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Issues needed to be understood by people
with Chronic Fatigue and Glandular Fever

If only I knew, I would have done things differently!  About ten or fifteen years ago I had a bout of glandular fever, had the usual flu-like symptoms, went to the doctor and was told to go home and rest!  Well, that seemed OK - it was only the flu, and the only thing needed to fix it was rest - hey, that's easy!  WRONG!
Now I have Chronic Fatigue or Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.  This viral infection is like so many other viruses - it can't be stopped by medicines.

These are the things that I've found that need to be understood:

1/. Listen to your body - if you're run down, depressed and not coping well with the stress, then SLOW DOWN!  Ask yourself why we get sick?

2/. Your Mind has to be healthy - The power of the mind in healing is just so important.  These wise words will help lead a healthy existence.

3/. Diet - your immune system has to be strong to protect yourself from the viruses floating around these days, not just glandular fever, but AIDS and the whole gamut of others.  Make sure you're getting your vitamins A, C and E.  Check the labelling of foods for additives. Humans are Alkaline creatures - most of what we put into our bodies needs to be alkaline - not acidic, so check this acid-alkaline dietA Country Kitchen hosts resources for healthy eating.

4/. Exercise - your body and how well it is functioning is your protection against the virus - help it protect you (you feel better for the exercise anyway).  It is a struggle to exercise when you're so fatigued - even a daily work around the block is just so important.

5/. Smoking - Don't even consider smoking when you're this unhealthy!

6/. Depression - This is one area that has me concerned, I just wasn't prepared at all for the depression caused by the disease.  Come to grips with the fact that you are depressed BY the disease (probably frustration at not being able to peform properly).  Make an informed choice about the heavy drugs like Prozac, and consider the natural alternatives, like St. John's Wort (hypericum) and Kava-Kava.

During the next update of this site I want to include my research on the Immune System, the liver and spleen (mine are particularly affected), the lymph glands (lymphatic system) and other aspects of the disease.

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