What is Chronic Fatigue? Part 6: Maladaptive stress responses and what this does to your life.

Once the body becomes chronically ill, stress is no longer JUST stress.  Rather, we become kindled to respond to all stressors with heightened responses.  Lowering our reception of dopamine, inflaming tissues throughout our body, disarming the immune system, weakening the gut, increasing the propensity to food allergies and allergies to all chemical triggers.

There is no wonder once we become this ill we then learn obsessive avoidance patterns to help prevent the condition from worsening.  This state or learned avoidance plagues the sufferer with fear of what may happen should they encounter triggers from one moment to the next. This avoidance tends to be very isolating, but it goes way beyond that because it is our reptilian brain that is engaged with a heightened sense of perspective on Life and Death.

From the non-CFS perspective, others can see that our avoidance behaviours to food, people, chemicals, situations, further trains the brain to have more of a reaction to these things, trains the brain to believe there is more than out there to be afraid of.

Spotting avoidance behaviour is not always enough to turning learned patterns around.  Because when we are threatened by our environment, leading us to experience states of severe lack of safety within our own body, then every potential trigger becomes a threat.

Common thoughts could be .. Am I dying? or ..What’s going to happen to me?  

States of mind which require midwifing through the trauma that has set in.

For this to occur there are many therapies which fall under the remit of brain re-training.  Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), CBT, EMDR, Meditation and others are designed to address subscripts which although not conscious, actually dominate 99% of choices, behaviours, patterns.

Therapies which compliment nutritional therapy in the reversal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • The Lightning Process
  • Dynamic Neural Retraining
  • Family Constellations
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming
  • Breath-work

There are different entry points into psycho-emotional traumas, and so not all therapies work in all cases.

Traumas that have lasting effects in our cells and therefore health are Childhood Traumas – even from the experience of our mother’s womb, Trauma of Stigma and illness itself, Inter-generational Trauma which is passed down from one generation to the next.  If our grand-parents were in a concentration camp for-instance.  This is the power of the fear response and in particular where Family Constellations can be of great help.  Emotional trauma in general benefits from Breath-work.

We know that when deep trauma is present, inter-generational, then emotional trauma of this magnitude actually imprints on the microbiome of the mother, and then the microbiome is then passed on to the child.  Trauma becoming epigenetically inherited.