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How I cured my chronic fatigue syndrome

Years ago I had chronic fatigue syndrome. When I would get a simple cold it would go on for months. A friend of mine had it even worse than me. When she got a cold she would end up in the ICU. Now I'm healthy and my friend is so healthy she's running triple marathons.

We found the key to health was improving our immune systems. That starts with getting our guts healthier. Getting back to health from chronic fatigue seems possible, at least for some. I'm not saying everyone is going to be cured by this, but in the instance of two people we have been cured. But it takes time, kind of like getting your lawn healthier. It's a methodical, persistent process.

When I got sick, invariably I'd need antibiotics to get over my cold because it would turn into bronchitis or pneumonia, same for my friend. Years of antibiotics without competing probiotics weaken the gut, let toxins through, weaken the immune system. Only recently has the gut been identified as its own immune organ.

Here is how we strengthened our bodies:


2-3x day until get better, then once a day for life

Primadophilus Reuteri

I take more than one type of probiotic just to blend the organisms and get a broader spectrum because different organisms resolve different problems.

Omega 3 fatty acids, specifically DHA/EPA are helpful

Narrow Omega 3s

DHA/EPA 3 pills per day Two pills per day

Broad Omega 3s

Every day for lunch I try to eat a roasted vegetable salad with a salad dressing made with flax seed oil, which has one of the highest level of omega 3s in any oil. You can't cook with it because it'll break down and smell like fish, and you must keep it refrigerated or it will go rancid. Other than that, it's wonderful. Here's my salad dressing recipe See if you can eat it every day for lunch.

Vitamin D

Every human who does not live at the equator and spend hours outside without sunscreen every day should take vitamin D, it prevents almost every disease as far as I can tell from the daily emails featuring research I get. I get this one, 5000 IUs per day


Weakened guts let toxins through, cause inflammation. These below are anti-oxidants and also anti-inflammatories

Tart Cherry / Turmeric


Cellular health supplements

Magnesium--most people are deficient, good for cellular health

CoQ10 (makes your mitochondria work better, great for cellular health)

Reshaping the way you interact with food

Movies you might watch to help you remake your diet, which is the most important part of healing:

Forks Over Knives
Fed Up
Crazy Sexy Cancer
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Supersize Me
Food Inc.

You can do it!Water

And more important than anything, drink at least 64 oz of water per day, twice that volume in the summer.

Good luck! You can do it!

Sandy Summers

Author: Sandy Summers, RN, MSN, MPH, biography