Chronic Fatigue August 12, 2006Posted by healthyself in 60 Hz Magnetic Fields, Biological Effects, Blogroll, Cell phone safety, CFIDS, Chronic Fatigue, Electrosensitivity, EMF's, EMR, Environment, Fatigue, Health, Health related, High Frequencies, high voltage transmission lines, HOuseholds, Immune system, Lifestyle, MCS, Risk Factor, Risk of Disease, Women's Health.
“With any illness characterised by chronic fatigue, such as CFS, Chronic Fatigue (CF) and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus (CEBV), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), the important outcome is a severely dysfunctional immune system.
Evidence that these conditions involves an immunological disorder is accumulating rapidly. Within the past few years various abnormalities have been found in the immune system of CFS patients, for example. These include alterations in the activity and cell surface structure of two important types of white blood cells: natural killer cells and T-lymphocytes. In some patients subtle changes have been found in the levels of neuroendocrine hormones in the brain. Evidence indicates that CFS is associated with, if not directly caused by, a persistent, low-level impairment of the immune system.
Irrespective of the ‘trigger’ of the condition, whether it be viral, an environmental factor, a genetic predisposition, stress, or a combination of these factors, any additional contributing factors which may also detrimentally affect the immune system should be identified, investigated and eliminated (or reduced) as part of the treatment.
In this regard a co-factor may be considered anything that may cause hormone disruption and biological changes at a cellular level, thus interfering with immune system function. This co-factor may not have initiated the condition, but exposure to it may further stress an already affected immune system. As long as such a situation exists, any treatment is unlikely to have any lasting effect.
Existing evidence indicates that exposure to environmental level 50 – 60 Hz EMFs may be an immune system stressor with the potential to cause hormone disruption and changes at a cellular level. Therefore, EMF exposure should be evaluated as a potential risk factor for people suffering from disorders with the common feature of unexplained chronic fatigue.”