LIKE a cold car engine that would not easily start on a cold day or even on in warm or hot weather, many people cannot get their internal engines roar to life and give them kick-and–go energy to start a brand new day. Even when they struggle out of bed and manage to drag themselves to work, they do not have enough energy to power themselves efficiently throughout the day. The resort to all sorts of energy drinks and to even coffee to no avail. In the end, they drop by at the doctor’s and run all sorts of tests, including HIV test which often turns negative, and have to live with all sorts of drugs. For some people, making a little more energy is difficult as making a little more money. Some cases are so bad that some sufferers of fatigue have to lean on objects such as walls, tables and doors when they walk about in a room. Mrs. Elizabeth Strand, suffering from Shronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) for many months, couldn’t get out of bed to brush her teeth. Her husband, the now famous Ray Strand, a doctor, couldn’t help her. When Elizabeth’s friend, a medical lay person helped her and she was able to ride her horses again, Dr Ray Strand humbled himself to study nutrition and came up with the book WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION MAY BE KILLING YOU.
There may be a thousand and one causes of tiredness, fatigue or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). What causes the problem for one person may be different from how it came about in another. So, treatment may not be uniform. Laboratory tests may be required to provide a clearer insight than a rule-of the-thumb assessment may oblige. But in an environment such as ours where income is low and medical tests are expensive, rule-of-the-thumb diagnosis take the centre stage of diagnosis. Thus, a grayish tongue spotting slimy and, maybe, shiny semi mucous matter may indicate overload of yeast (candida albicans) parasite, a factor in this problem. A diet deficient in B Vitamins and magnesium easily pops up as another possible culprit. This column will briefly suggest some causes of fatigue addressed by some doctors over many decades, with hints of possible natural remedies.
Many people in Nigerian cities are deoxygenated. At home, they inhale air polluted by electricity generator fumes. Municipal electric power cuts have become a feature of Nigerian life. Polluted air is inhaled in the streets and in commercial areas where every shop owner generates his or her own electricity. One the road, many vehicles spew heavy fumes inhaled in stagnant traffic, these fumes contain carbon monoxide. Clean air has about 21 percent oxygen. Our red blood cells pick the oxygen on their haemoglobin molecules and deliver it to all the cells. Such blood is oxygenated. Carbon monoxide, on the other hand combines with haemoglobin to form carboxyl haemoglobin which chases oxygen away. Deprivation of oxygen makes the cells tired and easily prone to damage and death. That’s why whole families have been found dead in their sleep who inhaled generator smoke overnight in their sleep. Many deoxygenated people are dying installmentally. For such people, there may be a remedy in oxygen capsules such as VITALAIRE or deep green leafy vegetables. There is help also in herbs which have stored oxygen for man’s use. Among these are spirulina, chlorella, nettle and kale, of which I will speak later in more detail.
We cannot eliminate parasites from our bodies, but we can check an overgrowth of their population to safe rations with the population of unfriendly bacteria, our friends. Helicobacter pylori bacteria, found in ulcer sites in the stomach, may, for example, cause peptic ulcer or prey on it to the point that disturbances of digestion in the stomach leave the body without adequate nutrition and weaken it, causing fatigue. In the treatment of ulcer, helicobacter pylori may be overcome with the help of, say, Golden Seal Root, Pau d’arco, Aloe Vera, kyolic, grape seed extract (a favorite of Dr Strand in almost all conditions) proprietary aromatic oils, Amazon C-F, etc. they also support the healing of the injury when used with healing agents.
High blood sugar levels mean low blood sugar level in the cells, particularly cells of the brain which depend largely on glucose for their energy needs. Blood sugar is high because of insulin resistance. Insulin is needed to sweep sugar into the cell. But it cannot do it in the absence of the chromium, a micro nutrient lost when food is refined. So adding chromium to the diet helps. So does taking herbs which contain some amounts of chromium. Fenugreek, horsetail, garlic, bitter melon, cedar berry, cinnamon. Some physicians add to their prescriptions for blood sugar balance vanadyl sufate and zinc, which is deficient in diabetics. In proprietary recipe bracket, diatom, Bell’s Blood Sugar Imbalance and kyolic Blood Sugar among others, help.
Low blood Sugar.
In this condition, the Pancreas gland is possibly over working, pumping out to much insulin to wipe out blood sugar. The sufferer may be consuming too much Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a taste enhancer, in food, or the diet may comprise largely simple or processed carbohydrates such as bread. Many people do not know that, according to the Glycemic index, the sugar of white flour bread releases faster into the bloodstream than the sugar in cube sugar. Similarly the sugar of Irish potato, and surprisingly, releases faster than the sugar of Sweet potato. Some old- fashioned doctors compound the problems of a low blood sugar patient by advising him or her to take refined sugar loaded soft drinks. While this may help in emergencies, Orange juice or the juice of some other citrus food may be a better option. The best option is the consumption of complex carbohydrates. If the pancreas is over supplying insulin, the cause may be further investigated. Does it have a tumour? Is it disturbed by flat worms or irritated by heavy metals or Candida or other yeast cells? An overworking pancreas may soon become a burn-out pancreas. And this may lead to very low levels, if any at all, of insulin and high blood sugar build-up, diabetes in other words. Low blood sugar may set the stage for diabetes. To deal with Flat Worms, such as faciolopsis, picked from eating the intestine (round-about) of animals not well cooked to kill the eggs, Amazon AF helps. Amazon AF, like golden seal root, grape seed extract, and paud’arco, deal with candida and yeast. Ditto kyolic immune and Amazon immune support. Diatom takes out heavy metals and germs.
Apart from the consumption of complex carbonhydrates and care of the pancreas which may profit from the use of Eclipta alba and kale, a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, some authorities suggest a three-piece breakfast. This consists of living foods (flour bread is dead food) which contain carbonhydrate, proteins and fats. Two weeks ago, I suggested Golden melon/wheatgrass/spirulina for Ramadan breakfast. Orange juice replaces golden melon which is going out season. I haven’t failed to keep them in the fruits basket since I read in Leslie Kenton’s THE NEW RAY ENERGY in 1970s about their store house of Potassium and the importance of this substance for the creation of energy. Dr Max Gerson has gone on to show how he used vegetable and fruit juices, rich in potassium, to cure some cases of cancer. Wheatgrass, promoted by Dr Anne Wigmore who, following a family tradition of using this herb, cured her cancer on wheatgrass fruit juice. It is a rich store of minerals and vitamins which are important for producing energy. Spirulina is perharps the best assemblage of proteins among plants. Besides, it offers a high level of iron, which should be good for people who suffer from iron-deficiency anaemia. To my Ramadan breakfast of golden melon or weetabix, orange juice from four medium oranges, wheatgrass and spirulina, I add a sprinkling of nuts (peanut, cashew nuts and walnuts) for crunchiness. The nuts will provide essential fatty acids and some oil soluble vitamins, including Vitamin E. The carbohydrate provides quick fire. The protein and fats take longer to burn, supplying energy after the carbonhydrate burns out. Thus, energy is provided all day. I must add that the carbonhydrate doesn’t always comes from golden melon or weetabit, a fibre-rich wheat product.
This is a blood condition in which:
•There is not enough red blood cells in the blood to transport the required amount of oxygen to the cells.
•There is not enough haemoglobin in these cells, even if they are adequate in number, to make them absorb oxygen and transport it.
•The red blood cells may be immature and irregularly shaped. Thus, there are different kinds of anaemia, and each type has a peculiar treatment. Iron is needed for the manufacture of red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is needed, like folic acid, for healthy red blood cells. When there is not enough vitamin B12 for this purpose due to malabsorbtion of it in the intestine, the consequence is pernicious anaemia. Other causes can be anything from alcoholism, chemotherapy, leukemia and some medications. Immature and extra- large red cells (megaloblastic anaemia) crowd out healthy cells.
any people know only of iron-deficiency anaemia which can be caused by accident injuries which lead to bleeding, gum bleeding, bleeding ulcers, bleeding in stomach and intestines promoted by the intake of aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), heavy menstruation, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, high demand of iron in some pregnancies etc. care should be taken not to consume iron as the liver can be damaged by a build up of iron. Sometimes, pain and aches are a sign of iron builds up.
Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia are Tiredness, lethargy (Lack of energy) shortness of breath, palpitation of the heart, lackluster complexion, headache, tinnitus (hearing of sounds from inside the body instead of from the outside], itchiness, poor taste, abnormally smooth tongue, sore tongue, hair loss, craving for non-foods such as ice or earth known as pica, difficulty in swallowing, nails shaped like spoon etc.
Vitamin B12 Deficiency, like iron deficiency, presents also as tiredness and lethargy because oxygen is scarce in the cells for energy production. Beyond this it may prevent “pins and needles ( paraesthia), Muscle weakness, depression, problems with memory, understanding and judgment, a sore and red tongue.’’
obely, Nigeria most researched herbal blood tonic restores blood count from within 24 hours. To improve iron content of the blood, beet root, Apple, is suggested. Beet root is rich in potassium, folic acid and iron. Mixing the juices of both is good. Sesame seeds are another good source of iron. Can forget use of black molasses. It has not only iron but also follate, B vitamins, Although Molasses is sweet, its sugar is low acting on the Glyceric Index (GI) table. A good recipe is two tablespoonfuls of molasses and Apple cider vinegar mixed with water. A half cup of spinach juice daily is said to be enough to cure anemia. But do not overdo spinach. For, like pumpkin leaves (ugwu), it has oxalic acid which, when the leaves are not boiled before juicing, may block iron absorbtion. Tomato is rich in vitamin C which supports absorbtin of iron. Pomegranate, rich in minerals and vitamins, improves hemoglobin contents of red blood cells and helps to promote healthy blood flow. One tablespoonful of dried parsley, a blood cleanser, is said to provide about 10 percent of the daily requirement of iron.
Eating a lot by prophet Mohammed (may the peace of Allah be upon him) is iron rich and have copper which helps haemoglobin formation for people who suffer from numbness pins and needles”, a sign of anaemia, it is important that the diet includes vitamin B12 and folic acid. As many do not absorb B12 easily, the sublingual type which disappears into the blood from under the tongue is advisable. So is the injection type.
The thyroid gland, which surrounds the neck, is crucial for our lives: its malfunctioning has now been linked to about 200 degenerative diseases, some of which fatigue may symptomise the thyroid sets the metabolic rate. It is, thus, like the slow running jet of motor vehicle engine. When the engine fads while running, we set the jet to a higher work output and do the reverse when the engine is over–running. When the thyroid is slow (hypothyroidism), we are easily fatigue, lethargic, sleep a lot, gain weight easily and prone to diseases. Uterine fibroids and breast cancer have been linked to hypothyroidism. And when the thyroid over works (hyperthyroidism), it may cause bulging eyes, palpitations of the heart, sweating, insomnia/ even wasting or consumption, Buggle weed like cabbage juice or gastrogen – containing herbs, slow down the hyperactive thyroid. Keep on in the other hand, makes a slow thyroid work faster. The proprietary formula Lugo tabs, improves hypothyrodisim, which has grown, worldwide, in epidemic proportions. Some researchers link this to chlorine and bromated intake, some to immune system disorder, yet others mention nutritional deficiencies, some blame it all on caffeine and refined carbohydrates, others on protein and essential fatty acid deficiencies, demineralisation and hormonal imbalances.
Some foods do not agree with some people, when disagreeable food is eaten, the immune system attacks it and damages tissue which habours it. A major example is gluten in wheat, rye, barley and oat. Food intolerance may cause Coeliac disease. In small intestine, there are finger like projections through which digested food is absorbed into the blood stream, they are called villi. In Coeliac disease the villi are inflamed and flattened, reducing the surface area for absorbtion of nutrients. This leads not only to malnutrition and thinness but also to tiredness as the cells have not enough nutrients to power them. Also called sprue, coeliacdisease presents sometimes as “pain and discomfort in the digestive tracts, chronic constipation and diarrhea, failure to thrive in children and aenemia” fatigue may be absent. Vitamin and other nutritional deficiencies are noted. Symptoms of celiac disease may be present in some organs hit by immune fire. The diseases may masquerade as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a milder form of intestine problem. In some cases, it may cause intestinal and lympth cancers or and Non- Hodgkins disease, and mouth ulcer. A remedy lies in avoidance of gluten foods and in supporting the immune system with friendly bacteria (Probiotic). The Molecular structure of the thyroid gland and that of gluten are similar. Sweating Gluten may expose the thyroid to immune attack. It has been suggested that about 20 percent of thyroid function depends on adequate supply of probiotic. This suggests that probiotic will help the intestine and the thyroid. The intestine profits from herbs such as KALE, and calamus root. Kale is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer. It has been found either preventing or helpful in the treatment of five types of cancer, colon, bladder, ovary, breast and prostate. It has large amount of lutein and Zeazanthin which support the treatment of eye cataracts and flaionoids which help out in chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (OPD).
Shaped like bean and seated on each kidney, the adrenal glands remove stress from the body. When they are overstretched, adrenal fatigue or adrenal burn–out may occur. Stress chemicals fill the body, and with the stress absorbers out, fatigue sets in. The thyroid glands and the adrenal glands are intimately related. So, the health of one affects the other. In energy medicine, the hypothalamus, the thyroid and the adrenals are seated on the same meridian line. Vitamin B5, Licorice DGL Ginseng, Cordyseps, and kidney herbs help the adrenals. As the kidney and the adrenals sit together, there is an interchange between them.