Chronic fatigue syndrome – avoiding the scams

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The amount of misinformation out there for invisible illness, namely chronic fatigue, is alarming. 1 in 5 of my patients is affected by CFS/ME, fibromyalgia or lyme. Out of these people, most have been unable to work or even live in the real world for some time – many years even. Most have financial trouble simply because of the long drawn out process of mismanagement.

Many more are now dependent on addictive drugs and in turn, suffering side effects that only add to their troubles. Now that the medical industry (along with the pharma industry) are jumping on board and finally recognising CFS, the mismanagement has increased exponentially. With disastrous results. But these are the lucky ones – many suicide or give up on life because they lose hope.

My practice methods combine many modalities, and I work to find the most effective, affordable health care for my patients.

I began my health care journey in the late 70s as a keen nursing assistant, moving into training and eventually remote area nursing. Intending to move onto medical school, I was constantly frustrated with the establishment, refusing to hear those words “There is nothing we can do.”

There was always something else that could be done and I saw this when my father who had been given a grim prognosis, became once again vitally healthy with the help of his ‘miracle worker’ – a naturopath. She became my mentor for a long time and over the next 10 years I studied every modality I could – herbal medicine, colour therapy, reflexology, organic farming/gardening, homœopathy, acupuncture, natural nutrition, cupping, moxibustion, massage, nutriceuticals – anything I found that could help. But let me say here that I am the world’s greatest skeptic – if you have an argument, I have already had it and found answers.

By proxy I moved into writing and lecturing, sat on a number of boards and was a constant lobbyist for health reform. I then found myself in medical research – while I did not find one single day rewarding or beneficial, I did learn from the dishonesty and what I had long believed – that modern medicine was so far off track it was rarely of good use to anyone.

Around this time my daughter became gravely ill with chronic fatigue syndrome that almost claimed her life many times and I vowed that once I found a cure I would share it – I did and I do. My personal battle with this insidious but mostly dismissed disorder cost my family personally, professionally and financially. We were alienated – the financial cost was immeasurable as we descended into debt, trying every ‘magical’ promise out there. By the time I found answers, I had lost everything but the life of my kids. Since then I have vowed to share these answers – even if most people seem to not want to listen.

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Natural therapies offer hope alongside sound nutritional and lifestyle advice. But not all natural health professionals are conversant or acquainted with the syndrome. I personally spent many years unable to deal with it simply because I did not know enough about it. I was no better than my medical counterparts who blundered along with awful consequences. I even witnessed a surgeon do a radical hysterectomy on a patient who, in his words, wouldn’t stop complaining so ‘this will give her something to really complain about.’

Go back further in medical history, and you will find oophorectomy (ovarian removal even in teens) was commonplace. Shock treatment for ‘hysteria’ which was more the hormonal side of CFS symptoms is well documented. Sadly things haven’t changed much – CFS is still considered a mental health issue – many claim it is a psychosomatic illness and it is treated as such. Too many cases are not treated with anything other than anti-depressants and addictive analgesia.

I have spent decades researching, writing and trialling health care at my own cost. Much of it has been a huge expense with little benefit. I am happy to share this knowledge, after careful and in depth research. But I recommend that rather than hit and miss, ad hoc trials at different ideas, complete my assessment (see link on this blog – here) for comprehensive health assistance, and the CFS questionnaire is included at no extra charge. This will help you pinpoint and identify what is needed in your own case.

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Author: Chrysalis

Sharing the truth in health care with the public - especially those in nations where it is illegal to know the truth, for those who cannot afford health care, and for those who, through chronic illness or terminal disease are desperate to know the truth. And I will use any means necessary to do so. This has cost me dearly over the years - legally, professionally, financially and personally - but each time I feel as though it's not work it, I find I HAVE to keep going. After the recent loss of our adored son in law through medical negligence, I vowed to never give up the fight that I began in orthodox medicine, then as a naturopath seeing proof that there are answers outside of medicine, outside of surgery, toxic chemicals and big pharma's control - and when my daughter almost died through medical error. It's easy for some sectors of the community to dismiss someone who walked away from orthodox medicine. It's also easy for them to dismiss anyone who has qualifications in alternative medicine, regardless of how many lives they have saved - and regardless of whether most of those lives were failed by orthodoxy. Yet spend years in between, working in medical/pharma research and really get the inside story and then watch the worms come out of the woodwork. It's an interesting conundrum to see just how people who on the surface appear to be intellectual and reasonable, all of a sudden shoot off the Richter scale of common sense - after all, there is no way on earth someone who has a sound knowledge of facts, could possibly, actually know something they don't. Regardless of how my peers see me, I will spend the rest of my life getting the truth out there. It's astounding how much free time some of these poor excuses of humanity have, and how they believe they are discovering some amazing new thing with their hard hitting 'journalism' - imagine if all that effort could actually go into something decent and worthwhile.

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