What is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis?
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is an acquired complex neurological disorder affecting multiple systems of the body. Many cases are preceded by a viral infection with onset being usually rapid (acute). However gradual onsets have also been reported. Affected individuals do not recover from the infection and instead experience a wide variety of symptoms including the body’s inability to produce energy at a cellular level.
Energy is needed to fuel all of the body’s internal functions. Cells cannot survive on their own. They need power to stay alive. They need energy to perform functions such as growth, maintaining balance, repair, reproduction, movement, cognitive function and defence. All body organs work through receiving an energy supply. If the energy supply is impaired in any way the body’s organs deteriorate.
When the body receives energy it is converted into Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is considered to be the energy currency of life. It is the high-energy molecule that stores the energy we need to do just about everything we do.
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