caught fish that are low in mercury. Avoid all farm-raised fish,
    because they are high in antibiotics and dyes, and shellfish, which
    have a
    higher concentration of mercury and other toxins than other types of
    fish.
    For sustained energy, also include complex carbohydrates in the form of
    whole grains, legumes, red potatoes, squash, and yams, but limit your
    overall carbohydrate intake to 30 percent of the foods you eat at each
    meal.
    Also be sure to consume adequate amounts of foods that are rich in
    essential
    fatty acids, such as sardines, and healthy oils, such extra virgin
    olive
    oil, flaxseed, and especially coconut butter/oil, which is also the
    best
    choice for stabilizing the thyroid gland. In addition, drink at least
    half
    an ounce of pure, filtered water for every pound you weight.

    Avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Suspect
    allergy-causing foods include milk and dairy products, chocolate, corn,
    and
    wheat and wheat products. In addition, eliminate all "junk" and
    commercially
    processed foods, sodas, commercially prepared juices, all sugars and
    simple,
    refined carbohydrates, and minimize your intake of alcohol and
    caffeine. If
    you have CFS and also suffer from candiasis, follow the dietary
    recommendations for candidiasis, including avoiding all fruits, except
    berries, green apples and grapefruit. Consider trying the Whole Foods
    Diet.

    Herbs: Rather than self diagnose, we strongly urge you to see a
    qualified
    herbalist who will design a customized herbal program for you. Often
    times
    alternative medical doctors will work in conjunction with an herbalist,
    communicating key points in your case to help the entire program
    synergize
    with a diet and supplement plan. This list highlights some of the key
    herbs
    used in healing CFS.

    For improved adrenal function: ginseng, licorice, and wild yam.

    To help relieve allergic responses: chamomile and milk thistle.

    To cope with anxiety and depression: chamomile, hops, oatstraw,
    passionflower, St. John's wort, and valerian root.

    To improve digestion: astragalus, cayenne, chamomile, dandelion,
    ginger,
    goldenseal, and licorice.

    For increased energy levels: oatstraw, Panax ginseng, Siberian ginseng,
    and
    suma.

    To help combat infection: Echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, grapefruit
    seed
    extract, licorice, myrrh, olive leaf extract, St. John's wort, and
    yarrow
    root.

    To boost immune function: aloe vera, astragalus, Echinacea, ginger,
    larch
    tree extract, maitake mushroom, nettle, noni, and Panax ginseng.

    Alleviate joint and muscle pain: cayenne, chamomile, nettle, and
    valerian
    root.

    Improvement of mental function: ginkgo biloba, Panax ginseng, and
    periwinkle.

    To improve sleep: chamomile, hops, passionflower, St. John's wort,
    skullcap,
    and valerian root.

    Note: While herbal remedies can often help to significantly improve CFS
    symptoms in as little as four to six weeks, response time can vary
    depending
    on the severity of the condition and whether other health complications
    are
    present, sometimes causing treatment to span 12-36 months.
    Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and
    hot
    and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments
    include
    full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic
    irrigation and
    the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is
    effective for
    treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home
    as
    part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical
    Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We
    suggest
    several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your
    alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures
    to
    make sure they are appropriate for you.

    Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the
    body
    for the purpose of boosting immune function. Hyperthermia can be a
    highly
    effective method of eliminating toxins and heavy metals, as well as
    infectious bacteria and viruses that cannot survive in elevated body
    temperatures. We suggest several at-home hyperthermia treatments.
    Please
    seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before
    undergoing these sweat-inducing procedures to make sure they are
    appropriate
    for you.

    *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy and hyperthermia
    treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water
    offers
    clear instructions and recommendations.

    Improving Thyroid Function: If your condition is caused or exacerbated
    by
    low thyroid function, thyroid gland extracts or natural hormone
    replacement
    therapy can help to quickly reverse hypothyroidism. Eating foods rich
    in
    iodine, especially seaweed, can also be helpful.

    Juice Therapy: Wheatgrass juice can help boost immune function and
    improve
    overall energy levels.

    Nutritional Supplementation: Nutritional supplements are essential for
    recovery from CFS. At a minimum, you should take a daily
    multivitamin/mineral supplement that is food-based and which contains
    all
    essential trace minerals. Food-based supplements are far more
    absorbable by
    the human body, compared to synthetic brands.

    Specific nutrients for CFS include beta carotene, B complex vitamins
    plus
    vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10),
    magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Two other useful nutrients are
    germanium and
    nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH). Germanium improves the
    ability of
    oxygen delivery to the cells and stimulates production of proteins
    created
    by white blood cells known as interferons, which can significantly
    inhibit
    the spread and negative health effectives of viruses. NADH is contained
    in
    foods. When taken as a supplement, it improves the cells' ability to
    food
    and other nutrients into energy.

    Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are also important for dealing with CFS
    because
    of their ability to help your body regulate functions such as digestion
    and
    immunity. EFAs are also vital for cardiovascular health and for the
    health
    of the reproductive organs. Excellent sources of EFAs include fish
    oils,
    flaxseed oil, and evening primrose oil.

    In addition to the above nutrients, to further enhance you energy
    levels,
    consider supplementing with adrenal, thymus, and thyroid extracts,
    taking
    one to two tablets of each three times a day.

    In some cases of CFS, people can be so debilitated that oral
    supplementation
    of nutrients alone may not be enough to deal with all of the problems
    and
    symptoms CFS can cause. For this reason, holistic health practitioners
    may
    choose to administer nutrients intravenously. This is especially true
    of
    vitamins and minerals. Gamma globulin and Kutapressin administered
    intramuscularly can also be effective. Gamma globulin is a blood
    extract
    that contains antibodies that fight viral infections, while Kutapressin
    is
    derived from the liver and can significantly enhance immune function.
    Both
    substances are only available from physicians and must be administered
    professionally.

    Transfer Factor: In recent years, holistic health practitioners have
    begun
    using substances known as transfer factors to boost immune function.
    Transfer factors are extremely small proteins that act as messengers
    within
    the immune system that ensure that appropriate immune response occurs
    when
    your body is being invaded by harmful pathogens. Transfer factors
    achieve
    this by "educating" the immune system's white blood cells to recognize
    and
    attack harmful foreign substances in your body. They also ensure that
    the
    immune system does not attack other body cells, tissues, and organs,
    which
    is what happens in cases of autoimmune disease.

    Transfer factors can be derived from the blood or from colostrums, the
    substance in breast milk that enhances the immune system of newborn
    babies,
    strengthening their resistance to infection and disease. It has been
    shown
    to be highly effective in resolving health issues related to
    Epstein-Barr
    virus and human herpes virus-6, both of which are frequently involved
    in
    CFS.

    Alternative Professional Care
    The following therapies can also be effective for dealing with chronic
    fatigue syndrome: Applied Kinesiology, Biological (Holistic) Dentistry,
    Bodywork such as Lymphatic massage, Feldenkrais Method, and Therapeutic
    Touch, Chelation Therapy, Chiropractic, Environmental Medicine, Enzyme
    Therapy, Flower Essences, Magnetic Field Therapy, Nambudripad Allergy
    Elimination Technique (NAET), and Oxygen Therapy, which includes
    Hydrogen
    peroxide therapy and ozone therapy. (See Glossary for descriptions of
    these
    Alternative Therapies.)



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    Quick Action Plan for CFS


    An essential first step in dealing with CFS is a healthy diet.
    Emphasize
    fresh, organic vegetables at every meal, along with organic, free-range
    meats, poultry, or wild caught fish and complex grains and other
    carbohydrates, such as legumes, red potatoes, squash or yams. Also be
    sure
    to drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day, and to
    obtain an
    adequate supply of foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as
    sardines,
    raw nuts and seeds and organic flax, virgin coconut and extra virgin
    olive
    oils.

    Have yourself checked for food allergies and avoid all foods to which
    you
    are allergic or sensitive.

    Also eliminate all sugars and simple carbohydrates, as well as all
    commercially processed foods, and sodas, and minimize you intake of
    coffee
    and alcohol.

    Supplement with a food-based multivitamin/multimineral formula, as well
    as
    beta carotene B complex vitamins plus vitamin B12 and pantothenic acid,
    vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), magnesium, potassium, and zinc. For
    additional benefit, also consider essential fatty acid supplements,
    such as
    fish oils and evening primrose oil; germanium; NADH; and adrenal,
    thymus,
    and thyroid extracts.

    Herbal remedies can also be helpful. Among the most effective herbs for
    CFS
    are aloe vera, astragalus, echinacea, garlic, goldenseal, grapefruit
    seed
    extract, larch tree extract, licorice, lomatium, maitake mushroom,
    myrrh,
    noni, nettle, oatstraw, olive leaf extract, Panax ginseng, Panax
    ginseng,
    Siberian ginseng, St. John's wort, suma, and yarrow root.

    Hyperthermia, or artificially induced fever, can also provide
    significant
    benefits for CFS. To use hyperthermia at home, heat bath water to a
    high a
    temperature as you can tolerate, then soak in the bath for five to ten
    minutes while sipping warm water to which 2,000 mg of vitamin C has
    been
    added. As soon as you get out of the bath, dry yourself quickly, then
    get
    into bed and cover yourself with blankets. Women should place a hot
    water
    bottle below their breasts, while men should place it over the liver,
    which
    is located on the right side of the body, just below the rib cage.
    Remain
    under the covers for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat this procedure three
    times a
    day. An alternative method is a far-infrared sauna. Once again, this
    must be
    in conjunction with a complete healing program, best over seen by an
    alternative Dr.

    Remember that CFS is not caused by a single factor, but the end result
    of
    multiple causes working in conjunction with each other to severely
    diminish
    health. In order to effectively treat and recover from CFS, a
    comprehensive
    treatment approach is necessary and should be undertaken under the
    guidance
    and supervision of a trained holistic health specialist.
  2. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    And I can't believe I made it all the way through it...

    Bump,

    Nancy B
  3. Scapper

    Scapper New Member

    Wow, I've never seen such a thorough holistic article.....great stuff!!!

    Thanks so much for posting :)
  4. tscattaglia

    tscattaglia New Member