Chronic Fatigue Viruses
With Chronic Fatigue the body's biochemistry, nutrients, metabolism,
or immunity are disrupted and imbalanced. Listed below are 12 common
causes we address. We provide lab testing, diet modification, nutritional
support or herbal therapy for the conditions below:
Adrenal Insufficiency: Adrenal function depends on proper balance of adrenalin (epinephrine)
and cortisol. Adrenalin is made from tyrosine (amino acid). While cortisol is made from
cholesterol and depends on adequate receptors to enter the cells. Stress can imbalance these
factors. When the receptors fail, it leads to high blood cortisol but low cellular cortisol. Long
term stress leads to low blood cortisol. Either way it causes Chronic Fatigue.
Candida albicans: This is a yeast that can overgrow and disrupt the digestive system, causing
gas, bloating, and sugar cravings -- and cause symptoms in other parts of the body, such as
thrush (tongue) or athlete's foot. By stressing the immune system it can lead to Chronic
Chronic Fatigue Viruses: The most common are: Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and Cytomegalo
Virus (CMV). If not treated, they can lead to long term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Food Allergies: Food allergies are an abnormal immune response to a food, and can cause
acute or chronic symptoms. Long term these disrupt the immune system and can feel like the
flu, leaving people feeling tired and fuzzy headed. See Diet & Food Allergies.
Hypoglycemia: Low blood sugar can be due to deficiencies of B vitamins or minerals, or low
adrenal function. This leads to insufficient glucose to cells and Chronic Fatigue.
Liver Dysfunction: The liver is the master chemist, with over 2000 known functions, and
depends on many nutrients to metabolize foods, break down hormones and immune factors,
build new compounds, and for Phase I and Phase II liver detoxification, to name a few. Chronic
liver dysfunction leads to sluggish metabolism and fatigue.
Macrocytic Anemia: Red blood cells are too large due to deficiencies of vitamins B12 or folate.
This leads to insufficient oxygen to the cells and Chronic Fatigue.
Microcytic Anemia: Red blood cells are too small due to deficiencies of iron, copper, or vitamin
B6. This leads to insufficient oxygen to the cells and Chronic Fatigue.
Mitochondrial Damage: These are amazing tiny organelles inside every cell that create energy.
Using the nutrients in the cells, they convert oxygen and glucose into carbon dioxide and water
-- while creating ATP energy. They can be damaged or destroyed by inflammation caused by
infections, toxins, or allergens, or by statin drugs. When energy drops, Chronic Fatigue sets in.
Nutrient Deficiencies: The body is made of nutrients, not magic substances or drugs, and
deficiencies affect the body and brain, causing physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.
Examples: Most neurotransmitters are made of amino acids. Most hormones are made of
cholesterol. Energy production depends on vitamins, minerals, and CoEnzyme Q10 in the
mitochondria. Malnutrition leads to chronic fatigue, multiple symptoms, and brain fog.
Sleep Deprivation: Studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show men need 7.5
hours of sleep and women need 8.5 hours of sleep each night. Sleep is restorative and helps
balance the body and brain. Without enough sleep people eat 15% to 20% more food and drag
around in exhaustion.
Thyroid Dysfunction: Thyroid hormones are made of iodine and tyrosine, and depend on
selenium to convert T4 into the active form T3. Low thyroid decreases metabolism in the cells,
leading to Chronic Fatigue. Over active thyroid (Grave's Disease) leads to racing heart and pulse
and causes eventual exhaustion.
Take the Chronic Fatigue Questionnaire to see how many symptoms you
have from the list above.