Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), in the UK sometimes also called ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), is a disease which inflicts more and more people. The symptoms can be manifold, but always includes lack of energy and fatigue, to the point where some CFS sufferers will only be able to get out of bed for an hour a day. Lack of ability to focus, muscle pains and many other symptoms can also be part of the picture.
Orthodox medicine has no answer as to what is really causing CFS, but some factors have been known. Many patients will, for example, develop CFS after an acute infection with Epstein Barr Virus, a type of Herpes virus. In holistic medicine, it has been found that CFS patients are usually heavily burdened with heavy metals and other toxins, and also with parasites or other pathogens.
Some new research suggests that another virus is also implicated in CFS: It is a little known virus called XMRV. While only 4% of the general population have this virus, so do two thirds of CFS sufferers.