Once the body becomes chronically ill, stress is no longer JUST stress. Rather, we become kindled to respond to all stressors with heightened responses.  Lowering our reception of dopamine, inflaming tissues throughout our body, disarming the immune system, weakening the gut, increasing the propensity to food allergies and allergies to all chemical triggers.

There is no wonder once we become this ill we then learn obsessive avoidance patterns to help prevent the condition from worsening.  This state or learned avoidance plagues the sufferer with fear of what may happen should they encounter triggers from one moment to the next. This avoidance tends to be very isolating, but it goes way beyond that because it is our reptilian brain that is engaged with a heightened sense of perspective on Life and Death.

From the non-CFS perspective, others can see that our avoidance behaviours to food, people, chemicals, situations, further trains the brain to have more of a reaction to these things, trains the brain to believe there is more than out there to be afraid of.

Spotting avoidance behaviour is not always enough to turning learned patterns around.  Because when we are threatened by our environment, leading us to experience states of severe lack of safety within our own body, then every potential trigger becomes a threat.

Common thoughts could be .. Am I dying? or ..What’s going to happen to me?

States of mind which require mid-wife through the trauma that has set in.

For this to occur there are many therapies which fall under the remit of brain re-training.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), CBT, EMDR, Meditation, and others are designed to address subscripts which although not conscious, actually dominate 99% of choices, behaviours, patterns.

 


Therapies which compliment nutritional therapy in the reversal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Emotional Freedom Technique / The Lightning Process / Dynamic Neural Retraining / Family Constellations / Neuro-Linguistic Programming / Breath-work


There are different entry points into psycho-emotional traumas, and so not all therapies work in all cases.

Traumas that have lasting effects in our cells and therefore health are Childhood Traumas – even from the experience of our mother’s womb, Trauma of Stigma and illness itself, Inter-generational Trauma which is passed down from one generation to the next.  If our grandparents were in a concentration camp for instance.  This is the power of the fear response and in particular where Family Constellations can be of great help.  Emotional trauma in general benefits from Breath-work.

We know that when deep trauma is present, inter-generational, then emotional trauma of this magnitude actually imprints on the microbiome of the mother, and then the microbiome is then passed on to the child.  Trauma becoming epigenetically inherited.

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There is a vicious cycle within Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, where-by long-term chronic stress can be the main determiner to our stress thresh-hold in the long-term.

This is neuro-plasticity, meaning changeable.  Simply put our nervous systems are capable of forming new pathways for better or for worse.  Neuro-plasticity means our brains respond to stimulation, which over time, literally changes the structure of the brain to grow new neuro-pathways causing physiological changes and therefore new responses to dealing with new stressors. Through neuroimaging, it is possible to visibly see these changes, as an increase and a lengthening of neuron dendrites.  Literally building new neural pathways which are wired for stress!

LIMBIC KINDLING & MCS

This is a model of neuro-plasticity is also known as ‘Limbic Kindling’, the kindling of our nervous system and brain to respond to chemicals.  Chemicals are saturated into our homes and personal care regimes.  Everything from upholstery, hair dyes, cosmetics car fumes, etc and other toxins such as heavy metals from our soil, water and therefore in our food.

Multiple stressors from multiple sources including environmental toxicity have the power to kindle our brain to act on its own as if it were experiencing the stress when it is not!  Acute infections can also kindle the brain to the same effect.

This over-stimulation is of the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis and ultimately lowers our threshold to environmental pollutants so that less chemical or other trigger stimulants are required to activate a chronic stress response.  An assembly for hypersensitivity and reactivity has then occurred.


LOW DOPAMINE

As the brain becomes affected we can observe changes that affect the physiology of the body.  For instance, we frequently observe the correlation of lowered dopamine typical of CFS sufferers.

Low dopamine reduces Basal Ganglia typically responsible for;

  • Movement changes, such as involuntary or slowed movements
  • Muscle tone
  • Problems finding words

REST, DIGEST, DETOXIFY

Where there is chronic overstimulation of the Sympathetic Nervous System, this is also known to down-regulate the Parasympathetic Nervous System which other-wise engages the rest, digest and detoxifies states of well-being.

The Vagus Nerve, (otherwise known as the nerve of compassion) is governed by the Parasympathetic Nervous System, which induces states of resting, gratitude, happiness, stillness, peace.  This is a profoundly anti-inflammatory state of being.  Good Vagus nerve activity can be induced by deep breathing, where the out-breath is twice as long as the in-breath.  

Benefits of good Vagus Nerve activity

  • Regeneration of the organs and cells by activating stem cells.

  • Thickens the brain, which normally shrinks with age.

  • Boosts the immune function. Modulates the nervous system.

  • Reduces depression

  • And lastly Improves the quality of life! 


LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

Kindling’s effect on the Sympathetic nervous system also affects lymphatic drainage as lymphatic circulation is rhythmically pumper by the SNS.  Lymphatics cannot rely upon the heart to pump fluids around the body, only a series of valves and SNS regulate this important clearance pathway.

Changes to the lymphatic system can also lead to oxidative stress and cardiomyopathy.  


FURTHER DAMAGE

Intestinal Permeability

Chronic nervous system stress, kindled is known to increase intestinal permeability and therefore opportunistic infections to translocate across the intestinal mucosal lining.

Pyrroluria and Porphyria

Stress causes Pyrols in the urine.  Pyrols leach B6, Manganese and Zinc from our system. Heam is made from Pyrols, so are P450 enzymes (phase 1 detoxification). Therefore where there are high Pyrols there may also correlate low P450 enzymes.  Reduced P450 enzymes mean reduced liver detoxification, leading to Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and toxicity.  

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is understood in clinical terms to be a stress-related condition under-pined by multiple stressors experienced by the nervous system on multiple levels.  Multiple causative triggers can combine to re-kindle (re-wire) the nervous system to an increased propensity to stress sensitivity.

Triggers can be experienced on the emotional, mental, physical, biological, electrical, spiritual levels.

Arising from the multiple entry points comes multiple causative factors of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Each possible causative factor needs to be assessed and addressed if recovery can be expected.


Possible Causative Factors

 

1.  INFECTIONS

Vagus nerve infection, Immune dysfunction, viral infections, and co-infections. Other infections; Teeth, and undetected bacterial infections in the teeth.  Undiagnosed Strep going on for years from having the tonsils removed.

Viruses that may underpin CFS

Epstein Bar / HHV6 / Enterovirus / Cytomegalovirus / Parvovirus B19 / Retroviruses

Co-infections that may underpin CFS

Mycoplasma / Chlamydia / Chronic Borrelia / Bucella / Rickettsia / Babesia


2.  EMOTIONAL & MENTAL

Psycho-Emotional causes of stress stemming from childhood trauma or ongoing abuse from a parent or spouse. Unfortunately, the body does not differentiate between physical and psychological stressors.  They simply all have the same impact. Therefore emotional stressors can also have a physical outcome, exemplified by studies where trauma has been linked with resulting Leaky-Gut or IBS.


3.  BIOLOGICAL

Increased cellular stress in the form of heavy metal toxicity.  Poor detoxification functions in the liver. Poor mitochondrial function.  Poor gut function and resulting pathogenic bacteria in the gut, gut dysbiosis due to severe food intolerances.


4.  ELECTRICAL

Home WIFI, electrical sensitivity, mobile phones, laptops, etc


5.  SPIRITUAL

Discordance with self, no place in this world, self-identity lacks purpose.


Optimising systems is paramount to recovery.  Strengthen the milieu interior and we stand a far greater chance of de-activating viruses and recovery.

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