May 2007 Archives

What Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that does not improve with bed rest and may worsen with physical or mental activity. Of all chronic illnesses, CFS is one of the most mysterious. The symptoms of it include the following and at least four of the following are present for six months:

Employee Health Issues - What is Anti-Fatigue Matting?

Anti-Fatigue Matting is a product that provides relief to workers who stand on their feet for long periods of time. Individuals who have jobs involving prolonged standing are at high risk for back injuries and pain.. To protect workers and relieve the fatigue and pain of standing, companies are utilizing ergonomic products like anti-fatigue matting.

It is estimated that over 50% of the American population experiences chronic fatigue. The most common causes are stress, overwork, insomnia, depression, and various malfunctions in the major systems of the body (endocrine, cardiovascular, digestive, etc.) Western medicine is decidedly lacking in safe and effective treatment options for fatigue. Quite commonly, the first step is to use a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as Prozac, Paxil, or Wellbutrin, as fatigue is commonly associated with depression. Although trends are changing among the newer generation of doctors, it is still quite rare that the patient is offered lifestyle counseling that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and sleep.

There are many wonderful alternative treatment options that include acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and exercise. Acupuncture tops the list because it tends to be so effective is supplementing the body’s energy.

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