Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Chronic fatigue syndrome affects nearly one million people. It is a relatively new disease, having been discovered in the last 20 years, and affects modernized societies. This syndrome is characterized by a constant feeling of tiredness and weakness. This feeling is aggravated by exertion, so that even the smallest physical activity can leave one feeing weak and drained.

Other symptoms of chronic fatigue include difficulty concentrating, memory impairment (especially short-term memory), and even flu-like symptoms such as muscular aches and sore throat, lymph nodes, and joints. If these symptoms occur often, and last more than 24 hours at a time, then they're an indicator of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

One of the most maddening aspects about chronic fatigue syndrome is that a specific cause has not been determined. There are a wide range of theories about its causes, ranging from viral infections to immune disorders to nutritional deficiencies. However, it has not been universally agreed upon as to what are the causes. This makes chronic fatigue one of the most mysterious diseases of modern times.

The nutritional theory is an interesting one, and certainly one that is easy to understand. Experts in colon therapy point to blocked and constipated colons as a source of chronic fatigue. Blocked colons are endemic to modern Western cultures with a diet high in processed foods and low in fiber. Blocked colons can develop a plaque-like coating on their inner walls that hinders absorption of vitamins and minerals. This can result in malnourishment and, indeed, chronic fatigue. Champions of colon cleansing therapy often cite its effectiveness in treating this frustrating disorder.

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