By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
Ari Whitten is a Scottsdale, Arizona naturopath who runs the Energy Blueprint website. He’s done an amazing number of podcasts with alternative health practitioners. If you’re interested in alternative health, his website is a good resource. I find that Whitten asks good questions.His May 28th interview with JE Williams, “Common Viruses That Can Trigger Chronic Fatigue (CFS)/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis │The Best Viral Infection Treatment Approach“, was fascinating simply because this Williams is so darned honest. Williams is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and the author of the 2002 book, “Viral Immunity: A 10-Step Plan to Enhance Your Immunity against Viral Disease Using Natural Medicines“, who’s been treating ME/CFS/FM patients for decades. (He’s also done fieldwork in some really exotic places. Williams is now partially retired.).
Williams starts off by flat out stating that when he first saw chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia patients, he (mostly) believed them, but in truth he really couldn’t relate.
I believe that these, most of them, had a real problem. I had already been working with this for approximately 10 or 12 years. Some of them did improve, so depression or neurotransmitter dysregulation was part of that, but most of them didn’t. I still was not sure. I was male, the CFS patients were mostly women. I didn’t relate. I could treat, I could examine… I wasn’t sure, real or not real, and how could they be that tired, how could they be that weak, the things that they complain about. It wasn’t just tiredness like you would take a nap and you recover from it. They also were weak. Weak meaning difficulty picking up things or lifting or vacuuming and getting tired from vacuuming.
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