CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

        SPECIALTIES: Diet & Food Allergies Maldigestion Autism & ADHD Chronic Fatigue Neurological & Mood

•  Adrenal Insufficiency

•  Macrocytic Anemia

•  Candida albicans

•  Microcytic Anemia

•  Chronic Fatigue Viruses

•  Mitochondrial Damage

•  Food Allergies

•  Mold Toxicity

•  Hypoglycemia

•  Nutrient Deficiencies

•  Liver Dysfunction

•  Sleep Deprivation

•  Lyme Disease

•  Thyroid Dysfunction

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With Chronic Fatigue the body's biochemistry, nutrients, metabolism,

or immunity are disrupted and imbalanced.  Listed below are 14 of the

most common causes.  We provide lab testing, diet modification and

nutritional support for most of the conditions below:

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Adrenal Insufficiency: Adrenal function depends on proper balance of adrenalin (epinephrine)

and cortisol.  Adrenalin is made from tyrosine (amino acid).  While cortisol is made from

cholesterol and depends on adequate receptors to enter the cells.  Stress can imbalance these

factors.  When the receptors fail, it leads to high blood cortisol but low cellular cortisol.  Long

term stress leads to low blood cortisol.  Either way it causes Chronic Fatigue.

Candida albicans:  This is a yeast that can overgrow and disrupt the digestive system, causing

gas, bloating, and sugar cravings  -- and cause symptoms in other parts of the body, such as

thrush (tongue) or athlete's foot.  By stressing the immune system it can lead to Chronic

Fatigue.

Chronic Fatigue Viruses: The most common are: Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Cytomegalo

Virus (CMV).  If not treated, they can lead to long term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Food Allergies: Food allergies are an abnormal immune response to a food, and can cause

acute or chronic symptoms.  Long term these disrupt the immune system and can feel like the

flu, leaving people feeling tired and fuzzy headed. See Diet & Food Allergies.

Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar can be due to deficiencies of B vitamins or minerals, or low

adrenal function.  This leads to insufficient glucose to cells and Chronic Fatigue.

Liver Dysfunction: The liver is the master chemist, with over 2000 known functions, and

depends on many nutrients to metabolize foods, break down hormones and immune factors,

build new compounds, and for Phase I and Phase II liver detoxification, to name a few.  Chronic

liver dysfunction leads to sluggish metabolism and fatigue.

Lyme Disease:  Lyme is a spirochete bacterial infection that disrupts the immune system in a

similar way to mold or other biotoxins, causing Chronic Fatigue.  This requires a prescription for

treatment.  See a physician for diagnosis and treatment.  We do not evaluate or treat Lyme

patients.

Macrocytic Anemia:  Red blood cells are too large due to deficiencies of vitamins B12 or folate.

This leads to insufficient oxygen to the cells and Chronic Fatigue.

Microcytic Anemia:  Red blood cells are too small due to deficiencies of iron, copper, or vitamin

B6.  This leads to insufficient oxygen to the cells and Chronic Fatigue.

Mitochondrial Damage: These are amazing tiny organelles inside every cell that create energy.

Using the nutrients in the cells, they convert oxygen and glucose into carbon dioxide and water

-- while creating ATP energy.  They can be damaged or destroyed by inflammation caused by

infections, toxins, or allergens, or by statin drugs.  When energy drops, Chronic Fatigue sets in.

Mold Toxicity:  Mold is a fungus and biotoxin commonly found in water damaged buildings.

Most people can break it down and excrete it.  But about 24% lack the gene to do so, and are

poisoned by it, resulting in Chronic Fatigue.  They require special testing of the immune system,

most of which we can provide.  Also Rx therapies that we cannot provide.  We recommend the

Shoemaker Protocol.  See www.SurvivingMold.com.  For more details see Dr. Shoemaker's book

"Surviving Mold."

Nutrient Deficiencies:  The body is made of nutrients, not magic substances or drugs, and

deficiencies affect the body and brain, causing physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.

Examples: Most neurotransmitters are made of amino acids.  Most hormones are made of

cholesterol.  Energy production depends on vitamins, minerals, and CoEnzyme Q10 in the

mitochondria.  Malnutrition leads to chronic fatigue, multiple symptoms, and brain fog.

Sleep Deprivation:  Studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show men need 7.5

hours of sleep and women need 8.5 hours of sleep each night.  Sleep is restorative and helps

balance the body and brain.  Without enough sleep people eat 15% to 20% more food and drag

around in exhaustion.

Thyroid Dysfunction: Thyroid hormones are made of iodine and tyrosine, and depend on

selenium to convert T4 into the active form T3.  Low thyroid decreases metabolism in the cells,

leading to Chronic Fatigue.  Over active thyroid (Grave's Disease) leads to racing heart and pulse

and causes eventual exhaustion.

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Take the Chronic Fatigue Questionnaire to see how many symptoms you

have from the list above.

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