Illnesses

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

"Dr. Ronald L. Hoffman lists a number of possibilities including hypothyroidism; dysfunction of the adrenal glands; insulin surges caused by faulty diet and eating habits; food allergies; gut toxicity; a surfeit of environmental toxins; allergies to molds, mites and pollens; erratic sleep patterns or non-restorative sleep; lack of appropriate exercise; and depression as possibilities. Chances are, he believes, that two or three such factors predominate in each CFS patient."   Lily G. Casura

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
from the Life Extension Foundation
"The causes of CFS are as yet undetermined, but studies have shown that multiple nutrient deficiencies, food intolerance, or extreme physical or mental stress may trigger chronic fatigue. Studies have also indicated that CFS may be activated by the immune system, various abnormalities of the hypothalamic-pituitary axes, or by the reactivation of certain infectious agents in the body. Some CFS patients were found to have low levels of PBMC beta-endorphin and other neurotransmitters. Thyroid deficiency may also be a contributing factor in chronic fatigue syndrome."

It's Not in Your Head: Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
from ChronicFatigueSupport.com
"The profound exhaustion of a person with chronic fatigue syndrome bears no relation to the fatigue a healthy person feels as the result of a busy life. People severely ill with chronic fatigue syndrome have a functional level that is significantly lower than that of someone with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, someone with heart disease or multiple sclerosis."

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - A Discussion
from GaryNull.com

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Majid Ali, M.D.
3 Rs of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: It is Real, It is Reversible, It cannot be Reversed with drugs.

Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
from About.com
According to Raphael Kellman, M.D., "about 40% of the patients I see in my practice who have chronic fatigue actually have a condition called hypothyroidism - a thyroid gland that fails to meet all its bodily functions which include energy regulation. Nutrient tests have shown us that many chronic fatigue patients have numerous vitamin deficiencies, notably vitamin C and the B-complex vitamins."

Articles by Leon Chaitow, N.D., D.O.

Fibromyalgia: The Muscle Pain Epidemic - Is it ME by Another Name? (Part 1)

Understanding and Treating Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia (Part 2)

Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia: The Brain/Sleep Connection (Part 3)

What Treatment Seems Most Effective in Treatment of Fibromyalgia? (Part 4)

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Clinical Practice Guidelines
from ChronicFatigueSupport.com

Chronic Fatigue: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to CFS

Hypothesis: Chronic Fatigue is a State of Accelerated Oxidative Molecular Injury
by Majid Ali, M.D.

New Theory Links Neurotoxins with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme, MCS and Other Mystery Illnesses
by Patti Schmidt

The Three Phases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Dr. Paul Cheney's Theory
By Carol Sieverling

Chronic Fatigue, Mycotoxins, Abnormal Clotting & Other Notes
by Jonathan Collin M.D.

Mycoplasmas The Missing Link in Fatiguing Illnesses
by Michael Guthrie, R.Ph.

Stress And You: Hypoadrenalism, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Environmental Disease
by Gerald E. Poesnecker, N.D., D.C.

New Treatments for Chronic Infections Found in CFS, Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Gulf War Illnesses
by Garth L. Nicolson, Ph.D.

PATIENTS' STORIES

Survival Strategies
by Melissa Kaplan

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: One Man's Recovery
by Frank Jenner


A Letter From a Friend Who Suffers With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

My Chronic Fatigue Story
by Jeff Clark


Recovery!
by Tom Oates Jr.

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

Statement On CFIDS
by Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.

Dr. Cheney's Basic Treatment Plan for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Carol Sieverling

18 Practical Food Choice Guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Sufferers
by Majid Ali, M.D.

Nutritional Strategies for Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
by Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Yeast Connection
by William G. Crook, M.D.

Energizing Chronic Fatigue
by Raphael Kellman, M.D.

Diagnosis and Integrative Treatment of Intracellular Bacterial Infections in Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Syndromes, Gulf War Illness, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other Chronic Illnesses
by Garth L. Nicolson, Ph.D., et. al.

Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs for Chronic Fatigue
by Susan M. Lark M.D.

Therapeutic Effects Of Oral NADH On The Symptoms Of Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Vitamin B-12 and CFS
from About.com

Sleep Disorder: The Most Important Symptom
by William Collinge, Ph.D.

OTHER RESOURCES

The CFIDS Association of America

Chronic Fatigue Road Map
from About.com

ChronicFatigueSupport.com

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
by Majid Ali, M.D.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Chronic Mercury Poisoning?
by Jeff Clark


"Co-Cure" site: Cooperate and Communicate for a Cure.
An online mailing list for individuals who are interested, either professionally or personally, in information pertaining to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.

ImmuneSupport.com

The Institute for Molecular Medicine
A nonprofit institute dedicated to discovering new diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for chronic diseases.

Medical Information Network

Visual Contrast Sensitivity Test Center

See section on Fibromyalgia on this web site.

See section on Hypothyroidism on this web site.

Podcasts
Dr. Hoffman and Dr. Teitelbaum on Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia 1-3-07

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture of the book or the title to order.

Majid Ali, M.D., The Canary and Chronic Fatigue

Lily G. Casura, Gentle Medicine: Treating Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Successfully with Natural Medicine
*** Burton Goldberg, Alternative Medicine Guide to Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., The Pain Cure: The Proven Medical Program That Helps End Your Chronic Pain

 

Mari Skelly and Andrea Helm, Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Insights from Practitioners and Patients

Devin Starlanyl and Mary Ellen Copeland, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome: A Survival Manual

R. Paul St. Amand, M.D. and Claudia Craig Marek, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse The Disease

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., From Fatigued to Fantastic

 

Ritchie C. Shoemaker, M.D., Desperation Medicine Pavel Yutsis, M.D., The Downhill Syndrome: If Nothing's Wrong, Why Do I Feel So Bad?

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