CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
by: Rodriguez, Rodrigo, M.D.

Dr. Rodriguez is the medical director of the American Biological Medical Center in Tijuana, Mexico, the Northwest Mexico Nuclear Medical Center and the Bradford Research Institute of the U.S.A., Mexico and West Germany. He completed his medical studies at the National University School of Medicine (1965) and the Doctors Hospital in Toronto. He is an assistant professor of pharmacology at the Pharmacology Department of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is a recognized pioneer in metabolic, biological, nutritional and eclectic medicine.

DYSFUNCTION OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

We are finding more and more that many degenerative diseases have a common background which is a dysfunction of the immune system. In the last 60 years, we have dramatically changed our lifestyle and our environment and the way we eat. All these changes have taken a toll. One which I regret very much is the widespread use of antibiotics, particularly for children, which results in modifying and handicapping the immune performance to a dramatic degree, and which may produce cancer, chronic illnesses and degenerative disease very early in life. In adolescents, the second cause of death in the U.S.is cancer, the first being accidents. Cancer is actually an immune deficiency. We all produce abnormal cancerous cells every day, but if we have a strong immune system, it will search for them, locate them and destroy them. If the immune system does not do that cancer will develop. We are seeing more of these diseases in younger people all the time. The medical profession has created some of these medical problems in the first place and in the second place, they have a narrow vision and they fail to listen. The saying that doctor knows best is very common, but unfortunately not always true. You are talking to a man who thinks he knows and there is nothing worse. The best example of the truth of this is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When you start feeling sick, you go to the doctor, and the doctor does all the tests to make a beautiful diagnosis. Then what happens? Everything comes back normal and the doctor says there is nothing wrong with you even though you feel miserable. I know people who have gone through this thing for years. What happened? The doctor failed to recognize that the patient could have an illness he doesn't even know about. That is what has happened with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a number of symptoms which develop because of the settling in and growing of viruses that are not considered normal, like Epstein Barr virus. For instance, 90% of the population has had contact with the Epstein Barr virus. It is easily transmitted through saliva. It is connected with, and some people consider it to be the very same virus as mononucleosis. These are viruses that normally live within us, but under certain circumstances will turn around and produce illness. "We are tired, we cannot do our work, we sleep a lot, we don't have any energy, we can barely move, etc". What is really happening is that our immune system has become so weak that these viruses are allowed to grow.

FACTORS WHICH LOWER IMMUNE FUNCTION:

ANTIBIOTICS: Many people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have poor immune development and have chronic infections, such as problems of the throat and the upper respiratory tract, and they have been given antibiotics constantly which only made it worse because it diminished immunity more. This in turn produced more infections, which needed more antibiotics, and so on. I know people who have been on antibiotics for years. Another example of overuse of antibiotics is acne. When people develop acne, they are given tetracycline, even though the best treatment for acne is diet. That is common knowledge. Tetracycline is so controversial that in America it is almost off the market. The problem with tetracycline is that people have taken it a lot; it is a wide-spectrum antibiotic, and when you put it in the bowel, it will kill everything it finds. So I am against the use of tetracycline, not only in the long term, but also in the short term. In the case of cholera, it is life-saving, but other than that, if you don't have a very specific use for an antibiotic, don't use it. We see a pattern of chronic infections with this type of antibiotic history in people who have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We call it the "yuppie flu". The typical patient is a young successful adult who has probably been on antibiotics all his life, usually under high stress because of professional goals and so forth; then they develop Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

STRESS: We have to modify the environment of stress that these people live under. These achievers who have all these goals, normally are people who are very sensitive to stress. You could be working all day long, you could work like a horse and at the end of the day be very happy. That person is not under stress. Some people don't have that much work but they take everything too seriously, too formally. They let everything annoy them. These people live under constant stress for nothing. So it is very important to remember that taking things well is one of the best preventative medicines that you can give to anyone and it costs absolutely nothing. I can work like crazy to reach my goals as long as I'm not pushing myself. It's not because I have to, it's just because I really love to do this. Many people live to work instead of working to live. A balance of all these things is necessary. You work all day long, then you go to a party and drink and go to bed late and get up early in the morning. To the body, all that partying is interpreted as work. You never quit working, even if you thought you were having fun, your body is not having fun. You are using drugs like tea and coffee and alcohol to keep active and happy. But if you let go of all those things, you would collapse and go to bed, which is what normal people should do.

TREATMENT OF CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

So how are we going to treat this? We can treat it in two ways. (i) We have to curb the population of the virus and stop it. That is where we have to use the oxidants - the oxidative therapies. The one we use is dioxychlor. (ii) Once you do that you have to work on strengthening the person's immunity. So a complete treatment of Epstein Barr should include both the treatment of the virus itself and an immune boosting treatment.

DIOXYCHLOR: When we first saw these cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, we were beginning to work with dioxychlor. We were using dioxychlor mainly for Candida. We prefer dioxychlor because it provides a steady release of oxygen in the blood rather than the very rapid dramatic release you get when you use hydrogen peroxide. It is easier to use than ozone therapy. Ozone is not easy to follow up, and equipment is very expensive. And ozone itself has a degree of toxicity on the professionals who use it every day. Dioxychlor is a molecule that releases oxygen much in the same way as ozone itself or peroxides do. But the problem with peroxide is that we have enzymes in our blood to get rid of peroxide. Every time you put blood and peroxide together, you get an immediate reaction that is going to release all the oxygen instantly as well as a lot of heat in the process. You can see this clearly when you put peroxide in a wound. It bubbles because of the immediate and fast release of high amounts of oxygen and heat. So when peroxide is given intravenously, you release the oxygen immediately. It won't reach everywhere you want it to go, so you have to inject it in a constant way, and in many people, it will produce vein burns. It may eventually even close the vein because of scar tissue formation. We like dioxychlor because it releases oxygen, it is not affected by blood enzymes and releases the oxygen at a steady pace. It is a small molecule, so it diffuses into the tissue. It can reach a lot of the organs and actually kill Candida on the way. As is true for ozone and peroxide, dioxychlor will kill not only viruses but bacteria and fungi as well.

When we started using dioxychlor for people who had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, many of whom had Candida as well, we saw the titers of Epstein Barr coming down. In more than 80% of the patients, we got over 50% improvement in the blood titers in a period no longer than 10 days of intravenous dioxychlor. People started getting better all the time, but then went right back to having symptoms after a few months. Why? Because the Epstein Barr virus is not the cause. It is not like a pneumonia. In pneumonia, or flu, you are healthy, somebody sneezes and they pass the virus onto you. The virus will grow and you get ill. With Epstein Barr, it is nothing that you caught. It is something that lives within you. Candida and Epstein Barr live within you. The environment, as clean as it looks, is not sterile. We live surrounded by life and there is a lot of life that lives on us. Intestinal flora is a good example. We have a lot of bacteria in our mouths, in our saliva, and every time we breathe, we breathe in a lot of bacteria and fungi and everything else. And we have a lot of systems to detoxify and to clean these bacteria. In some cases, however, if healthy people are so surrounded by people who are infected, they may become so loaded with the virus they can develop the disease.

STRENGTHENING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

How do you boost the immune system? Fasting a few days, diet, cellular extracts and live cell therapy are some of the most effective ways to do it. Diet and diet and diet, with proper nutrition. Proper nutrition is really the foundation of every intelligent treatment no matter what, whether you are talking about cancer or allergies or a degenerative disease. You have to work with these people to boost the immune system. We put them in a detoxification program where you go through a fast for a few days, then you are reintroduced to foods in the form of mild fruits like papaya and mango and enzyme-rich fruits like papaya and pineapple. Then some vegetables, steamed vegetables and some grains, and then you are reinitiated to normal proper nutrition. We do live cell therapy, which is the use of active fetal tissue from a calf or sheep which is 3 months into pregnancy. When you put foreign tissue into the body you are going to develop antibodies against it, but the developing fetus is immunologically silent and will not produce antibodies. So you take the thymus, or the intestine or the heart or brain in a nutrient solution and they are injected. Cellular extracts are also given by injection for regeneration.

A great immune system develops through immune challenges. You have to provide a better environment for your body so that your body can do better with it. If I develop the flu, I am not going to take anything. I am going to let my body develop and fight it; so I am going to go to bed for 2 or 3 days, stay in bed, watch TV, be quiet, and drink a lot of water. If you go to bed for 2 or 3 days, you will be much healthier than you were before because everything is working a lot better.

Q: What do you do if your child has a very high fever? A: Do what pediatricians do in the hospital. Control the fever by physical methods. In a big hospital, they don't give the child any drugs. They will put him in a cool bath or use cold compresses. That is urgent because the brain can stand only so much temperature. The antibiotic itself is not going to lower the fever. And in many cases it can increase it, and in many cases a lot of antibiotics (except penicillin) are immune suppressors, which is wild. You are using an immune suppressant to treat an infection. The antibiotic can only work so far. It is your immune system which finishes the job. That's why people without immune systems cannot get well with antibiotics. They will still die of the infection. I'm not saying you shouldn't seek medical advice, but make your doctor aware that you are concerned about this fact.

Q: How do you treat a tooth abscess? A: You develop a tooth abscess because you have neglected a lot of things for a long long time. If the infection goes into the bone and so forth, you have to use antibiotics. There is no way out of it.

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Article Information
Volume 17 Issue 4
April,1994

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