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Fatigue & CFS

Everyone gets tired sometimes, but fatigue is much more than that. It is not just feeling sleepy, or lethargic, or down in the dumps. Transient state of tiredness in otherwise healthy people are normal, and can usually be remedied with extra rest, dietary changes, or simply time. Feeling tired can be a normal and important response to physical exertion, emotional stress, boredom, or lack of sleep. However, when it persists it can be a sign of a more serious disorder. Fatigue that is not relieved by adequate sleep, good nutrition, or stress reduction may have a serious underlying cause.

Have you ever wondered why some people are constituently frail, tired and susceptible to infection, while others seem naturally hardy? Why some people age rapidly and show early signs of deterioration, while others are full of vitality into their later years. We are all unique individuals! So for some people it can be a combination of various stressors, for others it can be just one. It is all dependant on your unique biochemical genetic type.

Having had and recovered from CFS herself, Carole realises the importance of seeking help early. If you wait until you are barely able to function it is going to take a lot more time and effort than if you seek help as soon as you realise your fatigue is not normal transient tiredness.

Fatigue is an elusive concept. There is no disease called fatigue. Even chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not a disease caused by fatigue. Patients suffering from lack of energy/vitality, normally feel a lot more energised within weeks of keeping to Carole’s recommendations. It however, takes a lot more detective work with the CFS patient and a little longer to return them to a place of feeling energised and strong again. With patience and persistence this is possible. After years of debilitating CFS, Carole experienced a return to health and feelings of vitality again with her individualised approach, as have the many hundreds of her patients.

Fatigue can be symptomatic of many diseases/disorders such as:

  • Poor blood sugar regulation
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Allergic reactions
  • Viral infections
  • Fungal, bacterial, parasitic infections
  • Low thyroid
  • Poor adrenal function
  • An autoimmune disease
  • Intestinal toxicity
  • Chronic stress
  • Fatigue can also be a side effect of medications or treatments.

Carole will determine which of these may be playing a part in your chronic tiredness. Chronic stress, which plays a contributory role in many diseases, can often be an underlying cause of, or contributor to fatigue. The repeated pressure of stress eventually leads to a state of maladaptation-the inability to fight back. Our bodies stress hormones depend on balance to perform their protective function. In a state of maladaptation, we are vulnerable to infection, viruses, allergies and other attacks that continually weaken us.  The reason we are more vulnerable to these immune system attacks is that stress lowers our natural killer (NK) cell activity. NK cells are part of our first line of immune system defence against infections and cancer cells. Decreased NK activity is linked to many diseases and low NK cell activity is a component of many fatigue syndromes.

Stress isn’t the only factor that lowers NK cell activity. Lectins – tiny protein molecules which are now hailed as the major anti nutrients in food and have blood type specificity, also directly and indirectly have a negative impact on NK cells:

  • Lectins from foods are absorbed into the systemic circulation directly affecting NK cells and indirectly by increasing polyamines (protein breakdown products) in your digestive tract.
  • Polyamines reduce NK cells.
  • High lectin diet disrupts your intestinal flora (the balance of good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract)
  • An imbalanced flora results in decreased NK cell activity

Lectins activity in the body is pervasive particularly in the digestive tract. They can interfere with the integrity of the digestive system, provoke inflammation, block digestive hormones, damage the intestinal lining, impair absorption, and interfere with protein digestion. Many lectins are blood group specific, in that they show a clear preference for one kind of sugar over another and mechanically fit the antigen of one blood type or another (blood type antigens are sugar type molecules)

If you are not absorbing nutrients sufficiently, again NK cells will be lowered.
 
Additionally many patients that suffer from CFS are typed non-secretors which are a rarer sub-set of each blood group that have a different immune system response to infection and  antigenic stimulation. To read more about antigens, antibodies, lectins and non-secretors go to FAQ and Individualised Nutrition pages.

In a consultation Carole will take a very detailed history in order to determine the underlying cause or causes of your fatigue. For most people it is a combination of various stressors that have taken their toll and bought the patient to Carole’s clinic.

A useful analogy is that of a camel carrying its loads on its back. However, if you keep on adding to the loads eventually the camel would collapse or its back would break. Just like the camel we too, can all carry a certain amount of loads without a problem. If, however those loads of, say: environmental pollutants; lack of sleep; over or under exercise; stressful relationship or job; eating the wrong diet and not absorbing your food keep increasing, you too, will eventually collapse.  The load each individual can carry is dependant on their biochemical individuality and it can be that one extra load that becomes just too much, an infection like cold or flu, that literally becomes the last straw that broke the camels back.

The aim of the treatment plan is to gradually lighten your load of the stressors that are undermining your immune system and general health by;

  • Reducing toxicity by eating right for your genetic type
  • Eliminating any excess geo-pathic, electromagnetic, environmental stress
  • Taking the right supplementation to correct any  nutritional/hormonal biochemical imbalances
  • Eradicating any pathogenic viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites
  • Rebalancing the gut flora
  • Herbal medicine to support and nourish the stressed organs
  • Learning how to deal with stress more efficiently
  • Developing better sleep and energy conserving patterns
  • Exercising right for your genetic type
  • Learning relaxation techniques
  • And referral to a dentist if necessary to check dental stress

Whatever health program you are following, eating right for your genetic type will help enormously, it is like the icing on the cake. Carole’s individualised herbal, nutritional prescriptions and supplementation will help rebalance and nourish your whole system on many levels, and the benefits can accrue for many years.

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