In the late 1800’s, doctors called it neurasthenia. Today, we call it chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and multiple chemical sensitivity. No matter, medicine had no solutions 100 years ago and has none today.
The symptoms haven’t changed regardless of the name:
* extreme fatigue
* muscle exhaustion
* lack of joy for living
* inability to handle stress
* reduced sexual drive
* and the list goes on
Fatigue is experienced by at least 50% of the adult population and between 30-40% of teenagers. While fatigue as a symptom is very common, diagnosed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is relatively rare. This is because CFS must be diagnosed by medical tests showing some sort of physical, mental, or hormonal dysfunction.
Yet, even with diagnosed CFS, the arena is controversial because no single causes have been identified. Without a causal framework for a diagnosed disease, there is no method in place to identify treatments.
What, then, about all the people with fatigue who have no pathology? They’re left in a medical wasteland. Doctors without a diagnosis have nowhere to turn. Rather than sympathy for their patient’s complaints, they blame the patient for the problem by telling him/her that it’s all in their heads.
But, it’s not, it’s real. So, we need to understand the continuum of health and disease. At one end is health and no disease. At the other is death. In between there are all levels of health. When a disease is diagnosed, that’s called pathology — a breakdown in normal body function.
If there is no pathology, is there no disease? To medicine, yes. But to you, your functional capacity may be weakened without pathology. That functional decay is real. Most cases of fatigue arise because a number of physiological systems have broken down — not enough to cause pathology, but enough to cause a functional deficit.
What to Do About Chronic Fatigue?
Remember, no diagnosis, no treatment. And if multiple causes are involved, the design of treatment options by medicine are unlikely to develop. In the case of fatigue, this is exactly what has happened — there are NO KNOWN MEDICAL TREATMENTS.
What methods, then, are available to those suffering from fatigue who are given no solutions by their medical doctors? First, one must understand that the body’s stress response system is always involved in fatigue. So, it’s logical to start there and help to restore it with a result of recovery.
Research has shown that the Scandinavian sauna methods help improve the elasticity of the stress response system. First, a hot sauna, then a bucket of ice-cold water dumped on your head, then back to the sauna and repeat. What’s this do? It stimulates the stress system and creates a strengthening effect. It’s like using exercise to make your muscles stronger.
This works on the nervous system and on the hormonal system. The stress response actually builds resilience into the system. Another way is to restrict calories. There is no more effective way to slow aging than calorie restriction. My own studies, however, have proven to me that calorie restriction, per se, is not the stimulus for anti-aging and health promotion.
It’s actually the restriction in carbohydrate consumption that is the active method. You see, carbohydrates (its blood form — glucose) bind to your body’s proteins forming a glycated protein which damages you all the way down to your DNA and RNA.
Fatigue is modifiable, but not by any treatment offered by the Medical Establishment.
Today, pollution is a major factor in chronic fatigue.