Chronic fatigue syndrome: What’s driving the epidemic?

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chronic-fatigue-linked-to-emotional-stress(NaturalHealth365)  Often when conventional medical providers hear the symptoms, “always tired, in pain, headaches, weak immune system,” they file it under the chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis.  When I hear those symptoms, I want to query the patient more.  I want to know about your relationships, your emotional life, dental health, adrenal wellness, and whether you live in a polluted urban area?

Chronic fatigue is a very controversial yet severe health concern characterized by profound fatigue.  Sadly, many symptoms that follow are chalked up to “unknown causes” by the status quo healthcare system, and drug therapy often ensues.  However, from an integrative environmental perspective, those seemingly ‘mysterious’ symptoms are what lead me to ask about more elusive, lesser-known causes of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Have you considered the real cause of chronic fatigue?

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What is the connection between emotional stress and chronic fatigue?

Emotional trauma and unresolved emotions are common but lesser-recognized causes of chronic fatigue in the conventional model.  For example, feelings of guilt, sadness, anger, lack of self-esteem, or remorse influence disease manifestation and are often reported by chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers.

Fortunately, acupuncture and the ‘emotional freedom technique‘ (EFT) are two evidence-based models to help quell the emotional and physical pain associated with chronic fatigue.

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Acupuncture offers mental relaxation and has also been shown to exert positive neuro-musculoskeletal effects that assist in reducing nerve and muscle pain.  In addition, EFT can help create a renewed sense of self to help dissolve the anger, guilt, and sadness many sufferers have been carrying for years.

Chronic fatigue may have undiagnosed (and poorly managed) immunological causes

Lyme disease is one of the most common, under-diagnosed causes of chronic fatigue that I’ve unearthed many times in clinical practice.  Once Lyme has been diagnosed, a treatment that includes healthy, whole foods, acupuncture, and nutraceutical therapies addresses the immunological component to heal the endocrine system from the associated chronic adrenal fatigue.

Hypothyroidism, particularly, Hashimoto’s disease is often an underlying component or cause of chronic fatigue as well.  While the disease may have been diagnosed, it is still poorly managed in many cases.  Comprehensive testing can help determine if a thyroid issue is involved.

Chronic fatigue affects children too

Following flu-like or mono-related illness, some adolescent children may not bounce back to their regular selves.  It’s usually an acute illness that alerts a parent’s attention, not necessarily the triggers discussed above.

If your child seems unwell emotionally and physically for a prolonged period following an illness or in general, start asking if the landmark environmental hazards I mentioned could affect their wellbeing.  Consider addressing the issue with a qualified integrative pediatric specialist.

Great news: There is hope for chronic fatigue sufferers

In private practice, I recommend whole foods diets that include organic, non-GMO foods and nutraceutical therapies that successfully contribute to healing the immunological and endocrine causes of chronic fatigue.  Combining these treatments with emotional wellness and bodywork techniques helps give sufferers lasting hope to recover from chronic fatigue.

About the author: Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist, and food writer.  She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health.  Christine practices, writes, and speaks on environmental functional medicine, personalized medicine, epigenetics, food science, and sustainable living.

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