Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a challenging condition
characterized by severe fatigue that lasts for a prolonged period of
time (more than 6 months).
Other common symptoms include insomnia, digestive problems,
swollen lymph nodes, memory loss, inability to concentrate, and
Fibromyalgia is a related condition characterized by
muscle, tendon, and ligament soreness and pain throughout the body,
and sometimes some/all of the CFS symptoms.
The exact cause/s of CFS and fibromyalgia have yet to be
found, but research and clinical evidence suggests that one or more
of the following may be
- Impaired HPA (Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal) axis
- Adrenal fatigue, hypoadrenal
- Chronic infection (viral,
- Environmental toxin exposure - e.g., heavy
- Impaired immune
- Impaired detoxification
- Food allergies
- Gut flora imbalance
Of course, other potential causes of fatigue need to be
ruled out, such as anemia, depression, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism,
I believe that a primary cause of the two conditions is
exposure to toxins that in turn impairs the HPA-axis and adrenal, immune,
and detoxification functions.
- Shift to an anti-inflammatory diet that includes low amounts of simple sugars and refined carbohydrates, adequate protein, and good amounts of healthy fats.
- With testing and/or an elimination diet,
identify potential food sensitivities/allergies and
reduce/avoid those foods.
- Supplement to support energy production:
Essential fatty acids
- Support hormone balance (adrenal, thyroid, and sex hormones).
- Address existing chronic infections
(bacterial, parasitic, fungal).
- Avoid future toxin exposure, and safely / properly reduce existing toxin
levels in the body.
- Seek professional help for existing
psychological factors (e.g., stress).