Did you ever wonder why so many people are being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and lupus lately? Is it because we have better tools to recognize these illnesses or did something from the past trigger them? Or both? Read more to find out what these two debilitating illnesses have in common.
Make sure you read to the end because you’ll learn some bonus information pertaining to fibromyalgia also. If you have been doing your homework on lupus or chronic fatigue syndrome, you probably know that these illnesses may be linked to the following:
- Typically females between the ages of 14-44 (but can occur at any age)
- Typically African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, and Hispanic are at higher risk than Caucasians
2. Hormone Related
- Lupus has a tendency to show up more frequently when our estrogen levels are higher – pregnancy and before menstrual periods.
- Since men produce estrogen but at a lower level than women, this may be why fewer men have lupus than women
3. Ultraviolet Rays
- Ultraviolet rays for the sun
- Ultraviolet rays from fluorescent bulbs
- Sulfur drugs that can increase the body’s sensitivity to sunlight
- Stress caused by pregnancy or child birth
- Stress caused by virus
- Stress caused by fatigue
Although chronic fatigue syndrome and lupus both share characteristics of many of the items shown above especially #4, you may not have known that both show signs linked to Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) earlier in life.
Almost everyone is exposed to EBV sometime in their early life. As a young child it may just be a sore throat or as a teenager it may be mononucleosis (mono). Typically the people who are suffer from both of these autoimmune diseases, when asked will say “Yes, I have had mono – possibly even more than once.”
Why does this matter?
For two reasons. First, if we know this virus is a culprit of these two illness and possibly even more, then we can take precautions from getting them in the first place. How? By reducing our stress, fatigue, and exposure we can reduce the risk of getting mono in the first place. Furthermore, if we reduce the toxins around us and build our bodies to the strongest immune system possible, we will be stronger to resist the initial contact with the mono virus.
However, this doesn’t help the people who already have these illnesses. But you’ll be happy to know that we didn’t forget you. It is not too late. In fact, the same solution will help you fight these illnesses and quite possibly win. Thousands of people have done just that by reducing the toxins around them – through nontoxic cleaners, paraben free skin care, healthy air and water, and safe personal care products. You’d be amazed at what your body is exposed to just by cleaning your bathroom.
Alright, that is step 1. Ready for step 2. You probably are already trying to do this, but you may be surprised at what is hiding in your vitamins. Are you currently taking vitamins to improve your health. Common vitamins for people with lupus and chronic fatigue syndrome are B complex, Multi, Glucosamine, and Calcium. Make sure the brand you are using is established, scientifically proven, ideally natural with no animal testing, and 100% absorbed. These things are critical to your success because you are trying to remove harmful toxins: the last thing you want is your supplement program to add harmful toxins to your body.
The outstanding news is the same information that you learned in this article will apply for Fibromyalgia too. In fact, even though not all illnesses are linked to the EBV the solution of removing the toxins and building your immune system will still work for thousands of health problems – major ones like we discussed or even minor ones like just allowing a person to feel better. That is why it is so critical that we take care of our bodies because it is always easier to maintain good health than to retrieve our good health.