Do you have a diagnosis of chronic fatigue?
Or do you believe that if you went to the doctor, you would get a diagnosis of chronic fatigue?
If so, you know how easy it is to drag yourself from one activity to the next with no hope of ever improving.
Life seems to be in black and white and everyone else is having all the fun, not you. It can be difficult to muster up the strength to do required things, let alone the things that you used to do both in your daily activities and for fun.
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland released the results of their study on chronic fatigue syndrome and the risk of cancer in the elderly in May 2012 with information that you may want to pay attention to.
They start out the study with the fact that the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown but thought to be associated with immune abnormalities or infection.
In natural healing, there are many causes of chronic fatigue:
1. Epstein-Barr viral infection
2. Lyme’s disease (you were bitten by an infected tick)
3. Exposure to harmful chemicals
4. Exposure to radiation
6. Mineral deficiencies
7. Blood sugar abnormalities
8. Infection of another type, possibly fungal or yeast
9. Tooth infection or mercury leaking from tooth
10. Heavy metal poisoning
When you have an infection, your white blood cells release chemicals that slow you down and create fatigue.
The purpose of this is to get you off the Energizer Bunny track of go-go-go and allow your body to heal. Your body seems to respond by MAKING you slow down, and it does this with fatigue.
The National Institute of Cancer researchers wanted to see if there was a correlation between cancer and the elderly and chronic fatigue syndrome. They examined 1.2 million cases of cancer in people over the age of 66 from between 1992 and 2005.
That’s a lot of records to go through!
They were looking for chronic fatigue syndrome to be identified in the medical records and their search went back to more than one year prior to the diagnosis.
They did find a link. It was less than 1% (only 0.5%) but nevertheless there was a link.
The people who had cancer and chronic fatigue up to one year before diagnosis were mainly those with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. (Source: Cancer May 30, 2012)
What Is Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma?
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the B lymphocytes. You have two types of lymphocytes – or white blood cells – in your body.
These are the B lymphocytes and the T lymphocytes. Your while blood cells help your body prevent infections.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma usually shows up in adults, not children. It’s found especially in those with weakened immune systems.
If you happened to have an organ transplant and are taking drugs that suppress the immune system, you are also at risk.
Having Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma differs from having chronic fatigue syndrome by itself. Here are a few symptoms associated with this type of cancer:
- Swollen lymph nodes throughout the entire body
- Loss of weight
- Fever and chills from time to time
- Sweating episodes at night where you are soaked with sweat – even though the bedroom is not hot
There can be other signs and symptoms if the cancer has affected the lymph nodes in the lungs or brain cells.
Chemotherapy helps in cases of fast-growing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but in the slow-growing ones, it isn’t of much help
What Does This Information Tell You?
This study done at the National Cancer Institute tells us just how important it is to keep our immune system cells healthy and happy.
Usually we don’t even give our immune system cells much thought about how to keep them healthy.
We think about what to do to keep our feet happy, our stomach happy, our body and what it looks like . . . but who thinks about feeding the immune system cells every day? Not many people.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Decrease sugar in your diet. Sugar paralyzes the white blood cells so they can’t work and engulf bacteria, viruses, molds, and fungi.
2. Eat plenty of protein, including meat.
Meat keeps you strong because of the iron content – and most people have been brainwashed to believe that iron is bad for them.
Iron is essential to good immunity and its main source is red meat.
3. The protein from other non-red meat sources strengthens the immune system by giving it the ability to create antibodies.
Eat non-red meat sources of complete protein such as dairy products, eggs, fish, turkey and chicken.
4. Include herbs and spices in your diet. The innumerable medicinal constituents they contain add up and provide anti-cancer substances.
Just by doing these four things, you will even notice a big improvement in your chronic fatigue. Try it and see for yourself.