Natural Cures for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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Periodic fatigue or excessive tiredness is a common state of life – particularly a hectic, event-filled lifestyle. However, if that periodic fatigue transforms into a long-term state of mental and/or physical exhaustion that persists despite rest, you may be dealing with an issue known as chronic fatigue syndrome. In addition to medical care to rule out underlying illnesses, natural cures are also effective for treating chronic fatigue. Some of the most effective natural remedies for fatigue include supplements such as magnesium, fish oil, and evening primrose oil.

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

The Office on Women’s Health defines chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a complex, chronic illness that involves extreme fatigue that cannot be remedied with bed rest. Additionally, activities that involve physical exertion or even the use of mental energy may exacerbate fatigue. In any case, though, the condition is not diagnosed until the fatigue has persisted for 6 or more months.

Depending on the severity of the condition, you may experience a variety of different symptoms in addition to fatigue. Common ancillary symptoms include unrefreshing sleep, general weakness, muscle and joint pain, headache, and concentration or memory issues. These symptoms often vary in intensity and may come and go or persist for weeks to months and even years.

What Causes CFS?

At large, the cause for chronic fatigue is unknown. However, research suggests that a number of factors may be involved such as viruses, hypotension, immune impairment, and hormonal issues. Many times the condition seems to manifest following a viral infection. Viruses that have been identified to have a possible connection to CFS include human herpes virus six, Ross River virus, Epstein-Barr, human retroviruses, mycoplasma, rubella, and Candida alibicans, including yeast infections. Additionally, many individuals who develop CFS are predisposed to a weakened immune system.

Click here for NEW INFORMATION on the cause of CFS.

Are There Any Known Risk Factors?

As the cause of CFS is unknown, it is somewhat difficult to identify specific risk factors for the condition; however, research has identified a few commonly linked factors. Women between the ages of 30 and 50 are in the group of people most often affected by the condition, so age and gender present a potential risk. Likewise, individuals who are overweight and are relatively inactive are more likely to develop fatigue. Addition factors that may increase your risk of developing CFS include genetic predisposition, allergies, stress, and some environmental factors.

Are There Any Natural Cures for Chronic Fatigue?

Eliminate Fluoride Consumption

Fluoride has long been known to dramatically interfere with cellular energy production.  New evidence, however, suggests that as a neuroendocrine disruptor, fluoride is capable of not only triggering widespread fatigue (not relieved by sleep or rest), but all of the other symptoms associated with CFS as well, including severe joint pain, muscle pain and stiffness, and even debilitating memory and concentration problems.

Click here for NEW INFORMATION on this connection to CFS.

The symptoms of CFS can actually mimic a number of other common conditions, such as mono, Lyme disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and multiple sclerosis, which is why it is so important to see your doctor if you are experiencing fatigue. Once diagnosed, your doctor can also help you identify an appropriate route of treatment, which typically pairs traditional medical care with effective home remedies to balance your care routine. In most cases, modifying your lifestyle slightly, incorporating nutritional supplements, and incorporating alternative medicine can effectively alleviate symptoms and fatigue. If you are dealing with CFS, you may want to try supplements like magnesium, fish oil, and evening primrose oil in addition to alternative medical practices like acupuncture or tai chi.

1. Magnesium

The University of Maryland Medical Center lists magnesium as one of the most helpful nutrients for treating chronic fatigue. Magnesium serves a variety of purposes in your body including normalizing your blood pressure and maintaining a steady heart rhythm. Good cardiovascular health is essential for reducing fatigue symptoms. Begin by taking 300mg per day and gradually increase your dosage to 1,000mg per day.

2. Fish Oil

Fish oil is another important remedy for fatigue. This supplement contains essential fats that help maintain your body’s energy stores. You should work up to a dose of 1,000mg 3 times per day of this nutritional supplement.

3. Evening Primrose Oil

Evening primrose oil is used for a variety of purposes. For treating CFS, it helps reduce pain and lessens fatigue. Evening primrose oil contains a high concentration of the fatty acid GLA, which possesses remarkable healing properties. This fatty acid helps regulate your hormones and control pain. For treatment, take 3,000 to 6,000mg per day.

4. Acupuncture

Healthline indicates acupuncture as a potentially effective natural treatment for chronic fatigue. This treatment regulates pain you may be experiencing and can also be used to target effective nerve and cardiovascular function.

5. Yoga

Yoga is another research-based treatment approach. This practice invigorates your body and restores energy naturally. It also helps you better regulate stress that may be contributing to fatigue. Yoga also helps you reestablish alignment in your body so it is able to perform most optimally.

Keep reading below to learn many more interesting cures for chronic fatigue syndrome from Earth Clinic readers! Please Let us know what you've tried!

Chronic Fluoride Poisoning Link

Posted by Earth Clinic (USA)

Please make sure you read Jason Uttley's important article on Chronic Fluoride Poisoning. This article pinpoints fluoride as a very likely cause of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. A MUST READ!

Replied by Faithinhealing
(Forest Park, Ohio, Usa)

Hello, I believe that you are onto something about the fluoride poisoning and chronic fatigue syndrome. At the same time that I became ill, I started noticing spots on my daughters teeth. Unfortunately, I have not only dealt with chronic fatigue but extreme mood swings, mental illness, etc., I think all a result of fluoride poisoning.

I started a detox recently and started drinking distilled water, immediately within days I felt better on the distilled water. I then started to detox my body using kelp and that has helped my body too.

I also have added the alkalyzing protocols of Teds's, adding baking soda to my acv or lemon twice a day and that has even further helped the chronic fatigue.

I'm in the process of getting a filtering system put into my home, I would recommend others look into this! This fluroide is killing people and the cities keep adding it back to the water, I don't understand it!

Replied by Ellen
(Denton, Tx)

IMHO there are several holes in the fluoride connection logic. For me personally, I've known about the dangers of fluoride for years and avoided it persistently. I have done detoxes, too. I still have CFS but am responding quite well to anti-viral, antibacterial treatment and megadoses of vitamin C via IV. Also, CFS/fibromyalgia has been around for centuries. Fluoride water treatment, toothpastes, and medication haven't. If anybody would address these issues I would be more than happy to change my mind.

Replied by Andrea C
(Cardiff, Wales)

Fluoride is hidden in medications and also "natural health products" vits, supplements, and even if you eat organic produce its probably been watered in fluorieded water! And then washed in fluorided water! We have to be ever vigilant, this is allowed by law and doesn't have to be printed as a health warning. Then theres the packaging issuse, how many people are aware that most organic ready prepeared veg or salad, has been washed in chlorine bleach and of course flourided tap water! I am talking from experience, because of nerve damage, Fibro, (which my consultant told me, ME, fibro, and cfs, are all the same illness) some of us have it to a degree that we're not aware we have it, and by God! Some of us fear death before cure as we can't un-wrap slice, or cut our food up, pour or hold a glass of water, sit, wash, or dress with no help. Get in or out of bed, open mail, med, vit, or supplement containers? The only way to be sure is to grow it, raise it, kill it and cook it. Even organically raised animals are given tap water to drink! I have spent thousands on electrical appliances to peel chop, grind, what ever, and I can't switch them on or off, and the vibration is hell! I've had a hip replacement, my other one needs doing, disc detereation, arthritis, neuropathic nerve pain all over my body, I was a supreme athlete, but amonghst the locals I was know as that fit girl who was always drinking tap water!!! That and the drugs I should never been given in the first place wreaked my life!! So please, by all means share your trials and experiences, but don't be so self santimonious! I'm sorry your unwell, but its true, theres always people with no help worse off than yourself!!

Replied by H
(Sf, Ca)

TO: Andrea C from Cardiff. There is no fluoride in the water anywhere in Wales.

Fluoride concentrations in UK water supplies: in a million/7 extent.pdf

Replied by Aidan
(Southampton, U.k., Hampshire)

i have read numerous responses here on flouride and other remedies or possible causes... i can say to all of you here now that the real cause is a cover-up... i was tested by drs. garth and nancy nicolson and i am positive to mycoplasma and i am also positive to 45% of the hiv virus envelope... these are all biological weapons that were released by the military and these same weapons were sold to suddam hussein to be used on the iranians during the 10 year war with iraq... when things soured between the u. s. a. and iraq the military was sent in to retrieve these biological weapons and decided instead to just blow them up... the mistake they also made was that these same weapons contained depleted uranium compounds and once these were burning thet released their toxic affect but also remember these weapons did not originate just prior to the gulf war they have been around for decades, in fact the dept of science and technology requested a $26 million dollar grant because these are the words they said way back in 1969 'we need these funds because 'we already have ways to spread these biologics' and they went on to say these exact words but remember these were words they used prior to any 'aids epidemics before anyone really knew immunodeficiency' they said to create 2 diseases, ' one where the host would become 'immunodeficient', two, to make the host incapacitated... xmrv does not cause cfids but a piece of hiv does play a major role but i still to this day feel that 'mycoplasmas and radiation' are what is causing disease and all this cure all meds people say they feel better on are actually only reducing inflammation in the body but not curing anything... i believe the u. s. military is responsible for the hiv/45%hiv epidemics and the reasons for all these cover-ups... why is it the nih/cdc is slow at anything they do and that is solely because the cdc/nih knows why people are sick and are part of this massive cover-up... let's see now the results from detroit michigan on broken cromosones and translocation all as a result of biological radiological weapons warfare... to any of you who think this is just simple lyme disease, this is another clever way they spread these diseases aside from on purpose putting theses weapons into vaccines... sincerely and always the truth aidan southampton u. k. 'xmrv' is not no cause but the hiv virus envelope is giving xmrv false positives...

Replied by Messenger

I absolutely believe that fluoride chemical makes us sick. We are lucky to have fluoride voted down here, This is interesting I read that Dr David Bell made a striking discovery on the cause of Chronic Fatique Syndrome there is a cause, the blood circulation blood value and plasma is not circulating the way it should be that CFIDS may have "extraordinarily" low circulating blood volume this is NOT low blood pressure. What would cause that toxins or a deficiency maybe a microscopic bacteria or an infection?

Replied by Leigh Anne
(Belleville, Ontario, Canada)

I agree with you Aidan, re Biological Weapons as the cause for M.E. / CFS in North America. I became very ill in 1985. Was diagnosed by Dr. Byron Hyde in 1989 with M.E. I was represented by a Professor who had worked with Garth Nicholson at the Institute for Molecular Medicine, in Irvine California, I believe. It was Nicholaon who was working on a Mycoplasma that would become a Bio Weapon , and was used by the U.S. Govt and patented by them...Mycoplasma Fermentans Incognitis, to be exact. It was weaponized and dusted with crystalline Brucellosis , which was "dusted " on mosquitoes and released on the public by aemail methods, from airplanes, over Eastern Ontario, where I live, but also released in other areas!

Do an online search for " biological weapon testing in the United States, and do the same search for "Canada" , it will all come up. Also " Google search" The same for the U.K. And Australia!

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Leigh Anne, Belleville, Ontario

It was some years back on EC when Ted whom we all know and appreciate, told of this as he was then in the US. Much of what you have recounted.

Namaste, Om

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method

Posted by Susan (USA)

Sent to us by Bill Munro of Michigan, one of the most promising remedies we have heard about for CFS consists of inhaling hydrogen peroxide from a nasal pump 6 times a day. Click here to read up more on this important cure. Bill (83 years old) believes the peroxide has cured him of prostate cancer and also prevented him from getting a cold or flu for the past 13 years.

Activated Charcoal

Posted by Daryl (Traralgon, Victoria, Australia) on 07/29/2012

hi im emailing to ask about a/c on behalf of my father. He contracted ross river virus from mosquito bites years ago and now has chronic fatigue syndrome/Fibromyalgia. He is taking medications for high blood pressure and other ailments and was wondering if it would be worthwhile trying activated charcoal. My father is desperate to be rid of this ill health and is willing to try just about anything, but im worried it may do more harm than good. Yours sincerly Daryl J Halliday.

Replied by Robyn
(Melbourne, Australia)

Hi, I got ross river 20 yrs ago, fms, cfs, mcs real bad since. Charcoal can't hurt. Dont take it near food or meds. It should help clear out any unwanteds in your father's gut.

Replied by Brass Player
(Sw Usa)

CFS is well known among those of us who have the mold-susceptible haplotype to be caused by toxic mold exposure in a water damaged building. For some, early on, simply getting out will restore health. For others, with lengthy exposures, it can take years and specialized medical treatment will be required. Doctors in general are not cognizant of this or will say it can't happen because they cannot get away from the concept that this is not an allergic reaction. 24% of the population has a mold-susceptible haplotype, and we are the ones who get extremely ill when living or working in a water damaged building (the water damage may not be visible.)

ACV, Cayenne, Molasses

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Posted by Lynette (Edwardsville, IL) on 11/07/2006
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For the past year, I have been suffering from severe headaches, my heart would beat extremely fast just from standing up, and dizziness. I knew that it was serious when my head was hurting so bad one day that I went to lie down and woke up almost 15 hours later. I found this website while looking for a cure for gout for someone else. I sent them the information and then began to read the other parts of this site. After my reading, I wrote out a list and I went to the health food store immediately after work. I have been taking the mixture of the water with ACV, liquid garlic, cayenne pepper and blackstrap molasses for a week now. For the first time in a year, I am feeling so much better. My heart rate has slowed. My headaches are gone. I am using the bathroom on a regular basis now and I am not sleepy all of the time. I am also taking multi-vitamins. Thank you for this wonderful website!

Replied by Gabbysue
(Haltom City, Texas)

I know it has been 11 years since this post, but can anyone tell me the amounts/measurements Lynette used?

Replied by Patrice
(Nashua, Nh)

Yes I would like to know also. I've tried those products and nothing. so perhaps I was using an incorrect formula...hope someone answers.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Patrice,

Doses for ACV, blackstrap and cayenne vary, mostly according to the individual, but some typical doses would be:

  • 1 -3 t. Apple Cider Vinegar in water once or twice a day.
  • 1/4 t. cayenne pepper 2-4 times a day.
  • 1-2 T. blackstrap molasses.

Have you looked into the viral link to Chronic fatigue?

Antiviral remedies like coconut oil or bht may be worth considering as well.

~Mama to Many~

(Nashua, NH)

Mama to Many,

Thank you for your it is 2021 and I just found it 4 years later....going to try it anyway as I have no energy and still want to sleep and sleep.

Adrenal Dysfunction Connection

Posted by Rathmussen (Montreal, Canada) on 03/20/2008

I recently read that people who suffer from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia benefit remarkably from cortisol treatments (75 per cent showed significant improvement, and 62 per cent reported substantial improvement). This is because they have adrenal dysfunction, meaning their adrenal glands, which produce sex hormones and cortisol, don't work effectively. I suspect this is due to viral damage. Cortisol is that stress hormone... you get a shot of it in fight or flight situations for a quick burst of energy, decreased pain sensitivity, etc. Proper levels are important for proper glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure, insulin release for blood sugar maintanence, immune function and inflammatory response. Maybe this is why when you exercise it makes it worse because your cortisol levels should increase with aerobic exercise to help deal with the wear and tear. The bulk of cortisol release happens when we sleep, which would also explain why you might not wake up feeling refreshed. If you read up on cortisol, you'll see that if you don't have enough, you just don't have access to energy to burn.

I would definitely try the cortisol therapy, but perhaps there is a more natural way to stimulate the adrenal glands. Research has found that the nutrient Phosphatidylserine (PS) helps balance both high and low levels of cortisol. Usually our brains manufacture sufficient levels of PS, but if there is a deficiency of folic acid and vitamin B12, or of essential fatty acids, the brain may not be able to make sufficient PS levels. So get lots of fish, ridiculous amounts of dark green vegetables, and even rice and soy (or lecithin, I imagine). You can find PS supplements...they used to make them from cow's brains, but now they make a soy lecithin-derived one. (Phew!) At the very least, this nutrient would help with brain fog.

(My interest in chronic fatigue stems from having the Epstein Barr virus. I couldn't shake the fatigue for years and years. I did find getting fish oil and a teaspoon of chlorella everyday finally produced some results, which I would recommend to absolutely everyone!)

Replied by Prioris

Epstein virus doesn't have anything to do with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome except that it could be one or more of the secondary conditions that it could result from it. Many CFS people also have FMS. CFS causes immune dysfunction opening you up to many possible infections.

The hallmark symptom of CFS is neuro cognitive dysfunction syndromes and not fatigue. The name CFS was intentionally created by the powers that be to as a psyops weapon to be used against people with CFS. CFS is also called Myalgic Encephalemyelitis and Chronic Farigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.

The term Chronic Fatigue and Chronic Faigue Syndrome are two different things. The former is a waste basket diagnosis. Many who think they have CFS, really have CF. There are very few doctors who know anything about the disease so many people will get misdiagnosed.

Cortisol studies were done by the NIH a long time ago. I followed their studies long time ago. Their primary motive was political in which to get CFS classified as a psychological disease - depression.

When the NIH study tested CFS people cortisol levels, they found that the cortisol levels were at opposite levels from people with depression. So they just lied again and concluded that no matter what the cortisol levels were, CFS was just a depression.

The entire cortisol thing was a sham with political motives behind it. Deposit the cortisol thing into the waste basket. There is a lot of people with CFIDS who just don't want to know so won't touch the political aspects with a 100 foot pole. The lies comfort them more.

Many people have no history of the disease. There is a large government disinformation program on the internet to steer people away from the real cause.

Please read the Q & A thing under CFS for information relating to the ciguatoxin link.

Alkaline Diet

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Posted by James (Winnaleah, Tasmania Australia) on 05/30/2011
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I have had chronic fatigue for 30 years and have spent a small fortune on trying to find a cure. From the result of doing web searches, I realised that my ph was low so set about to correct it.

Cider vinegar and H2O2, as well as being careful with what I eat, have been the means to correct my ph. You need to check your saliva and urine, not just your blood. Blood ph can be good and saliva and urine can be low as a result of the body correcting the blood. Our system knows that the blood needs to be right for our body's sake, so our saliva and urine systems will lower to counteract it. Therefore once we get our saliva and urine neutral things are rosey! Now after 30 years of pain and confusion, I am a different boy!

I have been buying 50% H2O2 solution for spraying crops for insect and fungi control at a 3% mix. I rinse my mouth with straight water and then sip a mouth full of H2O2, hold it in my mouth and swerling it for a minute or so and then swallowing it. I chase it with another sip of water. --don't know why I do that :)

H2O2 works on my crops and has worked on me. Who can argue with that?

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Denise (Tucson, AZ) on 06/30/2007
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I have chronic fatigue syndrome and I read that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar kills bacteria and can give you energy. Well guess what ? It does give me a burst of energy every time I add it in my water. If this apple cider can give a patient with CFS a burst of energy, imagine what it can do for someone who is healthy !

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Brenda (Glasgow, SCOTLAND, UK) on 04/23/2007
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I'am so! delighted to have found this site, and the recommendation of ACV- i have been suffereing with ongoing CFS for 11 and a half years, and within that time i always seem to be v. susceptible to picking up viruses, esp. prone to sinus probs. anyhow - this ACV seems to do the trick! it def. put a hold on me developing full blown sinusitus - it seems to diminish the viral flu type aches and pains and definately diminishes the catarrh - seems to kill of the headaches too. i have only been using an Organic Cyder Vinegar bought from the local supermarket, so am assuming if i went to the health food store, the product may work even better - dont know, but all i know is it has saved me taking to my bed - i notice also whilst taking it that i have slightly more energy. anyhow, am so! glad to have discovered it.

Replied by Pj
(Holiday, Fla)

Yes, Apple Cider Vinegar is amazing and great for the pets too, it just saved me a vet bill for my cat's upper resp infection :)

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda

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Posted by Debbie-Anne (Saratoga, Nsw Australia) on 10/06/2009
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Better But With Side Effects

Hi Ted, I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 20 years now and was delighted to read your valuable information and am really desperate for your advise.

I tried your recipe of 2 x tablespoon ACV & 1/4 tspn bicarb Soda and for the first time in 20years felt well with great energy. However, I am now suffering with chronic constipation from the ACV & Bicarb Soda. I am very aware that I have candida very badly too, the other day I consumed raw garlic with lunch and suffered very bad indigestion and again became very constipated. Due to years of food intolerances, allergies and severe hayfever (all year round) I have developed severe poloyps in my nose and am desperate to avoid yet another operation. However, you mentioned lemons in one of your remedies but because of my sensitivities I am unable to take lemons (i live in Australia).I am also aware that I am unable to digest my food should I take something for this.I would love to keep taking your remedies but might need them modified, can you please help me.

Ted, can you also tell me how long I need to take the remedy you suggest and the maintenance dosage I need to take thereafter to maintain my health. Thank you for your time. Warm regards,

Replied by Tina
(Bowling Green, Ohio, Usa)

To Debbie-Anne of Australia, I have read on this web site that bloodroot and esiac tea can get rid of polyps. Good luck.

Replied by Mikwin2
(Houston, Tx. Usa)

The reader mentioned allergies and indigestion. I have found taking multipurpose enzymes will take care of the indigestion and allergies. Take 1-5 enzymes per meal. All natural. Within a few weeks, you should notice your allergies greatly improving, and have good digestion!! Get enzymes capsules that are enzymes only. No HCl, etc.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses

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Posted by Joanne (Woodstown, New Jersey) on 06/10/2007
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I have chronic fatigue and read all about molasses and acv..started taking 2 tblspns of both everyday and seems to be working. My skin is also smoother and healthy looking and I just feel better all over.


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Posted by Lorica (Indiana, US) on 03/13/2015
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Mitochondira are organelles in cells that provide oxygen and energy. Their decay and death leads to our decay and death over time. Astragalus protects them! Here is research to prove it: I have found that with chronic fatigue it helps to take 3 capsules 2X a day - not near bedtime. Really chronic fatigue is just adrenal weakness. See Dr. Frank Shallenberger's Youtube vids to learn more about that.

Replied by Timh
2073 posts

L: Quercetin and Pyroquinelonequinone (PQQ) are also good for restoring Mitochondria, as are most all antioxidant nutrients, preserving cell integrity to some degree; so supplementing the diet insures the loss of M decay.

There is probably a correlation w/ the Astragalus anti aging effect on the Mitochondria and Chromosome or Telomere. The antioxidant nutrient Resveratrol is also known longevity supporter.

Replied by Connie
(Mayer, Az)

Can astragalus be taken with melatonin?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Connie,

For me, I would be comfortable with taking astragalus root and melatonin together.

~Mama to Many~

Chronic Fatigue and Ciguatoxin Link

Posted by Prioris (Fl) on 01/14/2014

Just to let people know. I have added some more additional information regarding the ciguatoxin to the Q & A page - "Do I have Chronic Fatigue syndrome." There is also information in the Q & A page - "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Disability." that I added. Please read them if you think you have the disease.

Coconut Oil

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Posted by Heather (San Diego, California) on 12/29/2011
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I'm on disability and am officially diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, which has been going on for 7 years now and started shortly after I developed mononucleosis.

Six months ago, I stopped using all forms of oil high in either Omega 6 OR Omega 3; switching exclusively to coconut oil, and using also some butter and some olive oil. Due to this switch, I noticed an immediate improvement in my chronic fatigue.

I did that based on othe research of Ray Peat, PhD after YEARS of using stuff like grapeseed oil and fish oil/krill/cod liver oil thinking that I needed the Omega 3's, or in the case of grapseed oil, thinking the high smoke point would save me from oxidation more than other cooking oils would.

I had also hoped the coconut oil would help with weight loss, as I've gained 30 lbs in the past year for no particular reason. It did not help with my weight loss but I noticed a significant improvement within a few days in regards to clarity of mind and energy. In fact, for the first week or so, I felt significantly improved, and thought I was well on my way to being cured. At that point, I was eating 3-5 tablespoons of the stuff each day.

Unfortunately, the polyunsaturated oils do not appear to have been *THE* cause of my chronic fatigue syndrome - at least I don't think so but it takes 4 years for that huge, life-long buildup of toxic unsaturated fatty acids to leave my body - but the coconut oil helped, it reduced my CFS to a more manageable level of discomfort, so I wouldn't stop using coconut oil for anything; nor will I ever be fooled into thinking that take Omega 3's is a good idea again either.

There have been studies done where scientists hypothesized that giving Omega 3's to pregnant women would increase the child's IQ - since we're all under the impression that Omega 3's are the ticket to health and longevity. Those scientists were perplexed and disappointed with the results: There was a significant trend toward the opposite: Lower IQ's in the babies. That is news I can personally use with two daughters in their 20's who are looking forward to building their own families soon. (And yes, I gave them Omega 3's while they were growing up, since they were babies; which I regret.)

(Google Ray Peat - the study I'm thinking of about the pregnant women was a French study, which he mentions in some article or the other.)

But that's getting a bit off topic.

Point is, the coconut oil helped. I usually just use it for cooking but sometimes I'll take a tablespoon or two in the morning, when I feel it will help with my energy and/or appetite.

Still looking for a CFS cure. For the last several weeks, I've been using the Lugol's iodine at 12.5 - 15 mg per day, and am considering working up to higher doses. That has cured my low body temperature and intolerance to cold (icy feet), but it's too soon to know whether it is the cure I'm looking for. I think the Lugol's has helped with brain fog but it's too soon to tell for sure.

Yesterday, I began adding 1/2 tsp baking soda in water 2x a day to see if that helps.

Also, I have become aware of the fluoride connection. I was one of those kids who had white spots on the teeth from flouride treatments, and I have only ever drunk tap water, usually filtered with a Brita. So today I'm going fluoride free and will try distilled water only for the next month or so; and will avoid all other sources of flouride as well.

Will definitely let earth clinic know if any particular remedy gives me my life back.

Replied by Heather
(San Diego, Ca, Usa)

Update: My chronic fatigue syndrome is going away! Ted's borax remedy, avoiding as many sources of fluoride as is possible, liver detoxing, sunshine, coconut oil, magnesium citrate, NAC, milk thistle, and iodine seem to be the remedies that have led to my improved health.

Additionally, I've gotten as much rest as possible (in bed most days until recently) and lots of love and support from my darling husband -- which was hard to accept because I was so ashamed to be sick all the time.

I've tried many things that did not help such as Lysine, D ribose, mega doses of vitamins, various drugs from the doc, lethicin (although I may try it again for a different purpose).

I've gone from being cold, sick, brain foggy and bedridden to having a normal body temperature, enough energy to interact with people and to essentially cook my family's meals, get some exercise, and to be a fairly good housewife. (I used to work two jobs so although this is a big step, it's not enough to make me feel completely cured.)

My severe depression and anxiety are nearly completely gone and I believe I may be able to return to school soon. My brain issues are so much better that I'm even considering going for a biology degree.

I still have many issues, such as continual abdominal cramping, insomnia (although much, much improved - I use natural remedies for that but believe the borax was the main factor), PCOS and weight gain that isn't resolving with dieting, but energy and health are the most important things. I can work on the rest if my brain is functioning and I have energy to shop for healthy foods and to exercise.

Feel free to ask questions. It occurs to me that I may have had adrenal fatigue and all the time and bed rest may have helped to cure that aspect of my chronic fatigue, but the change from pre coconut oil, Lugol's and borax to post was fairly dramatic.


I am sorry that you are having so much ill health, I know how you feel. I've had CFS for 64 years, after a nasty flu my freshman year in high school. It took me 5 years to stop running a low grade fever every day and start feeling better. I didn't even know what it was until the Incline Village outbreak. I've had several relapses since I got this. Stress does it every time. I take enough supplements that I should have opened my own health food store so I could get a discount. But that is daydreaming, my health wouldn't permit it. I am presently taking tyrosine for sleep, and I found that the PABA and DMAE combination is great for the brain fog. I pray that you will soon be in remission.

Replied by Linda
(San Francisco, Ca, Usa)

To Heather from San Diego, First off, Congratulations on your great results!

I have questions which have to do with your use of borax, but the EC form won't allow me to modify the subject line to include Borax in it.

Heather, could you please give some more details on your use of the Borax? How much did you take, and how frequently? How did you know, and how long did it take for you to know positively that it was Borax making the difference? Did you use 20 Mule Team or something else? This is important for me to know. Did the Borax initially produce an increase of pain for you?

Thank you very much, and again congratulations! Linda

Replied by Heather
(San Diego)

I used borax (20 Mule) per Ted's instructions, 1/8 tsp in a liter of water 4 days per week.

It seemed to help a lot. I was using it with Lugol's. After a few months, I developed cysts in my liver and kidneys, which were painful. I was afraid it could be related to the Lugol's or the borax, so I stopped them both for 6 months.

Now I am taking tiny doses again, i.e., a small pinch of borax twice per week and lugol's 5% 1 or 2 drops a few times per week as well. I am not sure there was any connection, just stopped taking them because they were the only things I suspected might be a cause. I am doing well on the lower doses.

Chronic fatigue still much improved but not cured with the above protocol.

Replied by Prioris

In regards to ... "since we're all under the impression that Omega 3's are the ticket to health and longevity. Those scientists were perplexed and disappointed with the results: There was a significant trend toward the opposite: Lower IQ's in the babies."

Studies have also shown aging. The reason why these unhealthy effects occur is likely because fish oils cause oxidation in the brain. One needs protection against the oxidation. I always take krill oil because it has much lower oxidation risk and highly absorbs. Fish oil has a tiny bit of astaxantin but not enough.

More importantly I take at least 4 mg of astaxanthin to protect myself from the oxidation that could come from the fish oil along with other beneficial effects. Alternatively, there are non fish oils but they seem more expensive.

Replied by Dina


I feel absolutely exhausted. My head is drooping. I don't drink or use any drugs- well am on trazodone, 87.5 and gabapentin 150 mg. I used to be able to do stuff despite exhasution, now I just feel so tired. Ihave lymes, just began holistic treatment for it, and have parasites, fungus, and just don't know what to do about this profound exhaustion.

Is borax safe to take? I will try coconut oil and lugols. Also lots of pain in neck area, diges prob etc, and any help RE: exhaust would be appreciated.

Thanks, Dina

Coconut Oil
Posted by Henri (Los Angeles, California) on 08/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi I have been battling a string of health problems due to chronic stress. The one thing that made everything worse was chronic fatigue. 4 Days ago i could barely get enough strength to get out of bed in the morning. I searched this site for a cure, and found that virgin coconut oil helps. I had bought some a few weeks ago, i started drinking 2 tablespoons a day, it has given me enough energy to get through the day, and be active at work and even enough to go out after work and have a life. It has even helped with my bowel movements. all this after less than a week. I cant wait to see if it can help me with everything else.

Replied by Nisha
(Goa, India)
5 out of 5 stars

hi i could not agree less with Henry as far as coconut oil is concerned - i have used coconut oil in cooking mu food to rid of CFS myself - my doctors could not diagonise my condition and i was in extreme tiredness every day end after - i surfed the interent and found this remedy -i definitely recommend the use coconut oil as exercise or healthy diet did not help.

Coconut Oil
Posted by David (Memphis, TN) on 11/29/2006
5 out of 5 stars

I have been taking coconut oil for five or six years now. About five years ago, my daughter,who was in college at the time, came down with mononucleosis. I overnighted her a bottle of monolaurin, the main ingredient of lauric acid, which is only found in any quantity in coconut oil and human milk. My daughter was diagnosed on a Tuesday, she got the monolaurin on Wednesday and on Friday, nine days later she had no symptoms and quit taking it. The following Monday (that's 13 days post diagnosis) she had lab work done and was completely normal. Other dorm-mates of hers had mono for months. Coconut oil, lauric acid and monolaurin supposedly lise the lipid envelopes of lipid viruses and bacteria.

Most colds are caused by lipid enveloped viruses as are a number of major viral infections.

Just last Saturday, a friend of mine called to tell me he had a horrible cold and had made an appointment to see and ENT physician on Monday. I told him to take three tablespoons of coconut oil. When I saw him on Monday, he was obviously fine. He told me he had taken two tablespoons on Saturday and Sunday and was fine on Monday so he cancelled his doctor's appointment.

I take it all the time but every now and then I run out. Usually I will get sick when I do. Then I go get some more. It is particularly effective for sinus infections. I just snort some into my sinus cavities. Most people are amazed when I prescribe it and it works. But I have seen it happen so many times now, I just expect it to work.

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
385 posts

Dear David: Monolaurin (or coconut oil, lauric acid component) is well-known against viruses, which is the main component of coconut oil, however other oils are also well known against bacteria too. A derivative of lauric acid, where they convert this to sodium lauryl sulfate, even in tiny amounts (micromolar concentration) are well-known to kill HIV AIDS, and a great many other viruses with a vengeance. Although I don't usually recommend this, but perhaps give you a historical backdrop.

Of course, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) today are not generally use in many products and there is a lot of effort to remove this product out of the market and replace with a safer, albeit less effective virus killer in many shampoo products with sodium laureth sulfate or sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) which has much less virus killing power then sodium lauryl sulfate.

I remember during the heddy days of San Francisco AIDS viruses outbreak, which occurred almost within months of some kind of free hepatitis vaccination to only sexually active gays, that some were actually cured by taking drops of shampoo at the time were using sodium lauryl sulfate a drop 3 or 4 times a day. There is also a lot of hell fire propaganda in U.S. posted in the internet against the use of SLS also, as well as soybeans (billions of Asians have been consuming soy for centuries and not even fermented at that, where I live, at least), against the use of coconut oil (high cholesterol was actually the hydrogenated form), and a host of other misinformation. It is my guess that some of the idea for AIDS protection and prevention where they use the SLS as both a spermicide and killing of viruses might came from those that were actually cured after taking the SLS internally.

There are other derivatives of coconut oil used by the industry often called tween 20 or tween 80 (polysorbate 20 - monolaurin and polysorbate 80 - monooleate) which is converted to a sulfactant form of laurins used as a preservative. That are also effective too, but the polysorbate 80 is particularly well known against treatment of hair loss due to its antifungal properties that prevent them, or possibly reduce the autoimmuninty on the hair roots thus stopping the hair loss. There are other oils too such as sunflower oil, olive oil that does kill many organisms too, although they are more well known to kill bacteria.

It must be remembered that monolaurin (lauric acid coconut oil), are also helps herpes, genital herpes, virus, ulcers, candida utilis, etc.

In Asia, the coconut oil are such a common delicacy that we give little thought to using as a treatment, but they are also effective against fungus.

While I do believe that coconut oil is helpful in killing off the viruses, i still believe we catch cold because most people have a zinc deficiency and their body's pH are acidic for a wide range of conditions and therefore is the foundation. Zinc alone can kill herpes simplex viruses by 99.9% within hours. If I want a 100% kill, this is easy, just add magnesium chloride, use lavender oil, and tea tree oil. Of course coconut oil works, but for me lavender, tea tree oil, zinc, magnesium works the best in cases of topical application. Of course I usually add a bit of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (below 1%) to it to speed up the killing. If this is done right, and proper portions, my the herpes simplex dies completely within 1 day, with a maximum of 3 days. Last time one of my relative told me it keeps coming back even though the formula (zinc & magnesium only) despite it worked better than the meds medicine they prescribed, I told her if she is in a hurry just apply all of them (tea tree oil, lavender oil, zinc chloride, magnesium magnesium & a touch of SLS) and do that every 1-2 hour for the whole day. The herpes never came back and this has been about a month now. The major weakness of viruses is ALL the medium chain fatty acids, not just lauric acid. This includes caprylic acid, caproic acid found in palm kernel oil too.

The most difficult organism to kill, contrary to what Hollywood is saying (movies like Aeon flux, Ultraviolet, stormbreakers, just for this year 2006) is NOT the viruses. In practice it is actually the fungus and mycoplasma. In the event of nuclear holocaust the two surviving organism are the fungus and cockroaches. Cancer symptomatically are often close to viruses then they do with fungus.

Again the best way to treat the viruses that has the best results for me are pH akalizing and the zinc acetate - to be used as an antibiotic as well as mineral supplement. Coconut is used here as a dietary food source in cooking. Here at my home I used the oil for cooking to be coconut oil, instead of medicine, so it protects while you eat. Oleatic acid also have some protection too, so sometimes I might mixed olive oil to it too. Other oils or spices I used also have antifungal properties include clove, thyme, tea tree, lavender and oregano, just the same. However, pH and mineral (zinc, magnesium, chromium) remains the backbone whenever I get sick the others I just eat them regularly. The last time I got a cold was 3 years ago it last 2-3 days because I got careless with the diet, too much sugar and acidic pH in the urine! Oh yes, and I probably ran out of coconut oil!

Replied by Susan
(St. Mary's, Ga/USA)

Dear Ted, Not sure when this article was posted, but reading your response on Coconut Oil and CFS and how it helps; you also discussed using magnesium chloride, lavender oil, tea tree oil and zinc as topical application for viruses. Could you go into more detail on how to combine and use, please.

Everything I have read about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and it's cousin diseases either point to a viral disease and/or Floride poisoning over years of internal and external body exposure. having lived with CFS now for 12 years and still developing more sypmtoms every year, I am now looking for alternative treatment/s to the classical MDs which are not working.

thank you, Susan H


I know when my CFS started, I had a particularly bad flu my freshman year in high school 64 years ago. I have been in and out of remission several times since then but know that I have to eat right and rest extra, and avoid stress, or it is going to get me down.

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