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The Liebell Clinic: Chronic Pain & Wellness Solutions
The Causes of Chronic Fatigue Your
Doctor May Not Have Ever Considered
By Dr. Donald Liebell
Do you remember how years ago, millions of Americans were being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Where did it go? Did everybody get cured? Did the Epstein Barr virus (associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) become extinct?
Perhaps Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was upstaged in the medical-pharmacological wold by fibromyalgia?
We must consider that there isn't really anything in traditional Western (pharmaceutical-based) medicine to treat viral conditions. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been long associated with the Epstein Barr virus. It seems to me that when a diagnosis can’t be capitalized upon with obscenely profitable prescription medications; it tends to silently disappear… in favor of something new—which by some odd "coincidence" has virtually the exact same symptoms.
Do you find it peculiar that the new disease now miraculously has several FDA approved prescription drug that can treat it? Lyrica, for example is considered to be an acceptable treatment for Fibromyalgia, but NOT Epstein-Barr virus.
Does this sound “fishy” to you?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is yesterday's news. In fact, its name has been changed several times over the years. Did you know that it was renamed Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)? But don't worry about it, because it has been renamed again! What was once called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is now called...
Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder (SEID). REALLY... I'm not kidding. This is actually a thing!
Back to the viruses:
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is one of the most common human viruses. They report that as many as “95% of adults between 35 and 40 years of age have been infected.”
The CDC also states that EBV is indistinguishable from other childhood illnesses. It is of course, associated with infectious mononucleosis, which they report “remains dormant or latent in a few cells in the throat and blood for the rest of the person's life.”
In my opinion, this is taken shockingly lightly, considering that EBV has been implicated in several autoimmune diseases, as well as some forms of CANCER!
The causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have been debated by doctors and researchers for years. Some don’t believe such a condition exists. The causative microbes have also been debated. A paper published in the Journal of Internal Medicine suggested re-naming it "myalgic encephalomyelitis" because it is a better name for the condition since it involves dysfunction of the immune system, metabolism, cardiovascular, and cognitive function. Sadly, in the 12-page paper, no mention of anything of curative value!
Woo-hoo... a fancier and harder-to-prounounce name for an old problem.
Traditional medicine continues to be baffled at why one person contracts a virus, bacteria or fungal infection… and gets well with no complication, while another develops chronic illness. Perhaps this is because the focus is almost always on the disease, the germs and the symptoms—not the PERSON.
With complex homeopathic medicine, the PERSON is the focus. In my practice, I never, under any circumstances directly treat viruses, bacteria, or fungi. That is strictly the domain of the traditional medical doctor. I do however provide patient-oriented treatment, which is geared towards eliminating toxins, restoring structural and neurological balance and boosting the immune system... which in turn, can enable you to naturally fight viruses.
The CDC states that there is essentially no effective treatment offered by orthodox medicine for CFS. No antiviral or antibiotic drugs make any difference in the course of the disease. Treatment of symptoms is the only option.
As a whole-body oriented doctor, I do not view the matter of treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as one about chemically killing viruses or preventing their reproduction. My approach is about strengthening your body to handle it on its own... and in my experience (as well as my colleagues), it can do it beautifully.
We ALL have viruses, bacteria and fungi in our bodies—but not everybody suffers illnesses. A healthy immune system can usually handle the situation. Like it or not; we are all, in fact full of disease causing organisms. The key is how well your body acts upon them to keep you healthy and prevent them from causing disease in your body. In fact, it is virtually impossible to be alive and not be infected with some pathogenic organisms. What is important is how your body responds to remain healthy.
Even though its causes and diagnosis are still somewhat indefinite, there is hope for people with "chronic fatigue syndrome" to lead vital, happy lives with proper prevention and effective natural treatment, combined with any necessary conventional medical treatment. When doctors of all disciplines "wake up" to the fact that health care is not about any single treatment approach... we will be a healthier nation.
There can be multiple causes for chronic fatigue. It is my opinion that Epstein Barr virus, which is associated with "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" is part of the symptomatic picture for those who are afflicted with some form of fibromyalgia type syndrome.
I have little doubt that Epstein Barr virus is a major cause of chronic fatigue. However, my research of medical journals and countless articles reveals this list of microorganisms that have been documented to be involved in chronic fatigue:
Borellia (Lyme Disease) Bartonella Bornaviruses Brucella Campylobacter Candida Chlamydia
Coxiella Burnetii (Q fever) Coxsackie virus Cytomegalovirus Endogenous retrovirus Enterovirus
Giardia Helicobacter pylori Human Herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Influenza Mycoplasma Parvovirus Pneumococcus Ross River virus Streptococcus Toxoplasma
Xenotropic MLV-Like Virus Yersinia enterocolitica
The bottom line is that your IMMUNE system is responsible for dealing with fatigue-causing microbes. Strengthening it to do so is the key. We accomplish this in my practice through great nutrition (and I don't mean taking a fortune's worth of vitamin pills), sensible exercise, structural correction (Atlas Orthogonal chiropractic adjustments), Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture), and most importantly... properly administered complex homeopathic supplementation.
-Dr. Donald Liebell
The Liebell Clinic: 477 Viking Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 631-9799 www.LiebellClinic.com