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Cause and treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

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What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)?

ME is a chronic long term condition characterized by the sudden onset of fatigue and the feeling of being tired1.It is also known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Although fatigue is a common symptom of many other conditions, the fatigue that occurs with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is different in that it is unrelated to exercise, and probably has no other apparent illness or symptom that could attribute it to any other condition. It affects about one million people in the US and about quarter of a million in the UK2, and the incidence varies from 7 to 3000 people in every 1000003.

What are the causes of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)?

ME is currently under a lot of research to discover the root cause of the condition. Although the exact cause is not properly understood, several risk factors have been proposed in the literature, these include:
- Women are more liable to get the condition than men.
- Children and adolescents are less liable to get the condition than adults2, and the most prevalent age range is from 40 to 59 years of age4.
- One study showed a relatively higher risk of developing ME among Africans and Native Americans, compared to Caucasians and Hispanics5.
- A genetic origin has also been suggested, where blood relatives are more predisposed to develop ME.
- Infection has also been reported as a causative factor, and among these infections were mononucleosis, Chlamydia, HHV 6 (human herpesvirus type 6) and Lyme disease7.

What are the signs and symptoms of ME?

As the name suggests, CFS is characterized by long lasting fatigue. Since fatigue can be associated with other illnesses, the center for disease control (CDC) recommended three criteria for the condition to be classified as CFS8:
- New onset of severe fatigue for 6 months or greater, unrelated to exercise or any other condition.
Reduction of physical activity caused by such fatigue.
Other symptoms such as impaired memory, muscle pain, severe headaches, tender lymph nodes and sore throat, all occurring within the last 6 months associated with the fatigue.

Other symptoms include difficulty maintain an upright position, irritable bowel, chills and depression9. Physicians also recommend a full check-up in case of severe fatigue, in order to rule out other conditions that may be the cause, such as Lyme disease, Depression, Alcohol abuse or diabetes. In addition, some medications cause fatigue as a side effect8. Therefore, accurate diagnosis is made by exclusion rather than the actual symptoms and signs.

Treatment according to the western medicine tradition

Treatment of ME includes medications such as antidepressants, steroids, antivirals and carnitine & fatty acids, although most of these aim at controlling the symptoms rather than actually curing the disease. Other means of treatment include behavioral therapy, exercise therapy, diet modification and pacing.

Treatment according to the natural medicine tradition

Western Medicine almost always focuses on the symptoms rather than the cause of the disease, and since ME has no apparent symptom except for continuous fatigue, western medicine often fails to control the condition.

DisorderFree’s solution

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When the immune system can’t handle the viruses, bacteria parasites, fungi, toxic substances etc anymore, you lose energy in your cells and your body switch from the living modus to the surviving modus. In most situations when the immune system uses your free energy you feel more tired and less powerful.

In the natural medicine tradition we look to the self-healing capacity of the body from a holistic view and we use only the best working ingredients to get you healthy again. This means that we look for the underlying root cause (physical, mental and food) instead of symptoms. Real-life evidence show that cleaning the body helps to re-powering the self-healing capacity of the body.

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When the body is clean it can recover and the new cells can be healthy. The total natural treatment is in 3 steps: Step 1: cleaning the blood system (2 months)
Step 2: cleaning the organs and tissues (2 months)
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When the blood is clean you feel more power/energy in your body. The re-powering of your body increase during step 2 and 3 when you clean your organs/tissues and lymphatic system.

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References

1 Evengård B, Schacterle RS, Komaroff AL; Schacterle; Komaroff (Nov 1999). "Chronic fatigue syndrome: new insights and old ignorance". Journal of Internal Medicine. 246 (5): 455–469. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2796.1999.00513.x. PMID 10583715
"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Basic Facts". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. May 9, 2006
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4Gallagher AM, Thomas JM, Hamilton WT, White PD; Thomas; Hamilton; White (2004). "Incidence of fatigue symptoms and diagnoses presenting in UK primary care from 1990 to 2001". J R Soc Med. 97 (12): 571–5. doi:10.1258/jrsm.97.12.571. PMC 1079668 . PMID 15574853
5Dinos, S; Khoshaba, B; Ashby, D; White, PD; Nazroo, J; Wessely, S; Bhui, KS (2009). "A systematic review of chronic fatigue, its syndromes and ethnicity: prevalence, severity, co-morbidity and coping". International Journal of Epidemiology. 38 (6): 1554–70. doi:10.1093/ije/dyp147. PMID 19349479
6Walsh CM, Zainal NZ, Middleton SJ, Paykel ES; Zainal; Middleton; Paykel (2001). "A family history study of chronic fatigue syndrome". Psychiatr Genet. 11 (3): 123–8. doi:10.1097/00041444-200109000-00003. PMID 11702053
7Natelson BH, Lange G (2002). "A status report on chronic fatigue syndrome". Environ. Health Perspect. 110 Suppl 4 (Suppl 4): 673–7. doi:10.1289/ehp.02110s4673. PMC 1241224 . PMID 12194905
8CDC - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) - Diagnosis". Cdc.gov
9"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Symptoms". Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2012-05-14

Topics: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Written by Dr Mohamed Abdel Hamid

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Hamid is a practicing dentist, the founder and owner of confidential clinic in Cairo, Egypt. He graduated from the faculty of dentistry, Ain Shams University, obtaining his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010 and has been practicing ever since. He acquired a postgraduate diploma of Oral Surgery in 2013 from the same university. In 2014, he acquired the membership of faculty of dental surgery (MFDS) from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), one of the highest honors in professional dentistry. In 2016, He became a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the highest recognized institution in the world pertaining to cosmetic dentistry and beauty.