This is the second edition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide by Erica F. Verrillo. It has been revised and updated from the first edition which was written 15 years ago. Divided into four main parts, each section offers a wealth of information that includes heavily referenced material. The references range from blogs to referee journals. Because it is an eBook, the references are also posted as links, so a particular area of interest can be accessed immediately for further information. I really liked this aspect of the book.
While you do not have to read Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in order, I found myself doing so. I didn’t not want to miss any possible information that might help me deal with this insidious disorder. I began with the first part of the book which gives an overview of chronic fatigue syndrome. This includes characteristics of the disorder, diagnostic tests, and possible causes. The second section discusses mechanisms and theories about the disorder and how it affects our body. This includes treatment protocols and symptoms. It was interesting to discover that I had a lot more symptoms than I realized. I learned that low blood pressure, low vitamin D levels, and dry skin can be indicators of the disorder. While I don’t want to be a hypochondriac, I have to admit I was shocked at how many of the symptoms I am experiencing.
The third section covers drugs, treatments, and nutritional supplements that can be used to treat the symptoms. I was interested to learn more about what I am already doing, and intrigued to read about what more I could try. Tired of being on medications, I really want to learn more about the nutritional supplements and alternative therapies. The fourth section is an eye opener because it offers coping and management strategies that include stress, the home environment and diet. I discovered that I really need to get rid of a lot of toxins that are in my house. There is also a discussion about children with this syndrome. This is the first time that I have seen this addressed. Reading about this might help a lot of parents who are not sure what is going on with their child.
In addition to the extensive list of references after each topic, there is also an appendix that offers even more resources for the reader. I can’t imagine anything lacking from this book. I also feel so hopeful and excited about trying out new treatments and discussing some of the protocols with my doctor. I recommend reading this through once and then delving deeper back into the sections that seem to click with what you are experiencing.
I highly recommend Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Treatment Guide, 2nd Edition for people who have this disorder and their family members or caretakers. Medical professionals will also find this as a useful resource in identifying symptoms and developing treatments for the disorder.