Summary of my approach for CFS / ME sufferers.
My aim is to give all CFS sufferers and their therapists the knowledge and the access to information and tests to get themselves on the road to recovery.
I estimate that in my working life I have seen and treated 10,000 patients with CFS. I now know that there is a route to get well which entails a whole package of treatment. That package of treatment has to be done in the right order – it is a little bit like building a house – there is no point putting the upstairs windows in until the foundations and walls are in place. The foundations for health and recovery are the same and this is what I mean by the BASICS. I describe them in The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health.
Many patients come to me having tried thyroid medication or B12 injections, for example, but unless the diet, sleep, pacing and micronutrients are in place and correct, they may not see benefit. I ask all my patients to tread this hard path because I know of no other way to get better. This requires a complete change in lifestyle and changes are hard to make, especially when the patient lacks the physical, mental and emotional energy to make these changes at all!
Each patient has to become his own doctor, detective and psychotherapist to work out the best strategies for recovery. I can point patients in the right direction, provide the tests, information and therapies to get sufferers better, but there is only one person who can actually walk that path.
The basic package of treatment and approach to treatment is the same for everybody, but each person discovers a vital key or keys which really give them a quantum leap in improvement and may even be unique to them. For some people who are poisoned it is the detox regime that makes them better. For others, removing mercury amalgam opens the floodgates to recovery; thyroid hormones for many are an important factor. But there is no point putting the esoterics in place until the BASICS are done.
Recovery is never a smooth ride because life has a habit of getting in the way and throwing in extra stresses that you can do without. Whenever a hiccup occurs, always go back to the basics. People recover from CFS, firstly by getting their regime as tight as possible (with respect to diet, supplements, pacing, sleep and detox), then they start to feel better and only then should they start to increase their levels of activity. BUT if they get delayed fatigue, then activity must be reduced. Most people end up with a juggling act between how strict their regime is, how well they feel and how much they can do.
The regime is for life – but once in place it substantially reduces risk of heart disease, cancer and degenerative conditions.
I treat CFS by working out the underlying nutritional, biochemical, immunological, toxic, hormonal, and lifestyle mechanisms that cause the symptoms and signs. Compare the body with a car.
If the body is a car…to get it to go you need:
|Service and repair||Sleep|
|Cleaning and Oil||Antioxidants|
|A driver||The brain|
The key article on this website to start you on your journey :
I hope that in the category Fatigue you will find many more articles that will provide some of the answers to your questions.
These articles will give you a starting point to understanding the process of recovery but I cannot emphasise enough that adopting The general approach to maintaining and restoring good health is the foundation on which your recovery has to be built.
All my detailed advice is contained in my CFS book. You can find details of my book here - : CFS - my book "Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". You can read the first 40 pages of my book at this link - First 40 pages of my book on-line
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