Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Alternative Treatment
CFIDS is normally caused by viral infection. If you feel like you have a constant flu or chronic mononucleosis then you probably have an ongoing viral infection causing symptoms of CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome). This viral disease was beating me to death for 16 years until I tried this alternative treatment. I only used a blood electrifier and magnetic pulser but was immensely better after 2 months. Full recovery took years because I didn't balance my hormones.
Cure is possible with electromedicine and rebalancing the hormonal/glandular system.
The Epstein Barr virus is a common infection with this disease, and when it (or any other causative virus such as the XMRV) is treated with electric current it loses its ability to infect human white blood cells. Without being able to infect cells with their nucleic acids then the viruses are stopped from being able to use the human cells to reproduce themselves. Being left 'free-floating' in the blood serum (fluid), then the white blood cells will eventually take the viruses out of the bloodstream one-by-one (which is their job as immune cells). This type of treatment with electricity presents the most important step to a possible cure. Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY discovered this activity of electricity against viruses, stopping their ability to attach to human cells receptor sites. The electricity needed was only a scant 50-100 micro-amps (millionths of an ampere) which is not enough to feel. Afterwards they created a medical
patent which describes two different ways for hospitals to give alternative treatment to patients blood with electricity. One way was by removing it, gently electrifying it, then re-injecting it (like the circular blood flow of a dialysis machine does). The other way was by surgically implanting into an artery a battery powered vessel that would electrify blood as it passed through it in order to affect the viruses to disable them. Robert Beck came up with a simpler and less costly and less painful way to electrify the blood without having to cut or needle the patient at all. The result is a blood electrification device (the Microbe Electrifier that BioElectric sells) for chronic fatigue alternative treatment, and treatment of other diseases caused by infectious microbes. First you definitely need to click onto this
link to see the lab results of the researchers experimenting on HIV-1 with electricity for their deactivation, which is the scientific basis for this type of therapy.
My chronic fatigue alternative treatment testimony:
I showed all the classical symptoms of CFIDS since 1980 when I lived in Dallas. These included feeling infected by something like the flu, profound fatigue (especially after exercise), muscle weakness, muscle aches, sleep disturbance, forgetfulness, irritability, confusion, difficulty thinking, depression, light sensitivity, anxiety, emotional lability, sensitivity to heat and cold, intolerance of alcohol, low temperature, hearing sensitivity, chemical sensitivities, and foggy thinking.
In 1996 I used the Beck Electrifier and Magnetic Pulser for two months of treatment for a total of 92 hours. Much cleansing of deactivated viruses and whatnot was experienced during this time but 2 weeks after stopping usage of the devices I noticed a sudden marked improvement in how I felt overall with a great lessening of all the above symptoms and a complete alleviation of the feeling of having a constant flu. Everyone who knew me then would comment on how I looked so much improved even though I hadn't told them about the treatment I had just completed. Click here to read the details of my usage of these electromedicine devices.
Here are important excerpts from a recent online article on CFIDS and symptom causing microbes:
People with CFS/FMS are at high risk of having multiple viral and antibiotic sensitive infections because of their immune system dysfunction. That people usually have not just one, but several, infections simultaneously is significant. It suggests that although these infections may be a trigger for the illness in some cases, most of the infections occur because of the illness, setting you up for multiple and sometimes unusual infections that persist. These infections may then drag you down, further suppressing your immune system.
Predominantly flu-like symptoms, with debilitating fatigue and little or no pain or fever. People with these symptoms are more likely to have an underlying persistent viral infection, such as HHV-6, CMV, or EBV. These infections are common in CFS, and the available IgG test may still offer useful information. Unfortunately, despite all of the data to the contrary, most doctors are not familiar with the research and still mistakenly think a negative IgM antibody test confirms that there is no active infection. Because most physicians are not aware of this research, and it may be important for your doctor to know about. It is clear that multiple infections are present in CFS/FMS patients. For example, one study found that 52% of CFS patients had active mycoplasma infection, 30.5% had active HHV-6 infection, and 7.5% had Chlamydia pneumonia infections vs. only 6%, 9% and 1% of healthy people, respectively. They conclude, "The results indicate that a large subset of CFS patients show evidence of bacterial and/or viral infection(s), and these infections may contribute to the severity of signs and symptoms found in these patients."
Human herpes virus type 6 (HHV-6) is a virus that is related to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), and also to the herpes viruses that cause cold sores and genital herpes. All of these are in the Human Herpes Virus family and stay in the body (usually in an inactive latent form for EBV, CMV, and HHV-6) for the rest of your life. Usually HHV-6 is transmitted like the common cold, and most adults have had HHV-6, as well as EBV and the cold sore virus, by the time they are twenty years old.
When HHV-6 is present, it seems to affect the immune system's natural killer cells that are critical in fighting infections and are also often malfunctioning in CFS. Natural killer cell function is described in what is called lytic units which means the ability of cells to lyse, or break down, foreign invaders. An average person has a lytic unit level of 20 to 250, with over 80 percent of healthy people having more than 40 units. However, in people with CFIDS, the mean natural killer lytic unit level is just 12 units. With your immune system so low, the reactivated HHV-6 can then also cause reactivation of the Epstein Barr virus. In addition, both HHV-6 and EBV can suppress immune function, and HHV-6 can suppress your body's ability to fight fungal/yeast infections as well.
The roles of EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) and CMV (cytomegalovirus) in CFIDS are also not clear. It is not uncommon for antibody levels of these viruses to also be elevated in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, we do not know if this elevation reflects an old inactive infection verses an ongoing infection with these viruses. Given the findings with HHV-6 and the drop in EBV antibody levels after treatment, I am inclined to believe that reactivation is occurring with these viruses as well.
Research by Dr. Garth Nicolson and his wife, Nancy L. Nicolson, has shown that a number of antibiotic sensitive infections, including Mycoplasma and Chlamydia, can be important in CFIDS. These microorganisms can cause persistent infections and have similar characteristics. Mycoplasma are a type of ancient bacteria that lack cell walls and are capable of invading a number of types of human cells. They can cause a wide variety of human diseases. These organisms can cause the types of symptoms seen in people with CFIDS and, according to Dr. Nicolson, tend to be immune-suppressing. Unfortunately, they cannot be readily cultured on a culture dish. They are sensitive to antibiotics though.
For more information I recommend reading the book "From Fatigued to Fantastic"!
Excellent NIH article: Consortium
of Researchers Discover Retroviral Link to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis
Treatment OF Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Please read the report below to discover the second most important step to a cure, which is rebalancing your hormonal/glandular system which was damaged by years of viral infection (and can keep you feeling tired even after the removal of the offending viruses). Please
don't think that you can get off cheap by just rebalancing your glands! If you don't first get rid of the offending microbe then you have very little chance of success. CFIDS symptoms happen as a result of viral infection, not because of glandular imbalance. The glandular imbalance is the secondary effect of this invasion by microbes. I myself did not have the money needed to rebalance myself but it happened on its own during the years after getting rid of the symptom-causing virus.
a video of a testimony of cure by doing the Beck protocol as well as other changes to recover from CFIDS.
by Dr Barry J Durrant-Peatfield
M.B.. B.S.. L.R.C.P.. M.R.C.S.
Let's first explain what M.E. actually means; we've all heard the term, but our understanding of it may not mean more than "Yuppie Flu". M.E. stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - which perhaps doesn't get us much further. Literally this means brain fever with aching muscles. But it has other names. P.V.F. is an acronym for Post Viral Fatigue. C.F.S. means Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. C.F.I.D.S. means Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.
In fact it isn't very clear cut, since M.E. -as it is mostly known in the U.K. results in a wide variety of different symptoms, which can make diagnosis confusing and treatment difficult. Some features certainly, are always to be met with. The sufferer experiences a level of extraordinary fatigue, so severe that sometimes it's impossible even to get out of bed, sometimes for days or weeks on end. Even quite ordinary exertion may result in complete exhaustion and will greatly delay recovery. The endless fatigue is accompanied by aching muscles and joints, poor memory and concentration, mood swings, digestive problems, intolerance to heat and cold, and an overwhelming need to sleep, which may be disturbed, and unrefreshing. Some idea of how you feel is to think back to how you felt the few days after a bad flu. People with M.E. feel like that all of the time.
How does it start? There is often a history indeed of a particularly vicious flu attack - which never seems to get better. It may begin with a glandular fever like illness; but the sore throat and swollen glands keep recurring. An episode of major stress, be it psychological or associated with illness or accident, may also be the starting point. The symptoms may persist for years; sometimes slowly improving, sometimes not. The frustration and anxiety may result in depression and changes in personality, which may well cause the illness to be misdiagnosed as simple depression; or worse, as some form of opting out.
So what goes wrong? There have been endless theories and speculations; the problem being that however many tests and examinations you do, nothing very much shows up as being very wrong. This has led to the regrettable attitude of so many doctors that, since they can't find anything wrong, then there isn't anything wrong. Hopefully this approach is slowly being corrected; but sadly too many doctors look at the blood test reports and shake their heads. A classic example of treating the blood tests, and not the patient.
It has now become clear that M.E. is actually a disease process involving many factors, each contributing, but none the main cause. It is now clear that M.E. starts with damage occurring, usually viral, to the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus, deep in the center of the brain, is part gland, and part brain, and controls the whole of the glandular system, through the pituitary gland, just below it. As a result of this damage, the thyroid and adrenal glands, and to a variable extent the ovaries or testes, become deficient. The loss of proper function of the thyroid and adrenals is responsible for the majority of the symptoms. Much of what follows is based on the work of two celebrated American physicians, who devoted their entire working lives to the unraveling of two inadequately understood and often little recognized illnesses.
The first was Broda Bames, who died in 1989, who founded the foundation, which bears his name and carries on his work of the study and treatment of low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism. The other is William Jeffries, who made vast strides in the understanding of adrenal function, especially in deficiency.
It is the close relevance of deficiencies in adrenal and thyroid glands to M.E. that I am going to explain. First, a little physiology. The thyroid sits astride the windpipe, just below the adams apple. It is crucially important to health because it controls the metabolism, in adults, and also the growth in children. Metabolism is the rate at which all biochemical processes in the body work, and hence their proper and efficient functioning.
To do this the thyroid produces mostly thyroxine (T4 for short) and some triodothyronine (T3). T3 is the active hormone, and enzyme changes T4 into T3 as the body requires is. From the blood system, the T3 moves into tissues at receptor sites in each cell.
The adrenals sit like little hats over both kidneys. The inner part of each adrenal (the medulla) produces adrenaline and noradrenaline, and is concerned with the systems immediate reaction to stress.
The outer part, the cortex, is concerned with the systems longer-term capacity to deal with stress - of illness, injury and stress in general. Also it produces hormones which regulate glucose metabolism, water balance, acid/base balance and certain sex hormones.
The thyroid and the adrenals are ductless glands, where the hormones they make enter the blood stream directly. Of similar type is the pituitary, at the base of the brain, which controls all the other endocrines (or ductless) glands by producing instructor or trophic hormones. The sex glands, thymus glands, and part of the pancreas are also endocrines.
What concerns us is when the function of these glands is disorganized, and in particular, when deficient. Failure in the beta cells of the pancreas is the basic cause of diabetes. Failure in the sex glands occurs in women, at menopause, and also in men; and the treatment of these problems - Hormone Replacement Therapy - most of you will know a bit about.
It is thyroid and adrenal failure that we need to talk about. Let me make it clear that in using the word failure, we mean partial failure; deficiency of 10% or 20% or 30%. Total failure means death - weeks or months in the case of the thyroid; a few days in the case of the adrenals.
So what happens when these vital glands start to run down? In the case of the thyroid, in adults, the symptoms may be numerous and likely to be overlooked unless the whole picture is put together. Tiredness and lack of drive, sensitivity to cold and heat, increasing weight gain, poor digestion, constipation, depression, mood swings, loss of memory and concentration, skin and hair problems, menstrual disorders, and worsening PMT, increasing vulnerability to infection, to name most symptoms but not all.
Adrenal failure comes next. Confusingly, loss of adrenal function (or poor adrenal reserve) may be similar to thyroid deficiency (or hypothyroidism). Loss of energy, cold sensitivity are characteristics, episodes of Hypoglycemia are common, with fainting and dizziness when hungry, and low blood pressure. Marked failure to cope with stress is notable; a feeling of total exhaustion after a stressful event. Most particularly, a failure to throw off infections, or an unreasonably severe response to mild illness. Rheumatic or arthralgic symptoms may be obvious - the sufferer seems to ache in the joints without obvious cause. Weight loss due to poor appetite and poor digestion may be a feature.
If both the thyroid and the adrenal are not working properly, many of the symptoms mentioned may be a constant feature, and, if the deficiencies are not very bad, one might simply think that one was getting old and not actually want to bore one's doctor.
In the clinic we are now most familiar with this clinical picture, and the story, together with some simple tests, is enough to make the diagnosis. Treatment is easy and extraordinarily rewarding.
A number of patients may be diagnosed in this way and respond to treatment, but an equal number have had an unresolved virus infection present as the post viral syndrome, or simply as having M.E. All the tests may suggest viral infections of the M.E. type, and thyroid and adrenal tests may come back within the normal range.
What has happened is that the initial infection targets the hypothalamus and/or pituitary, (Cox-Sackie, or Epstein Barr virus are often implicated), and have done more damage than is apparent, or sought for. If so, both the thyroid and the adrenals will lose their efficiency with the loss of their control or trophic hormones.
On the degree of involvement of thyroid and adrenals will depend the emphasis of the clinical picture. With the pituitary, thyroid/adrenal axis damaged, the body's immune system cannot recover, and the sufferer is frequently ill with apparent relapses of vim's (viral) illness, other general illnesses, and indeed low grade parasitic infections like candidiasis. Eventually with rest, nutritional care, vigorous treatment of camp-follower infections (with electromedicine), the endocrine axis may finally recoup. But it may take years.
I hope I have said enough to raise your index of suspicion. Could it be that your M.E. is part of, at least, an endocrine axis deficiency? So how can we check it out?
Actually it is not very easy to provide convincing blood and other tests - because, so often they appear to be normal. But this may be the fault of undue reliance on the tests. There is no substitute, and I do emphasize this most strongly, for careful consideration of the history, a proper clinical examination and a high index of suspicion.
There is one home test, which may be convincing. The Bames Basal Temperature test is sensitive to small deficiencies not revealed by normal pathological testing. Described by Dr. Bames early in his medical career, it always provides a strong indication.
In thyroid and/or adrenal failure your resting temperature is abnormally low. If you take your temperature when at rest, i.e. first thing in the morning, it should be somewhere between 98F and 98.4F. If it is not, and is below 97.6F, it is considered a positive indication. Frequently it is really very low, even below 96F, if there is an adrenal/thyroid deficiency.
To do it really well, you should place the thermometer for ten minutes under the axilla (armpit) immediately upon awakening. (If time presses, three minutes in the mouth). Glass thermometers are better than the electronic ones for this.
The increased understanding of the mechanisms of M.E. in the U.S.A., and in this country, has meant that treatment is greatly more effective; and the Foxley Lane Clinic has now many years' experience in reversing the cause of the illness. The key to success lies in realizing that all the different symptoms, all the problems, need to be treated simultaneously. This may not always be possible all at once; but we will work with you to find the best combinations and balance of treatment to restore you to what you were. In the ideal world there is a battery of tests that one would like to check up on.
1) Full thyroid profile (T4, T3 and TSH)
2) Adrenal profile- Cortisol - DHEA
3) Full haematology
4) Blood Chemistry
5) Ferritin (iron)
6) Hormone Levels - Estrogen (for women), Progesterone + Testosterone (for men),
F.S.H. (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), L.H. (Leutinising Hormone)
Helpful as their investigations may be, they may leave some questions unanswered. Also they involve some very considerable expense which may not be practical or possible. It is usually possible to pick and choose those most relevant and, where appropriate, make a judgement on clinical appraisal alone. Thyroid and/or adrenal deficiency may be usefully and safely be inferred from the basal temperature test, noted earlier.
Treatment consists in correcting the hormonal and other deficiencies. Initially, the most important consideration is the correction of the adrenal insufficiency. For this physiological amounts of Cortisol are required and experience has shown the use of 5mg of Hydrocortone, or 1O.lmg of Fludrocortone to be the most effective. These amounts may be slowly increased to restore blood levels to normal. Poor adrenal function will mean low DHEA, and this too is given to restore normality. Thyroid levels must also be restored, and the use of thyroid supplementation is required. The use of Thyroxine may prove unhelpful due to poor receptor uptake, or poor conversion to the active hormone T3 (Triodothyronine); and natural thyroid or Tertroxin is usually more beneficial.
Deficiency in female hormones estrogen and progesterone must call for attention; and equivalent deficiency in the male hormone Testosterone will require attention similarly.
Since poor absorption of many minerals and vitamins is to be found in M.E., restoration of possible deficiencies must be attended to. Magnesium 10 supplementation is almost invariably required, since it has shown to be essential in a great many enzyme processes. The B group vitamins, essential for the healthy nervous tissue, are also required; many have found Vit B12 to be unexpectedly valuable. This is given by injection as often as convenient for several weeks. Iron deficiency should also be actively treated. High doses of Vitamin C, 2000mg a day, should also be used. Co-enzyme Q1O, 30mgs three times a day may also be employed.
Sleep disturbance may often be a feature of M.E., and the use of simple relaxants at night can be most beneficial. Selective Seratonin inhibitors (SSRI's) are widely used for depression; and may be of benefit even if the patient is not actually depressed; since there is considerable evidence to show that the complex mechanisms of neurotransmitters, damaged in M.E., may benefit. (electromedicine Brain Tuners are extremely helpful for sleep and anti-depression)
Other aspects of nutrition also require attention and careful attention to a wholesome diet has to be recommended. Environmental toxins, which include tobacco, caffeine and alcohol, have to be excluded.
Many M.E. sufferers, with their damaged immune systems, suffer from Candidiasis. The avoidance of refined carbohydrates and yeast-containing products is obvious. And the use of fungicides may in these cases be important. Nystatin for several months will be helpful in these cases.
Vit B, C, B12
Proper healthy diet
Treat adrenal deficiency
Treat male/female hormone deficiencies
Consider Oxytocin supplementation Vasopressin
Avoid antibiotics where possible
Treat yeast with Nystatin [for several months or the Candida Zapper for 10 days]
Removal of bowel parasites
4. Treat food allergies but don't overdo it.
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