Dr. Eric W. Burkholter
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
What is now being called "chronic fatigue syndrome" is nothing new. In my teens I was
suffering from a general debilitation, which affected me physically, emotionally, and mentally. I
was getting minimal relief from the medical treatment I was receiving and was told: "You'll
have to learn to live with this condition". My rejection of that sentence, and my continual
struggle (no matter how futile at that time) to have real health, has a great deal to do with my
recovery. If I had accepted that sentence of "learning to live with it", I'd have been committing
myself to "living with it" instead of overcoming it.
I finally came to the realization that physicians treating me didn't have an answer to my health
problem. I began to study as much as I could about it. In some writings I found the description
of a disease called "neurasthenia". It matched what I suffered from. In the 1800s, neurasthenia
was considered to be a disease. By the early 1900s it was recognized that neurasthenia was not a
disease in itself, but that some diseases presented "neurasthenic symptoms". By the mid 1900s
the term neurasthenia had fallen out of use.
As many people (and perhaps you) have done, I searched long and hard for a "magic bullet" that
would "fix" me. I now understand that for myself (and probably for most/or all sufferers) there
is no one magical "fix" that is going to be a cure. However, numerous positive thing can be done
to improve health. The improvement gained from any one element may be minimal (and may be
so slight as to be masked by the negative effects of other factors). But, when many positive
changes are utilized, and many negative effects are eliminated, the combination will produce a
very satisfactory improvement in health.
This has been the case with me, as it has been the application of many positive elements, and the
elimination of many negatives, that has enabled me to achieve a very great (though not 100%
I am in the process of compiling all of my experience and information into book form.
I have established this web site so that I can provide all pertinent information to anyone who
desires to benefit from it. If I could have had this information available to me in the late '60s
(when I was struggling to survive) it would have changed my life drastically for the better.
If you are suffering from this problem, I would like to help you , and would very much like to
have a dialog with you regarding your experience.
After many years of successful therapy practice, I have chosen to adopt a simple life style which
allows me to be semi-retired. I am able and willing to devote a great deal of time to assisting
others who suffer from chronic fatigue.
Please e-mail me with a brief description of your situation and experience.
I will e-mail you articles I've written about the essentials of what I have found to be most
beneficial, and will be delighted to dialog with you regarding the specifics of your situation and to
provide any additional advise and assistance that I can.
Hoping to hear from you.
Yours most respectfully,
Dr. Eric W. Burkholter