Also, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, ME, PTSD, adrenal burnout, etc.
For years, the medical establishment would not recognise chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia or ME as stress conditions, even though doctors were reporting cases showing up at the surgery with disconcerting regularity. Known variously down through the years as Iceland disease, post-infectious neuromyasthenia, chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome, etc., CFS, for example, has had a rocky ride in getting itself taken seriously by all save those suffering from its debilitating symptoms. Many doctors for years wrote it off as Yuppie flu (malingering), yet it’s hard to maintain this pretence when ME alone is costing the UK economy £100 million a year in lost productivity.
We now know from a dedicated Columbia University study that these conditions have no viral or bacterial causation and appear to be immune-system linked. 1
Flu-like symptoms, constant sore throat, listlessness, fatigue, allergies, muscle pain, sleep disorder, stiffness, visual blurring, swollen lymph nodes, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, migratory joint pain, depression and emotional disturbances.
CFS is a classic immune system challenge. Those suffering from its various symptoms have likened it to driving with the handbrake on. As mentioned, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a member of the herpes group, has been blamed, as have others, like Cytomegalovirus, Brucella, Human herpes virus-6, etc. CFS sufferers often discuss with others how tired and debilitated they are, and how hopeless their condition is, which is one of the first clues to what is going on.
Nine out of ten people who approach me with complaints of CFS actually do not think they will recover. This is what I refer to as ‘tossing yourself under the bus’. Emotional negativity and depression are key features in Candida albicans and fungal infestations (gastrointestinal overgrowths) which sometimes accompany, since fungi and yeasts release toxins that manipulate their host’s environment to their advantage in the face of a poor immune system, often having a direct impact on mood and motivation.
Another major culprit causing a whole host of health problems for the body is modern, hybridised, semi-dwarf wheat. The thing they call wheat today is nowhere close to its semi-respectable forebear used by the ancients (emmer wheat, a cross between einkorn and wild goatgrass). With at least 50% more hybridised gluten, huge sugar-yield plus gliadin, an opiate, our modern, poisonous dwarf monstrosity is responsible for a huge slew of illnesses, from cancer and heart problems, to auto-immune arthritis, diabetes, chronic obesity and cataracts. Complete removal of the BROW grains (barley, rye, oats and wheat) often sees startling weight loss, medical remissions and recoveries.2
Our high-sugar diets are another avenue of disaster, peaking insulin levels and creating a semi-permanent state of systemic inflammation. So too iodine deficiency – an extremely common problem which hamstrings the endocrine (hormonal) system, creating long-term health issues for the individual concerned.
Conclusion? Our stressful, 21st century lifestyles, one-off illnesses, shocks and emotional non-linearities are at the heart of this group of problems, which are not helped by poor, high-sugar diets creating long-term systemic inflammation, disrupted bowel flora and insulin resistance. Dehydration, lack of earthing, and poor melatonin production are also peculiar to our modern lifestyles. The chief culprits, however, will be the consumption of excess alcohol, wheat products, fizzy sugar drinks, foods saturated in sugar, and coffee abuse in particular – all of which depress the immune system, giving rise to a number of spin-off conditions such as hypoglycaemia, hypothyroidism, overweight, food allergies (sensitivities), depression, Candida overgrowths, etc. Patients often get talked into taking psychiatric drugs in an attempt to alleviate emotional symptoms. This is a major wrong turn.
A multi-factorial lifestyle approach to CFS almost always brings relief from symptoms in time, but only if the patient is prepared to take action consistently. Part of the problem with CFS/ME, etc. has always been that the patient all too often cannot bring themselves a) to appreciate that recovery is waiting for them and b) to do what it takes consistently (there’s that word again) to work their way out of the problem. Many are in denial about lifestyle issues, stress, vitamin D deficiency and poor diet because stress-loops (Pavlov patterning) in the subconscious mind, which sometimes caused the condition in the first place, seek to keep the patient in their thrall.
Remember, your thoughts affect your biochemistry. Dr Bruce Lipton gives the example of you running in the Olympics. Everyone around the world is looking at your coming performance on satellite TV so the pressure is on. Your body is tuned like a Stradivarius. On your marks! Get set! But what if the ‘go’ never comes? The body has prepared for explosive action but there is no release. How many of us are living in a ‘get-set’ world where the go never comes, asks Lipton. Remember also, Pavlov-patterning in the subconscious is all about routine, and there is the danger. The brain hates to be jerked out of these comfort zones once they are established. The whole idea of taking time off to view the pyramids in Egypt is met with horror by the subconscious mind because actions like this jerk the patient out of their geographical and psychosomatic comfort zones and overwrite their patterning. Which is precisely what we want to happen.
Working your way out of these conditions takes time, so be patient. The more consistent you are about taking action, the quicker you will recover. Change your diet. Change your worldview. Change your location and scenery. The regime is all about what you stop doing as well as what you take. It always helps to have professional supervision to ensure compliance with the measures below. Needless to say, avoid psychiatrists and their drugs.
DIET: Embark on THE FOOD FOR THOUGHT LIFESTYLE REGIMEN. The diet should comprise a good selection of quality, beneficial fats, such as olive, avocado, coconut oil (2-4 tbsps per day), seeds (flax, sunflower, etc.), fish, fish oil, nuts (i.e. macadamias, walnuts, etc. Superfood juices such as mangosteen, noni, goji, etc., should also be consumed, along with green mix juices and regular salads sprinkled with seeds and nuts. Avoid concentrated fruit juices which yield sugar and acid.
DIET: Remove all wheat products and be diligent in this since modern wheat is in everything. It also helps to remove barley, oats and rye to ease the sugar load and unburden the immune system.
DIET: Small meals, consumed five to six times a day to even out blood sugar and reduce insulin production and inflammation. Carry out intermittent fasting, which means compressing your eating cycle into 7 hours, ideally between noon and 7 pm, to induce autophagy (immune system ‘reboot’)
DIET: After the fat scares of the previous sixty years, we are now told that the body needs fat, but the right kind. Healthy cells can power themselves on fat, cancer cells cannot, so in ketosis – the body’s ability to fuel itself on ketones, or fat units produced in the liver – we have a diet that discriminates against corrupted or damaged cells while nourishing healthy tissue
RESTORE NUTRIENT BALANCE: COMMENCE THE BASIC SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM
Optimise vitamin D-3 levels to 150 – 180 nmol/L. Very important. (see A Guide to Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin D-3 before taking)
Optimise iodine in the body. An iodine-loading test is advised. Supplementation is via Lugol’s Iodine Solution (15%) or Iodine Plus tablets (12.5 mg). Commence with 12.5 mg per day for adults for one week, then increase to 50 mg per day thereafter for two months, then review. Those under 16 can supplement iodine at the rate of .11 mg/lb/day (according to bodyweight). Important: read Lynne Farrow’s excellent book on the subject, The Iodine Crisis (www.credence.org). Also read A Guide to Nutritional Supplements: Iodine before taking.
Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics in the form of a broad spectrum supplement as well as regular intakes of fermented foods. Dr Joseph Mercola writes: “Leaking waste products and bacteria from your gut may trigger an inflammatory response, resulting in physical symptoms and neurological changes. Eliminating carbohydrates like sugars and grains, especially wheat products, and including high-fiber and fermented foods may help heal your gut and improve your symptoms.” 3
High-dose oral vitamin C, 16 g a day (see A Guide to Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin C before taking)
Magnesium citrate, 800 – 1,200 mg per day
Raw virgin coconut oil, 2 – 4 tablespoons per day
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): 1 – 15 g per day
DETOXIFICATION: Conduct a magnesium oxide bowel cleanse if necessary
DETOXIFICATION: Ensure that harmful lifestyle actions, such as taking drugs, smoking and excessive drinking are halted immediately
DETOXIFICATION: Clean out toxic personal care and household products and replace with safe alternatives. A great company to use for this is www.modere.com. Modern immune systems are having to cope with between 80,000 and 135,000 chemical substances that were not in existence 150 years ago – in effect hanging a weighty drag-anchor about our necks. It’s a different, toxic world today
TIP: Exercise regularly. Join a gym and exercise to the degree that you are able
TIP: Rest, rest, rest and get into a good book or do something that takes you emotionally out of your day-to-day grind. Maximise melatonin production and boost immunity by reviewing your sleeping and lighting arrangements (see A Guide to Nutritional Supplements: Melatonin)
EARTHING: Spend fifteen minutes a day barefoot on grass or a beach to allow a flow of antioxidant-acting free electrons into the body (see A Guide to Nutritional Supplements: Earthing). Get a grounding bed-sheet or bed-mat for earthing purposes during sleep
TIP: Do not fall prey to sugar cravings. Who really wants to splurge and feed inside you? Starve ’em
TIP: Oil pulling twice daily to detox the oral environment and free up immune system resources (see A Guide to Nutritional Supplements: Oil Pulling)
TIP: Give up reading newspapers and watching the news
TIP: Are you on medication which might be depressing your mood and creating side-effects?
TIP: Avoid stressful situations. Take a four- to six-week holiday where you can relax and have fun while eating good, wholesome foods with people you enjoy being with and getting some sun (Vitamin D)
TIP: Compel yourself to stand back from your situation and evaluate it for what it is. You are burnt out. Have you been jamming the needles to the red and smoking the rubber to the cord?
TIP: Working your way out of CFS, in my view, is actually about working your way out of the stress and diet cycles you have compelled upon yourself over the years
TIP: You may not know it at the moment, but it’s a beautiful life. Embrace it
1 Columbia University study, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2204765/Viruses-blame-ME-Study-rules-old-theory-all.html
2 Davies, William Wheat Belly, Rodale, 2011, available via www.credence.org