If you've ever wondered if you might have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), you're not alone. Or maybe you just don’t feel "right." Tired all the time; can't remember things like you used to; joint and muscle pain; headaches; sleepless nights. These can all point to a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, but are also symptoms of other disorders.
More than one million Americans have CFS. It occurs four times more frequently in women than in men, and most often strikes people in their 40s and 50s, but people of all ages can get CFS. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be very difficult to diagnose.
Heart Disease and the TACT Trial
The mainstream medical community recently received surprising positive news from the extensive National Institute of Health-sponsored trial that has EDTA chelation therapy for patients with coronary disease. Known as the TACT (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy), the highly controversial trial abstract was recently presented to the American Heart Association and showed a 37-39 percent improvement over regular standard medication prescriptions for diabetics with previous heart attacks and patients who had heart attacks in their largest heart artery, the LAD (left anterior descending).
Of all environmental toxins, lead is probably the most widely recognized as hazardous to our health. Now, for the first time in 20 years, U.S. health officials have lowered the threshold for lead poisoning in young children.
Lead is a heavy metal that causes major health problems in the U.S. population today—for all age groups, and even at low doses. In fact, 38 percent of the U.S. adult population has a lead level that puts them at high risk for developing vascular, neurological and degenerative disease.
Almost everyone has trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep, from time to time. And often, practicing good sleep habits (see sidebar) is all it takes to beat a bout of insomnia and get back into your sleep groove.
Suffering from prolonged sleep disorders is another matter, which causes many people to turn to sleeping pills. But these have numerous side effects, including dependency upon them every night.
Sleeping pills can help when stress, travel or other temporary disruptions keep you awake.