also fibromyalgia, ME, etc.
by Phillip Day
For years, the medical establishment would not recognise chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia or ME as stress conditions, even though doctors were reporting cases showing up at the surgery with disconcerting regularity. Known variously down through the years as Iceland disease, post-infectious neuromyasthenia, chronic Epstein-Barr virus syndrome, etc., CFS, for example, has had a rocky ride getting itself taken seriously by all save those suffering from its debilitating symptoms. Many doctors for years wrote it off as Yuppie flu (malingering), yet it’s hard to maintain this pretence when ME alone is costing the UK economy £100 million a year in lost productivity.
Flu-like symptoms, constant sore throat, listlessness, fatigue, allergies, muscle pain, sleep disorder, stiffness, visual blurring, swollen lymph nodes, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia, migratory joint pain, depression and emotional disturbances.
CFS is a classic immune system challenge. Those suffering from its various symptoms have likened it to driving with the handbrake on. As mentioned, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a member of the herpes group, has been blamed, as have others, like Cytomegalovirus, Brucella, Human herpes virus-6, etc. CFS sufferers often discuss with others how tired and debilitated they are, and how hopeless their condition is, which is one of the first clues to what is going on.
Nine out of ten people who approach me with complaints of CFS actually do not think they will recover. This is what I refer to as ‘tossing yourself under the bus’. Emotional negativity and depression are key features in Candida albicansand fungal infestations (gastrointestinal overgrowths) which sometimes accompany, since fungi and yeasts release toxins that manipulate their host’s environment to their advantage, often having a direct impact on mood and motivation.
In a nutshell, stressful, 21st century lifestyles, one-off shocks and emotional non-linearities are at the heart of this group of problems, which are not helped by poor diets, dehydration, the consumption of excess alcohol, fizzy sugar drinks, foods saturated in sugar, and coffee abuse in particular – all of which depress the immune system, giving rise to a number of spin-off conditions such as hypoglycaemia, hypothyroidism, food allergies (sensitivities), Candida overgrowths, etc. Patients often get talked into taking psychiatric drugs in an attempt to alleviate emotional symptoms. This is a major wrong turn.
A multi-factorial lifestyle approach to CFS almost always brings relief from symptoms in time, but only if the patient is prepared to take action consistently. Part of the problem with CFS/ME, etc. has always been that the patient all too often cannot bring themselves a) to appreciate that recovery is waiting for them and b) to do what it takes consistently (there’s that word again) to work their way out of the problem. Many are in denial about lifestyle issues, stress, vitamin D deficiency and poor diet because stress-loops in the subconscious mind, which caused the condition in the first place, seek to keep the patient in their thrall.
Remember, your thoughts affect your biochemistry. Dr Bruce Lipton gives the example of you running in the Olympics. Everyone around the world is looking at your coming performance on satellite TV so the pressure is on. Your body is tuned like a Stradivarius. On your marks! Get set! But what if the ‘go’ never comes? The body has prepared for explosive action but there is no release. How many of us are living in a ‘get-set’ world where the go never comes, asks Lipton. Remember also, Pavlov-patterning in the subconscious is all about routine, and there is the danger. The brain hates to be jerked out of these comfort zones once they are established. The whole idea of taking time off to view the pyramids in Egypt is met with horror by the subconscious mind because actions like this jerk the patient out of their geographical and psychosomatic comfort zones and overwrite their patterning. Which is precisely what we want to happen!
Working your way out of these conditions takes time, so be patient. The more consistent you are about taking action, the quicker you will recover. Change your worldview. Change your location and scenery. The regime is all about what you stop doing as well as what you take. It always helps to have professional supervision to ensure compliance with the measures below. Needless to say, avoid psychiatrists and their drugs.
- DIET: 80%-plus raw organic wholefood diet with veggie juices. If suffering from overt fungal/yeast overgrowths, COMMENCE THE ANTI-CANDIDA DIETARY REGIMEN and anti-fungal supplementation, taking special care to avoid the foods in the exclusion section (see candidaisis section). After three months, or as directed by a physician, change to THE FOOD FOR THOUGHT LIFESTYLE REGIMEN, a more liberal regime. The diet should comprise superfood juices such as mangosteen, noni, goji, etc., along with green mix juices and regular salads sprinkled with seeds and nuts. Avoid concentrated fruit juices which yield sugar and acid.
- RESTORE NUTRIENT BALANCE: COMMENCE THE BASIC SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM
- Optimise vitamin D levels to 60 ng/ml or 150nmol/L. Very important. (see AGuide to Nutritional Supplements before taking)
- High-dose oral vitamin C, 35–50 g a day (see AGuide to Nutritional Supplements before taking)
- DETOXIFICATION: Conduct a magnesium oxide bowel cleanse
- DETOXIFICATION: Ensure that harmful lifestyle actions, such as taking drugs, smoking and excessive drinking are halted immediately
- TIP: Exercise regularly. Join a gym and exercise to the degree that you are able
- TIP: Rest, rest, rest and get into a good book or do something that takes you emotionally out of your day-to-day grind
- TIP: Give up reading newspapers and watching the news
- TIP: Are you on medication which might be depressing your mood and creating side-effects?
- TIP: Avoid stressful situations. Take a four– to six-week holiday where you can relax and have fun while eating good, wholesome foods with people you enjoy being with and getting some sun (Vitamin D)
- TIP: Compel yourself to stand back from your situation and evaluate it for what it is. You are burnt out. Have you been jamming the needles to the red and smoking the rubber to the cord?
- TIP: Working your way out of CFS, in my view, is actually about working your way out of the stress and diet cycles you have compelled upon yourself over the years
- TIP: You may not know it at the moment but it’s a beautiful life. Embrace it
Excerpted from The ABC’s of Disease by Phillip Day
Copyright © 2011 Phillip Day