by James Rippe
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a disorder that has no known cause. The fatigue, concentration, and pain issues that come along with the illness can be devastating and life changing. There are few medical treatments that are currently available. Alternative treatments have become the main form of relief for many CFS patients.
Dietary supplements like antioxidants can help with symptoms of low energy and concentration. There are many patients that have had full or partial recovery from protocols that use a regimen of dietary supplements, like Co-Q 10, NAC, and alpha lipoic acid. A doctor named Marshall Pall has come up with a treatment protocol that cured him of his chronic fatigue symptoms and it looks as though it will provide much benefit to other CFS sufferers.
Oxidative stress is presumed to be one of the main causes of CFS and increasing levels of anti-oxidants in the body can often have a beneficial effect on patients. Patients are many times found to have a lower levels of anti-oxidants in the body and much higher levels of oxidative stress. The anti-oxidant glutathione has been found to be of particular importance in treating CFS. Raising levels of glutathione can have a big effect on symptoms. Low glutathione levels is one of the few consistencies found throughout patients. Levels can be raised through supplementation of the precursor NAC or whey protein.
Doctors have a lot to learn about the disease process in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but alternative treatments like the use of dietary supplements becoming of standard use. If you are diagnosed with CFS it is important to find a good doctor, a good CFS forum where you can meet and discuss what is working for other patients. There are definitely answers out there, but it may take a while for us to find them.