Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Austin
Chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS, is a more and more frequent diagnosis in the last few years. These people have such bone jarring fatigue that they are often unable to get through their daily routines. Many have become so debilitated that they are unable to work at any type of regular job and some cannot even take care of themselves.
While many theories have been proposed to explain the condition, most medical specialists agree that no one theory adequately explains the problem. No known treatment has proven to be effective.
I think I can explain the problem and offer constructive suggestions to help resolve it.
I believe the chronic fatigue syndrome arises from a hormone imbalance. This problem affects many more women than men, but both groups have a few things in common. The problem arises in their thirties and forties in most cases. The women have noticed major hormone changes. This is quite natural, of course, when you stop to recall that average life expectancy for women was 40 years of age in l900. Through technical advances life expectancy for women has more than doubled in the last one hundred years. This isn’t an evolutionary change…it is a technical effect. We got rid of the Commanches, few people freeze or starve to death, and most importantly, antibiotics and medical advances are keeping more and more people alive longer.
Life expectancy may have doubled, but Nature doesn’t recognize this. She still thinks we’re out of here by forty. Nature doesn’t want people who are about to die to have babies.…Who would raise them? As a result, She begins to turn our sex drive down in our twenties and it pretty much disappears in our thirties. Nature will continue to try to make some of our hormones as we age, but they will be essential hormones…not cortisol.
Cortisol is our allergy, energy and stress hormone. Nobody makes enough. All humans use all their cortisol every day. As we age we make less and less of this hormone. If we run out of cortisol we see an increase in allergies, decrease in energy, and less ability to deal with stress. In the absence of cortisol we use our back-up, emergency hormone… adrenalin…for all our allergy, energy and stress needs.
Adrenalin was designed for use in life-threatening emergencies. In the far distant past, early man might need adrenalin once or twice a year. When the bears began to starve they might attack the camp and our prehistoric ancestor would grab the kids by the hair, leap to the top of a tall tree, and beat the bears down with a large branch. This was a critical emergency and she needed maximum energy and strength. The emergency was over in a few minutes. The emergency hormone was adrenalin. It gave her superhuman strength, but it required fast-acting fuel. So, whenever we are operating in an emergency…using adrenalin…we immediately pour out maximum insulin to provide the necessary fuel…blood sugar. The blood sugar drops like a rock in response to the emergency adrenalin and insulin. The poor woman is left in the treetop with the three screaming babies. She is shaking like a leaf (hypoglycemia) and feels utterly exhausted (acute fatigue syndrome?). When she gets down she will be so utterly depleted that she will barely be able to walk. It might take days to recover from the shock. My patients have become so depleted of cortisol, because of their allergies and the energy required for their busy lives, that they have begun to rely on adrenalin for all these daily events. They wake up exhausted and go to bed exhausted. Instead of one bear attack each year, they are undergoing bear attacks every two or three hours of every day. When they get up in the morning they are already tired. They have busy agendas, kids to feed and get off to school, husband’s needs, their own preparation for the day, and then off to work. This requires the first jolt of adrenalin of the morning…just to get going. Some people can still do it by dint of sheer willpower. Bam! “I’m up, I will charge forward!” Others are so extremely fatigued they need to use drugs. Drugs like coffee, tea, orange juice. I have a few patients who kick-start the equipment with a Coke first thing in the morning. One told me she began each day with a bag of M&Ms and a large Dr. Pepper. Well, that should provide a fairly good jolt of energy.
This first dose of adrenalin usually lasts two hours or so. During this time there is some intense energy. Intense, but uncomfortable. It reminds us of the feeling we get when we imagine fingernails being dragged down a blackboard. As the adrenal surges through us we feel hyper, intense. We are also experiencing a huge drop in blood sugar. Adrenal creates a physiological emergency and the body responds with a maximum outpouring of insulin. This results in fairly severe hypoglycemia near the end of the two-hour ride. Feeling shaky and a bit disoriented we feel the urgent need to put out another dose of adrenalin…usually accompanied by the ingestion of some more sugar. And it’s… “off to the races”…again. And so it goes. In the course of a “normal” day, my patient experiences seven or eight “bear attacks”. When she gets home there is still a family to feed, chores to be done and a husband waiting to be amused. If our prehistoric ancestor so much as rode to work with this woman, she would dissolve in a puddle of wet before they went two miles. And this is just an ordinary weekday.
When the kids are in bed and the house is settled down she lies down for a few moments rest and falls to sleep in utter exhaustion. But, she can’t rest. She sleeps very lightly, awakening at any tick or click in the house. She awakens between 2 and 4 in the morning and feels an urgent need to urinate. She goes to the bathroom, but only has a half cupful of urine. She wakens because the mold goes off around 2 AM. She is out of cortisol, so her body responds with yet another dose of adrenalin…awakening her, and “scaring the pee”…out of her. She falls back asleep and awakens in the morning feeling the same old thing…”I feel like I haven’t had enough rest!…”. And she’s right. If you are wired up all day on adrenalin, you can’t get deeply enough asleep at night to get fourth level (restful) sleep.
Dr. Roby has had amazing success treating chronic fatigue syndrome by blocking the hormone progesterone. When patients use dilutions of progesterone the symptoms diminish or disappear within a few moments. These sublingual drops can completely prevent the symptoms. For more information on hormones and Dr. Roby’s method for treating chronic fatigue syndrome, click here.
* This treatment is not approved by the FDA