by Ann Taylor
I spent most of September with friends and family in South Africa, eyeballing them and their struggles with fatigue. “Fatigue” walks in our clinic doors with almost everybody. The vocabulary that we’re using to explain fatigue is changing. Less about “adrenal fatigue” and more about “mitochondrial dysfunction” i.e. what’s going wrong biochemically with energy production within each cell, to the extreme of “chronic fatigue” or “mitochondrial disease”.
mitochondrial disease “reduces the ability of mitochondria to produce energy”
Chronic fatigue has been a diagnosis by exclusion i.e. requires many potential causes of fatigue to be assessed and ruled out or resolved, before the unexplained fatigue is called “chronic fatigue” (CF) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
Very recently reported is the discovery that a lack of calcium ions in cells, due to a problem with the cell membrane channels through which calcium ions should pass, affects cellular ability to function properly (Afshariyan N, 2018). Testing for this may become a diagnostic test for CF/ME, but still doesn’t explain the dysfunction of the calcium channels themselves.
I believe toxins from our environment and the food we ingest, and mineral deficiencies that impair our biochemical processes, including detoxification, are likely to be significant contributors. Hence my special interest in speaking out against agricultural chemicals, including glyphosate; promoting quality fresh food grown by ecologically sustainable agricultural practices; and mineral supplementation with tissue salts or Celloids.
However we don’t all have chronic fatigue or mitochondrial disease; many of us just allow ourselves to become too stressed and too worn out with not enough self-care. We advise more sensible, healthy living and more compassion for self!
When you are (genuinely) sick, you need rest for recovery AND have appropriate nutrition (NOT over-nutriton) ALSO perhaps some herbal medicine, especially good at improving immune function, and supplements for nutrient deficiencies; MAYBE some psychological support for high anxiety and low mood. Energetic healing methods can also be helpful in identifying trouble spots in our bodies and minds. But understand, our bodies need the right minerals, which are charged particles for energetic remedies to work.
The potential of integrated medicine is to bring these modalities together for better holistic assessment and support.
Afshariyan N, 2018, Your disease in real: Breakthrough in diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, ABC report, http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/breakthrough-in-diagnosis-of-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/10188210