So What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name given to a poorly understood, debilitating illness of (as far as mainstream medicine is concerned) uncertain/unknown cause. It is also commonly known as ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).
The name chronic fatigue syndrome was proposed in 1988 in an article entitled, “Chronic fatigue syndrome: a working case definition”, replacing the original (and far more accurate) name of chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome.
Symptoms of CFS include muscle (myalgia) and joint (arthralgia) pain, difficulty concentrating, chronic, often severe physical and mental exhaustion and numerous other symptoms including hypersensitivity, digestive problems, depression, poor immune response, and respiratory and cardiac problems.
In addition fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, severe obesity and major depressive disorders have all been linked or diagnosed as associated to CFS. It has even been proposed that the very medicines they prescribe to deal with CFS may be
causing the symptoms of CFS.
Why Mainstream Medicine Fails To Cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Mainstream medicine admits that it has no real idea whether these symptoms are due to a single issue or are really an amalgam of a number of different conditions that are, concurrently, affecting the sufferer.
Yet, its very name “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” clearly shows that it cannot be a primary disease. Refer to any medical dictionary and you will see it clearly state that “syndromes” are not diseases – They are “a pattern of symptoms indicative of some disease” .
Bizarrely, medical research has, as early as the 1930’s, shown the involvement of viral, biological and pathogenic agents are almost always the major causal factors of CFS, yet mainstream medicine persists in ignoring the evidence right in front of their eyes; very often labelling CFS sufferers as suffering from some psychosomatic illness or worse, simply as time-wasting Hypochondriacs and thus Untreatable.
In 1934 there was an outbreak of a condition then referred to as atypical poliomyelitis (which had characteristics very closely resembling what we now call chronic fatigue syndrome) at the Los Angeles County Hospital. At the time it was considered a form of polio.
In 1955 at the Royal Free Hospital in London, a similar outbreak occurred that also affected mostly the hospital staff. Once again with symptoms matching CFS, at the time it was called both Royal Free disease and benign myalgic encephalomyelitis and formed the basis of descriptions by Achenson, Ramsay, and others.[1?0]
So why can’t doctors find the cause of CFS? and effect a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cure
Why Mainstream Medicine Can’t Cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The reason is they just don’t know how to go about it.
Even if they do accept that CFS is a combination of disparate symptoms, they will argue that, because there are so many diseases that can cause a combination of similar symptoms, there is no specific laboratory or imaging test which can be performed to diagnose and confirm CFS, there is no way of tracking down the actual cause so the only option they have is to run tests to rule out other potential causes for the symptoms and hope to cure chronic fatigue syndrome.
Mainstream medicine openly admits that it has no real answers or chronic fatigue syndrome cure and at best only offers fairly ineffective chronic fatigue syndrome treatment which attempt to relieve symptoms, including dietary adjustments, medication and psychological interventions. They also consider their success rate of a complete cure to be in the region of only 5-10%.
It is therefore not surprising that mainstream medicine fails to help CFS sufferers as they are only trying to suppress or reduce the symptoms. THEY ARE NOT TREATING THE CAUSE.
To be fair, many doctors do send blood samples off for testing, but, as already said, since they have no accepted medical test for CFS their diagnosis and treatment remains exclusion led based on patient history and the symptoms they describe.
Thus, they get no closer to isolating the true causal pathogen(s), as most of the tests they carry out do little more than confirm the symptoms the patient already knows they have.
How The ME Clinic Can Help
There are three simple steps to cure chronic fatigue syndrome (and any other illness):
1) Find the Cause/Causes
2) Confirm the correct Cure/Cures
3) Treat (kill) the Cause/Causes
Get these three steps right and you must, by definition, get better…
We believe that almost every illness is caused by a specific, or combination of specific pathogens and, as such, there is, in almost every case, a corresponding “specific” solution – a logical and natural cure.
Once we have tracked down and confirmed the pathogens that are causing your symptoms we then treat them with a derivative of themselves to eliminate them. We use the anti-version of the pathogen to kill the pathogen.
In this way, once the pathogen has been isolated, we will use remedies that are derived from the actual pathogens that are causing the problem in the first place to treat the illness. [ed. using exactly the same principles as mainstream medicine when using immunization, inoculation and vaccination to treat illnesses].
The level of recovery and the time it takes will be dependant on a combination of:
a) How long ago the infection occurred (and took hold)
b) The cause of the infection – bacterial, parasitic, fungal, viral (or a combination of
any of these)
c) The state of health of the individual both at the beginning of the infection and
subsequently [as the individual weakens it is very common for further infections to
establish themselves and so exacerbate the condition] d) The strength of the individual’s immune system
e) How quickly the individual’s body is able to heal the damage caused by the
However, in most cases, once chronic fatigue syndrome treatment has begun, signs of improvement are apparent in a relatively short space of time.
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