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Chronic fatigue syndrome

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Think about the most exhausted you've ever been. Now imagine feeling that way all day every day, for weeks or months at a time, as you wave goodbye to your social life and your ability to work or function. You may not even be able to get out of bed. And here’s the fun part: there's no test to diagnose you! That's chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Medical researchers also call it myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)—a real mouthful. Fatigue is a symptom of just about every illness out there, but CFS is a diagnosis all on its own. It can cause problems with thinking and concentrating, memory loss, muscle and joint pain, headaches, depression, and a feeling of overall weakness. Plus, your symptoms may get worse after any physical or mental activities (that’s called PEM—post exertional malaise). Besides the lack of a diagnostic test, there's no one underlying cause of CFS, other illnesses have similar symptoms, and there’s no magic bullet to treat it (we know, incredibly frustrating!). Because people often experience a flu-like illness before the onset of CFS, experts suspect a viral connection (especially with the Epstein-Barr virus), but the evidence has been inconclusive so far. What preliminary research does show is that genetics may play a role—some people are born with a predisposition that can be triggered by things like viral infections, immune problems, or hormonal imbalances—and that CFS has similarities to fibromyalgia and links to metabolic syndrome. What helps? You should start by paying close attention to your symptoms and working with your practitioner to come up with a management plan. Don’t fall victim to the “push and crash” phenom: you feel better, do too much, and then feel worse again. Cognitive behavioral therapy (and to a lesser extent, relaxation therapy) can improve symptoms in the long-term. Gentle yoga, massage, heat, toning exercises, and acupuncture can ease pain, while a type of activity management called pacing can help you learn to balance rest and activity to reduce fatigue and PEM. Taking supplements like carnitine, CoQ10, or magnesium might also make you feel better, but the research is limited. It’s also super important to get enough sleep, but people with CFS often say sleep can be surprisingly hard to come by. If this describes you, melatonin and valerian might help you get the zzzs you really, really need. If you are feeling depressed, you may benefit from an antidepressant, but they sometimes worsen other CFS symptoms and have side effects. Try deep breathing, massage, and movement therapies like tai chi to help create a sense of well-being. Finally, even when the going’s tough and you’re exhausted beyond belief, don’t forget to reach out to your WanaFam for support. It can be easy to isolate yourself, but don’t lose sight of the fact that there are people who get you, and who are rooting for you.

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Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr

If you’re an avid reader of health books and articles and you think you’re aware of the latest thyroid health information, you’re going to be more than surprised—maybe even shocked—at how much more there is to know. Thyroid Healing is like nothing you have read or heard, and it will bring you true comprehension of the undiscovered inner mechanics of our thyroids for the first time ever.Experience the epic truth about your thyroid from the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Medical Medium series!The thyroid is the new hot topic in health. Across age groups, from baby boomers and their parents to millennials and even children, more and more people—women especially—are hearing that their thyroids are to blame for their fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, memory issues, aches and pains, tingles and numbness, insomnia, hair loss, hot flashes, sensitivity to cold, constipation, bloating, anxiety, depression, heart palpitations, loss of libido, restless legs, and more. Everyone wants to know how to free themselves from the thyroid trap.As the thyroid has gotten more and more attention, though, these symptoms haven’t gone away—people aren’t healing. Labeling someone with "Hashimoto’s," "hypothyroidism," or the like doesn’t explain the myriad health issues that person may experience. That’s because there’s a pivotal truth that goes by unnoticed: A thyroid problem is not the ultimate reason for a person’s illness. A problematic thyroid is yet one more symptom of something much larger than this one small gland in the neck. It’s something much more pervasive in the body, something invasive, that’s responsible for the laundry list of symptoms and conditions attributed to thyroid disease.In Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, Anthony William, the Medical Medium, reveals an entirely new take on the epidemic of thyroid illness. Empowering readers to become their own thyroid experts, he explains in detail what the source problem really is, including what’s going on with inflammation, autoimmune disease, and dozens more symptoms and conditions, then offers a life-changing toolkit and many new recipes to rescue the thyroid and bring readers back to health and vitality. It’s an approach unlike any other, and as his millions of fans and followers will tell you, it’s the approach that gets results.MORE on BOOK 3 of the MEDICAL MEDIUM SERIES:If you’ve struggled with any chronic health issue, you’re not alone—you are one among millions confronting the mysterious symptoms that medical communities have begun to connect with thyroid illness. Like so many, you want the greater truth about the thyroid.We’ve already waited 100-plus years for real insights from medical communities into thyroid problems, and they haven’t come. Even the most recent expert opinions don’t yet have a handle on what’s really behind your suffering. Hashimoto’s is not the body attacking itself. There’s more to thyroid cancer than we’re being told. You’re not hopeless if you don’t have a thyroid anymore. Thyroid illness should not be blamed on your genes. Today’s thyroid diagnoses do not explain your years of suffering with mystery symptoms.You shouldn’t have to wait another 10, 20, 30, or more years for scientific research to find the real answers. If you’re stuck in bed, dragging through your days, or feeling lost about your health, you shouldn’t have to go through one more day of it, let alone another decade. You shouldn’t have to watch your children go through it, either.The meaning behind today’s widespread thyroid illness is so much bigger than anyone has yet discovered—what you’re about to read is unlike any information you’ve ever seen. It’s time for you to take control and become a true thyroid expert. Discover the real reasons and the healing path for dozens of symptoms and conditions, including: •ACHES AND PAINS •ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION •AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE •BRAIN FOG AND FOCUS •CANCER •EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS •PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS •FATIGUE •MONONUCLEOSIS •FIBROMYALGIA AND CFS •HAIR THINNING AND LOSS •HASHIMOTO’S THYROIDITIS •HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES •HEART PALPITATIONS •VERTIGO •HYPERTHYROIDISM •HYPOTHYROIDISM •MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS •MYSTERY WEIGHT GAIN •SLEEP DISORDERS •TINGLES AND NUMBNESS"Since reading Medical Medium Thyroid Healing, I have expanded my approach and treatments of thyroid disease and am seeing enormous value for patients. The results are rewarding and gratifying."— from the foreword by Prudence Hall, M.D., founder and medical director of The Hall Center

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