Are you tired and does your energy level limit your ability to achieve more of your life’s goals? Is your current level of energy limiting your ability to get to the next level in your business or profession? Are you seeing other high achievers accomplishing more than you in their career (or work) because they have more energy?
Many of you may have tried to drink more cups of coffee in the morning, use 5 hour energy drinks or other caffeinated drinks, and have tried to change your lifestyle with health coaches or nutritionists working on diet, exercise, and meditation but still feel tired.
Some of you may feel more acute fatigue on top of chronic fatigue from the recent stressors of COVID, home “online” schooling, the recent heat wave and the wildfires here in California.
I’ve experienced fatigue from years of taking emergency calls, heavy metal exposure, and stress. I practiced conventional internal medicine and gastroenterology, anti-aging regenerative medicine, and functional medicine and it took different aspects of all three to get back to optimal health. I’ve been fortunate, and have passionately applied what I’ve learned to helping many people with fatigue, stress, and energy problems. I’ve recently have had more opportunity to help people through my Optimize Your Immune Health course and GI reparative programs. During this time of COVID, I’ve been spending a lot of time working with people and teaching through video blogs, webinars, courses, and telemedicine programs as well as maintaining my usual office hours and procedures.
I know many of you have fatigue or want more energy and have tried conventional medicine approaches, attended summits and webinars, and even tried functional nutritional and medicine approaches without success. It’s not just the treatment of the symptoms but the need to address every possible root cause which can take a lot of digging and applying an organized methodology.
Join me, this fall, as we embark on an educational journey about fatigue, stress and energy. Each week, we’ll cover topics that include: why even highly motivated successful people still can’t resolve their fatigue issues, why it is so hard for even functional medicine practitioners to work with fatigue, stress, and energy, why an organized systems approach including an evaluation the functional matrix assessment is needed, what are the myths and truths of the causes and treatment of fatigue, stress, and energy, and how to efficiently take the shortest route to recovery.
Today, let’s first look at how big a problem fatigue is. The statistics are as follows:
Injuries Occur Over Three Times More Often to Workers That Sleep Less Than 5 Hours Per Night, You are three times more likely to be in a car crash if you are fatigued, More than 5,000 people died in drowsy-driving related crashes in 2014, Losing even two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having three beers, Fatigued people lose 5.6 hours of productive time per week (that’s almost 2 months per year or less 14% of your pay if you work 40 hours a week or almost $14,000 if your salary was $100,000 a year).
Other aspects that fatigue can bring include decreased quality of life, stress and anxiety, and relationship problems.
Next week, we’ll discuss why more is needed than just trying the latest “treatment” for a particular symptom or cause. In the meantime, if you feel a little stressed with Covid, the heat, kids at home during the day, and the wildfires, you may click here to download a guide for abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing to relax, decrease pain or discomfort, and improve mental wellbeing.
As an update from our last discussion of post viral myocarditis and the article global evaluation of echocardiography in patients with COVID-19, there has now been another study and people commenting more on about this on social media. This newer study is from the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology originally published on July 27, 2020, entitled Outcomes of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients Recently Recovered From Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). It was updated August 25, 2020.
The findings were as follows: “In this cohort study including 100 patients recently recovered from COVID-19 identified from a COVID-19 test center, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging revealed cardiac involvement in 78 patients (78%) and ongoing myocardial inflammation in 60 patients (60%), which was independent of preexisting conditions, severity and overall course of the acute illness, and the time from the original diagnosis.”
There is a touching tweet from Debbie Rucker, mother of Indiana offensive lineman Brady Feeney, who wrote that her son was dealing with potential heart problems after battling COVID-19. Her story is a warning to young people and seemingly healthy active athletes that there may be long lasting heart problems such as myocarditis that we previously discussed. Here is the link to her social media post: https://twitter.com/SamBlum3/status/1290372030085451776?s=20.
I’ll keep you updated as we learn more about these post viral syndromes from COVID-19 will be a major ongoing health issue .
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Take Care and Stay Healthy.
Jeffrey Mark, M.D.