Chronic Fatigue Syndrom
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is characterized by persistent or relapsing debilitating fatigue for at least 6 months in the absence of any other definable diagnosis. Symptoms of CFS may include depression, hypotension, insomnia, anxiety, loss of concentration, sensitivity to food, medicines and alcohol, weight loss, and inability to endure stress, neuro cognitive symptoms, myalgias. 1-3 Number of studies has shown that there might be a trend in immune dysfunction in patients with CFS especially increase in immunological markers such as cytokines, activated T-cells, abnormal immunological complexes, auto-antibodies. CFS patients are also very often nutritionally deficient in many minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids. Digestive problems are also common in CFS patients.
The following functional tests can offer important information for creating an individualized program for the CFS patient.
- Fatty Acid Analsyis
- Organic Acid Test
- RBC Magnesium
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA)
- Intestinal Permeability Test
- Food sensitivity and allergy test
- Lymphocyte Profile Test
Oxidative Stress Test
- Antioxidant profile, SOD, GSH, GPX, Anti LDL Ab, 8OH-D Gluanosine
- Analysis of Minerals and Toxic Metals: Research has shown that toxicity of metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium could very often cause fatigue. Large concentrations of toxic metals puts a lot of strain on the body making it difficult to detoxify and get rid of it. Toxic metals accumulate in tissues leaving body exhausted and fatigue. 4-6 Mineral deficiencies such as low magnesium also contribute to CFS. 7 Therefore contamination with toxic metals from the environment and nutrient deficiencies together can be the core cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Adrenal Stress Test: Research has shown that adrenal dysfunction may well contribute to CFS. Patients very often show low levels of cortisol and adrenal dysfunction. 8
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