You can order a comprehensive food and spice allergy profile from Great Smokies. It is a simple blood test and measures food antibodies. Along with the report you will get a rotation diet with a list of the foods you can eat along with recipes. Dr. Cranton discusses the association of food allergies with CFS on his web site. He recommends a book: Detecting Your Hidden Allergies by William G. Crook, M.D. Professional Books, Inc. $10.95. I ordered the food allergy test from Great Smokies, and it turned up a long list of things I was allergic to. Then I read the above book pp.73 to 90 and it listed practically the same list of forbidden and non-forbidden foods. That was very revealing though. It is up to you whether you get tested for food allergies. But if you have CFS you should read Dr. Cranton’s web site and buy the book and try the diet. When I spoke to Dr. Cranton, he recommended a companion book and program on replacement hormone therapy: Resetting the Clock, by Elmer Cranton, M.D. and William Fryer, Pub: Evans $14.95. I would give this program a very high priority in the evaluation and treatment of your CFS.
There has been a lot of talk in the media about the importance of low fat diets. This is misleading because there are many types of fats. Some are harmful and some absolutely essential for life. The beneficial fats are required in the membranous support for most cellular activity and the raw material for making the hormones that communicate between the cells. A deficiency in the right good fats can lead to chronic fatigue. The undesirable fats contribute to hardening of the arteries. As a rule, the more solid a fat is, the worse it is for you. Fats are broken down in the body into fatty acids. There are many varieties of fatty acids.
Some of the best fats are contained in evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, black currant seed oil, olive oil, and canola oil. Some of the worst fats are those contained in red meat, and fats that have been chemically altered by hydrogenation. Unfortunately the bad fats are the most resistant to rancidity or oxidation. Some of the good oils must be refrigerated or kept in capsule form.
The American Heart Association allows you to have 30 grams of fat per day. It is not just what kinds of fat you eat that is important, but what your body does with those fats. Since everyone is different particularly at a functional level, everyone will have slightly different nutritional requirements.
There are a number of specialty labs that measure blood fatty acid levels. One such lab is MetaMetrix Medical Laboratory, 5000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross, GA 30071 Tel: 770-446-5483 or 800-221-4640. They will supply health practitioners with kits which the local lab can use to obtain the necessary blood specimen, and technical literature and references on the validity of their tests.
Here is how this worked in my case. I ordered the test on myself. I got the results back. Then I phoned the lab technical advisor to get the bottom line. He said that most of my fatty acids were in the normal range, but that I could correct a couple of deficiencies by taking about six grams a day of evening primrose oil. Flaxseed oil or the other oils wouldn’t do it. I also had a couple of elevated bad fatty acids which we traced to some saltine crackers that I have a craving for. That was very valuable information. Now I have the confidence that my fat intake is optimal.
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The body gets its amino acids by breaking down proteins. But since everyone is different, people will get a very different supply of amino acids from their metabolism. MetaMetrix has a blood test for amino acids. I ran the test on myself and someone else I know with FMS. My test was mostly normal. I was deficient in only one amino acid, serine. But the test on the other person was markedly abnormal with many amino acid deficiencies. So I gave her a supply of free amino acid powder to try. It did not cure her FMS, but she reported a significant improvement.
Fiber is a non-digestible food that helps to carry waste products out of the body. Soluble fiber is more effective in doing this. Oat bran is one of the best and most convenient kinds of soluble fiber. It is not sticky and is easy to eat. Unfortunately, people with multiple food allergies are often allergic to it. Psyllium husk is non-allergenic and the ultimate quality soluble fiber. One heaping tablespoonful will almost absorb a glass of water. Add a heaping tablespoonful to a large glass of water and drink daily. It will reduce your cholesterol and make the liver’s job a lot easier in detoxification.
A good source of protein is fresh trout. Since it is a fresh water fish, depending on the source, it may be less likely to contain mercury. Fish is low in saturated fats and cholesterol.