So here we go again – another awareness day for our world.
- What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Day?
- What does that mean to us on the street?
- Have we even heard about this syndrome?
- What is a syndrome?
- What are the medics saying about it?
- What is this really all about?
So let’s keep it simple and see first what these words actually mean.
The concise Oxford English Dictionary states the following:
Chronic – persisting for a long time or constantly recurring
Fatigue – extreme tiredness resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness
Syndrome – a group of symptoms, which consistently occur together
OK – does this tell us something?
Long lasting – is the chronic bit so is there a clue here for us?
Could it be possible that to have anything chronic we must be doing something long term?
Next – The extreme tiredness comes from us pushing the body mentally or physically.
Could it be possible this illness comes from pushing the body beyond its natural state?
Could it be possible that this illness comes from the long-term pushing/exertion?
If it is a Syndrome – could it be the way we are living has something to do with why it is multiple symptoms?
Well there is a bit more – the dictionary also states that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is –
A medical condition of unknown cause with fever, aching and prolonged tiredness and depression.
Unknown cause it says. That means we do not know what causes it. Right?
But what if we just add up the meaning of those words Chronic + Fatigue + Syndrome?
Hello – we actually get more than a sign.
We get a clue that it is long term exertion – be it mental or physical that is causing the multiple symptoms.
Is this telling us something about what causes it in the first place?
The symptoms are similar to flu symptoms and most of us KNOW what that feels like.
Flu makes us stop as our whole body aches and it’s like we go into shut down mode to recover as we have NO life force to continue moving. Our mind and body is switched off and there is no medicine for a virus.
Have we ever wondered why?
- Could it be possible that this is one illness that requires a total stop to recover and a band-aid approach like popping pills does not work?
- Could it be possible that our body has had enough of our constant abuse, by not taking deep care of it everyday and it says ‘I am stopping you now’?
- Could it be possible that if we repeatedly disregard our body and choose not to rest or take sleep seriously, then eventually our body will say ‘enough mate, I am stopping you’?
- Could it be possible that if our life force is depleted by the way we choose to live everyday, it could mean that long-term we end up unable to literally move, as in the case of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?
- Could it be possible that our lifestyle choices are the root cause of this modern day illness?
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is also known as:
- Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)
- Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS)
- Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and
- Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (SEID)
It affects more than a million Americans and 20 million people worldwide. Most of these people are unable to work.
That’s a lot of people and research by the University of Bristol suggests there is a rise in this illness among girls aged 16.
What is this actually telling us?
We read statistics and go wow that’s a lot and leave it at that.
But what if we took another perspective – the largest UK stadium holds 90,000 spectators. We could fill up 222 stadiums of the same size with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers in our world.
In the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), the World Health Organization have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a Post Viral Syndrome. It is known as Benign Myalgic Encephalomyetis under ‘Other Disorders of the Brain’.
We might know it or have heard of it as ME.
The ME Association are raising funds and bringing awareness as there are
250,000 people suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME in the UK.
They are asking us to go blue for their awareness week 9-15 May.
Their website states that ‘There will also be more bake sales, and tea parties than ever before’.
- Will tea parties and selling baked cakes truly make a difference to the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME sufferers?
- Is dying our hair blue and painting our nails blue going to change the root cause of ME?
- Could wearing blue for a week really change the lives of ME sufferers?
- What IF we avoided these foods and drinks for a week or longer?
- How would our body respond?
- Would we be feeling even more as we are no longer artificially stimulating it?
- Could it be possible that avoiding sugar would support our body to return to its natural state?
So ME and CFS are the same thing. Other names (as mentioned above) are Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) and Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS).
Do we have more clues here with the words ‘post viral’ and ‘immune dysfunction’?
ME is known to have severe sleep dysfunction and there is enough research now which confirms that sleep deprivation affects our immune system.
- What IF the pain prevents people from sleeping?
- What IF pushing the body beyond its limits is what causes the pain?
- What IF choosing not to listen to the body, which was asking for rest caused the pain?
- What IF the mental and physical exertion disturbed the body so sleep was affected?
- What IF consistently living in this way of self neglect caused the chronic fatigue?
- What IF long-term depletion of our life force drains us to a point where we have to be stopped?
Google tells us there is a website called 12th May – http://www.may12th.org/illnesses/me/
Why 12th? – well it is to honour the birthday of Florence Nightingale who suffered from fatigue and symptoms characteristic of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It states ‘Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a severe chronic illness in which symptoms are worsened by physical exertion.’
And the dictionary tells us to exert is a force. So this tells us that things get worse by physically forcing the body to move in a certain way. Did Florence Nightingale push her body and the long-term over-exertion gave her the symptoms?
Researchers estimate that at least one million Americans have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, but only 20% are diagnosed with the illness. Patients, families, employers, and society endure significant costs associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, which are estimated to be $18-51 billion annually in the United States. Although most common in women, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME affects persons of all ages, including children, and all race/ethnicities. Scientists have not determined the cause or causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. www.cdc.gov/features/cfsawarenessday/
- What IF there was a way to move our body without using force?
- What IF there was another way to live that did not mentally or physically exert the body?
What if Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a direct result of long term depletion of life force, which is a drain on our kidneys and not a disorder of the brain?
What if there was a natural way to live, that allowed us the time and space to rest so there would NEVER be long-term depletion of our life force?
Could it be possible that there is another way to heal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and it comes with taking Responsibility for the way we are choosing to Live and move everyday?
What if it was really that Simple?
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