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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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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