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CFS: I’m Living a New Life

June 8, 2008

Quite honestly, I never thought that I could get this far. I barely even think of my chronic fatigue as a constant impediment to my daily living tasks. I am highly aware that my activities have to be limited or there will indeed be hell to pay, but on the other hand, my mind is no longer constrained by the constant fear of collapsing someplace or completely running out of steam when doing a specific task.

Earlier in my bloggyland I had mentioned my upcoming trip to Florida – It’s in the past now and I had such a great great time with my family. I went swimming every day! ME!!! (Good Lord, if you people knew me before, in the midst of my mollasses-ness (mollasiocity, mollastication?) you’d know how unbelievable that is…)

One of my big turning points was re-reading the label on the NT Factor – it now states: “For Severe Fatigue, increase to 9 tablets per day”… and I did – ANYTHING to feel mo’ better… This stuff totally works… I want to reiterate again, I’m not cured… I couldn’t work an 8 hour day for the life of me – if you suffer from CFS, you know well that getting up, showered, dressed is half of that battle… but lately, I’m thinking I could indeed work 20 hours per week. Yes, I really just said that… 

Anyway, NT Factor is a dietary supplement cooked up by clinical researchers in their quest to determine just what is causing Chronic Fatique Syndrome – aside from initial indications that it’s caused by a virus (epstein-barr, etc.).   NT Factor is a blend of probiotics and phosphoglypolipids that move into the cell wall and boost the mitochondrial function of creating ATP for your body.  That’s pretty heavy talk for some – translation:  for CFS sufferers, your cells are actually damaged – yup every ding dang one of them!  This is a supplement that supports energy production – getting your cells back to functioning and creating energy the way that they’re supposed to. 

So lately, I take 9 pills, and I’m still kinda flakey and dont’ take them every day.  One of my most serious limitations is that I still can’t handle stress or strong emotions.  Recently, a very very dear friend of mine passed away, and even though I could have gotten dressed and physically attended his services, the emotional strain of the circumstances left me completely weak.  I simply was unable to interact socially.  Emotions can be unbearable for me, still causing me to need to lay down.  I still have difficulty on the phone too.

But, on the good side: I walk now without thinking of sitting down… I do things… I proved my swimming longevity in Florida (I aint’ back to doin laps again, but I did wrangle, wriggle and wiggle into that suit and then freely frolic!). Yesterday I did housecleaning, including a serious scrub of da tub – my haunches hurt today, but I ain’t dead. Today I worked on my Kung Fu Panda Toys page, cleaned the kitchen (lordy what a mess!), then went to a movie with my brother, then went shopping for photo frames for my other brother’s handsome pic – that’s him up there – the reason for the Florida trip, Then I went to the grocery store, and I’m just now about to take a shower. 

My increased energy, sense of well being has decreased my bloggyrhythms (blog posts for the uninitiate), and also unfortunately has decreased my maniacal attention to my diet – now I feel better enough not to have to worry about every single morsel placed in my little mouth. I know I could even be better still, with greater adherence to my mostly veggie diet protocol.  It’s just that NT Factor totally totally works.  No Jokes.


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CFS: My New Fear

April 10, 2008

I’m in the midst of my carefully devised plan to overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  I’ve changed my diet, found amazingly effective supplements in the form of NT Factor and D-Ribose, and I’ve garnered some success.  But a new fear is overtaking me lately.  The clinical studies involved with these ‘new found’ supplements reflect only a 40-45% improvement of CFS symptoms.  And this is where I am right now.  Does this mean that where I am is as good as it’s going to get?   Have I reached the pinnacle of improvement?

I no longer pour myself into the couch after walking just a few steps into the livingroom,  I can walk and do some normal life endeavors or attend an event without the need to collapse, but is this all there is?   I don’t know the answer….  I have to keep working, keep detoxing, keep hoping, keep praying…


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Chronic Fatigue Tales: 10 Percent Better and More after 60 days

October 27, 2007

taking supplements

I wrote awhile back that I’m feeling 10 percent better.  It’s still true.  I notice now that I can actually stand and talk for a minute or two, without the thought of finding a chair while I’m talking.  This is an unheard of occurrence for the past 15 years or so. The thing is?  I’m not even very good at my own Chronic Fatigue Protocol.  Let me explain.  I’ve done a vast amount of research on Chronic Fatigue diet and treatments. I’ve read clinical studies, read hundreds of websites on ‘cures’.  I’ve reviewed a bunch of products that promote CFS cures – although I haven’t purchased  any, save my foray into the Colonix world.  My research has led me to develop a list of supplements that clinical studies have shown to improve chronic fatigue.  I have been taking some of them.  NT Factor and D-Ribose supplements have definitely given me this 10 percent improvement.  In addition to these two mainstays, I have kept myself on a fairly rigorous diet regimen.  I’ve now been on this CFS cure journey for nearly 60 days.

Here’s where I tend to be flakey.  I’m not good at taking my supplements at all.  I have developed a tender tummy of late, and find that I can’t take my supplements on an empty stomach.  Trouble is, I don’t eat very often.  I don’t recommend not eating,  I know I should be eating at least two meals a day, but I just ain’t got the appetite.  Nobody wants to eat veggies for breakfast.  This was the case before I started this program too.  So I average actually taking the NT Factor and D-Ribose about 3 or 4 times a week, and then only once a day.   The recommended dosage is 3 times a day for both. Refer to the complete list of nutritional support – Supplementing my supplements? here.  The other thing is that I don’t like taking vitamins at night – they tend to give me insomnia.  Oh hell, everything gives me insomnia.  It’s phobic anxious neurotic soma paranoia.  I digress.

Doesn’t it seem that all of living holds devious instances of Catch-22’s?  I can’t get my act together enough to be able to take my supplements, while if I took my supplements, I’d be able to get more of my act together.  Taking my supplements as directed should in theory help me sleep better too.  As my saying goes: “I’m working on it”.  But I’m still enthused and plan on getting better at taking these things and then getting better.

The other place where I flake is my diet.  It can feel so so so strict.  I’m eating my meat and veggies, but this is where I fail: I have some white flour crackers about 3 times a week.  Oh no not crackers! lol.  Are 8 crackers so bad?  I don’t know.  The other thing that I do is add rye crisp to my salads.  And a couple of times a week, I cook something that has cheese in the recipe.  I feel like I’m in a confessional here. 😉  The way I look at it – I’m still feeling better and as long as that’s true, I don’t think a little cracker attack is gonna haunt me.

My point in all this is to remind myself that if I can develop a habit of taking all my supplements as directed then I should see even more improvement.  I’m just happy that I don’t have that overwhelming crushing sense of fatigue everyday.  I still feel like I’ve been hit by a truck, but now it’s a delivery truck – not a tanker.
10 Percent Better and More


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I’m Feeling 10 Percent Better!

October 6, 2007
I’ve noticed a 10 percent reduction of my CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in 35 days!  Smiling to myself,  I imagine you’re thinking : “What’s she so happy about? 10 percent is next to nothin.”  It’s huge to me, after wallowing in self-pity and ‘dissaustion’ (as my nephew used to say) for years.
How can one quantify a ten percent improvement?  Well..  I still feel like crap-o-la, but I notice that when I’m on my feet, I can do a couple of extra things without even thinking of the challenge.  For instance, last night I was making spinach casserole for dinner (mmm yummy I should post that recipe) and while the spinach was on the stove cooking, I just did the dishes – boom! done.  I must have stood there for 10 minutes without realizing it.  Typically, I’d be wholly mindful of any 10 minute standing session and at the forefront of my mind would be when I could sit down, where is the chair, I feel like I’m dying.   Not only that, but doing the dishes would not be my first choice of activity if I were presented with 10 free minutes of standing time.  I notice other little things too, but they’re still on the little scale. 
To compare, a prior spinach casserole cooking session would go like this:  put the spinach on the stove, go sit down immediately. rest.  go open the tomatoes and get the parmesan cheese, taking the spinach off the stove. go sit down. rest.  go complete the spinach recipe, putting it back on the stove. rest. 
What did I do to achieve this minor change?  I attribute this change to three things:  
  • Being entirely off of sugar, processed foods, white flour, most carbs for 30 days now. 
  • NT Factor 
  • Hope  
The transition to a no sugar, no processed food diet was difficult.  I got myself off of sugar first.  For the first three days, I allowed myself to eat anything under the sun that didn’t have obvious sugar in it.  I kept my tummy filled with potatoes, big mac’s, nachos, steak and diet pop.  (Advice to those of you that want to try this:  BBQ sauce and/or alcohol will cause your downfall – I consider them both obvious sugars.) The idea here was to distract my body’s craving for sugar by overloading on carbs and fat.  Then after 3 days, my body wasn’t absolutely demanding sugar – I could think relatively straight.  Then I began the strict diet of steamed vegies and one serving of meat per meal.   There’s another trick here too.  I eat my vegies first.  If I begin by eating a piece of steak or some chicken cacciatore, I can’t eat all my vegies.  The large servings (usually 3 cups) of vegies are what keep me from being hungry later.
NT Factor has been shown to clinically reduce fatigue among CFS patients by improving mitochondrial/ATP function.  I’ve discussed these clinical studies in an earlier blog, Oxidative Stress, under Mitochondrial Anarchy.  The product that I use is called NT Factor Energy.  I purchased this from Dr. Hoffman’s website.  NT Factor is available in a couple of different health supplements, but I wanted to take it as a stand-alone product, simply because I had already purchased my vitamin formulas separately.  Within four days of taking these pills, I could feel my brain fog clearing.  I’ve now been on this supplement for 10 days.  My condition has definitely improved.  I think in the clinical studies, patients were placed on this supplement for 12 weeks before their energy levels were compared.
Hope – I can’t say enough about the psychology of hope.  Languishing under the CFS onslaught, I was mourning so many losses: no hope of ever being on a trail in the Yellowstone wilderness and coming upon a moose again.  No hope of ever gliding my canoe across that pure silken coal-black water in the Boundary Waters  again.  No hope of finding a gold or diamond necklace under the sand while metal detecting at the beach.  Things have changed.  I’m starting to dream!

Moose


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Oxidative Molecular Stress?!?!

September 28, 2007

Recent research has shown clearly that CFS causes a breakdown of the mitochondrial system, thereby reducing ATP production.  ATP is where all the body’s energy is generated.  The biochemistry of CFS and it’s affect on the cell is a little heady to me, but I get the basics.  It can be summed up in one phrase: oxidative molecular stressMy teenyweeny mitochondria are as fatigued as I am! Poor little things. 

At this point, I can imagine my tiny mitochondria, the whole millions or billions of them, each with David Hedison’s Face (The Fly), crying out in unison: “helllllpppp meeeee” .

The Fly

Current research on this topic suggests that various therapies can be directed toward improving mitochondrial function and health.   One of the most promising is NT Factor – a proprietary blend of Lipid Replacement.  Recent studies have shown a reduction of fatigue in CFS patients up to 40%.  I consider it a ‘higher priced’ supplement –  taken as directed, about $50 bucks a month.  But! I’ve only been taking this supplement for four days and I notice immediate cognitive improvement, lessened body aches, and a degree of diminished fatigue.  I’m so enthused!  


Although these studies show that NT Factor can indeed improve mitochondrial function and lessen fatigue, it is not the only answer to CFS.  My research continues, but I now have more energy and for the first time in years upon years, I have hope.

http://www.immunesupport.com/library/bulletinarticle.cfm?ID=5522&PROD=PH195 

Components of NT Factor™ and their proposed functions (modified from ref. 44). NT Factor is a registered trademark of Nutritional Therapeutics, Inc., PO Box 596, Hauppauge NY 11788.  NT Factor is a nutrient complex that is extracted and prepared using a proprietary process. In addition, nutrients, vitamins and probiotic microorganisms are added to the preparation. It contains the following ingredients: Glycophospholipids: polyunsaturated phosphatidylcholine, other polyunsaturated phosphatidyl lipids and glycolipids. Proposed purpose: repair and maintenance of membrane lipids. Probiotics: Bifido bacterium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Lactobacillus bacillus in a freeze-dried, microencapsulated form with appropriate growth nutrients. Proposed purpose: supports digestion, gut epithelium and the immune system. Food Supplements,Vitamins, and Growth Medium: bacterial growth factors to support probiotic growth, including defatted rice bran, arginine, beet root fiber extract, blackstrap molasses, glycine, magnesium sulfate, para-amino-benzoate, leek extract, pantethine (bifidus growth factor), taurine, garlic extract, calcium borogluconate, artichoke extract, potassium citrate, calcium sulfate, spirulina, bromelain, natural vitamin E, calcium ascorbate, alpha-lipoic acid, oligosaccharides, vitamin B6, niacinamide, riboflavin, inositol, niacin, calcium pantothenate, thiamin, vitamin B12, folic acid, chromium picolinate. Proposed purpose: antioxidants support lipids from oxidation, growth medium supports probiotics and gut epithelium, vitamins support general health and the immune system, and food supplements support lipids from enzymatic digestion and oxidation.


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