Welcome to Hope for Fatigue. Drawing on the latest medical research, a new theory is emerging which identifies a single root cause underlying most adult-onset degenerative diseases. The goals of this website are:
- to help you understand your condition from a new perspective
- to recommend important things you can do to feel better
- to post new information on a weekly basis so you can stay abreast of the latest research findings
- to allow you to post comments and share this important information with your friends and colleagues
The Unifying Theory of Mitochondrial Dysfunction
There is a steadily growing body of evidence linking many adult-onset diseases, including fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune diseases, and even diabetes, to a single common cause, referred to as "Mitochondrial Dysfunction".
Mitochondria are the “energy powerhouses” of the cell. They burn the food we consume and generate all the energy our cells need to function.
It is a proven fact that as we age the mitochondria's ability to produce an adequate amount of healthy energy begins to decline. Factors such as stress, poor nutrition, and exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment have all been shown to accelerate this process. As mitochondrial energy production progressively declines, the genetic makeup of a given individual determines which organ system will break down first. In other words, a person’s "genetic weak link" determines which disease they will ultimately develop. However, it’s the progressive loss of mitochondrial health over time that fuels this process.
To learn more about how each of these diseases is linked to this process, as well as new research on ways to improve the health of your mitochondria, click on the disease link you are most interested in:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Lyme Disease
- Cancer Fatigue
- Gulf War Illness
- Genetic Mitochondrial Diseases
Article of the Week:
Fatigue is the most common and debilitating symptom experienced by patients with breast cancer. By supporting the mitochondria, breast cancer survivors can decrease fatigue and cognitive impairment following their treatment. Learn more here: Alleviating Fatigue in Breast Cancer