Review on CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
By: Dr. Bobbi Kline
One of the key underlying findings in conditions causing chronic mental or physical fatigue is dysfunction of the mitochondria. Mitochondria are small structures located in the nucleus of every cell, and every cell contains thousands of them. These powerhouses produce the energy our bodies need to carry out every function in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). When mitochondria don’t function at their best, or too many of them are destroyed, our energy levels suffer. While this can be due to inherited genetic disorders, most often it is seen as the result of chronic damage over time.
Each person’s ability to handle these toxins and oxidative stress is different and depends on the interaction between their genes and their environment. Our genes commonly have small errors, called SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that affect how each protein in our body works. [see: genetics vs genomics article] Since proteins run all of our biochemistry, these small DNA changes can affect how we deal with emotional stress, energetic stress, and physical stress; how we process the toxins; what we need nutritionally. When we get a mismatch of our genes and our diet and environment, that can set us on a collision course for disease if it persists over time.
Because mitochondria are found in every cell of the body, often multiple systems are affected. This can result in a wide range of symptoms that are often hard to diagnose, especially in conventional medicine. Fortunately, we have ways to understand what each person needs through personalized approaches. By integrating functional medicine, genomics, and a wide range of healing modalities, we have the knowledge and the tools to unlock what each person needs to restore health – and then keep them healthy.
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