Adrenal Insufficiency – The 21st Century Illness

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Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal Insufficiency

Adrenal Insufficiency is a condition that arises from a hormonal imbalance that produces fatigue like symptoms. Like Chronic Fatigue, it is not always recognised or detected by those within the medical community.

The Two Types of Adrenal Insufficiency:

1) Primary Adrenal Insufficiency is known as Addisons’ Disease. This occurs when the adrenal glands, which sit above the kidneys, are unable to produce enough of the hormone cortisol and/or the hormone aldosterone. This condition can on average effect up to 4% of the population.

2) Secondary Adrenal Insufficiency occurs when the pituitary gland (produced by an organ in the brain the size of a small grape) is unable to produce enough adrenocorticotropin (A.C.T.H.).

A.C.T.H. is a hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. If A.C.T.H. output is too low, cortisol production drops. Eventually, the adrenal glands can shrink due to lack of A.C.T.H. stimulation. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is far more common than Addison’s disease.

Adrenal Fatigue is characterised by a number of telling symptoms, including most noticeably:

  • Low Blood Pressure – causing dizziness and or fainting
  • Tiredness – when there is no reason for it
  • Inability To Go To Sleep – at night even though tired (NOTE: the white screen glare from laptops and handheld devices interferes with the production of the sleep inducing hormone melatonin)
  • Weight Gain – usually around the midriff
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Trembling and Shakiness – when under stress

Adrenal Insufficiency can cause other health problems if left untreated, this is because. cortisol is an important hormone which is involved in:

  • Maintaining Blood Pressure
  • Reducing the Immune Systems Inflammatory Response
  • Regulating the Metabolism of Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats

The problem with conventional treatments is that they rely on replacing the hormones that are not being produced sufficiently by the adrenal glands with synthetic drugs. A natural alternative would be to build the adrenal glands back up through diet and supplements.

Cortisol is replaced with a synthetic glucocorticoid such as hydrocortisone or prednisone. However steroids such as these, taken over the long term, can cause other health issues and cause damage to the immune system.

Main Adrenal Insufficiency Causes

  • Auto Immune Disease – the immune system attacks it’s own tissue/cells, in turn damaging the adrenal cortex. Immune misfunction can be caused by high states of chemical and or heavy metals toxicity and the pathogen overload this causes.
  • Tuberculosis Infection. Used to account for 20% of cases of Addisons’ disease. Falling rates of T.B. have naturally led to declines in this causal factor.
  • Chronic Infections, fungal or otherwise.

Even as far back as the late 1960’s, studies reported that up to 15% of the population were affected by adrenal insufficiency (including Addisons’ Disease). With today’s fast paced lifestyles, information overload, processed foods, pharmaceutical and recreational drug use and the ever greater demands placed upon employees in a recessionary economic environment, I would be surprised if that figure for adrenal burn out has remained the same.

For More Info Please See: I Cured My Chronic Fatigue – So Can You

 
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CFIDS – Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue is known by a number of different names.  It is also known as Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome, (C.F.I.D.S.).

It is an illness that for example in the U.S. affects approximately a million people and is more prevalent in females rather than men.  It is characterised by persistent fatigue that has been on going for more than three months.

CFIDS Symptoms

  • Persistent or intermittent fatigue
  • Allergies to Foods, Chemicals, Dust, Pollen
  • Faintness
  • Muscle and Joint Aches
  • Headaches
  • Dizzy spells
  • Depression
  • Sleep Issues
  • Tender lymph nodes (eg in the armpits/groin)
  • Concentration Problems
  • Poor Memory
  • Rapid/Irregular heart beat
  • Poor circulation (cold hands / feet)

CFIDS Sources

I read about a woman in the States that has CFIDS  I was intrigued by her story.  She had been ill with CFIDS for the last five years.  I was more intrigued though to know what her heavy metals readings were assuming she’d had a test.  I only say this because of the fact that unfortunately her two young sons were also ill with CFIDS and yet, as I have mentioned on this site, statistically very few diseases are genetically passed on. This is because we get sick as a result of our bodies inability to cope with our toxic environment.

This is not to say people didn’t get sick before the advent of mass industrialisation or for example the growth of the chemicals industry but when a family gets sick and the odds are against it being due to genes, it makes me wonder about the environment (home or otherwise). Was there an underlying source of toxicity or a trigger event?

Lead water pipes, or old copper pipes, proximity to fields and crop spraying, radon, family holiday and inoculations?

An interesting aside on the point about vaccinations and their efficacy, is that they have come into existence at a time when global rates of disease were trending downwards / declining over the last 200 years due to natural causes, sanitation etc. That is not to say vaccinations don’t work but just to point out that the success of immunisation programs may be overstated and that we have to question why the U.S. Centers for Disease Control was caught “fudging” the data on a link between autism and mercury thimerosal (preservative) in vaccinations.

CFIDS

Also it is interesting that French Soldiers in the first Gulf War (1990-1991) generally did not go down with “Gulf War Illness.” A name given to CFIDS type symptoms that high percentages of soldiers unfortunately experienced and still do to this day. The reason cited is because they were not given vaccinations to protect them against a range of infectious diseases and man made chemical/biological compounds.

Other countries like the U.S. and U.K. forces were vaccinated. To see the different illness rates of different countries forces who came down with CFIDS and a threefold increase in Multiple Chemical Sensitivities: Click Here

It is easier than you may think to become exposed to unlikely toxins like heavy metals such as cadmium, lead or arsenic, or to chemicals. Long term low level exposure creates little initial symptomatology. I hear it from the emails I receive from all around the world.

Unfortunately people fail to recognise environmental factors as a cause behind illnesses like CFIDS. Their initial response is to suspect a virus, mold or candida yeast as the culprit.  Viruses, mold and yeast infections are a symptom of poor immune functioning that can be brought about from long term chemical and/or heavy metals exposure.

Once you accept that there is a possibility that heavy metals maybe at the heart of your health concerns tests will need to be carried out.  However as I found out after losing nine years with incorrect heavy metals blood test results, testing for heavy metals can be like looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack.  Heavy metals typically become sequestered in the bodies fat cells and are not generally freely available to be picked up in the blood, hair or urine unless specific steps are taken.

The simplest method to detect the presence of heavy metals is to go on a strict low carbohydrate, high fats, high protein diet for at least 8-12 weeks.  This will burn fat and release heavy metals toxins stored in the bodies fat cells. Bear in mind even then that the hair test can only detect what the body is excreting and this can mean some heavy metals may show up, others may still be present in the body but are not being excreted.

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Abdominal Pain – What Causes It & How To Beat It

abdominal-pain-hospital-visitsAbdominal pain should not be dismissed or “lived with.”  Medical investigation to rule out obvious culprits like ulcers or Crohns Disease should be undertaken.

Irritable Bowel is a serious health condition often accompanied by abdominal pain and cramps.  In the U.K. it affects up to 1 in 5 of the adult population with similar figures for the U.S. (1 in 6) and Australia (1 in 7).
As many as 76% of irritable bowel sufferers in the U.S. go undiagnosed.

Inflammation of the intestinal wall can be caused by pathogens like candida albicans yeast, viruses, bad bacteria and parasites.  Any blood found in the stool should be promptly investigated by your doctor.

With these high numbers come the many different approaches to tackling intestinal pain.  In my own experience, methods I followed under G.P. or hospital specialist’s guidance unfortunately did very little in providing any kind of long term relief.

I undertook many medical tests, including a visit to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London to check for parasites, a colonoscopy and a Barium Meal test.  All the tests proved inconclusive despite the many times I would be out with friends and find myself doubled up in agony from sharp abdominal pain!

Abdominal Pain – Causes:

The causes of abdominal pain are varied and can be due to factors that allow for the build up of pathogens (bad bacteria, parasites, candida yeast and viruses) in the gut.

Causes can range from diets that are high in sugar rich foods, which feed pathogens in the gut, all the way through to less obvious culprits like heavy metals and chemical toxicity that weakens immune system response and creates the perfect environment for pathogen overload.

The type of symptoms associated with irritable bowel can be diverse and cover anything from mild abdominal pain and discomfort caused by bloating to severe abdominal pain and cramps to inflammation of the colon wall (Crohn’s Disease).

Intestinal pain symptoms can occur over the short term where the episode eventually clears itself up (holiday stomach bug) to chronic where the condition has been long term and debilitating.

With short term cases of abdominal pain, it would be advisable to carry out the relevant checks to dismiss obvious culprits like bacterial or parasitic infections.

Intestinal-PainIs Your Intestinal Pain Due To Any Of These Offenders?:

1) Diets High in Carbohydrates and Fast Sugar Releasing Foods

A high consumption of carbohydrates and fast sugar releasing foods (high glycemic index) encourage bad bacterial growth and activity in the gut causing incomplete digestion and the build up of painful gas.

Unfortunately high sugar diets feed pathogens in the gut.

The hormone insulin is released to bring down high sugar levels in the blood. High insulin levels in the blood are caused by high carb diets. The result of long term high sugar diets negatively and critically impacts immune system functioning through insulin’s negative action upon eicosanoid production. Eicosanoids are super hormone chemical messengers and determine if the body creates good or “bad” fats.

Technically there are no bad fats. “Bad” cholesterol or low density lipoprotiens (L.D.L) are necessary. The problems of clogged arteries comes when the diet is high in carbs/sugars and little exercise is taken. See this article on: “Bad” Cholesterol.

2) Diets Low in Fats

There has been a huge myth in the food and slimming industries expounded by the marketing industry and mainstream press: They tell you that fats are bad for us and we should avoid them! Unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth! Do avoid trans fats because these are synthetic junk fats that preserve foods but which the body can’t break down.

Essential Fatty Acids (E.F.A.)

They’re called “essential” fatty acids because the body can’t function without them and so they must be obtained in our diets. E.F.A.’s include omega 3 and 6. The ratio of these fats is vital but our diets have become imbalanced with high consumption of omega 6 in relation to omega 3. Omega 6 is found in vegetable oils, fried and packaged foods and baked goods which are now far more readily available – and generally eaten well beyond the correct balance of 4 : 1 (Omega 6/Omega 3).

Saturated Fats

Not all saturated fats are bad. Those oils derived from commercial high temperature processing and margarines, and those found in cakes/biscuits etc, are.

Good saturated fats come from foods like olives, advocados, canola and coconut oils, and nuts like cashews and macadamias. Saturated fats like those from animals meats are also only harmful and clog your arteries if eaten in conjunction with a high carbohydrate diet.

As mentioned above, Insulin/blood sugar levels determine how these fats are broken down into good cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol. High sugar diets result in more bad cholesterol being made. See the point about super hormones above and L.D.L’s.

What is the reason why eating fats is so essential for health?

Apart from the fact that they help govern our hormonal system (“if you don’t eat the fats, you can’t make the (happy) hormones!” as my nutritionist would say) and a lot of other bodily functions, they also have an immune anti-inflammatory function and anti microbial function.

3) Bacterial or Parasitic Infection

There are tests that can be taken to rule out bacterial or parasitic infection, however these can be subject to error.

4) Gut Candida Yeast Overgrowth

Candida yeast occurs naturally in the gut but it can, in the right conditions (e.g. with a weakened immune system) compromise digestion and affect the digestion and absorption of nutrients. This then robs you of the nutrition you need and creates abdominal pain.

More serious issues with Candida Albicans yeast can lead to “Leaky Gut” and gut permeability. This is a condition where the lining of the gut becomes compromised by the root system of the candida yeast and undigested proteins enter the bloodstream. This causes a range of debilitating symptoms, headaches and spacey feelings being the most common.

For more info see my blog post: The Candida Albicans / Heavy Metals Connection

5) Food Intolerance

Intolerances to food can create considerable problems ranging from fatigue, bloating, abdominal pain and discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea, skin rashes, joint pain to depression.

The most common intolerance to gluten, occurs due to an inflammatory response to proteins found in grains like wheat, rye and oats. This then damages the gut lining creating further issues with digestion and absorption. Every time you consume gluten, gut permeability increases immediately – think of a kitchen sieve and the holes increasing in diameter and that will give you a better idea of what is going on. Abdominal pain can also be caused by high fibre diets – fruit and vegetables – that can be hard to digest and can create painful gas.

6) Poor Digestion and Absorption of Foods

The inability to fully break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats in the gut/colon can lead to the build up of bad bacteria (organisms that thrive in oxygen starved environments) which feeds off undigested food matter and can create excessive amounts of gas which creates intestinal pain and can be extremely painful.

7) Stress

The gut is sometimes referred to as the “second brain” on account of the fact that it has the second highest number of nerve endings in the body after the brain. High stress levels increase the hormones: adrenaline and cortisol in the blood, which long term, have a damaging affect upon immune system functioning (not to mention the cardiovascular, reproductive and nervous systems as well).

However if lifestyle changes such as improved sleep, changes to the diet, exercise and meditation doesn’t help, then it’s not “All In The Mind.”

8) Long Term Anti-Biotic and Steroid Use

Long term prescription drug use can have an adverse effect upon the immune system and the bodies ability to create friendly gut bacteria as the anti-biotics kill friendly as well as harmful bacteria. The effects of anti biotics can permanently kill off friendly bacteria in the gut without them ever re-establishing themselves again.

8) Heavy Metals and Chemical Toxicity

A high heavy metals body burden – whether in the gut, liver, gall bladder, central nervous system or brain – creates the perfect conditions for pathogen build up. Heavy metals toxicity alters immune system functioning and allows pathogens such as candida yeast, bad bacteria, parasites and viruses, to get a foothold causing a myriad of symptoms.

Chemical toxicity impacts and disrupts hormone functioning – hormones are the chemical messengers that regulate bodily functions – which in turn impacts immune response.

There is evidence that heavy metals and pathogens co-exist and become bound to each other and that heavy metals like mercury and lead, for example, dampen or reduce the activity of pathogens.

When heavy metals are removed through chelation therapy the activity of these pathogens increase or flare up initially and symptoms like abdominal pain will worsen for a short period. Pathogen activity can be measured by the level of metabolites found in the blood.

Temporary Methods to Reduce Abdominal Pain

My lower abdominal pain occurred mainly around the ileocecal valve.
This valve sits between where the small intestine joins the large intestine.
It would flare up if I consumed things like gassy drinks or ate grains – in particular wheat and corn – I’d have to massage the area to provide some relief.

I wish I had known then that there are simple and effective ways to help provide quick relief for my abdominal pain: 

1) Taking a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in warm water will help neutralise stomach acids, and eliminate trapped air in the gut which can cause a lot of pain.  (It is also a natural anti fungal but shouldn’t be taken for long periods of time).

2) Taking digestive enzymes (2 to 3 times the typical dose) will also help break down foods in the gut that you may be having problems with digesting, (or if eaten inadvertently) particularly if you know you have an issue with for example the main offenders: milk proteins or wheat or gluten (the protein part of wheat).

3) If you have problems digesting fats then taking lipase or ox bile digestive enzymes 20 minutes before (or straight after) a meal can be an effective aid in relieving abdominal pain caused by incomplete digestion of fats.

Bile is released from the gall bladder into the intestines to break down fats. Sluggish bile production however can create issues for people with high states of toxicity whether from chemical and heavy metals toxicity or from the pathogen overload they cause.  This is because the bile liquid becomes sticky and sludgy like treacle as it becomes bound up with heavy metals and yeasts/bad bacteria.

Anecdotally, I once had a call from a nurse who remembered seeing the inside of a patients removed gall bladder.  She confirmed what I had read about – the issue of bile becoming sludgy instead of liquid. They needed to take a scrubbing brush to the insides of the gall bladder to remove the thick dark sludge that had formed inside the organ!

Whilst over the counter medications and the tips above provide some relief and a temporary fix, it might be better to resolve the issue by investigating the chemical and heavy metal toxins that create the perfect environment for pathogens like bad bacteria and candida yeast to build up and thrive. This build up will alter the bacterial balance in the gut, negatively impact digestion and lead to many symptoms associated with chronic fatigue including irritable bowel, intestinal pain, food allergies and intolerance’s.

So, whilst for many, changing the diet from high carbohydrate (most grains, sugar, fruit, alcohol) to low carb and increasing the level of fats and proteins in the diet is often enough to resolve the issue, for many others it isn’t.

With longer term cases of abdominal pain, this reflects a need to change the bodies internal “terrain” and in particular that of the bacterial balance of the gut. The bacterial balance of the gut is crucial for the efficient and healthy digestion and absorption of foods.

In the absence of any long term relief, for example, from using pro-biotics to re-populate the bowel with healthy bacteria, or reducing the carbs in the diet, there may be a deeper level of toxicity which needs to be addressed before the body can rid itself of the symptoms we know as abdominal pain and irritable bowel.

For more info on how to resolve your abdominal pain and treat the toxins causing it see: How to Cure Your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Candida Albicans & Why It Can Be Hard To Treat

Candida Albicans

candida-albicansThis page provides information and advice on a treatment for Candida Yeast – also known as Candida Albicans or Candidiasis – and discusses what the Root Causes are.

Candida Albicans is a member of the yeast family.  More specifically it belongs to the family of plants known as fungi or molds.  It is also a natural part of our bodies flora.  A Candida overgrowth however is not.

It’s food source is almost any organic living or deceased substance and it mainly resides in the digestive system.  It can also exist in the vaginal region (thrush), the mouth and throat and on the skin or nail beds.

Candida Albicans and the family of yeasts that it belongs to is often one of the most overlooked culprits for a range of debilitating health issues.  Issues include chronic fatigue, chronic allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities and irritable bowel.

Candida Albicans infections typically occur as a short term health problem for most people and can usually be cleared up by making simple lifestyle changes, as discussed further down this page.  Candida overgrowths on the other hand represent a more persistent problem.

Although candida yeast occurs naturally in the gut, for some people it can become out of balance and create very serious health issues.  So whilst the vast majority of people have candida albicans yeast which occurs naturally and typically does not pose any health problems, a candida overgrowth will.  Toxins released from the candida albicans yeast organism place a heavy burden on the bodies immune system and eliminative capacity – your kidneys and liver.

Candida Albicans can be difficult to test for because candida occurs naturally in the gut.  The best diagnosis is to gauge whether the symptoms you have match the typical profile of symptoms that result from candida albicans.  It’s best to ignore candida spit tests and other such nonsense.  Matching your symptoms to those of candida yeast infections, along with your own medical and occupational history will determine the likelihood of your health issues being as a result of candida albicans.

Blood tests can also be taken to determine your candida albicans metabolyte activity levels.  Candida Albicans metabolytes are a measure of the biological activity of yeast.

This page will be particularly relevant for those people who have had Candida Albicans long term and been unable to establish how to cure it.  If you have spent many years trying to either rid yourself of recurrent candida albicans infections or have had the misfortune to have experienced this condition continuously over a long period of years, as I had experienced, then you can take heart from the fact that the condition is not without effective treatments.

Candida Albicans Symptoms:

The metabolic activity of Candida Albicans produces a huge amount of toxins into the bloodstream that can overwhelm the bodies natural eliminative capacity, producing symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue and Muscle Weakness
  • Skin Rashes / Itching / Hives
  • Concentration Problems
  • Spaced Out / Brain Fog
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Poor Memory
  • Stomach Pain
  • Bloating
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Thrush
  • Low Libido
  • Food Cravings.

Although I had many of these symptoms listed above, my local doctor (G.P./M.D.) dismissed the likelihood that I had a candida albicans overgrowth stating that “I would be in hospital on a drip if I had systemic candida.”
This I thought was a very black and white diagnosis.  I turned to complementary medicine, but my symptoms persisted… fatigue, digestive disorders, and brain fog.

Causes of Candida Albicans

  • Viral Infection – weakening the Immune System allowing proliferation of this naturally occurring low level yeast
  • Prolonged / Repeated use of Anti-Biotics / Steroids / the Pill (birth control)
  • Prolonged Periods of Stress
  • Poor Nutrition / Diet – Consumption of processed foods, rich in sugar and high chemical additives. Dead Food.
  • Heavy Metal / Chemical Toxicity – causing Immune System Overload / Misfunction
  • Chemotherapy and Radiation Treatments

Failure of Traditional Candida Albicans Treatments

In 2003 I decided to stop seeing my private Harley Street doctor.  The traditional ways of treating candida hadn’t work for me.  They included:

  • Anti – Fungals
  • Avoidance Diets
  • Pro – Biotics like Acidophilus

In the majority of cases simply changing the diet and cutting out foods that feed candida albicans yeast is usually sufficient to overcome a build up of candida yeast in the system.  Foods that are high glycemic and break down and release sugars into the bloodstream faster should be avoided.  Low carbohydrate diets are safe as long as there is not an excessive reliance upon meat.

Reducing stress, ceasing taking anti-biotics (over the long term), eating healthily, sleeping well and exercising are also beneficial to the immune system.  These measures can allow the bodies immune system to “get on top” of candida overgrowths wherever they’re located.

However if these measures have been taken along with a low carbohydrate/low glycemic index diet and benefited you only in the short term – only for the symptoms to return – then it is more than likely that the cause is due to a deeper level of toxicity:

The Candida Albicans / Heavy Metals Connection

The presence of heavy metals could be considered as the most likely primary cause of long term (chronic) candida albicans yeast infections.  Until that deeper toxicity is addressed it is both expensive and pointless to chase the symptoms. The symptoms being the candida yeast and the root cause of your illness: the heavy metals toxicity.

Heavy metals, like lead, cadmium and mercury in the body are an often overlooked factor in the candida albicans pathology.  Although heavy metals like mercury may have a “dampening” effect upon the growth and activity of candida albicans yeast in the body, the yeast can only be brought back into normal ranges of activity by the removal of heavy metals through chelation therapy.

Heavy metals toxicity is unfortunately overlooked in the majority of patients with chronic conditions that have failed to be properly diagnosed by G.P.’s or M.D.’s who have little knowledge of environmental illness.  Chemicals in foods are hormone disruptors and also present problems with immune functioning.

Any attempt to eliminate candida albicans and any other pathogen build up including bad bacteria, parasites and viruses, will be difficult due to the way candida yeast binds to heavy metals and reduces immune system functioning.

There is a theory is that the candida yeast almost acts as a form of “body protection” from the toxic effects of heavy metals.  The build up of yeast wouldn’t occur in the absence of heavy metal toxicity.

When heavy metals are chelated and mobilised from the bodies stores, e.g. from the liver, gut, brain and central nervous system and then excreted through the usual channels (stool and urine), it is common to find that the symptoms you are experiencing “flare up” temporarily.

I have had this confirmed by a microbiologist who measured the level of heavy metals and candida metabolites in his blood after he undertook each stage of his chelation therapy.  What the microbiologist found was that each time he chelated heavy metals, his blood – tests would show a drop in heavy metals but an increase in candida metabolites.

He would also experience all the symptoms associated with the candida albicans yeast.  This would then reverse over the course of the next few days/week, with the blood – heavy metals readings slowly rising again and the activity of the yeast falling back off.

Only after he had detoxed heavy metals did his candida metabolites reading fall back into the normal reference ranges associated with low levels of the yeast as is typical in the 90% of the population that have candida in the gut.

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What Causes Allergies and Are You Toxic?

allergy-causes-pollen-allergiesSo, What Causes Allergies? I have just written an article on the main Allergy Causes and some of the factors may be surprising to you, ones you’ve probably never considered?

With hospital admissions in the U.K. just for food allergies, for example, having increased by 500% since 1990, and with similar patterns in other countries the numbers of people suffering from allergies is reaching near epidemic levels.

Many popular sites on the net have written about what causes allergies but I believe such information may be missing a few vital points.

What Causes Allergies – Conventional Allergy Treatments Can Make You Worse

Initially I relied on my local doctors advice and took over the counter prescriptions and followed other typical Western approaches to treating allergies like desensitisation injections and restricted food diets. They had little effect and I believe they do more harm than good.

Restricting foods/food groups and therefore the diversity of different vitamin and minerals they offer constitutes medically supervised malnutrition! Idiotic!

The causes of allergies I have listed has been based on my own personal experience having spent (wasted) 15 years battling with my chronic allergies and not getting very far! It was only when I took a completely different approach to the my allergy problems did they start to clear up. In fact they cleared up very quickly.

Conventional treatments never explained why I had food allergies, chemical sensitivities, dust and cat allergies, even what causes allergies. Neither did they explain why my food allergies never improved much with avoidance diets and my dust/cats allergies with desensitisation shots.

But once I got to the root causes of what causes allergies I could see that all I had been doing was chasing symptoms. Allergies are a symptom of toxicity and body overload.

Finally I was able to stop wasting time and energy using ineffective treatments that were only masking symptoms albeit temporarily – as they would always reappear.

These treatments were ultimately doing nothing to change the internal “terrain” of my body, which created the perfect environment for my chronic allergy problems to persist.

What Causes Allergies.

CFS – Why Don’t Some Doctors Recognise It?

Some Doctors still Refuse to Accept CFS as a Physical Illness

Some Doctors still Refuse to Accept CFS as a Physical Illness

A U.K. Government paper on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) advised doctors to recognise the condition as a serious illness. That a paper would be needed to determine this obvious fact goes to show the amount of confusion and misinformation that still exists today about CFS as a very real Physical Illness.

The number of phone calls I receive from people with CFS, who tell me that their doctor has carried out tests and can find nothing wrong with them, also doesn’t surprise me anymore.

Whilst Immunoglobulin Antibody (IgA, IgM, IgE etc) immune tests and liver and kidney functioning tests are important to rule out obvious health issues, the thing to understand here is that:

1) Medical tests aren’t always accurate and,

2) It is really a case of what exactly are you testing for and hoping to find?

There are over 10,000 liver functions, typical test will just give a broad indication of functioning. Specific viral infection tests have come a long way since the 1980′s. However the thing that has to be stressed is this:

Increased viral load, parasitic activity, bad bacteria build up, yeast infection over growths are all types of pathogen activity (symptoms) that can result from the presence of heavy metals and chemical toxicity overload (root cause). The bodies immune system becomes overwhelmed and typically tests will fail to identify this…

Just as my liver functioning tests failed to identify that I couldn’t digest certain types of fats. (Confirmed over a decade later by an Essential Fatty Acids test/profile).

Is CFS a Physical or Mental Issue?

Having had CFS in the late 1980′s for 15 years, the shocking thing is that even now there is still a belief that somehow the patient, in the absence of any positive basic test results, must be depressed and that it is the depression that is the cause of their CFS.

In the majority of cases nothing could be further from the truth.

Note, I am not denying that a depressive illness can cause extreme physical symptoms, I am suggesting that the brains chemistry may be being disrupted due to toxins crossing the blood/brain barrier.

They next logical step in that process of thinking is to prescribe anti-depressants. The result: “Happy” physically sick people masking their CFS symptoms in the hope that this will resolve physical toxicity issues. It will not.

I find it encouraging that mainstream media are starting to pick up on such issues like for example, pesticides or plasticisers (chemicals) and other types of hormone disruptors in our environment. Of course the alternative medical community have been commenting on these issues for decades! I somehow don’t think your local doctor is going to be testing for this or a particular heavy metal such as the common offenders: Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic.

Readers of my eBook that follow my suggestions about heavy metals testing always express surprise that their test results have come back showing, for example, high levels of the heavy metal, lead. They can never quite understand how they got toxic.

My first response is to ask them have they been involved in the following types of activity: Printing, Electronics, Manufacturing, Chemicals, Paints, Automotive, Building Industry etc.

The answer in most cases is yes, like the person with CFS that phoned yesterday and said he’d been ill for 5 years. He’d had all the doctors tests done and found nothing, yet he felt drained all the time and often for no obvious apparent reason. He would also suddenly feel very fearful. Please see the page Adrenal Exhaustion.

It turns out this person had spent years working as a silk screen printer using dyes which can have heavy metals like lead in them.

Or the day before that when another person with CFS, who had been involved in the manufacture of tin popcorn containers, had years later discovered that the manufacturing process created fine minute layers of dust. This dust would then be pumped around the building from the production floor to the office (where he worked) due to the air conditioning system. This is also typical in car body shop garages where they use paints.

Be aware of the environment you are working in. Regulations on toxin exposure are now heavily monitored and can be a prosecutable offense. At least the European Union and it’s army of technocrats/regulators has give us some positive benefits if not the woes of the Euro.

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