Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a baffling and frustrating illness not only for those who have it, but also for their loved ones and dedicated doctors who attempt to treat it. The frustration among physicians is due to the fact that conventional medicine has not identified its cause, or question whether it even exists!
In fact, one of the biggest problems associated with the illness is lack of credibility, patients suffering from CFS have been accused by friends and coworkers of being hypochondriacs or of having the 'yuppie flu.' And despite the fact that an illness resembling CFS was described almost 300 years ago by an English physician, Sir Richard Manningham, many modern physicians refuse to be convinced that the condition is real. Patients often have to see several physicians, including specialists in neurology, immunology, and psychiatry before being successfully diagnosed, a process that is as frustrating as it is wearing. (14)
So then, what is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Along with overwhelming exhaustion, frequent CFS symptoms include headache, muscular and joint pain, sore throat, balance disorders, sensitivity to light, an inability to concentrate, and quirky, inexplicable body aches. The roller-coaster pattern of sickness makes planning impossible and often taxes the patience of the most compassionate friends and relatives. (R2)
Any long-term illness, simply by afflicting pain and weakness for years or months or weeks on end, will cause a reactive depression. With CFS, the depression can be particularly devastating because there are so many factors that magnify it. (R3)
The disease is subtle and severe, often operating inconspicuously, yet with debilitating effect because it can be difficult to identify. As a result, many CFS sufferers are told that their illness is psychosomatic, that they are merely under stress. But depression caused by CFS is not primarily an emotional disturbance. In the same way a fever is a symptom of the flu, depression is a symptom of CFS. Like any other symptom, we don't want to suppress it, but we want to find relief and what causes it. (R3)
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the hallmark of CFS is fatigue that comes on suddenly and is relentless and relapsing, causing debilitating tiredness or easy fatigability in someone who has no apparent reason for feeling this way. Unlike the brain-fog caused by a hangover (to which CFS has been compared), the profound weakness of CFS does no go away with a few good nights sleep but instead slyly steals a person's vigor over months and years. (R2)
Most believe CFS is caused by a combination of multiple factors acting together. The one common factor of many victims is the onset of a severe illness, such as bronchitis, gastrointestinal illness, sore throats, or hepatitis, just before developing CFS. (14)
So what causes the general immune system failure and low adrenal function seen in CFS? Numerous factors work together to produce CFS; therefore, effective treatment must be comprehensive and address the underlying factors contributing to the weakened status of the immune system.
The CFS patient is often told by physicians that they can "do nothing" except recommend a good therapist. No conventional medical treatment or drugs on the market today help this condition, and most truly hinder immune-response and recovery. (R4)
The problem with drug treatments are the frequent and dangerous side effects they produce. Standard medical treatment has focused on suppressing symptoms, with tiers of successively more risky drug therapies. For CFS, treatment usually involves NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The effect of this treatment is net-negative. The symptoms may be somewhat suppressed for a time but in the long run, the drugs actually make the condition worse. (6,21,22)
Long-term use of over-the-counter NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) damages the lining of the GI tract, making it more permeable (known as Leaky Gut Syndrome). (21,23)
More than 30 years ago, Lancet published research showing that nearly 75% of patients on long-term use of NSAIDs have inflammation in their intestines. Researchers determined that the so-called "anti-inflammation" drugs actually cause inflammation in the intestines, and blood and protein loss, and often cause more ill-health and fatigue. (21)
More than half of your immune system occupies the space surrounding the gastrointestinal tract, making the GI tract the largest organ in the body capable of producing important immune system components such as white blood cells and cytokines. In essence, then, your GI tract acts as a neuro-immunomodulating organ by supporting a healthy immune system response to infections, toxins, and other stresses. (14)
All of this information may sound discouraging, however, it needn't be. The good news is Flavay® is an approach that is totally safe to use, employing a 100% non-toxic and natural -- and powerfully effective -- nutritional method. It involves the use of a patented antioxidant nutritional compound from France that has produced stunning health results for decades. But first, we'll identify causes of CFS in order to understand how it works.
There are many theories as to the cause of CFS, so we will discuss the most widely-accepted conventional research.
Most medical researchers believe that CFS is caused by a weakened immune system as a number of scientific papers found immunologic alterations in CFS patients. Also, there is strong evidence that suggests the condition is also an autoimmune disorder. Some of its symptoms so closely resemble autoimmune illnesses that CFS is frequently been mistaken for both multiple sclerosis and lupus. (R2)
Studies reveal that patients with CFS may have low levels of white blood cell activity, or an abnormal distribution of white blood cells. Researchers at the University of Miami School of Medicine investigated the link between CFS and immune system breakdowns and found that cytokines, such as certain interleukins and tumor necrosis factor, are elevated in patients with CFS indicating these patients suffer from the same sort of overzealous immune system activity prominent in so many other neurological illnesses. Overall, then, in treating CFS, it's essential to strengthen the immune system. (14)
Natural killer cell cytotoxicity was increased with Flavay® treatment. Flavay® acts as a free radical scavenger, lowers histamine levels, and protects against vascular permeability which is important in protecting and modulating immune systems. Immune cell activity was found to be restored or increased with Flavay®. (298)
Flavay® is patented for neutralizing peroxynitrate. Flavay® reduces the amount of superoxide available which makes the peroxynitrate, and helps to regulate the nitric oxide production so that it stays in balance. This means your immune system works better, your joints hurt less, and your blood flows better. (14)
Other antioxidants may help, but researchers found that even when the immune system was barely working, Flavay® brought it back. Antioxidants work as a network (not independently) inside the cells and human clinical studies show taking Flavay® significantly increases total intracellular serum antioxidant activity. (R4,33,63,64,71,370)
As a dietary supplement, Flavay® acts both as an antioxidant and an immune system booster. Studies at the University of Arizona show that Flavay® can maintain healthy immune system function by restoring cytokine imbalances and increasing white blood cell activity. (14)
Flavay® also strengthens immunity by protecting the existing immune components from their own chemicals. White blood cells use free radicals to destroy bacteria. When white blood cells over-produce free radicals, white blood cells start to destroy themselves. Flavay® allows the bacteria to be killed while standing by to protect the white blood cells against any excess of free radicals. (298)
A study of persons with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), shows taking Flavay® (along with usual medications) reduces inflammation associated with lupus. Taking Flavay® results in significant reductions in lymphocyte apoptosis, T-lymphocyte activation, reduced generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by neutrophils, lower erythrocyte sedimentation rates, and a decrease in the SLE disease activity index compared to the placebo group. The results found Flavay® effective as a second-line therapy in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). (422)
"For several years I took Flavay for fibromyalgia and it really worked and I felt so much better. Now I need to start again." —Ms. C.H.
"I have lupus and taking Flavay enables me to move. I'm not able to do without it. I've been taking it for more than a decade and my skin looks younger, in fact people think I'm my kid's sister." —Ms. L.B.
"[A] method for preventing and fighting the harmful biological effects of free radicals in the organism of warm blooded animals and more especially human beings, namely cerebral involution, hypoxia following atherosclerosis, cardiac or cerebral infarction, tumour promotion, inflammation, ischemia, alterations of the synovial liquid, collagen degradation, among others."
—U.S. Patent No. 4,698,360 (1987)
Fifty-to-80% of all CFS patients suffer from allergies, a significant contrast with general American population which is 17%, according to research by Dr. James Jones in Denver, Colorado. When a person develops "allergic" antibodies (called IgE), these antibodies bind to the allergen (the foreign substance that induces the allergy), causing a release (activation) of histamine. Histamine is responsible for many of the symptoms related to allergy, such as fatigue, headaches, respiratory problems, and so on. (R1)
In other words, allergy is a process of inflammation created by histamine release, a disorder of the immune system where fighter cells are activated to neutralize or eliminate alien material. (R1)
Flavay® works differently than antihistamines. Antihistamines interfere with histamine after its release. Flavay®, on the other hand, works before histamine is released. (Flavay® is shown to increase the uptake and re-uptake of histamine into immune cells known as mast cells.) So with Flavay®, histamine is not released, but remains intact (safely stored and not impaired) in mast cells and hippocampus terminal vesicles. This is good because our brains need histamine as a neurotransmitter—histamine is essential for memory and other brain functions. So, Flavay® is effective for allergies without side effects of mental-fog, drowsiness or dry mucous membranes. (35,56,78,146,423,425-427)
Researchers find a large majority of CFS patients test positive to viral and/or bacterial infection(s), and these infections may contribute to the severity of CFS symptoms. Most CFS patients test positive to one or more viruses, including: human herpes virus-6 (HHV6) or Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus (CMV). (R2,R5)
Through its antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties, in vivo research shows Flavay® is capable of inhibiting not only virus adsorption to host cells, but also virus replication; this inhibition appears to be related to how Flavay® induced expression of manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn-SOD) and suppressed phosphorylation of S6 protein. (R6,R7)
In vitro studies show Flavay® decreases inflammatory processes in both gastric and colonic inflammation. Through antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties, Flavay® appears to exert antimicrobial activities, interfering with cariogenic or ulcerogenic pathogens in the mouth (Streptococcus mutans) and stomach (Helicobacter pylori), respectively. (R8)
Flavay® is of particular benefit to persons suffering from fibromyalgia and CFS. The typical recommendation for CFS is to adopt a low-sugar diet and supplement with a therapeutic dose of 200 mg to 400 mg of Flavay® daily. Most experience a decrease in most CFS symptoms in three to six weeks. In more severe cases, like fibromyalgia, results continue to improve more over more time.
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