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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been a misunderstood set of symptoms for years and people with these symptoms have been misunderstood as well. People who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome many times are thought of as “it’s all in your head” or told “just get over it”. CFS is very real but what makes it difficult to treat is that there are many causes.
CFS usually has two major components, Endocrine Fatigue and Leaky Gut Syndrome. Endocrine fatigue means the adrenal and thyroid glands are run down. This is caused by overload and stress. The adrenal gland produces adrenalin during stressful situations. As we add more and more stress to our lives, the adrenal gland begins to produce less adrenalin due to the high demand. The thyroid gland also begins to run down and the overall metabolism diminishes. Research suggests 90% of the population has a low functioning thyroid.
Leaky Gut Syndrome plays a major part in CFS as well due to the increased toxin and infection load. As the gut or digestive system looses its integrity due to overuse of antibiotics, poor food choices, chemicals, etc., more toxins and infections are able to enter the body. Infections such as viruses, bacteria, fungus, and parasites trans-locate across the gut barrier and move around in the body. As these infections move, they may infest vital organs such as the liver. These infection layers build up in the body similar to the layers of an onion. Traditional lab work doesn’t always pick up these infectious layers.
An overload of toxins in the system is another important cause of CFS and is most prominently noticed as water retention, or a “swampy” condition. This swampy condition is the caused by lymphatic system blockage, resulting in the tissue and joint pain associated with CFS.
The recommended treatment for CFS is to:
1) Support the adrenal and thyroid glands to increase energy and metabolism.
2) Treat the Leaky Gut Syndrome by treating possible layers of infection in the digestive system and rebuilding the integrity of the colon.
3) Detoxify the lymphatic system which will support the immune system.