Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) was formally recognized and defined as an illness by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 1988. Before that time and even since any doctors considered the condition psychological. CFS goes by various names: Epstein-Barr, yuppie flu, and, in Britain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (which identifies the muscles and brain as sites of inflammation).
The symptoms of CFS are chronic headaches, swollen glands, periodic fevers and chills, muscle and joint aches and pains, muscle weakness, sore throat, and numbness and tingling of the extremities. The general feeling is one of incredible fatigue and inability to do even the simplest of tasks without becoming exhausted with an inability to cope with any stress and insomnia.
It wasn’t until 1990 that the American College of Rheumatology established diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, thereby giving it official status as an illness. Fibro means connective tissue and refers to the thin tissue that wraps around muscles, and myalgia means muscle pain. Also called fibrositis, fibromyalgia is a close cousin of CFS and shares many of its symptoms: incapacitating fatigue, muscle and joint pain, neuralgia, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, cognitive confusion, and digestive problems. (CFS sufferers, in addition, have a mild fever, swollen glands, and a sore throat, which distinguishes them from fibromyalgia patients.)
Dr. Carolyn Dean, the author of The Magnesium Miracle, has written many times about her assessment of both of these ‘illnesses’ as being a label for an accumulation of toxins and infections from both environment and lifestyle. Twenty-six doctors who present their cases in a book on chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia agree. (Goldberg B, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia & Environmental Illness: 26 Doctors Show You How They Reverse These Conditions with Clinically Proven Alternative Therapies, Future Medicine Publishing, Tiburon, CA. 1998.)
Could it be that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are really magnesium and mineral deficiencies in disguise? Could we have a case of mistaken identity?
Our exposure to toxins, chemicals, and prescription drugs begins at birth. Substances we think are safe can break down our immune systems and deplete our nutrient reserves, and Dr. Dean along with a host of many allopathic and naturopath doctors and treatment believe that these factors to CFS, fibromyalgia, and environmental illness in a growing list of sufferers. (Ibid)
Toxins, chemicals, and prescription drugs as well as the processed foods that we eat and the sodas that we drink deplete our bodies of magnesium.
Research has found that:
* Magnesium deficiency is common in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia sufferers.
* Magnesium forms an important part of treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
* Magnesium reduces the fatigue, muscle pain and chemical sensitivity of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.
In Dr. Dean’s Future Health Now Encyclopedia she writes the following:
“According to practitioners of natural medicine, fibromyalgia may be the painful endpoint after years of stress, trauma, immunizations, fatigue, infections, and a bad diet. … a lifetime of illness and medication can cause yeast overgrowth and lead to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. The toxins from viruses, yeast, parasites, and a bad diet invariably find their way to the joints and muscles in a large portion of the population. The painful result, according to classical Chinese medicine, is actually a protective mechanism in order to divert these pathogens away from your internal organs. Knowing this should be a wake-up call to reduce your various stressors. The result for some is arthritis, as it mostly affects the joints; for others, it culminates in fibromyalgia, which mostly affects the muscles.”
Treating widespread toxic inflammation caused by toxins from viruses, yeast, parasites a bad diet and drug with MORE drugs simply adds to the problem and all drugs drain the body of magnesium. Drug treatment of fibromyalgia makes no sense.
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