A Cure For Cronic Fatigue Syndrome
We're still a long way from finding a cure - or even a treatment that works
for everyone with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), but a recent discovery by
British researchers could pave the way. The investigating team published a
study in the August 2005 issue of the Journal of Clinical Pathology showing
differences in gene expression in the white blood cells of people with CFS.
When the researchers ran similar tests on healthy controls, the tell-tale
differences didn.t show up. All told, the researchers analyzed 9,522 genes
and found differences in 35 of them. After double-checking their results
with a more fine-tuned testing method, the team found that 15 of the genes
with these differences were up to four times more active than normal in
people with CFS. They also found that one of the suspect genes was less
active than normal. The genes identified play a role in energy processing in
The study was a small one. Only 25 CFS patients and 25 healthy controls
participated. The research team is now repeating its study in 1,000 CFS
patients and healthy controls and will look at 47,000 gene products. Advance
word is that the new study is confirming results of the original one, but
we.ll have to wait for the final results to be sure.
These findings could lead to a blood test for CFS and, perhaps, better treatment. They also could put to
rest any lingering medical doubts as to whether the syndrome really exists
as a diagnosis separate from other syndromes with similar symptoms. CFS is
marked by disabling fatigue and exhaustion and sometimes includes headaches,
short-term memory loss or severe inability to concentrate, irritable bowel
symptoms, muscle pain, joint pain, anxiety, depression, lack of restful
sleep, muscle weakness, and lymph node pain.
For the time being, the best treatment for CFS is exercise (aim for 20-30
minutes of aerobic activity at least five days a week). Do not
over-exercise; maintain a moderate-to-low pace. Stress-reduction, including
daily breathing exercises and a relaxation technique such as yoga and
meditation, are also recommended.
In addition, I recommend the following:
Take my general antioxidant vitamin formula plus a B-100 B-complex
Try ginseng and CoQ10, both of which can help boost and maintain energy
Eat two cloves of raw garlic a day.
Take astragalus root for its antiviral and immunity-enhancing properties. A
typical dose is three capsules twice a day; you can stay on it indefinitely.
Stay hydrated. Not drinking enough water can cause fatigue.
You may also want to experiment with acupuncture, cranial osteopathy and
other forms of gentle manipulation, myofascial release and trigger point
therapy (done gently).