Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is
characterised by medically unexplained, disabling fatigue and neurological symptoms.
been characterised by a system under chronic stress and chronic inflammation
does it generally affect?
Many with CFS are achievement-oriented
Most people with
CFS have some degree of depression
Women are four
times as likely as men to develop CFS.
The illness most
often affects people aged 40–59.
Many sufferers are Type ‘A’s who multi-task,
juggle careers, families and studies
does it affect people?
Even when CFS sufferers sleep, their stress-response
systems are on high alert, signalling it is not safe to relax which would be
why many awaken to exhaustion having not really slept at all.
In short periods this alertness may be necessary
for survival, but chronic or
repeated alertness can result in damage to health. (It’s interesting to note
that people in WWII in concentration camps after being rescued from the camps
slept for days after experiencing this high state of alertness for long periods)
With stress, cortisol
is released in response to it. However, prolonged cortisol secretion (which may
be due to chronic stress results in significant physiological changes and this
prolonged state may impair normal brain function setting off a chain reaction in chemicals in the
It would be similar to people in this highly
anxious state to compare it with
post-traumatic stress disorder, but the experience in CFS is most likely
initially a physiological one brought on by :a post viral or bacterial response, heavy metal build up
in the body over time like :cadmium,
mercury, lead or other toxic metals, exposure to toxic chemicals. It also could
be emotional shock, trauma or state of chronic anxiety.
This stressful life experience can have significant effects on
a variety of physiological systems, including the *autonomic nervous system and
the immune system.
*(The autonomic nervous system(ANS) is the
part of the peripheral nervous control system which functions largely below the level of consciousness, controlling functions like: heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, urination, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, dilation,
sexual response. )
A recent study at the University of NSW found
the ANS function in CFS patients clearly indicated a dysfunction in
stress-response in neural and physiological systems.
In other words this continual state of
chronic alertness with varying levels of stress may set a pattern for the brain
to follow and become a habit impairing a normal relaxed function and causing
damage to the physiology of the body.
At least 3 of these Symptoms
would point to chronic fatigue syndrome
Widespread muscle and joint pain
Headache type not
Mental and physical exhaustion
Increased sensitivity to
light, sounds and smells
Cardiac and respiratory
Tender lymph nodes
Restless leg syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome,
abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea or bloating
Shortness of breath
Visual blurring, eye pain
or dry eyes
mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks
Chills/night sweats, Brain
Chest pain, Shortness of
Difficulty maintaining an
It appears there are 4
main areas of focus to rehabilitate the CFS sufferer.
the stress and alter habitual thought processes through re-learning by way of ‘cognitive behavioural therapy”
which is often used to treat CFS
patients by helping them understand individual symptoms and beliefs by avoiding
these stress triggers which may be incite the condition. This may mean clearing
the head of preconceived anxieties by re-learning the process of mind control.
2. Some people say their CFS
symptoms get better with complementary or alternative treatments, such as
massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, yoga, stretching, or self-hypnosis. It
is a learning process and not a quick fix but has achieved success. In other words controlling thoughts processes
through conscious self-intervention.
patients with CFS and are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is essential for
over 350 different functions in the body. Our body slows
down during deficiency, resulting in slower cellular functioning, making the
body sluggish, until fatigue eventually kicks in.
Magnesium is found in bones, red blood cells, teeth, and when combined
with zinc and iron, helps with the enzyme system. The use of magnesium
supplements can greatly improve the condition and dramatically improve energy
levels. Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium are vital requirements in a healthy
body to function correctly.
4. Detoxing any heavy metals from the body is also vital.
5. Good sleep is also
vital to a healthy functioning body by taking extra minerals and salts into the
body this will eventually feed the cells starved of the
right minerals needed to correct the condition and good sleep will follow.
6. Detoxing the body of toxins of
7. Measured degree of exercise each day without over doing it to the point
of exhaustion. Gradually strength and energy will improve
behavioural therapy is worthwhile learning to ease out the bad thought habits
that may contribute to CFS. Many have had success with the program and once
learned is easily self-managed.
Minerals provide the building blocks
from which the body can achieve optimum health for proper growth and body function.
Repair Incontinence recommends a dose for Living Clay is 1 level tablespoon
each night before bed or 3 capsules.
This will not only remineralise the
body with essential minerals, but aid in good sleep significantly as well as
slowly detoxify the body.
Finally exercise produces endorphins
which are the body’s natural opiates and not only give a feeling of wellbeing
after exercising but also relax the body and strengthens it.
Go to www.repairincontinence.net for further info
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