Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was first dubbed the Yuppie flu in the 1980's, because it seemed to be concentrated in young, affluent white professionals and the subjective nature of the symptoms. Now chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome, afflicts an estimated three to four million people in North America alone. Can I just observe that this is the starting time of the age of the computer. Chronic Fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia both occur with a cluster of symptoms that include deep fatigue unrelieved by sleep, muscle and joint pain or weakness, headache, memory loss, mental confusion and poor concentration, digestive problems, recurring infections, low grade fever, often in the afternoon, swollen lymph glands, food and environmental allergies and sensitivities, severe exhaustion from minor activity and - depression. - ( I wonder why ) I wrote sarcastically. How could you not be depressed with all that going on. Also other symptoms include dizziness, anxiety attacks, night sweats, rashes, breathing irregularities, irregular heartbeat, and hypersensitivity to heat and cold and to light and sound.
There is no single cause of chronic fatigue syndrome or Fibromyalgia. Multiple factors combine to overwhelm the immune system. They may be virus and low grade infections, candidiasis, underactive thyroid gland, stress and adrenal exhaustion, toxic overload, nutritional deficiencies, allergies and the extensive use of antibiotics, hydrocortisone and / or vaccinations. Also chronic exposure to environmental pollutants and food allergies..
According to the cdc the symptoms of pesticide exposure look very much like the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue and even more so, Fibromyalgia. Clinical signs and symptoms of malathion intoxication are typical of organophosphate poisoning. Malathion and its metabolite, malaoxon, inhibit the enzyme acetylcholinesterase and thus, prevent the hydrolysis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous systems. Continuous presence of acetylcholine at parasympathetic autonomic muscarinic receptors results in ocular effects (miosis, blurred vision), gastrointestinal effects (nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea), respiratory effects (excessive bronchial secretions, chest tightness, bronchoconstriction), cardiovascular effects (bradycardia, decreased blood pressure), effects on exocrine glands (increased salivation, lacrimation), and effects on the bladder (incontinence). At the level of parasympathetic and sympathetic autonomic nicotinic receptors, acetylcholine will induce tachycardia and increase blood pressure. At the neuromuscular junction, excess acetylcholine will induce muscle fasciculations, cramps, diminished tendon reflexes, muscle weakness in peripheral and respiratory muscles, ataxia, and paralysis. Finally, overstimulation of brain cholinergic receptors will lead to drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue, headache, generalized weakness, dyspnea, convulsions, and cyanosis. The signs and symptoms described above have been documented in almost all of the cases of accidental or intentional ingestion of high amounts of malathion and in cases of dermal intoxication. Lethal doses can be estimated from case reports to have been between 350 and 2,000 mg/kg. These dose levels usually inhibited plasma and RBC cholinesterase activities to levels ranging from undetectable to 10–30% of normal. Studies of workers exposed to a combination of pesticides, including malathion, have shown decreases between 10 and 50% in both plasma and RBC cholinesterase activities. In general, plasma cholinesterase activity can be inhibited by 20–25% without significant physiological consequences. Studies also have shown that the rate of decrease of RBC cholinesterase correlates better with appearance of symptoms than the absolute value reached after exposure. It was found that plasma cholinesterase activity in workers who exhibited cholinergic symptoms and signs was 17% lower than in workers without symptoms and signs. Similar findings were reported in another study (Ernest et al. 1995). No cholinergic signs were seen in a study in which the activities of RBC and plasma cholinesterase varied less than 10% between pre- and postexposure. A study in volunteers exposed to 85 mg/m3 of a malathion aerosol for 2 hours/day over a 42-day period observed no clinical signs and no significant inhibition of plasma or RBC cholinesterase activity over the study period. In an additional study of volunteers orally administered 0.34 mg malathion/kg/day for 56 days, there was a maximum depression of 25% in plasma cholinesterase approximately 3 weeks after cessation of treatment. A similar depression in RBC cholinesterase was observed, but occurred later. Administration of 0.11 mg malathion/kg/day for 32 days or 0.23 mg/kg/day for 47 days did not produce any significant depression of plasma or RBC cholinesterase activity. No clinical signs were seen in the volunteers. As detailed in Section 3.2, numerous studies in animals exposed to malathion by any route have shown inhibition of plasma, RBC, and brain cholinesterase activities.
Here at Sunnyslope Healing Arts we have seen substantial improvement in all the symptoms of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome in our patients who have had treatments to clear pesticides from their bodies, sometimes just as stunning as the results for our patients with Endometriosis. If you have Fibromyalia or Chronic Fatiue syndrome it is highly recommended that you get checked for pesticides to see if they are a mitigating factor in your illness.
One place to start approaching healing your body is where Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture theories meet with some recent western medical theories.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine we always check for and treat stagnant chi and stagnant blood for they are considered one of or part of the cause of many ailments. In some medical theories hidden viruses are causing a hypercoaguable state in the body. They call it thick blood where the blood is super clotted, thick, and sticky. This also describes stagnant blood. This occurs in thirty percent of the population where they are given the genes to have blood that is too thick. It worked great for our ancestors to protect them from bleeding to death on the battlefield. Today there are foods that can cause stagnant blood too. But viruses can hide in the thick blood, which acts kind of like a wall, sort of like the king being protected in his castle. The immune system which is usually protective , can't get rid of these viruses because they are buried in this thick blood, so they continue to cause problems in the patient.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stagnant blood of the heart manifests as palpitations, cardiac retardation and pain, prickly pain in mild cases and colicky pain in severe cases that refers to the shoulder and back, mental depression, dullness, muttering to oneself, mental restlessness and blurred mind.
In TCM stagnation of the liver and liver energy channel manifests as lower abdominal pain, dizziness, blurring of vision, dryness of eyes, spasm of tendons and muscles, numbness of limbs..
In TCM stagnation and weakness of the qi of the kidney manifests as soreness and weakness in the lumbar region and knee joints, frequent urination, shortness of breath, achy muscles, dizziness, blurring of vision, tinnitus, poor memory, and night sweating.
The good news is that Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Needle Free Acupuncture treat this condition very effectively. All the while creating a energy field that causes the body to get alkaline which acts like a natural antibiotic and a good systemic treatment for infections of all kinds. This stagnant, dark or thick blood is also starting to be implicated in all the chronic diseases of aging.
So many menopausal women are contracting fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is an inflammatory state. Women with fibromyalgia have more pain in the premenstrual and menstrual phase of their cycle. Pain is worse with menopause. Seems like a hormone connection to a lot of researchers and MDs. Female reproductive hormones all need to be checked and balanced. Thyroid is often the missing link but chemicals of all kinds get involved and deficiencies in minerals happen and then the patient has hormone resistance where they can't produce, utilize , synthesis, absorb and process the hormones they need. A careful physical evaluation is necessary to determine what is happening in the patients body. Here at Sunnyslope Healing Arts we see overall rapid improvements in our patient as each contributing issue is addressed with our integrated holistic therapies.
Other hormone imbalances common in CSF and Fibromyalgia are imbalances or deficiencies in the adrenal hormones. DHEA,, cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone, secreted by the pituatary gland.
Since adrenal glands play a central role in maintaining the body's energy levels, when these glands are functioning poorly the result is fatigue. Low amounts of melatonin, the pineal gland hormone that regulates the body's sleep cycle, may also be contributing to the overall symptom picture of CSF. For adrenal insufficiency, a correction of this disorder will often occur as a result of a holistic treatment to raise the body's own melatonin levels secreted on the body's own time schedule. The pineal gland and melatonin controls the function of both the thyroid and adrenal hormones. An adequate production of melatonin can often serve to correct hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency, both of which are associated with chronic fatigue.
Nutritional deficiencies are often a feature of chronic fatigue syndrome. As with most of the factors involved in this disorder, deficiencies and the immune breakdown are related. The body needs proper nutrition in order to maintain health. People with this condition have seen positive results just by avoiding GMO food and eating healthier. Without enough of the right kinds of nutrients , the body cannot operate at an optimum level. If the nutritional deficiency becomes chronic, breakdowns in function will occur.
In addition, a body whose immune system is continually overactive, as it is in CFS, requires far more nutrients to keep it going than a healthy body does. Conversely, this overactive immune system with its accompanying nutritional drain can in itself lead to deficiencies in key nutrients.
Those with CSF should first have a careful nutritional evaluation, including a complete examination of levels of vitamins, minerals , trace elements, amino acids, hormones, and essential fatty acids. This is what we do here at Sunnyslope Healing Arts, with very good and interesting results for the patients. It becomes an interesting learning experience for them along with how much better they feel after a treatment. We also check for allergies of all kinds, including environmental and food allergins. Allergies and the immune response they generate can be an underlying factor in up to 80% of patients with chronic fatigue. As a contributor t o immune overload, ongoing allergic reaction is an essential condition to address in the treatment of CFS. Maladaptive reactions to any subs tance (food, chemicals or inhalants) can produce CSF. It is imperative to first identify these substances and then avoid them. In addition, one should avoid the use of caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.
Without determining precisely what is happening in the patient's body , treatment is guesswork. A careful medical history, a physical examination and selected tests can pinpoint the imbalances, deficiencies, infectious agents and specific immune system weaknesses which are contributing to your CFS. Your conventional doctor may not be aware of the specific parameters to investigate.
Viruses, candidiasis, bacterial infections, or intestinal parasites are often a factor in chronic fatigue syndrome. Whether these infections are in combination are the cause of CSF or opportunistic invaders of an already weakened immune system has not been conclusively determined. In either case, infections involved perpetuate and deepen immune dysfunction by further taxing an already overloaded system. One infection puts demands on the immune system which can't kick it, and another infection may join in, leading from one to another in a domino effect. The most common infections are yeast and parasites. Hidden bacterial infections such as Lyme disease and abscesses in the teeth and sometimes chronic sinusitis and gastritis may also be factors.
The damage caused by parasites in particular can be quite extensive. Parasites can destroy cells faster than they can be regenerated; they can release toxins that damage tissues, resulting in pain and inflammation; and over time, they can depress, even exhaust , the immune system.
People who have accumulated pesticides in their bodies show to have suppressed immune systems, inflammation and pain until they are cleared systematically from their bodies in a quick and easy Needle Free clearing process. For many toxic elements the clearing procedure is the most efficient and effective way to clear the body of them.
CHRONIC ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD EXPOSURE
According to an Environmental Protection Agency study, there is growing evidence of a link between exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) which are generated by electrical currents and technological devices ----and cancer. While EMFs are part of nature the quality and intensity of the energy can either support or destroy health. As a rule, EMFs generated by technological devices tend to be much more harmful than naturally occuring EMFs. EMFs affect enzymes related to growth regulation, gene expression and cell division - all of which effects the health and well being of an individual, especially if they already have a compromised immune system. People with mercury poisoning or other environmental contaminants are often more sensitive to EMFs and have to be even more careful about exposure to them. It is important to turn off as many devices as possible at night before bed.