Australian scientists have linked chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to a genetic defect in immune cell receptors putting to rest once and for all the pathology of this much-maligned condition.
The research undertaken by the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (Griffiths University) found that an inherited genetic defect means that cells do not work optimally.
These findings have potentially wider implications as many of the patients studied also had fibromyalgia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
Mast-cell precursors have also been found in the blood of the patients studied. Whilst CFS patients might well fall under the spectrum of mast-cell activation, the Griffiths University research, by identifying the mechanism of action, provides a much more precise diagnosis.
It has been a little quiet on this blog of late as two years ago I was diagnosed with CIRS.
Fortunately, I am now much better, and so I wanted to share with you what I have learned about this syndrome.
Not only does this syndrome affect up to 25% of the population but many of my clients are discovering they have CIRS.
Here is my story. See if any of it sounds familiar.
Nervous system repair has been critical in my healing journey from histamine intolerance and mast-cell activation.
With mast-cell activation there is often an adrenal component where cortisol becomes dysregulated. I will shortly write a lot more about this.
As a board certified health coach, it might surprise you to hear that, when it comes to healing the body, I don’t believe food is always the best medicine.
Let me explain.
In the main, I work with women dealing with food intolerance, histamine imbalance and chronic fatigue syndrome. While much of my work centres around helping them learn a new way to eat, what I’ve come to realize is that food alone doesn’t heal.
Self-compassion, that is the practice of being kind and gentle with oneself, is a powerful medicine proven to have a positive and restorative influence upon brain, hormone and immune system functions.