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Chronic Fatigue

and Environmental Factors

Chronic fatigue is not considered to be an environmentally induced illness but environmental factors contribute to this multi-factorial disease process. A study by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine looked at 100 patients with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and found that 93 of them had a positive urinalysis for mycotoxins. However, treatment of the mycotoxins alone will usually not improve the fatigue. There appears to be compromise of the neurologic, endocrine, and immunologic systems with chronic fatigue. This compromise creates an inability of the body’s mitochondria to fully function. This leads to a loss of energy and the symptom of chronic fatigue.

The laboratory evaluation for chronic fatigue involves evaluations of the immunologic, endocrine, and neurologic systems. The neurotoxins are evaluated with provoked urinalyses and the endocrine system is evaluated using standard blood testing. The immunologic system is evaluated using a combination of blood and urine testing.

Treatments for Chronic Fatigue

Intravenous therapies, ozone/UBI treatments, EBOO (extracorporeal blood oxygenation and oxygenation), dietary management, and nutritional supplements are used in various combinations in the treatment of chronic fatigue depending on the results of the laboratory testing.

The management of chronic fatigue follows basic tenets of environmental medicine: lower the total body burden of xenobiotics, support the endocrine system, and correct any intestinal issues present to increase energy production in the cells.