|What is Chronic Fatigue?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a condition characterized by the primary
symptom of a prolonged, persistent debilitating fatigue not relieved by rest
and not directly caused by other conditions. In general, a diagnosis for CFS
requires that the tiredness is severe enough for at least a 50% decrease in
the patientís ability to participate in ordinary activities. The Centres for
Disease Control (CDC) describes CFS as a distinct disorder with specific
symptoms and physical signs, based on the exclusion of other possible
What causes CFS?
The exact cause of CFS is unknown. A distinct or direct cause has not
been positively identified.
Some studies have shown that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may be caused by
inflamed nervous system pathways, Mycoplasma bacterial infection, or viral
illness (such as Epstein-Barr) complicated by an inadequate or dysfunctional
immune response. For some, the condition can occur following an injury,
infection preceding or following surgery (e.g., peritonitis), or other
traumatic body events that weakens or adversely affects the immune system.
Age, environment, genetic disposition, prior illness, or stress may also be
factors. Like most autoimmune illnesses, CFS most commonly occurs in women,
usually ages 30 to 50.
What are the symptoms of CFS?
Many of the symptoms of CFS are similar to those associated with the flu
(muscle aches, headache, and fatigue). However, unlike the flu, while with
CFS these symptoms may ebb and flow, they never go away. (Imagine dealing
with flu symptoms on a daily basis and you know how someone with CFS feels
on a good day.)
Primary symptoms include:
- New onset fatigue or tiredness that lasts for at least 6 months and
is not relieved by normal rest
- Full-body fatigue serious enough to restrict normal activity that
develops from far less exertion than was possible before the illness
Additional symptoms include:
- Constant headaches, different those previous in pattern, quality, or
- Feeling unrefreshed after normally adequate sleep
- Forgetfulness, cognitive impairment including confusion or
difficulty concentrating, or irritability
- Joint pain, often moving from joint to joint (migratory arthralgias),
without joint swelling or redness
- Low-grade fever (101F or less)
- Lymph node tenderness and swelling in the neck or armpit
- Muscle aches (myalgias)
- Exercise intolerance: Muscle fatigue that lasts more than 24 hours
after an amount of exercise that would normally be easily tolerated
- Muscle weakness, all over or multiple locations, not explained by
any known disorder
- Sore throat, red but without drainage or pus
Conventional treatment options for CFS
Once the possibility of other illness is ruled out, the patient must be
informed of the syndrome, its prognosis, and its potential impact on the
patientís life. Patients are often relieved when their complaints are taken
seriously. Many symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome may respond to
treatment. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications relieve headache,
diffuse pain, and relieve feverishness. Antihistamines and decongestants are
helpful for allergic rhinitis and sinusitis.
Although many patients are averse to psychiatric diagnoses, depression is
a prominent symptom that may be alleviated with nonsedating antidepressants.
Frequently, they not only improve mood, they also help with sleep
disturbances, thereby relieving the fatigue somewhat. Many times, even
modest improvement can make a vast difference in a patientís degree of
self-sufficiency and ability to enjoy life.
Consumption of heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol in the evening can make
it harder to sleep, compounding fatigue. Also, total rest is not good as it
leads to further de-conditioning and contributes to the feeling of being an
invalid. Strenuous exercise only leads to greater fatigue, so a
well-planned, moderate exercise regimen should be a part of the treatment
Nutritional supplements that treat CFS
Shark Liver Oil: is a natural
product that has great success with arthritis because it contains different
substances that combat arthritis. It boosts the immune system with
alkylglycerols, it has squalene in it which is an antioxidant, it contains
vitamin E and omega 3 oils and combats Leaky Gut Syndrome which is at the
bottom of so many cases of arthritis.
shark liver oil may help to:
Augment traditional cancer treatments.
In Europe, shark liver oil is widely used to complement traditional
cancer treatments. Some preliminary research suggests that the
alkylglyerols in shark liver oil may prime the immune system, causing
cancer cells to come under attack and preventing spread of disease. The
oil may also fortify healthy cells and ease the harsh side effects of
cancer chemotherapy and radiation treatments. There are few sound
studies, however, to confirm these possible cancer-fighting benefits in
Fight infections and inflammations and heal wounds.
Enthusiasts claim that by boosting the immune system, shark liver oil
may protect against as well as speed the healing of colds, flu, and
various minor skin infections. These types of uses were certainly common
in old fishing communities familiar with sharks. Alkylglycerol-rich bone
marrow soup, for example, is an old-time home remedy used to ward off
The liver oil also has been proposed as an immune-modulating remedy to
ease asthma, arthritis, and the skin inflammations of psoriasis. Whether
it is truly effective for any of these conditions remains to be proven,
but for the minor ailments at least, it likely poses little risk and
could possibly help.
Colostrum is made from the best quality New Zealand
bovine colostrum. it helps support the immune function and growth factors
and provides positive effects for health and well being.
Most people benefit from taking cow colostrum as an every day immune
system enhancer, but in particular people suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome,
Candida, Stomach Ulcers, Acne, Arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis
as well as being much in demand by athletes for building muscle. Colostrum
contains growth factors that help to slow the aging process in anybody who
takes it. It also helps to stimulate wound healing, cartilage and nerve
regeneration, which is helpful in cases of Multiple Sclerosis, Guillain
Barre Syndrome and its variants.
Multivitamin Complex Complex
has been used in the treatment of injuries, bursitis, asthma,
arthritis and eye disorders.
Squalene is unique
oil high in Vitamins A and D that is found in high
concentrations within shark
liver. It also occurs naturally within the human body where it
supports natural lubrication for our skin and supports oxygen
delivery and toxin removal within all our body's cells. Pure New
Zealand squalene is ideal to take daily to naturally support
beautiful skin, eye health and overall well-being.
Spirulina been scientifically proven
to provide the following benefits:
Animal and test tube studies
suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies,
cytokines (infection fighting proteins), and other cells that
improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic
illnesses such as cancer.
Amino acids make up 62% of
spirulina. Because it is a rich source of protein and other
nutrients, spirulina has been used traditionally as a
nutritional supplement by people who cannot obtain sufficient
calories or protein through diet alone and by those whose
nutritional requirements are higher than normal, such as
Animal studies suggest that spirulina
promotes hematopoiesis (formation and development of red blood
cells). This is thought to be due to the high levels of iron
present in this food supplement.
Animal and test tube studies
suggest that spirulina may protect against allergic reactions
by preventing the release of histamines (substances that
contribute to allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery
eyes, hives, and soft-tissue swelling). Whether these
preliminary studies will translate into benefit for people
with allergies is not known.
destroy unwanted organisms in the body, they may also kill
"good" bacteria called probiotics (such as Lactobacillus
acidophilus) which sometimes results in diarrhea. In test
tubes, spirulina has promoted the growth of L.
acidophilus and other probiotics. Whether this positive
laboratory finding will translate into protection from
antibiotic-related diarrhea is not clear at this time.
Test tube studies suggest that
spirulina has activity against herpes, influenza,
cytomeglovirus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Whether this laboratory finding will prove beneficial for
people in treating these infections is not clear.
In one study, 87 people who chewed
tobacco and had a precancerous lesion known as leukoplakia
were randomly assigned to receive Spirulina fusiformis
or placebo. Lesions were significantly more likely to
disappear in the spirulina group than in the placebo group.
More research in this area will be very helpful.
There is some preliminary
evidence that spirulina may help protect against liver damage
and cirrhosis (liver failure) in those with chronic hepatitis.
More research is needed in this area.
is a highly nutritious dietary supplement rich in protein and
anti-stress B Vitamins. It can help stimulate the body's metabolism, energy
and stamina levels and assist in the management of cholesterol.
This supplement has been taken for a host of ailments. In
addition to its use as a general health tonic, people take royal jelly
Prevent arthritis and multiple
Slow the signs of aging
Stimulate hair growth
Improve sexual performance
Reduce symptoms of menopause
Accelerating the healing and consolidation of fractured bones
Alleviate cardiovascular ailments
Remedy liver disease,
pancreatitis, insomnia, fatigue, ulcers, and digestive and skin
Reduce tiredness and overwork,
asthenia, anxiety states, insomnia and anorexia.
Bee Propolis acts as a natural
antibiotic which raises the body's resistance to disease by
internally stimulating the immune system. This helps the body
fight infection, colds, flu and sore throats.
Propolis may help improve skin
condition. Applied externally, propolis is good for abrasions
and bruises because of it's antibacterial effects. It may also
help lower blood lipid and cholesterol levels as well as lower
blood pressure. Some suggest that propolis improves energy and
endurance in athletes.