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What is M.E./CFS?

Major Symptoms

  • Extreme fatigue for a lengthy period and not relieved by sleep or rest
  • Sleep disturbances - sleeping too much or too little
  • Aches and pains throughout the body
  • Glandular pain, often without swelling; sore throat
  • Muscles tire quickly - fluctuating energies
  • Unwarranted RSI (OOS)
  • Persistant migraine-type heahaches
  • Depression, poor concentration, memory loss, dizziness, faintness
  • Digestive disturbances - nausea, constipation or diarrhoea, gas
  • Food sensitivities and allergic reactions
  • Extreme sensitivity; chemical odours, cold, heat, noise, electromagnetic radiation
  • Menstrual problems: PMT, endometriosis, etc

Further Explaination of M.E.

M.E./CFS is ALWAYS difficult to understand. This is due to the multitude of symptoms associated with it, and the fluctuation of energies that almost always occur. It is a disorder which may affect all body systems overlapping other similar disorders - especially Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Most medical practitioners have a very limited knowledge of how to help sufferers, though the numbers of informed doctors are growing. We suggest that anyone with the M.E./CFS spectrum of symptoms use the advice and treatment given by well-qualified and recommended practitioners of natural medicine, while keeping in touch with their general practitioner.

Many factors contribute to the extent of the M.E./CFS type of immune dysfunction. These include:

  • A constitutional weakness to withstand stress.
  • Underfunctioning of the endocrine glands.
  • Impaired anti-oxident capacity.
  • Poor digestion.
  • A basic sensitivity of nature.
  • A limited supply of energy.
  • A history of high medication use: vaccinations, antibiotics, steroid and liver-damaging drugs, oral contraceptives.
  • Nutritional deficiences due to poor diet or malabsorption.

Triggers

So here you are with a wonky immune system, and whammo!
You're hit with:

  • A lingering and unsuspected infection - any virus, bacterial build-up, yeast overgrowth, especially in the digestive system.
  • Chemical exposure - agricultural, industrial, garden; in the workplace or home - formaldehydes, paints, varnishes, glutaraldehyde, petrol, etc. ...anything derived from petrochemicals.
  • Longterm exposure to low-level electro-magnetic radiation (EMR).
  • Damp and mould in your home or workplace.
  • Sustained stress to body and mind - from vaccinations and surgery, to endless overwork, longterm problems with work or relationships, unending poverty and hopelessness.