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My clients taught me how to get them well. And they said that THE TWO most important ingredients needed to get well are (1) energy, and (2) circulation. From the strangest diagnoses to death’s door they wanted herbs/therapies to improve energy production & regulation, AND, to improve blood flow to all parts of the body.
Now that they have taught me this principle in a parade of cases, I repeat this lesson back to them. So here IT is.
The first symptom of any illness is fatigue.
We may not know what has been going on inside but when the body starts to fix it, we feel like someone pulled our plug. If you address the fatigue, then the illness can resolve, AND, the illness will not go any deeper into the body. On the other hand, if you ignore your fatigue (or prop yourself up with stimulants) and keep pushing yourself, disease will invade deeper into the body where it becomes more and more uncomfortable, and takes longer to remedy. (How do you know a young child is getting sick? Lethargy!)
Important: If you have a serious diagnosis AND you have fatigue, you will remain stuck in that diagnosis until you can provide your body with the energy and nutrition needed to heal itself. I’ve seen this over and over again. Let me call it The Law of Fatigue.
Think of it this way. Your body has an energy budget. Fatigue tells you that you are LOW on funds. It cannot expend what it does not have or cannot make from food. However, it will cannibalize muscle for the creation of energy for critical functions via inflammation, and the person will likely lose their muscle to improve the chances of survival.
To improve the funds in your energy account we must rely on digestion, particularly the liver and small intestine function, and usually they were compromised long ago. Stress, drugs, and radiation are major destroyers of our body’s ability to extract nourishment from food. An indicator of poor digestive capacity is lack of appetite and/or nausea. THE starting point on the road back is the easy therapeutic broth drink, NOT protein powder shakes, NOT canned liquid meals, NOT raw juicing, and NOT smoothies. In this state people need real food, in a mostly broken down form, and, in an easily assimilable form to begin the process of encouraging proper digestive function and repairing small intestine lining. This requires a low pH and digestible animal protein, respectively. This is a similar approach to the Budwig custard = acid+protein+fat. Try to get down at least 1 quart of the broth/day. If you have difficulty even swallowing, the Creative Dosing post has some ideas. If you can’t keep anything down, use a straw to put a little in your mouth and just trickle it down to your stomach, then wait 5-15 minutes and repeat.
Next is to enlist the help of microbes (often decimated by antibiotic/antifungal use) that reduce your foods for you into vitamins and many other life-saving, energy-providing substances. The contents of your intestines is supposed to teem with microbes which are indispensable in the extracting-energy-from-food process. To this end begin adding fermented/cultured foods to the diet like cabbage juice (for inflamed/ulcerated guts), kefir, real sauerkraut, etc. See Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon for other ideas on cultured foods. These concepts are explained in the Bio-Remediation post. Usually people with chronic fatigue don’t have energy for food prep so you can begin with commercially available meat stock (see broth recipe) and commercially available kefir.
Maintaining a good environment inside the intestines so your enzymes work and the microbes get established is also needed.
Next is to provide the microbes food and soothe the inflamed intestinal mucosa. Besides loss of appetite and nausea, an inflamed intestinal lining manifests with diarrhea or gut pain or cramping. To help resolve this add 2 teaspoons of Everybody’s Fiber (#1336-6) to the quart of broth drink. This is soluble, non-irritating fiber. Adjust the recipe to your liking remembering the important role of cravings. The what to do when getting sick doc has spice suggestions.
Next, to avoid draining your energy account needlessly, DO NOT EXERCISE. Spending your precious energy on useless limb movement at the expense of vital organ repair is uninspired. The best exercise for you until you have energy to spare is slow deep breathing several times a day. If you want movement use a Chi Machine (passive exerciser) or a Rebounder. Do not overdo either of these. A ‘little bit but often’ is the best use of these devices.
Another consideration is blood quality and since liver function is likely compromised there are electro-medicine devices that serve to energize the blood. These kinds of devices resolve chronic fatigue.
As appetite returns do not eat any raw foods (veggies or fruit). Continue on the broth drink and add EnergV(#875-8) 3B 3D and follow your Blood Type diet for now. After your energy returns and you feel like you are living again do the Gentle Liver Cleanse and follow appropriate recommendations on this website for your particular condition.
Remember, when your fatigue returns, slow down and do the parts of this program that you intuit did you the most good the first time around. Do NOT push through.
Oh, and if you feel the need to exercise, begin with cleaning the house and then the yard so your surroundings are pleasant. This will have the expected side-effect of raising your mood. THAT is useful exercise. Once this is accomplished, help others in need. This will also raise the mood and it’s cheaper than a gym membership.
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
** Important Warning **Nothing on this site is FDA approved. Nothing I write here is intended to be medical advice. Follow my recommendations at your own risk. Results may vary, and blah, blah, blah. So if the required warnings have not scared you away, then you have a chance. I'm reporting here what kinds of approaches actually helped very sick people get well, AND the kinds of things that actually made them sick (and it usually isn't lack of exercise, weight, menopause or smoking - it is the underlying cause of all those things.)
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