Tuesday, December 1, 2015

ME/CFS - What helped my fatigue




 

For the latest RESOURCES on ME/CFS please look here


This is an updated blog (Dec. 2015, Jan. 2016)  from January 2015.

An article published in October 2014 in Stanford Medicine News Center talks about the research which claims that the brains of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have white matter abnormalities in the right hemisphere of their brain, comparing to healthy people or people without CFS.

“CFS is one of the greatest scientific and medical challenges of our time,” said the study’s senior author, Jose Montoya, MD, professor of infectious diseases and geographic medicine.

“Its symptoms often include not only overwhelming fatigue but also joint and muscle pain, incapacitating headaches, food intolerance, sore throat, enlargement of the lymph nodes, gastrointestinal problems, abnormal blood-pressure and heart-rate events, and hypersensitivity to light, noise or other sensations.”

The combination of symptoms can devastate a patient’s life for 10, 20 or even 30 years, said Montoya, who has been following 200 CFS patients for several years in an effort to identify the syndrome’s underlying mechanisms. He hopes to accelerate the development of more-effective treatments than exist now.

Read the full article here and please come back to this blog to learn about the other interesting, newly found specific biomarker for CFS ↓ ↓ ↓ 


There is another new, well referenced article on Medscape (free registration needed to view) called ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Wrong Name, Real Illness’. In the article, the author Miriam E. Tucker briefly mentions details about CFS/ME definition, problematic process of the diagnoses and the still poor acceptance of CFS as a real illness, meaning with no underlying psychological or psychosomatic problem as primary reason for CFS development.

Open Medicine Institute founder and director Andreas M. Kogelnik, MD, told Medscape Medical News:

"In medicine, we tend to like the one-answer solutions.

We're great at diagnosing things that have one problem, like a clogged artery.

What we're really bad at are complex diseases that have a systemic issue going wrong.

With ME/CFS it's the whole system that's broken down, so there may not be one pill to cure everybody.

It's more a matter of figuring out the imbalance in the system. We're not good at thinking that way in medicine. I think that's something that we need to change, particularly around this disease."


"People do think it's a spectrum of disease. We've settled on that it's an immune-related disorder, and there is potentially a subset that's autoimmune, a subset that's viraly triggered, a chronic viral infection, and perhaps other triggers or stressors... People are still kicking around whether it's autoimmune or chronic low-grade infection."

 

I was diagnosed in 2009 and offered next to no help from the medical profession. I had no other choice than to embrace what was happening to me and face it with tools I had. Not to fight it, as many like to call the process of healing. There was NO energy to fight anything. There was only stillness, peace and falling to the bottom in order to rebound up again. This has repeated several times but with less and less intensity until I was finally able to leave my bedroom...

I wish there was at least the knowledge available, we have today - please refer to my latest resources (in case you read this in far future :) or directly to the article based on  Dr. Robert Naviaux research and elegantly written by Veronique Mead, MD.


Early on in my journey during the "dark ages" I was, however,  intrigued to read a study comparing biological markers of CFS and non-CFS groups after exercise.

CFS group had clearly shown POST-EXERTIONAL FATIGUE (fatigue after exercise). 


This is a very objective marker and may be the only marker easily measured or observed, especially in those patients, who’re already managing other symptoms of CFS - often "the part under initials ME",  mainly involving muscle pain.
 

The common picture of CFS person is healthy on the outside and according to commonly provided blood tests. There is no visible disability, while the truth is, unfortunately, very different on the inside.

Here is a list of markers tested positive in high number of CSF patients, not found to be common in non-CFS people (references included in the original article) :


1. DIFFERENT RESPONSE TO EXERCISE

a) Significantly reduced oxygen consumption in CFS after a treadmill test

b) Altered gene expression following moderate exercise


2. BILATERAL WHITE MATTER ATROPHY IN BRAIN

a) Significant decrease in NK-cell cytotoxic activity & increased level of pro-inflammatory cytokines

b) Significant elevation of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (linked to Epstein-Barr virus) among patients 66 – 99 years old

c) High positivity of CFS patients for enterovirus viral capsid protein 1.





PLEASE NOTE - IMPORTANT

I AM GOING TO SHARE WHAT HELPED IN MY CASE BUT REMEMBER WE ARE ALL SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT AND THERE IS NO SAME PROTOCOL FOR TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE.
I WILL BE HAPPY TO MAKE YOUR INDIVIDUAL PLAN DURING THE COACHING AND THIS CAN BE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO WHAT IS WRITTEN NEXT!!

BACKGROUNG OF MY TYPE ME/CFS:  
direct post-viral onset
chronic stress-induced
including chemical stress (exposure to carpet glue, long term daily to naphtalenes, terphenyls and ACH)
including noise stress @ work
living in several mold-damaged houses
many tick bites over years but negative Borrelia test
amalgam fillings 
sensitive to artificial light (and EMF?) from childhood
suspect and family history of Aspergers

After researching the subject of EMF sensitivity and HSP (hyper-sensitive person syndrome), this could be caused by:

1) heavy metal burden (such as mercury amalgam in teeth & wearing metal spectacles - giving pain around jaws & ears)

2) over-reaction of brain & nervous system to certain combination of outside stressors, i.e EMF + noise + artificial light + air pollution + toxins (palpitations)

3) feeling of overwhelm due to low hormones such as adrenaline (difficulty to sit/stand upright) due to "exhausted" or inflamed adrenals (please see UPDATE ON CDR in ATP)



4) environmental burden on detoxification pathways (fume exhausts, mycotoxins and GMO as the most likely causes) increasing demand on immune system

Obviously, trying to sort out my problem, I’ve done some interesting reading over the past years in the field of nutrition, functional medicine, quantum medicine and traditional medicine such as Chinese. This became the primary focus of my life, my adventure, hobby and my profession. I always knew there was something else going on. Some specialists suspected a virus or bacteria hidden in the deep tissues, some blamed heavy metal burden from the industry or dental work, autoimmune condition destroying our mitochondria or adrenals, causing inflammation in the brain. Many blamed adrenal exhaustion (correctly HPA dysfunction) as a cause of CFS but why this happened in the first place was always a bit of mystery.

On my journey I’ve done numerous experiments with foods, supplements, balneotherapy, altitude therapy and other treatments. Here is the list of things which worked for me and made a VISIBLE STEPS FORWARD in overcoming fatigue and "giving" more energy:

1) Nutrition

Very early on my journey, clearing my diet from junk, sugar, dairy, gluten, synthetic chemicals & adding "tons" of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients, helped with better focus, clearer thinking, better concentration, all sorts of pains, occupational & sport induced Carpal tunnel, digestive problems & constipation, sleep, hay fever, dealing with stress, bringing more calm, quality of skin & hair.

2) Royal jelly and Seagreens

Fresh royal jelly from my home country and clean sea vegetables from UK company Seagreens were first ‘remedies’ to give me a visible long lasting ‘energy kick’.

3) Raw home-made cheeses, whey soup & bone broth

After many years of being nearly vegetarian and vegan (wrong!?), I introduced dairy foods, trying to find as clean and organic sources as possible. These helped to raise my hormones and feel much more energetic and alive!  I had to watch the amount first, as it happens after a period of eating dairy & meat, there may be increase in symptoms of oestrogen dominance, inflammation, sinus congestion and histamine intolerance (cheese!). Some pains can creep slowly back, with more animal or allergenic foods introduced, so the BALANCE is the answer.


Savoury whey soup (unfortunately only available to make from the fresh, raw milk), brings up feelings of calm even during extremely stressful occasions (such as travel) and also helps, not surprisingly, with digestive issues.  This can be literally instant! I have not found any replacement so far, in form of any supplement for this "fresh savoury" whey liquid, we get in large amounts as a by-product when making  traditional quark in Slovak households. Most of it goes to animals, cats, pigs or even down the drain...!


Bone broth  - the more often I have it, the better I feel, it is also our traditional soup.  Surprise surprise. It was amazing to watch how, during the last decade, this food was "discovered" by health community here in western countries.

4) Limcomin (more rest & less stress)

This is a supplement from hair mineral analysis testing company ARL. It has a very specific combination of chelated minerals and vitamins. In my experience it helps to calm down over-stressed body and therefore give it a much-needed space to recover. My sleep is more peaceful using this supplement and it also seem to keep my immunity in better condition if I take it regularly.  High manganese level in this supplements helps not only with joint pain but also supports the heath of hypothalamus and pituitary glands and the whole HPA axis.

5) Taoist and adaptogenic herbs

The effect of true ADAPTOGENS is mild and increases with their time of use. Unlike herbal stimulants such as various ginsengs, maca, tribulus, chocolate, coffee, guarana, cola, royal jelly etc. it is safe to take adaptogenic herbs long term without side effects.  Be aware of their diuretic action and only take as part of wider plan including correcting electrolytes and mineral deficiencies.


I created Nutriwellness Magic Mix drink, consisting of herbs such as turmeric, reishi, coriander, cinnamon, pepper, chicory, cordyceps or schizandra, taken with a spoon of ghee or butter, which can be adjusted to individual needs and tastes.
 





Some of my 'life saving' remedies: REISHI, CORDYCEPS, Acerola vit. C powder, Himalayan salt, Coconut oil... 



6) Avoiding all forms of stimulants

In the worst stages of HPA dysfunction or "adrenal exhaustion", any small amount of dark chocolate, coffee, tea, alcohol or even ginseng, rhodiola and B-vitamins, would cause me a big set back. The following day after ingestion I would crash to the depths of exhaustion nightmare. I became so exhausted I had to make myself to breathe consciously. I am not kidding. My body was not able to breathe without me concentrating on it. My breath would be very shallow and even stopped for 10-15 seconds at times.



7) Progesterone cream

This was one of my promising experiments in the never-ending search for normal life and daily energy.  I made mistake to use dosage written on the box by manufacturer. It took me one year to realise MY PERSONAL DOSAGE was only 1/12 of the recommended amount. If you have CFS or "adrenal exhaustion", watch the dosage on all supplements, especially stimulating ones, never use dosages recommended for otherwise healthy people.

8) Dehumidifier / air purifier  

After learning about chronic mold exposure (also called CIRS) and its ability to switch on CDR response in 2017, I decided to invest in various dehumidifiers/purifiers. I realised that all the houses and flats I have ever lived since 1998, were seriously water damaged, with remaining sources of black mold. The air purification would not directly made too much difference in my energy levels, but helped to solve returning sinus problems. It helps me to breathe better and have better sleep, shortening the needed average sleep time from 11 hours to 10.


I will finish this blog with the words of Dr. Komaroff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, who has been studying the condition since the 1980s.

"I think the most important thing for physicians to know is that while we don't have a diagnostic test or a proven treatment, there is now abundant evidence that in these patients there is an underlying biological process. Their symptoms are linked to problems of their biology and not imagined."



Dr. R Naviaux research in V. Mead article (2018)

Linkto CFS resources from Stanford School of Medicine.

Other helpful resources:


Dr. Sarah Myhill

Dr. Michael Lam

Taoist Health & Fitness




Monday, June 1, 2015

Phytonutrient-rich 'HASH BROWNS' (sweet potato & beetroot)

Ingredients:

1 small to medium sweet potato
1 medium beetroot
1 egg
coconut oil
good salt

Method:

1) Grate both sweet potato and beetroot.
2) Mix with an egg.
3) Add salt to taste.
Optional: add herbs such as majoram or finely grated garlic.











4) Spoon mixture directly on the pan ready with hot coconut oil and spread it thinly using fork.





5) Fry until the edges start to darken, turn and leave for another 4 minutes, pressing slightly with fork.


Variations: with kale (savoy cabbage) & carrot:




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Video resources GLUTEN, VACCINES AND BRAIN HEALTH



Most of people think top science is focused on space travel or Mars right now, but one of the biggest UNDISCOVERED places for humans is our own digestive tract.

Evidence is showing the state of our intestinal microbiota (type, number and balance of good & bad bacteria) will have clear and direct impact on our health, including switching on and off our genes. Microbiota growing in our bellies will have effect on our nervous and hormonal system, weight, brain health, ability to think or relax, and ability of our immune system to cope with virtually any illness. What bacterial colonies will be present depend on what we (or our parents) did, do or don't do in our life.

Two of things which can be changing your microbiota right now - and in a very negative way  - are gluten and toxins. Including toxins we took in from vaccines in our early childhood.

Therefore I believe these subjects are worth paying very close attention to. To make it easier for you to catch up with the vast knowledge available today, here is my collection of video recordings about hot subjects of gluten, brain and vaccines.

Nutritional therapy is one of the best ways how to address discussed issues, how to support toxin detox and gut health. Bacteria will survive almost anything, it can mutate and change. To alter microbiota to serve your health and not illness, can therefore be a lengthy process requiring focus and patience. Nutriwellness Virtual Coaching system offers support, time and basically daily guidance to help you to achieve this.

Are you ready to change your bugs ?

Check my special offers here.


GLUTEN RESOURCES

 

Source: Wikipedia: GLUTEN


BASICS ABOUT GLUTEN AND ITS SOURCES - BLOG

2.03 min video
Untreated Celiac Disease Dims the Brain, Can Lead to Underachievement!

0.44 min
Celiac disease and Alzheimer’s

1.13 min
A Large Forehead Can Be a Sign of Celiac Disease 

4.58 min
Dr. Tom O'Bryan - Identifying & Conquering Gluten Sensitivity 

4.31 min
The Difference Between Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity 

1.33 min
Diagnosing the Early Stages of Celiac Disease: Biopsy No Longer a Gold Standard 

1.20 min
Celiac Disease and Related Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders 

0.48 min
Family History of ANY Autoimmune Disease? Consider a Gluten-Related Disorder 

11.51 min
Top 5 Things You Didn't Know about Gluten!

4.40 min
Gluten Free Diet Mistake #1 

Source: friendsofbutter.co.uk


1 hour
Alessio Fasano, MD
Spectrum of Gluten-Related Disorders: PEOPLE SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE


E-CONFERENCE  GLUTEN SUMMIT


BRAIN HEALTH

 

Source: familyhealthdiary.co.nz


9.43 min
Top 5 Foods for Brain Health!

49 min
Dr. Russell Blaylock: How Nutrition Affects Our Brain and Behaviour

1 hour
Dr. Jeff Senechal - An advanced lecture on brain health


VACCINES

 

Source: Alliance for Human Research Protection


25 min.
Dr. Suzanne Humphries talks about problems with vaccines safety and the integrity of medical system. She is a highly educated medical doctor practising internal medicine and nephrology.

8 min.
Never Lose a Vaccine Argument Again! Proof they cause Autism and Auto-immune Disease by thetruthergirls.com – also useful to read a website link ‘Diapers’ to learn about Elimination Communication with babies.

2 hour
The Exploding Autoimmune Epidemic lecture goes through the less-known history of vaccination and connection to autoimmune diseases and other health problems, from Dr. R Tent.

OTHER


Dr. R. Tent Lectures:
Memorable Patient Cases 2
America’s Mineral Crisis

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cancer and 'bad luck' in news and media

 
Inozemtsev Konstantin-Shutterstock.com


 

If more cancers are caused by bad luck, why are we getting less lucky?


At the start of 2015 the press carried claims from scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the US, that the majority of cancers are NOT linked to environment or lifestyle. These findings conflict with many other findings. If most cancers are caused by bad luck, why, according to World Health Organisation reports in 2014, is the number of cancer cases worldwide on target to increase by 70% over the next two decades? This includes the spread into less developed countries where a Western lifestyle is being adopted.

Read full article by Hermann Keppler, Founder and Principal of CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). CNM offers Diploma training courses in Naturopathic Nutrition, and other natural therapies.
January 2015

 So is cancer mostly 'bad luck' or not?


Headline-writers and news bulletin editors around the world just couldn't get enough of a new study of cancer published on 2 January. "Two thirds of cancers are due to bad luck" reported one typical news story - and most other media outlets had similar headlines.
But there's been criticism of the way this statistic was reported, some of it directed at journalists, and some at the researchers themselves.
...
The researchers weren't looking at what determines why some people get cancer and others don't. They were instead asking why some types of cancer are common and some are rare.
...
The researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the US reported they had found a correlation between the number of cell divisions that take place in a given tissue and the likelihood that it would become cancerous. They looked at 31 tissue types (two common cancers, prostate and breast cancer, were not considered).
...
The researchers say they've calculated that two thirds (65%) of "the differences in cancer risk among different tissues" is down to cell division gone wrong - "bad luck". Now many media reports have simply concluded that this means that two thirds of cancer cases are just the result of random haywire cell division. That's not correct.

Read full article by Ruth Alexander on BBC News.

 

Are most cancers down to bad luck?


This study estimates around two-thirds (65%) of cancer risk is down to chance, based on the number of times stem cells divide in different body tissues. Other factors, including environmental factors and genetics, account for the remaining risk.
However, the estimate was quite variable, with 95% confidence intervals ranging from 39% to 81%. So only 4 out of 10 cancers may be a result of bad luck, or, alternatively, as many as 8 out of 10.
The wide estimate reduces our confidence in its accuracy. Its reliability would be increased if other research groups arrived at similar numbers by a variety of different means.

Read full article on NHS website.