Title: The Tiredness Cure:how to beat fatigue and feel great for good
Author: Dr. Sohere Roked
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This book was lent to me recently, and although it’s about general tiredness it does have some stuff in about ME/CFS so I thought I’d review it here. I’ll admit straight off that I didn’t read the whole book, or even very much of it, because I was interested in it from the ME/CFS perspective.
In the chapter ‘Medical Causes of Tiredness’, there is a subheading ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome’. Within this section is the most basic information on what CFS is, followed by short paragraphs of the common recommendations made for management. I’m not sure how specific I should be here, so I’ll only say that of the methods listed I know two have been vetoed as being unhelpful and potentially harmful for ME/CFS patients, and the suggestion has been made that they be removed from lists of recommended treatments immediately. (Information from MEA)
Pacing, which I thought was the most common, well-known and helpful method of management, was not mentioned. The closest I could find was ‘activity management’, which seems to be setting goals and gradually increasing your activity with the involvement of a therapist. Which isn’t really pacing.
The final item in the chapter was ‘the holistic approach’.
“Holistic – medicine: characterised by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of a disease.” Wikipedia
Here, Dr. Sohere Roked states that she would not make a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome until the patient “had made drastic lifestyle changes”. These included a change of diet, taking up gentle exercise, managing stress with various techniques, and potentially having a high dose of vitamins and supplements. It was suggested that her 3-week energy cleanse would be a good be a good way to start your recovery.
Personally, I don’t believe a sudden and potentially drastic change to diet – part of which involves liquid meals and increasing your exercise – would be a good way to deal to with ME/CFS. But then I don’t agree with most diets in general so. . .
On the whole, reviews of this book on Amazon are positive. However, working from the small portion I read, and coming from the point of view of a CFS sufferer, I would not – could not – recommend this book. The information on ME/CFS is basic, and the methods of management mentioned are (in my unqualified and completely personal opinion) questionable.
Have a different take? Let me know.