|New hope for this frustrating syndrome
Because it's difficult to diagnose, Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction
Syndrome (CFIDS) usually means frustration for both the patient and the
To make matters worse, many people once thought it was not a real
illness. Now experts think about 1 to 4 percent of he population suffer from
it, and it's very possible the actual numbers are much higher. If you are
faced with CFIDS diagnosis, you will discover it significantly affects your
work and your family life.
Symptoms of CFIDS can include crippling fatigue – weariness so bone-deep
you don't want to even get out of bed, flu-like symptoms, infections, muscle
pain, weakness, fever, sore throat, headache, joint pain, sleep problems,
changes in lymph nodes, confusion, and concentration problems.
Because these symptoms mimic many
different conditions and because the main symptom, fatigue, is common in
several other illnesses, be sure to rule out these possibilities before you
begin any treatment :
• liver problems
• Addison's disease
• congestive heart failure
• hyperthyroidism (Graves'
CFIDS often begins after you have had an infection, like a cold,
bronchitis, or mononucleosis, or after a period of stress or trauma. No one
knows for sure what causes it, but a virus, like herpes or the Epstein-Barr
virus, or an autoimmune disorder may set it off.
But there's hope. For the first time in their history, the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) authorized testing a nutritional supplement to treat
his medical condition. The supplement is called NADH, and the results are
NADH stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide plus high-energy
hydrogen. Never mind that -- just remember it's a co-enzyme, a natural
substance found in all living cells. Its purpose is to supply your cells
with energy. the more you have, the more energetic your cells are. Without
enough, your brain and muscle cells can't function properly. Recently,
scientists began to explore the idea that supplying your body with more NADH
could raise your energy level.
A small study at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington,
D.C found that about one-third of people suffering with CFIDS were helped by
10 milligrams of NADH daily. These results so encourage the researchers that
they offered NADH supplements to all the participants in a follow-up study.
Positive response to the NADH jumped to an amazing 72 percent -- and there
were no negative side effects.
Other tests in Europe have had similarly encouraging results. NADH
supplements gave people with CFIDS more energy, endurance, and strength.
It's also being tested as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
Disease, and high blood pressure.
You can find NADH supplements in health food stores and on the Internet.
it's currently marketed as a nutritional supplement under the brand name
Enada, but it may soon be officially named a vitamin by the FDA.