A Doctor Who Has Not Suffered from
Chronic Illness May Not Understand
By Aleksander Strande, ND, PhD
When Alex Strande fell
sick fifteen years ago, he thought he was going to die. A typical
workaholic . . . running 100 miles an hour, 24 hours a day, he suddenly
collapsed. It felt like a heavy flu, and he thought that within three
to seven days it would be over. Instead, he got so ill that he could
not get out of bed.
many new debilitating symptoms started to appear. They included
constant sore throats, low-grade fever, total body aching day and
night, lymph node swelling, headaches, depression, inability to
concentrate, anxiety, mood swings, hot and cold flashes, sensitivity to
noise, light and temperature, intestinal discomfort (reacting to most
food consumed), sleep disturbance and extreme debilitating fatigue.
variety of tests were taken which showed absolutely nothing but an
antibody to a flu-like virus. He was subsequently diagnosed with MyalgicEncephalomyelitis
(ME), Mononucleosis, yuppie flu, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
Fibromyalgia, Glandular Fever plus a number of other name tags. He was
offered treatments, drugs, vitamins, natural remedies, . . . you name it.
to recover only after consulting with another naturopathic doctor, one
of his mentors at the Australian College of Natural Medicine, who had
suffered from chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia. As he recovered, he
became fascinated with this condition. Many health-care practitioners
had claimed to bring about recovery, but in fact, people got showered
with irrelevant tests and treatments.
As he recovered, he became more interested in patients who suffered from CFS and Fibromyalgia. People say that very often a doctor who experiences a disease himself, will attract and better help those suffering from said disease.
spite of the fact that he attends to many other difficult conditions,
close to half of his clients come to him for a resolution to Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome. As he became proficient in addressing this condition,
this experience was a great asset to him in securing his Ph.D. on
“Effective Naturopathic Treatments in Post Viral Chronic Fatigue
the reason some doctors have a low success rate is because they don’t
understand what the therapeutic dosage should be in the field of
naturopathic medicine. In conventional medicine, one prescribes
specific doses indicated by a pharmaceutical company. Standards in
naturopathic medicine are different as one is recommending concentrated
extracts of foods, plants, nutrients or homeopathic.
A practitioner creates a personalized program for a patient. It is not the herbs or nutrients that work, it
is the knowledge together with clinical experience in treating these
cases. It definitely helps when a doctor has gone through the misery of
these symptoms himself or herself.
ancient China, a village doctor was paid wages by the village or
community when no one was sick. When someone fell ill, the wages were
cut until the doctor cured the condition. One wonders if any doctors
would survive if there were the same policy in America.
The major criteria used to distinguish CFS are:
Persistent fatigue that does not resolve with bed rest and is severe
enough to reduce average daily activity by a least fifty percent for at
least six months.
2) The presence of other chronic clinical conditions, including psychiatric disorders, can be ruled out.
was hardly known in the 70’s and it was often misdiagnosed as
hypochondria or a mental problem. “You’ve got it all in your mind.”
now some practitioners in America have this type of approach. At the
end of the 90’s it had become one of the most common ailments people
clinicians dealing with a reasonable amount of CFS cases observe
certain patterns of deregulation of immune and hormonal/metabolic
systems as well as the whole body’s detoxification system. CFS is not
only a vastly complex illness, but also one that is escalating
alarmingly in frequency. Epidemiological studies confirm that it is
spreading and crossing all boundaries, including socio-economic,
racial, political, gender, occupational and geographical.
find that among people who suffered from CFS or Fibromyalgia for more
than 10 years, about 20% have gone from one practitioner to another and
after continued failure, they give up. Call and talk with me before you
totally give up.’
ND, PhD, is a microbiologist and naturopath. His special interests are:
difficult-to-help conditions. His office is located at 3017 Clairement Dr. in San Diego (Clairemont Village Center next to Keil’s Grocery). Call (619) 607-4211 for questions and appointments. Visit: www.simplyhealingclinic.com