have now reached a level of obesity in the US , South America , Canada , and
which is unprecedented in recorded history.
is also accepted that the lifestyles we lead are often very high stress.
is no coincidence that these new peaks of obesity and stress correlate
directly with an increase in the occurrence of “modern” or “new”
diseases of Western society, including heart disease, the cancers, and
others including the rheumatic and fatigue spectrum, specifically in
our case Fibromyalgia and CFS.
least we have moved past the era when debate was so Neolithic as to
suggest that these conditions don’t really exist or are a subdivision
of psychology and now we can concentrate on the science and biology of
these diseases and the reality of life and recovery for Fibromyalgia
and CFS sufferers.
extra weight will exacerbate small anomalies in musculoskeletal balance.
anomalies in conjunction with a certain genetic predisposition appear
to underlie the onset of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in
certain individuals, while other individuals who suffer the same
initial “trigger” infection, trauma or exposure recover relatively
carrying extra weight may cause your condition to be maintained longer
and exacerbated more than in cases that are of normal weight.
Autonomic Nervous System, damaged by the initial trauma of your
condition controls homeostasis, digestion, and the organs of
elimination to name but a few of its functions.
ANS will be under additional stress in individuals who are overweight
or clinically obese.
do appreciate that the last thing you need to hear when you are struck
with the early stages of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is
that you need to lose weight.
the early stages of the illness weight loss is NOT advised. I advise
sufferers to eat a well balanced diet,
a later stage as overall toxicity reduces, lymphatic flow improves,
immunological modulation begins and digestive stress is reduced weight
loss strategies can be considered and undertaken.
due to the causal factors involved in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome it is essential to avoid programs which require strenuous
exercise regimes, due to the onset of post-exertional malaise which is
a defining feature of Fibromyalgia and CFS pathology.
program involving sustained aerobic activity that induces
cardiovascular debt or strenuous muscular exertion such as
weightlifting, can seriously damage sufferers of Fibromyalgia and
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
suffering "true" CFS should never attempt to waste what little energy
they have on strenuous exercise, whether it be weight bearing, graded,
aerobic or anaerobic.
only energy you should be expending is on your essential daily
activities, and relaxing walks or pastimes which will reduce your
susceptibility to depression.
I am about to say I am sure will open a veritable Pandora’s Box, but
research has lead me firmly to the conclusion that the evidence
supporting "graded exercise" as a strategy for CFS and Fibromyalgia
treatment is wholly unfounded.
trials I have investigated which were used as supporting evidence for
the use of graded exercise as an establishment response to CFS and
Fibromyalgia were deeply flawed as inadequate distinction was made with
regards to the actual medical cause of fatigue in these
definition of Chronic Fatigue was basically that a subject should have
suffered pronounced fatigue for 6 months or more.
our own research we all know that there are a thousand and one
different causes of long term fatigue. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome being
just one of these.
it is a recognized fact that cases diagnosed with Mild, Post-natal, or
Clinical depression and/or Seasonal Affective Disorder often
respond well to graded exercise regimes, particularly
if undertaken outdoors in daylight.
only does graded exercise improve stamina via increased RBC production
and oxygen uptake, it provides a lux (unit of light) boost in SAD
sufferers, and provides a new purpose and routine to depressed
also produces endorphins which help to boost and modulate brain
chemistry with respect to serotonin and dopamine balance.
it stands to reason that all these factors will benefit cases with
fatigue of DEPRESSIVE origin.
However, damage to the
Autonomic Nervous System in sufferers with "true" Fibromyalgia and CFS
mean that energy production via the Sympathetic Nervous System in
response to exercise is impaired.
More importantly, removal of
toxins and lactic acid produced by the muscles in response to exercise
via the lymphatic and venous systems is seriously compromised and as a
result causes toxic overload and rapid symptomatic decline after
This results in the
"post-exertional malaise" that Fibromyalgia and CFS sufferers who have
attempted an exercise regime WILL have experienced.
A cruel twist in the tale which
has lead the establishment down the psychological path so many times is
that often the most obvious physical sign of illness in Fibromyalgia
and CFS cases is that they are suffering depression.
It is only now being
acknowledged by the establishment that individuals with these syndromes
display depression as an environmental CONSEQUENCE of living with their
It is NOT THE CAUSE as is so
often dictated by well-meaning healthcare providers.
I am putting together a manual
of dietary advice which I will be posting soon, but in the meantime I
recommend a diet that is balanced and safe, rich in nutrients and will
produce sustainable results with regards to maintaining or reducing
your weight while you are still in the recuperative phase of a chronic
I do admit reservations about
recommending calorific restrictions but our illness is not caused by a
lack of calories, and excessive consumption due to depression or
comfort eating will only serve to overload organs which are already
disturbed and congested.
From a dietary perspective, I
advise a pretty standard protocol:
5 or more portions of fresh, raw fruit and lightly boiled or streamed
vegetables per day, with good balance of protein and carbohydrates.
red meat more than once a week. Eat chicken and fish instead.
too much sugar. Fruit will contain all the sugars you need in a more
dairy products due to the almost universal immune over-reaction to
alcohol consumption. This should be a given if you are reading this
anyway. The immune response is excessive and the toxic load on the
eliminatory organs such as the liver, kidneys and stomach are also
a daily high quality multivitamin/multimineral supplement
this balanced diet you will not be deficient in any nutrients which
could possibly be causing your fatigue, or that could hinder your
recovery from your condition.
you will not be putting undue strain on your digestive system, which is
currently disturbed and malfunctioning.
DO advocate taking a high quality multivitamin/multimineral supplement
to top up any slight deficiencies you may have on a daily basis. They
will certainly do you no harm and for a small price will eliminate any
worries you might have over dietary deficiencies.
have been notable cases where sufferers who have been misdiagnosed have
responded remarkably to high doses of the B-Complex family.
seems malnutrition is still far from being confined to history in the US
and with the rise of fast food
is making quite a confident and remarkable comeback in our own backyard.
quality of foods you consume hugely outweighs the quantity. All foods
consumed should be natural, unprocessed, and highly rich in vitamins,
minerals and micronutrients.
Haslam, (B.A, M.Sc, PgDip)
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Research.
CFS/ Fibromyalgia Sufferer.
Fibromyalgia/ Chronic Fatigue
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