Comments on
Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Jody Smith, creator of the website, who spent 15 years losing the battle against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Three years ago, she found treatment that worked for her and is making a comeback. In the process, she’s helping a lot of people. (You can check out her blog, “ncubator” by clicking here.)

You tried many treatments and finally you got there. What worked?

Jody: My naturopath believed that my liver needed relief from its toxic load, and my immune system needed building up.

She put me on a tincture with natural antivirals and adaptogens and vitamins in it, and put me on omega3 oil.

I’d gone low carb some years before which had made quite a difference.

I did dry skin brushing with a loofah, to help lymph move better (removing toxins) and sinus lavage (water up the nose to cleanse sinuses) and juicing (for nutrients to absorb better in a weakened gastrointestinal tract).

Vitamin D helped with orthostatic intolerance and vertigo in noticeable ways. Most of us are deficient of Vitamin D.

11 Comments to
Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

The comments below begin with the oldest comments first. (If there's more than one page, click on the last comments page to jump to the most recent comments.) Jump to reply form.

  1. For about 10 years my mother bounced from doctor to doctor, all finally summing up her symptoms as CFS, fibromyagia, and/or menopause. She sought help from Dr. Cheney (a CFS specialist) but also continued extensive and regular visits to other doctors. Her symptoms were not CFS, or in her head as some of her Docs implied. She had a slow growing uterine tumor that was not “caught” until she was stage III. As a result of this tumor she also has Para neoplastic cerebellum syndrome (resulting in her ataxia, balance, strenght, and fatique symptoms). It took a visit to the Mayo clinic to find this out. She has beat cancer so far but the cerebellum syndrome is rare and treatment and prognosis are allusive. Best of luck and support to all who are out there, but keep searching your body for what is causing your symptoms…

  2. I hope that this approach to CFS is well-tested in clinical trials and double-blind studies. Certainly it’s in the interest of the insurance industry to have such a low-cost solution to such a vexing medical difficulty. When it is proven effective, here is how we will know: There will be a story about it on the front page of the Washington Post and every other major newspaper in the country, and it will be the lead story on every network’s evening news.

    For right now, this is a single hopeful anecdote.

  3. It sounds great; Battling first to find a diagnosis- is it just one thing or more mixed together?; Now having “fixed” SOME of the physical issues I am still left with symptoms that ebb and flow; I have tried in the past some of the things mentioned here- but it is a balance of what works for each individual- right now I see 6 different doctors and try to implement one change every two weeks to a month- more frequent and I can’t tell what is being beneficial and what isn’t. It is a long slow process, I know I have a long battle to get back to a ‘healthy’ state for me.

  4. Yeah, just throw in every cockamamie flower remedy and herbal potion…that will cure CFS. NOT! Then people wonder why no one takes this disorder seriously. Thanks, World of Psychology, for publishing this unproven cocktail of claptrap and enriching even more scammers and snake oil salesmen. The work you do to help people has just been severely diminished by giving ANY credability to this obvious placebo response and advertisement for snake oil. Thanks a bunch.

  5. This type of “cure” has been around for at least the 24 years I have had CFS. Some people may improve on a regimen like this, but from what I have seen, most do not. If it really works, carefully-designed, double-blind studies will prove it. I am not aware of any that do. When I became ill, by the way, I was eating organic food, making as much of my meals from scratch as possible, walking 2 miles a day, and having a great life. Illness and cures don’t always boil down to what you eat and your stress and happiness levels.

    In my case, and with other people I know, a drug called Neuronin has been very helpful. It seems to work best on individuals with many neurological symptoms. Incidentally, the actual (expensive) brand works far better than any generic I have tried – and I have tried half a dozen. Generics are not the same and any honest doctor will tell you that, even if the FDA won’t.

  6. The ideas that Jodi offers have value, but as an add on to more aggressive, specific treatment. Be SURE of your dx; as another poster commented, many conditions can co-habit together. Get all the labs/tests done you can think of and can afford; rule out Lyme disease, MS, viral testing before you simply change your diet and wait for your body to heal itself. Yes, the body and mind DO go towards the direction of healing, but many of us are so badly damaged that Omega 3s are not going to be enough! You need to be actively pursuing your illness, because you can bet it is actively pursuing YOU.

  7. –°hronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name given to a variably debilitating disorder or disorders generally defined by persistent fatigue. Read about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. Learn about coping with your muscle pain, depression, stress, weakness…

  8. From what is written here, it would seem that Jody is recovering, and yet this morning she publishes a definition of cfs according to her own experiences, written in the present tense. So what is right?

    Herbs and flowers, supplements and support may make ME/CFS easier to deal with, but it is no cure for the Canadian Consensus diagnosed neuro-immune disease.

    For that is caused, it seems likely, by a retrovirus, and what we need is clinical trials of anti-retroviral therapy, as given to those with another retrovirus, HIV. Read more at


  9. Forgot to say, you can read Jody’s words at

    Go figure.

    • Oh puleaze Jace. This article doesn’t say Jody had recovered completely, it says she’s recovering…doing better.

      XMRV is a joke, as even you know by now. This disease is not a result of a drug deficiency.

      The other negative responses are SO typical. “I tried it..” and it didn’t work for me (tried WHAT?)…so it can’t possibly help anyone else.

      None of these people will heal until they get rid of their anger.

      • Andrea, judgemental much? How do you know that none of these people will heal until they get over what you call anger, but what I call intelligent responses to a major website publishing a single anecdotal tale of “recovering” — the word is in the title.

        One element not addressed in the article, an important one, is the money needed to buy essences, get acupuncture, do all this exploring and discovering “what works for you.” It’s a lucky CFS sufferer who has these financial resources.

        I call on Psychcentral to do a series of articles on those who have improved CFS symptoms and some on the people who are losing ground, and not stop at this one personal story. A series would draw attention to this illness — one article does nothing.

        I hope for such interest from psychcentral, but it is the site that published the post “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Chronic Laziness?” So my hopes are small.



Join the Conversation!

We invite you to share your thoughts and tell us what you think in this public forum. Before posting, please read our blog moderation guidelines. A first name or pseudonym is required and will be displayed with your comment. Your email address is also required, but will be kept private. (Please note that we use gravatars here, which are tied to your email address.) A website/blog/twitter address is optional.

Post a Comment: