117: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic Fatigue is usually a result of stress or lack of sleep. However, nutritional deficiency is actually the main cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
In A Nutshell
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than one million Americans have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. America's watchdog on health security reveals Chronic Fatigue Syndrome affects people of all ages. According to CDC, the illness has a higher risk factor than multiple sclerosis, lupus and several types of cancers.
Dr. Lewis is a staunch advocate for proper nutrition and optimal health. Hence, he is likewise appalled with the current statistics of Americans struggling with health problems.
“We give about four times more medications than other nations on earth. We give more diagnostic tests and more surgeries. But America is dead last in overall health according to the World Health Organization and The Commonwealth Fund,” he says.
Common Causes of Chronic Fatigue
- Viral Infections
- Hormonal imbalances
Other Causes of Chronic Fatigue
Dr. Lewis shares current studies from medical journals have reported other causes of the illness. The Journal of Nutrition and Environmental Medicine and American Journal of Industrial Medicine cites the following:
- Organophosphates in pesticides
- High fructose corn syrup
- Cleaning agents
Consistent Bowel Movements
Dr. Lewis further reveals having slow bowel movements likewise cause Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The nutrients in one's diet will cause gastrointestinal disturbance and acid reflex 95% of the time. When one has gas, bloating or belching, it is a clear sign that food is not breaking down properly. Constipation may also lead to liver problems as well as develop various types of cancers.
His wife Janet, who is a Certified Natural Health Consultant explains,”The colon is getting bigger and bigger. All the toxic waste getting in there can't come through. All of that leeches out to all the organs in the body. Organs are not getting the nutrients that they need to be healthy.”
You Are What You Eat
Supplements really changed my life about six years ago. I was struggling with my health my entire adult life.
“If you put the nutrient level in and everyday detoxify. Your body can work in ways that you forgot how good you could feel,” affirms Dr. Lewis. “Food changed in the last thirty to fifty years. The average man's sperm count is down 50% in fifty years. Average little girls are developing their secondary sex characteristics many years before they should. That causes all kinds of ovarian and uterine problems and Chronic Fatigue overlaps.”
The Truth About Gluten
My husband and I completely went organic about eight years ago. We cleaned up our diet, significantly decreasing gluten and dairy in our diet. I stopped getting sick from the throat and bronchial issues, chronic fatigue, and nutrient deficiency. My infections stopped happening and I added high-quality supplements.
Dr. Lewis likewise equates gluten to bad health, ” There is four to forty times more gluten than there was just a few decades ago. Gluten messes with your gastrointestinal track. It leads to leaky gut syndrome, depression, anxiety, diabetes, thyroid issues, and infections.”
Common Myths Around Nutrition And Supplements
There is so much of our belief system influencing our actions. Based on my personal experience, I woke up with more energy after just a few days of taking multi-mineral supplements.
I took Chromium, Vanadium, Aspartic acid and this whole complex which help regulate blood sugar. I no longer had hunger pangs every 45 minutes without side effects. Taking metformin was also a thing of the past since it made me so sick.
“To have something different, you have to do something different. You have to go into the spiritual realm and create courage in order to get well,” says Dr. Lewis.
Dr. Lewis further explains the three general types of supplements:
- Mediocre – supplements that do not give a new reality of feeling good
- Toxic supplements – supplements that do more harm than good
- Pharmaceutical grade – supplements that are really strong enough to give your body enough to work with
Effects of the Environment
How we live also dictates our overall well-being. The soil has depleted minerals because of our farming practices. A hundred years ago, we used to put ashes in the soil from our earth because we would cook with fire. Now we don't, so we fail to re-mineralize our soil.
In fact, there is a huge spike in chemicals that we are being exposed to during the last thirty years. Despite that, we haven't increased the nutritional load to support the body in detoxifying those chemicals.
Dr. Lewis again stressed the importance of getting the sufficient nutrients for our body to cope. “We're so toxic, that you have to up the nutrient level. It does matter how good you eat. It does make a difference. Otherwise, you'll never have the nutrition it takes to detoxify your body from the environment.”
Treatments for Chronic Fatigue
Dr. Lewis and wife Janet generally acquire the services of Labcorp and Quest for lab tests of their patients. Among the most common tests for CFS diagnosis are tests for urinalysis, food allergy, and stool.
Eating organic products is not enough. The couple usually recommends natural supplements to their patients. They say 80 to 90% of all cancers are caused by poor diet and toxic environments. “Natural medicine takes a minimum of 3 months to start making changes. And then it takes one month to take effect for every year you had that problem,” Janet clarifies.
They also suggest sufficient intake of the following:
- Amino acids
- Essential fatty acids like fish oil
Other Steps To Improve Health
The couple also suggests using non-toxic chemicals as well as avoiding the storage of empty bottles in your house. They explain that remnants of some products can contribute to bad health.
Dr. Lewis says getting help from family significantly helps one cope with an illness. “I ask people to have joy in their eyes, love in their hearts and laughter on their lips and have a good day in spite of it all.”
Dr. Lewis is the author of “The Thyroid Sniper”. He is based in Texas with wife Janet who is a Certified Natural Health Consultant. Together they run Doctor's Nutrition, offering medical lab services at affordable rates.
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