Fatigue: How to Fight It and Win the Battle

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

* anxiety

* depression

* 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.

 

Diabetes Has Multiple Causes but Persistent Organic Pollutants is the Main One

“How Can You Get Control Over Diabetes”

The Burden of Diabetes

Population projections are that people diagnosed with diabetes could increase to about 18 million persons by 2020. The financial burden on the health care system is enormous.

What causes type 2 diabetes is the most frequently asked question and there are few satisfactory answers. This question has stumped medical and scientific researchers for many years. But, despite all that’s not known, there is general agreement that type 2 diabetes is tightly associated with obesity.

Insulin resistance, defined as the limited ability of insulin to cause blood sugar uptake into cells, is a primary problem in Type 2 diabetes. Further, the pancreas, which releases insulin, breaks down in diabetes, releasing less insulin.

Today, most people rely on the advice and guidance of their medical doctor for diabetes treatment. Blood sugar control is the main treatment option. Recommendations to control bodyweight and to exercise are top on the list of priorities. Guidelines have existed for years and have been published by the American Diabetes Association.

Dietary recommendations follow those that have been popular for decades now: key dietary advice is to reduce fat intake to less than 30% of total daily calorie intake and to reduce saturated fat. There’s an emphasis on eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain products.

A Poorly Understood Cause

Everyone knows that diabetes is associated with obesity, probably because obesity causes diabetes. However, thin people also become diabetic. A clue to why is provided by the correlation between diabetes and what are called “persistent organic pollutants” (POPs). POPs are man-made organic compounds, usually pesticides, such as polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans.

A 2006 study using NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999–2002) data found very strong associations between levels of these chemicals and diabetes. For example, a risk ratio of 30. These associations persisted even when the data was stratified in all sorts of ways. The scariest result came from people who had BMI greater than; 25. Looking only at such people, those above the 90th percentile for amount of POPs had 16 times the risk of diabetes as those below the 25th percentile. Here is something associated with thin people getting diabetes.

Does the association exist because POPs cause diabetes? You might argue that POP exposure is correlated with poverty (poor people are more exposed), poor people exercise less than rich people, and lack of exercise causes diabetes. However, Agent Orange exposure among soldiers is associated with diabetes. That is unlikely to be due to confounding with poverty or lack of exercise.

Everyone has these chemicals in their body, but almost no one knows how much. I don’t know if I’m in the 10th percentile or the 90th percentile. If I’m in the 90th percentile, what can I do about it? A good place for self-measurement and tracking.

Can you really control your diabetes by eating this type of diet? The facts are that the astounding increase in the rate of diabetes suggests that this dietary method will fail to control diabetes and a lifetime use of drugs and insulin injections is in front of you.

Environmental toxins; POPs

The most important cause of type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome is environmental. Something bad was introduced during industrialization and is increasing in the environment. We know that it is noninfectious; the usual suspects are “POPs.” POPs are defined as “chemical substances that persist in the environment, bio-accumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment” by the Stockholm Convention. It identified 12 POPs initially and subsequently added 9 more. (Diabetes Metab J 2011)

Cardiovascular diseases, eye disease, circulatory disease are all associated with the diabetic state. It’s clear that medical recommendations for controlling diabetes have failed.

There’s got to be a better way!

In simple words, what’s being used now is not working. I argue that it’s precisely the recommended diet that prevents people from controlling diabetes.

And since obesity and overweight are tied tightly to diabetes, then we have to find a better way to control weight and blood sugar.

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