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I have had what my doctor best called CFS for probably 20 years. Bouts of fatigue weekly. Often what would set off an episode it to do some heavy aerobic exercise. A couple days later, I'd be all achy, very tired -- and not the normal aches and tiredness people get from exercise. This is like sick symptoms. Other than that, I've almost never felt totally normal in recent years. I've never been to the point where I was highly debilitated, though. Just pushing through life.
Anyhow, I recently discovered the apparent cause: eating raw vegetables in the Cabbage family, cruciferae. I read that they can interfere with thyroid function, so I thought I'd cut them out and see what happens. And after about a month, I have had no symptoms of CFS. Just for comparison, I have never had even a two week period in the last 10 years when I didn't have symptoms. I've always been a health nut, in part because of my CFS and have always eaten lots of raw vegetables. And generally have eaten raw broccoli and radished a few times a week.
I am now exercising usually twice a day, including brisk walks of 4-5 miles in evenings and even starting to run a mile or so mixed in. Previously if I exercised like this my CFS would have knocked me out. I'd be feeling really bad. No more. Very exciting news for me. Sad it's taken me so long to figure this out.
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