Burn Out or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Studies have revealed that emotional exhaustion and depression are significantly associated with burnout, plus low levels of adrenal hormones might contribute to the biology of burnout syndrome and seem to be associated with burnout symptoms including altered mood and cognitive functions. (4)

It makes perfect sense that ongoing stress will trigger prolonged demands on your brain and adrenal glands eventually causing what feels like chronic fatigue, but real chronic fatigue is quite a different story. In saying that you could apply a similar treatment protocol for both ‘burnout’ and ‘chronic fatigue’, which you will find outlined below. So if you’re one of those people who is just feeling burned out read on.

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One of the problems people have reported recovering from during our ultimate herbal health program is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). So consistent have been the results over the last 20 years that I thought it prudent to give CFS a devoted page. With specific herbs, foods, and other supporting factors, you can find your way back.

This mysterious condition is not easily treatable with conventional pharmaceutical medicines but is an area where herbs excel.

What we will investigate on this page includes:

  • The signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue;
  • The potential causes of Chronic Fatigue;
  • Herbs and Foods to help recovery; and
  • The Ultimate Chronic Fatigue Program.

The signs and symptoms of Chronic Fatigue

Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disabling and complex illness.

People with ME/CFS are often not able to do their usual activities. At times, CFS may confine them to bed. People with CFS have overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by rest. CFS may get worse after any activity, whether it’s physical or mental. This symptom is known as post-exertional malaise. Other symptoms can include problems with sleep, thinking, concentrating, pain and dizziness. People with CFS may not look ill.


  • People with CFS are not able to function the same way they did before they became ill;
  • CFS changes people’s ability to do daily tasks, like taking a shower or preparing a meal;
  • CFS often makes it hard to keep a job, go to school, and take part in family and social life;
  • CFS can last for years and sometimes leads to serious disability; and.
  • At least one in four CFS patients is bed or house-bound for long periods during their illness.

Anyone can get CFS. While most common in people between 40 and 60 years old, the illness affects children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. Among adults, women are affected more often than men. Caucasians are diagnosed more than other races and ethnicities. But many people with CFS have not been diagnosed especially among minorities. (1)

Diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) can be made only after alternative medical and psychiatric causes of chronic fatiguing illness have been excluded. The following criteria should be used. Unexplained persistent fatigue that is not due to ongoing physical exertion is not substantially relieved by rest, is off the new onset (not lifelong), and results in a significant reduction in levels of activity.

Four or more of the following symptoms are present for six months or more:

  • Impaired memory and concentration;
  • Post-exertional malaise (extreme prolonged exhaustion and exacerbation of the symptoms following physical or mental exertion);
  • Unrefreshing sleep;
  • Muscle pain multi-joint pain without swelling or redness;
  • Headaches with a new level of severity;
  • A sore throat that’s frequent or recurring; or
  • Tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes.

At least 1 million Americans have CFS, more than have lung cancer or multiple sclerosis; yet more than 80% go undiagnosed.


The potential causes of Chronic Fatigue

Because CFS is difficult to diagnose, mysterious in its origin, and almost impossible to treat with conventional methods, the causes are also hard to nail down. Studies have found some connections but it could likely be a mixture of these underlying causes behind the symptoms.

The Genetic Link
CFS is sometimes seen in members of the same family but there is no evidence that it is contagious; instead, there may be a familial predisposition or a genetic link. (2)

The Viral Link
Multiple viral agents have been linked to CFS, including the Borna disease virus, parvovirus B19, glandular fever, Enterovirus, human herpes viruses 4, 6, and 7, infectious mononucleosis, Nipah virus encephalitis, and Q fever.

The Hormonal Link
Various studies have shown a link between a low function of the pituitary gland and CFS, which results in low opiate levels (the feel-good hormones).

The Mental Link
CFS in childhood and adolescence is associated with higher levels of parental mental distress, emotional involvement, and family illness burden. (2)

Treatment Plan for Chronic Fatigue

There is very little conventional pharmaceutical treatment available for CFS sufferers leaving the patient with little hope. Anti-depressants are often given which further exacerbate things by adding further toxins to the body.

The strongest areas which can be addressed by herbal medicines are the viral and hormonal links. Herbs are well known to be effective antiviral agents and great for hormonal support and health.

By combining good antiviral and hormonal tonic herbs with a super nutrient-rich plant-based diet there is hope.

I have seen many of my patients recover 100% from CFS by following my two-week Ultimate Herbal Detox or BodiClenz program.

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The Ultimate Herbal Detox Program

Detox Program
Follow a 14-day Ultimate Herbal DETOX program. This program contains the herbs Golden Seal, Cloves, and Black Walnut which help to control negative bacteria, protozoa, and viruses. Also included are the herbs Barley Grass, Milk Thistle, and Globe Artichoke which are powerful liver protectors. Take the full 480 capsules over 14 days along with the recipes recommended below.

Use plenty of immune-boosting foods during your program including garliconions, chili, mushrooms, and vitamin C-rich fruits like orange and lemon. Try these recipes:

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This combination helps support the brain function and contains herbs which are called adaptogens, which help the central nervous and endocrine systems, brain and adrenals adapt to stress long term. Essentially they improve your resilience.

It contains a blend of the following herbal extracts in a base of pure New Zealand bush honey.
Click the names to read more about each ingredient.

  • NZ Bush Honey
  • Licorice – Great for energy, stamina, and blood sugar balance.
  • Bacopa – Administration of BM appears to nourish rather than deplete neurons, an action compatible with 1400 years of Ayurvedic study.
  • Ginkgo Biloba – Inhibits platelet aggregation (anti-PAF) to reduce blood viscosity, and improves circulation.
  • Gotu Kola –  Studies have shown Gotu Kola to re-vitalize the brain and nervous system, increase attention span and concentration, and combat aging.
  • St John’s wort – Helps to keep serotonin available in neuron synapses (spaces between nerve endings) of the brain. Take professional guidance if using migraine drugs. St John’s wort protects the liver, nourishes, repairs, and calms the entire nervous system, and relieves pain.
  • Bilberry – Blueberry intake has been shown to increase brain activity, memory, and learning and to decrease age-related cognitive decline.  Cognitive performance in elderly adults improved after 12 wk of daily intake of blueberry.
  • Turmeric – Strong anti-inflammatory, digestive, and liver support, blood thinning.
  • Feverfew – Grow feverfew in the garden and chew on a few leaves when you experience a migraine aura. It is thought to work by inhibiting the generation and release of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins. Feverfew has also been shown to inhibit serotonin release from platelets, aiding blood vessel tone and constriction. This is a very bitter herb that promotes digestive secretions for improved food assimilation. Feverfew can also be taken prophylactically (as a preventative) – consume 2 to 3 leaves every day to reduce the frequency of migraines.
  • Saffron – The active components in saffron protect neurons in the brain and increase the concentration of neurotransmitters in the synapses, thus enhancing cognitive function.
  • Ginger – Another plant that improves blood circulation; inhibits thromboxane and other prostaglandins. Relieves inflammation, nausea, and vomiting.

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Avoid Contaminants
Go organic and avoid chemical contamination in your home and workplace. This includes sprays, cleaning chemicals, deodorants, make-up, and other artificial substances.

Mental Energy
The power of the mind can not be underestimated and your ability to access energy and healing is massive when this is tapped into. I suggest learning a method of meditation and learning to work with your energy directly with yoga or a similar type of energy work. Check out my Unconditional Energy Healing Method here

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Follow up
Maybe follow a second program over 30 days if you feel the need. Follow this entire plan again in six months’ time and again one year later to be certain you are clear of the problem long-term.

I hope this has been helpful and if you would like to share your Chronic Fatigue success story please post a comment below this article.

Many Blessings

Brett Elliott ®

Check out this testimony from a Chronic Fatigue Sufferer

Reviews and Feedback

My vital health stats improved

I wish to share a long story with you, but I will try and write it in considerable brevity. In 1998 and at 40 I was a NZ Masters Games Champion, winning 4 Golds & 1 Silver in rowing events. In 2000 the electrician working on our house, also a personal friend, phoned up my wife at work to complain that I was crawling around on the floor making noises. I had the energy to get up for 1/2 hour a day, the rest of the time I was in a netherworld. My face would burn and peel every 3 to 10 days. I had M.E. or CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome). Western Medicine had no answer for it. …well, a suggestion of B12 injections I did not consider an answer.

I studied a lot about it to realise I knew more than the doctors. The professional that I attribute to saving my life was a Chinese Herbal Medicine Doctor here in Dunedin. The impact of the herbal medicine was dramatic, within 12 hours I was moving from “dark days of the soul” toward being at what I estimated to be 80% mental & physical capacities after 5 years. Yes! It still took 5 years to get that far. Indeed after 5 years a person I met who was still only at 40% capacities after 10 years told me they did not believe that I had had M.E. Anyway, to me, still being at 80% is still only 80%. Could I be better? I thought that could be an impossible dream. One aspect of the Chinese treatment was detoxing. I had learnt about the dross that collects in our bowels from another alternative health practitioner some years ago. One day last year I picked up a catalogue lying around the house and declared that, “I am going to do this DETOX”.

I wanted to “see” what the DETOX was doing to me so I employed a Tanita InnerScan Body Composition Monitor Scale to track the effects of the DETOX on my body. After all, if I was carrying kilograms of “bog” in my bowels I was interested to know just how much. On November the 4th 2006 my stats were as follows:

Weight 93.0 kg

Bodyfat 24.6% (not that healthy)

Metabolic Age 50 (note that my actual age was 48. Insulting !)

Bone Weight 3.5 kg

Muscle Weight 66.6 kg

Visceral Fat Rating 11 (above 12 is really bad, …high health risk …only one step off !)

Water 51% I did the “fast diet” for 5 days.

On the 21st November, at the end of the “fast phase” these were my stats:

Weight 89.2 kg (lost 3 kg in 5 days!)

Bodyfat 23.4% (not significant)

Metabolic Age 47 (that made me happy)

Bone Weight 3.4 kg

Muscle Weight 65.0 kg

Visceral Fat Rating 10 (moving in the right direction!)

Water 51.6%

Part way through on the 25th November and then interesingly at the end on 30 November the stats were unchanged on…

Weight 91.9 kg ( I took back some weight after shock of the fast, but look at the other stats! So it was probably a kilogram of intestinal dross I lost.)

Bodyfat 21.2% (I haven’t been that low in years. I am way in the “healthy range”)

Metabolic Age 39 ( I am in my 30’s again !!!!!!!!)

Bone Weight 3.6 kg

Muscle Weight 68.8 kg

Visceral Fat Rating 9 ( I’m definitely at low risk now with much less of the dangerous fat around the belly! )

Water 53.5% (I’m higher up the healthy range for males).

In summary, all vital health stats improved after the DETOX. I especially like chopping 11 years off my physiological (metabolic) age. However, an epilogue to the DETOX, the biggest news months later, is that I may be able to say that I have 100% thrown M.E. Without having done any training to prepare, on the spur of the moment, I got up at 6:30 am in February 2007 to paddle 8 hours 50 minutes down the Taieri River. I was exhausted and barely able to walk at the end of it. The next days I waited for the M.E. relapse I could have expected in other years. It did not come. This is such a big thing to me that when I think about it now I still want to shout joy from mountain tops.



Chronic Fatigue Cured

I had been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and was at the worst stage where I’d had been in bed for 3 months. At that point in time all my body’s energy was going into growing hair and fingernails. I decided to do Brett Elliott’s Ultimate Herbal DETOX for 14 days. By the end of those 14 days I was up and about, on my feet. I know it was the Detox that started my recovery. I have since completed 2 Detoxes and am now onto Brett’s Ultimate Herbal SLIM. My husband has noticed such a change in me that he wants to do the SLIM as well. I’m really grateful for the opportunity to thank you personally for enabling me to make this amazing change in my life. I wish I could tell everybody about this product!


Rheumatoid arthritis, IBS and chronic fatigue.

One day I hope to shake your hand. My whole health journey started with you. I’m now vegan and free from rheumatoid arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and chronic fatigue. I’m very grateful for your work, as it propelled me forward to take control of my health and seven years after my first Brett Elliott product, I am the healthiest I’ve ever been and so are my children. I regularly use your products to this day. Thanks again.


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