Chronic Fatigue — Deficiencies, Lyme, Toxin Overload, Endocrine Issues, Parasites or a Herpes Virus?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition, and the medical community often has little to offer to support those who suffer.

Your doctor may send you to check your heart, thyroid, adrenals, iron, magnesium, chromium levels, even parasites… No Lyme Disease (common cause). You don’t use artificial sweeteners and don’t take gummies, vitamins or medications that contain aspartame. It is all good.

Could it be a chronic inflammation of the vagus nerve caused by an old, previously dormant human herpes virus (HHV-6), also known as roseola? Research suggest the link is there. CFS has been linked to other viruses too. Anti-viral medications have worked for some, so have substances such as lemon balm and zinc, which have proven anti-viral properties.

Adrenal insufficiency also seems to have a hand in this. If no Addison’s is present, isn’t “adrenal fatigue” just a quackery term used by naturopaths pushing glutathione, the anti-viral super antioxidant your body makes to keep your virome (all of the viruses in your body) in check?

Many swear that glutathione infusions (IV) offer respite. But it may not be enough. There is also an effective long-term, potentiated solution. The protocol includes:

It is estimated that 80% of Americans may be suffering from adrenal fatigue due to chronic, low-grade stress. The chemistry of stress is very specific and it correlates directly to hydrocortisone levels, acetylcholine, and ADH. Glutathione has been found to combat oxidative stress too. Prolonged use, may make you zinc deficient, therefore:

Glutamate is an excitatory amino acid neurotransmitter present in anything fermented. Without it, depression and/or deep fatigue set it. Healthy glutamate (not MSG, which is a synthetic form) is present in whole grains, beans and mushrooms.

Cysteine used as NAC (N-Acetylcysteine) is an amino acid that boosts glutathione levels. It also detoxes the lungs, the liver, and the kidneys. It’s present in lentils, oatmeal and sunflower seeds.

Glycine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. Without it you cannot calm your racing thoughts. In other words, glycine deficiency may be forming the anatomy of anxiety, which is a common fibromyalgia companion! Glycine is also used to treat schizophrenia. Foods high in glycine include legumes, seaweed, asparagus and cabbage.

Side Note

Do you know what else is affected by this stress-induced imbalance? Your progesterone levels. Infertility, maddening insomnia and paranoid thoughts re-thinking each and every moment follow.

Progesterone is the calming hormone. Very few doctors know that it is also a key component of your body’s detoxification mechanisms. Melatonin too.

About Your Diet

Start with Michael Pollan’s tenet:

  1. Eat real foods.
  2. Not too much.
  3. Mostly plants.

Then add chocolate. Chocolate helps chronic fatigue. Need proof? Take a listen to the studies discussed in this VIDEO. It’s a sweet solution.

To your health!



I am a naturopath, not an MD. Nothing on this page intends to treat, diagnose or prevent disease. Check me out at Thank you!

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