Over a long career of intensive patient care for complex and intractable illnesses, extensive research, teaching, and mentoring, Dr. Van Benschoten has amassed over the last 28 years a wealth of understanding on complex contemporary disease and the ancient solutions already available. In this course, Dr. Van Benschoten sheds light on one of the most common reasons patients seek health care assistance: Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndromes (CFIDS).
The persistence of low grade infections, repeated exposures to environmental toxins, and dietary injury are hallmarks of this population, with autoimmune mechanisms at work as well as pathogenic factors. Dr. Van Benschoten leads course participants in identifying the source of the disorder through comprehensive history taking, and in addressing the multifactorial nature of fatigue through multiple therapies to prevent the recurrence of infection and exhaustion.
Among the areas Dr. Van Benschoten covers for participants are environmental toxins (petrochemicals, pesticides, heavy metals), autoimmunity, and mitochondrial functioning. Important lifestyle modifications are discussed, encompassing diet and nutrition, work and travel, and sleep and activity levels. Relevant case studies are included.