Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Fatigue or sluggish recovery from daily activities is a phenomenon that rarely stands alone. It usually has a range of other symptoms accompanying it. The diagnosis of CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) is given when fatigue persists longer than 6 months, is not caused by prolonged exertion and does not improve with rest. Giving this diagnosis is not always easy for a doctor. When the diagnosis is being made, this happens based on elimination testing. What that means is that first, based on extensive testing, all other possible causes are eliminated, for example a virus infection. If there are no other measurable causes found and the patient has the typical symptoms, then the diagnosis CFS is made.

Wide spectrum of symptoms

There is wide spectrum of symptoms, often erratic, unpredictable and very diverse. Meaning that there is not a 'typical CFS patient'. Treatment requires a highly individual approach. According to acclaimed research, only 5% to 9% of CFS patients are cured completely. The therapy aims at improvement. Full recovery is rare, but not impossible. Patients experience limited benefit from petrochemical medication but evidence shows that these patients can be highly sensitive to the known side effects.

What can help?

Approaches that can lead to improvement include dietary changes and nutritional therapy, such as intake of vitamin B12 and L-carnitine. Energy management, meaning monitoring the balance between activity and rest, produces positive results in some patients. From the vision that has emerged from epigenetics, it is my opinion that progress in the recovery has also to do with the environmental factors of the patient. Any factors that contribute to energy loss or stunted energy production should, where possible, be adjusted.

Conditions of life

The organism, the human, functions to the extent that is permitted by the conditions of life. Pollution and disturbance, in any shape or form, disrupts the exchange of information which is necessary for life-promoting growth. This applies to both the interior and exterior environment of the cell and also the human as a whole. Often clarity and boundaries are needed, so that communication between cells, between the patient with himself and his surroundings, can get back into a healthy balance. This allows the self-healing ability of the body to perform at an improved level.

Extensive research

I have done extensive research into CFS and I am familiar with most of the conventional and complementary treatments available at this moment. More information can be given during a consultation.