Gulf War Syndrome, CFS & Fibromylagia
The investigation of the Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) has provided a look at symptom clusters in a population of Americans. The GWS points to ill-defined illnesses in American service men and women who became or remained ill after they served in the Gulf War. The illness descriptions are similar to, if not identical to the chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and the more serious manifestations suggest chemical toxicity and/or autoimmune disease.
There was widespread concern that veterans were ill because they were exposed to infections, chemicals and smoke from burning oil wells. These concerns cannot be dismissed just even when it is realized that their symptoms are just as prevalent in the general population of the USA - the entire American population is exposed to infections, chemicals, smoke and a host of problems in the food supply. It is likely that many veterans were pushed from a stage of adapted dysfunction before the war into chronic illness because of the intensified exposure to biological problems during their sojourn in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait.
The health record in the USA and other industrialized countries is not good. While people live longer in North America, there is growing evidence that the wellness quotient of the average citizen deteriorates and the prospect of chronic degenerative disease haunts the aging population. It is easy to point to persisting, increasing, debilitating health problems such as depression, family violence, suicide, obesity, diabetes, disability from degenerative diseases, dementias, cancer and an increasing incidence of ill-defined illnesses.
Close to 50% of the adult population in the US and Canada report chronic symptoms such as headache, fatigue and joint or muscle pain. Aging citizens are vulnerable to a variety of debilitating if not tragic illnesses. The rising incidence of two disabling and chronic illnesses Diabetes and Alzheimer's dementia is a major concern especially as a wave of 70 million "Baby Boomers" in North America will approach the peak and increasing incidence of these diseases in the next 30 years.
In response to veterans' concerns about potential health effects resulting from service during Operations Desert Storm/Shield, the (US) Department of Defense (DoD) initiated the Comprehensive Clinical Evaluation Program (CCEP). The CCEP provided in-depth medical examinations to approximately 13,000 service and family members. Their report summarizes the diagnostic results of 10,020 participants who finished their medical evaluations. Symptoms and diagnoses seen in CCEP participants resemble those seen in the general population and in patients seeking primary care.
The most frequently reported chief complaints were: fatigue (11%), joint pain (11%), headache (8%) and memory loss (4%). Among the reported symptoms, whether a chief or associated complaint, the most common symptoms from the symptom questionnaire included: fatigue (47%), joint pain (47%), headache (39%), memory loss (33%), sleep disturbance (32%), and difficulty concentrating (27%). The average number of reported symptoms for CCEP participants was five. Symptom Prevalence was compared with that reported in 3 studies of outpatient medical practice in the United States. There appeared to be a strong consistency of reported symptoms between large population studies of outpatient medical clinics and symptoms reported by CCEP participants. Fatigue was reported by 22-58% (CCEP 47%) of respondents; joint pains by 26-59% (CCEP 47%); headaches by 21-37% (CCEP 39%), and sleep complaints by 15-35% (CCEP 32%). Also common in these surveys, were dyspnea for 14-32% (CCEP 16%) and abdominal pains for 11-24% (CCEP 16%).
The similarity of these particular CCEP symptoms in the U.S. general clinic population was further confirmed by examining data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). This national sample of medical clinics in the United States reported, that in 1989, the estimated number of outpatient visits in the United States was: 7 million visits for fatigue; 9.6 million visits for headaches; 17 million visits for joint pains; 14 million visits for skin rash; and 7 million visits for depression. Patients commonly report experiencing multiple symptoms. Studies have shown that when patients complete symptom checklists one third of patients complain of 0-1 symptoms, one-third complain of 2-3 symptoms, and one-third complain of 4 or more symptoms.
The CCEP report has re-stated our basic premise:
"Symptom syndromes or illnesses manifested solely by combinations of symptoms with no consistent objective findings on physical examination or positive laboratory abnormalities and for which an adequate etiologic explanation is yet to be determined, are common in clinical practice and the general population. Symptom syndromes include entities such as irritable bowel syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and depression."
Alpha Nutrition Program
The good news for the GWS sufferer is that proper, complete diet revision will often solve the problem. The bad news is that your whole eating-style and life-style will have to change and you cannot go back. Our theory of delayed or type 3 pattern food allergy explains all the features of GWS and CFS and locates the disease in the middle of a larger pool of related hypersensitivity disorders. GWS is a non-specific expression of hypersensitivity disease.
The Alpha Nutrition Program is designed to resolve chronic fatigue and related disorders. The most definitive clearing program is a food holiday, using an elemental nutrient formula, Alpha ENF, composed of nutrients in their pure form with no other food intake. Alpha ENF allows a sick person to return to a baseline of normal functioning, without the intake of numerous adverse substances that may have been present in their food supply.
Aching & Fatigue is a book about non specific illnesses with aching and fatigue as prominent symptoms. Diagnoses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Depression have become popular. Some patients say " I feel sick all over". These are overlapping symptom complexes and are often part of a larger illness complex. Dr. Gislason explains why diet revision as the first and most essential form of therapy. Long term management of food intake and exercise are required to sustain improvements. Drug prescriptions are best avoided.
Aching and Fatigue is intended to be used with the Alpha Nutrition