I don't know what causes cfs for sure, or what all my symptoms orignate in. But I did do a candida cleanse adn candida diet very strictly for 5 months about 4 years ago. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia just before this. The result of the cleanse: the fibro. pain improved around 50%. The fatigue was still there, but I felt a lot lighter with more energy and I noticed that when I'd overdo it in a day, I was okay the next day, whereas before the cleanse it would take me a day or two or three to recover.
Any kind of cleanse basically is going to detoxify the body and this should normally result in an increase in energy.
I did the candida diet and supplements I found on www.wholeapproach.com. ( I think it's okay I post that since I do not benefit monetarily or otherwise from sharing the link. If not, I apologize in advance to the moderator )The one thing I regret is that I stayed on the diet etc. for about a year after that and because of it I ended up overdoing it. Also, I developed what seem to be gall stones - likely from all the fat in the almonds/meats I ate to make up for the lack of carbs allowed on the diet. I think such a protocol is fine short term. But I disagree with doing it for years like the moderators on the site recommend...at least not full throttle. Candida is often not resolved until other imbalances are corrected - and so it's best to address the issue under the care of naturopath who can help to pinpoint all the issues contributing to the candida overgrowth.
My own theory is that cfs/fibro. can be dramatically improved via natural means, and I know of at least 2 people who say they got over fibro. simply through natural foods/supplements. One was the forum moderator of the forum above, and the other is a fitness trainer! But in both cases, they need to stay on some sort of modified diet adn or supplements to maintain the results. But I'm sure they'd both say it's worth it! (Me, my life has been too upside down the past few years to seriously work on improving my health, but I've been able to maintain some of the positive changes I gained through healthy diet and some supplements).
All the best, manyembers
Post Edited (manyembers) : 5/28/2007 7:17:59 PM (GMT-6)