Updated: Oct 5, 2019
Chronic Fatigue - Infection, Stealth Pathogens, Toxicity or something else?
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating condition whereby severe, and all pervasive fatigue affects a person'as ability to live a normal life. Characterised by deep exhaustion that does not improve with rest, as a result of damaged energy production mechanisms. This type of fatigue is characterised by sleep problems, pain, low stamina, exhaustion, digestive problems, stress intolerance and is aggravated by activity - normal everyday activity, like showering, cooking, working and walking, as well as exercise, making everyday life a monumental challenge.
Medically, the cause of this condition has been largely unknown for many years. More recently, it is being linked to factors such as hormones, environmental factors, immune and mitochondrial dysfunction.
At the heart of the problem is are disrupted energy production pathways. How the body metabolises and converts fuel to a usable form of energy is hijacked for any number of reasons, but beyond energy, this is a multi-system, multi-factor disease.
By the time Chronic Fatigue becomes diagnosable, 'normal life' has become destroyed, the loss of which can be deeply traumatic for the suffer. And getting help is not as easy as pitching up the GP and going home with a pharmaceutical script and psychology referral.
Chronic Fatigue, and chronic illness, is always multifactoria. Some of the things to be considered may include:
Infections - glandular fever, influenza, bronchitis, strep throat, pneumonia, whooping cough, slap cheek, hand-foot-mouth, coldsores, chickenpox.
Gastro, nausea, vomiting in the past - salmonella, fish toxin, poisoning, gastric viruses.Vaccinations - flu, giardasil, MMR, TB, tetnus, polio, pertussis, Hib, etc.
Stealth Pathogens such as EBV, CMV, HSV, staph, strep, herpes, parvo, etc
Toxicity - pesticides, pollution, water chemicals
Inflammation - Chronic, low grade inflammation that cannot resolve itself
Tummy Trouble - food allergies, sensitivities, low digestive function, parasites, digestive problems
Hormone imbalances, thyroid issues
Microbiome disruption, ecoli, parasites, dysbiosis, SIBO
Detoxification Blocks - Overwhelmed or faulty detoxification pathways
Epigenetics - faulty or disrupted gene expression.
Trauma, emotional upset, childhood issues
Mitochondrial dysfunction, toxicity, Krebs cycle blocks
Heavy metal bioaccumulation - mercury, aluminium, lead, cadmium etc
Environmental Factors - Plastics, Pesticides, Poisoning, Mould, Pollution
Stress, emotional trauma, grief, major life event/s.
Illness/es they have 'never felt well since'
Electrosmog exposure & bioaccumulation
Insect Bites - vector-borne infections from mosquitos, ticks, spider bites
Oxidative Stress, poor antioxidant production, genetic and nutritional concerns in this arena.
We know that Chronic fatigue is multifactorial condition, but it also quite different for each person, it is not a 'one size fits all' disorder, and treatment needs to be tailored to the individual for this reason. Often a person will have an experience of building up of bio-accumulatory factors, it is rarely one thing at play, and often involves a compounding effect of the above factors.
Once we map the course of development, we use a straightforward step by step process of treatment in the clinic, tailoring a nutritional, herbal, and Biocom Therapy program to the individual. These wholistic methods allow us to help regress and remove the confounding and sustaining factors, so a person can slowly return to improved energy.
Identifying the obstacles burdening the system is the most important first step. Nourishing the processes and pathways of the body helps to open up the clearing of the backlog of biological and chemical wastes that get caught within the system due to the blockages to normal function.