Integrative Health Blog

Chronic Fatigue and Mitochondria Function

Posted by on Tue, Oct 24, 2017















Fatigue is one of the most common reasons for a doctor visit, and is often a way for the body to cry out for help. Fatigue can be the overriding symptom in many medical conditions including stress, autoimmune diseases, insomnia, sleep apnea, allergies, hormonal imbalance and cancer. Fatigue can manifest from one or multiple medical conditions and multiple medical issues can compound the problem.

Of course, fatigue is a normal response after a strenuous workout, or a long day working without breaks, or going too long without eating. However, if you feel chronic fatigue or drained by the end of a work day every single day, without energy to enjoy life, it is time to listen to your body. It may be trying to tell you something.

In functional medicine, fatigue is often a symptom of something going on in the body at the cellular level. A thorough evaluation is in order to rule out lack of oxygen, blood sugar issues, or blood flow supply as the source of fatigue. Other tests may be beneficial to find the root cause of the problem, such as the status of the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell.

Mitochondria- the Cell’s Powerhouse

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Tags: fatigue, functional medicine, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia

Sleep Issue and Fatigue Solved with a Dental Sleep Appliance

Posted by on Thu, Dec 05, 2013

A Patient's  Story

"I had tried everything for my fatigue..."

"I was so fatigued I had tried everything. I have had rough health issues for the past 5 years.  I had been to several specialists including an ENT (ear/nose/throat) doc, gastroenterologist, pulmonary specialist, infectious disease, ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine. Some things would help but my fatigue was never resolved.

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Tags: fatigue, sleep disorders, biological dentistry

How to Detect Hidden Food Sensitivities

Posted by on Wed, Jun 05, 2013

Eve Colantoni CHC

Many people are aware that they have food allergies due to the severe and sudden reaction they experience when consuming these foods.  But food sensitivities can be much more difficult to determine and often with symptoms that could seem completely unrelated.
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Tags: fatigue, food sensitivities, allergies

Yeast, or Candida, Can Really Mess with Lyme Disease

Posted by on Wed, May 15, 2013

In 2008, Dr. Warren Levin was interviewed for Public Health Alert  about Candida Related Complex and how it affects patients with Lyme Disease.

As every Lyme patient knows, symptoms can vary from person to person. Headaches, fatigue, joint pain, digestive disturbance, vision problems, allergies  and brain fog are common in patients with Lyme Disease.

But these same symptoms may also be caused by Candida, or yeast overgrowth in the gut. The complicating factor is in understanding and treating Candida in a patient with Lyme Disease.

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Tags: fatigue, candida/yeast, lyme disease

Still not feeling better? Try Autonomic Response Testing, or ART

Posted by on Mon, May 13, 2013

Autumn Frandsen N.D.

Updated March 2024

What to do when you’ve been everywhere

Fatigue and pain are two complaints that every physician hears at least once a day and a growing number of people in the USA are experiencing. They are the two most prevalent symptoms that patients describe when they become desperate for help. Every day I hear the phrase “I have been to fifteen different doctors and no one can tell me why I’m so tired or at least give me something to fix it”.

So what is keeping these doctors from finding the answer?

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Tags: fatigue, integrative health

Lyme Disease Warning: Tick Infested Area!

Posted by on Tue, May 22, 2012

It is only May and we have already seen many people with brand new tick bites. It is supposed to be a terrible year for Lyme Disease & other insect-borne illness thanks to the bumper crop of acorns in 2010, a mild winter, and early spring.

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Tags: fatigue, integrative health, lyme disease

Parasites, a Common Problem

Posted by on Mon, Apr 16, 2012

A very common yet under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed problem that we find in patients is parasites.

They can live in the body for many years without causing symptoms and when they do, the symptoms are often subtle or vague.

Parasites  can generally be divided into two groups:

  • Helminthes which are multicellular parasites or worms and are most commonly found in the intestines, liver and pancreas and do not reproduce in the body. An adult worm (see photo credit can range from 15-35 cm., or almost 14 inches!

  • Protozoa which are single celled parasites that can infest the entire body causing serious infections. They rapidly multiply in the body. The most common in the U.S. are giardia and cryptosporidium.

Helminthes are contracted through exposure to feces, water or soil and tend to be more common in children, while protozoa can be found in food, water, insect and animal bites and contact surfaces. 

Parasites are ubiquitous and difficult to diagnose without the right testing as their symptoms are vague or mimic other illnesses.



Parasite Symptoms may include:

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Tags: fatigue, parasites, integrative health, digestive health

Holistic Nutrition: Are You "Exhausted" All the Time?

Posted by on Wed, Apr 27, 2011

Eve Colantoni CHC

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Tags: fatigue, holistic nutrition