Mitochondria, tiny organelles within the structure of cells, are vital to human and all life. Without them we lack the capacity to create ATP, the body’s energy currency. Whilst a complete lack of mitochondrial function would result in certain death, poor and damaged mitochondrial function is increasingly being linked to a host of human disease.
After studying and working with an expert in mitochondrial dysfunction and its contribution to critical illness, it was refreshing and exciting to read Dr Sarah Myhill’s excellent new book ‘Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it’s mitochondria not hypochondria’. Mitochondria are very much ‘taken for granted’ and their crucial importance is frequently overlooked. Yet, as Dr Myhill details her extensive experiences, successes, new clinical evidence and wealth of diagnostic tools to identify which specific function within the mitochondria is ’broken’, an indisputable case emerges for recognising and preserving mitochondrial health – for anyone seeking good health, not just the CFS sufferer.
Dr Myhill’s book is a fascinating read, leading clearly and comprehensively through her integrative approach to CFS and explaining, in detail, all the potential contributing factors that result in the varying degrees of a CFS state. She hands back power to the CFS sufferer and practitioner alike by offering a full recovery toolkit to control and prevent recurrence, leaving no stone unturned. Laying bare the vast shortcomings in a traditional approach to diagnosis, which so often results in incorrect and often potentially harmful treatment of this complex and debilitating condition, each chapter addresses her clinically proven, effective and necessary process to recognise, diagnose, treat and manage CFS for the long term.
Dr Myhill’s in-depth, yet light-hearted, compilation of over 5000 clinical cases talks us through the causes and most susceptible personalities, the importance of choosing the right diagnostics at the right stage in the process, how to interpret the tests she uses and how to implement her highly comprehensive management strategy. Stressing the importance of maintaining her ‘regime’, it is clear this is no quick fix. Beginning with dietary change and replacing nutritional factors essential for mitochondrial function, together with improving sleep, accepting and pacing oneself during recovery, the foundations for recovery and indeed general disease prevention are laid. From this strong base, complex factors and therapeutics are considered, including how to address toxic load, desensitise to potential allergen triggers and manage hormones and related conditions such as thyroid and adrenal complications. Undeniably a welcome and much-needed addition to the CFS literature, this book is essential reading for anyone wishing to fully understand, treat and prevent the spectrum of conditions that is chronic fatigue syndrome.
About Dr Sarah Myhill
Having treated over 5000 patients with CFS since 1982, Sarah offers a wealth of clinical experience surrounding this widely misunderstood condition. Dr Sarah Myhill qualified in medicine in 1981 and has since worked in NHS and private practice, and for 17 years was the Hon. Secretary of the British Society for Ecological Medicine. Sarah helps to run and lectures at the Society’s training courses, and also lectures regularly on organophosphate poisoning, the problems of silicone, and chronic fatigue syndrome. She has made many appearances on TV and radio.