Chronic Fatigue Syndrome — a natural way to treat M.E. —

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By Professor Basant K. Puri

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160pp £19.99

ISBN: 1-905140-00-2

It is still a widely held belief that ME is ‘all in the mind’, a psychosomatic condition that requires treatment with antidepressants. In this ground-breaking new book you will discover a very different way of looking at ME. Historical and contemporary evidence are combined to show how it is almost certainly a physical, or ‘organic’ condition resulting from viral and other influences that reduce essential chemicals in the body. As such it can be treated, and in a natural way with purely beneficial ‘side-effects’.

‘It has been awhile since I have been riveted by a genuinely exciting, inspiring scientific tale of discovery that clinically alleviates symptoms of long-sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome…so when I received the review by Dr Derek Pheby of Professor Basant Puri’s book…I was intrigued about the promising and significant clinical and objective MRI scan results experienced by sufferers of CFS/ME using specifically formulated essential fatty acids. Professor Puri grippingly relates how his scientific research collaborations regarding the role of essential fatty acids into brain function have led to discoveries such as fatty acid modifications within the brains of CFS/ME sufferers…Professor Puri’s book is a must-read for every sufferer of CFS/ME, as well as all those interested in the biochemistry and function of essential fatty acids, which play huge roles in Depression, ADHD, even the quality and lustre of our skin, nails and hair…’
Dr Sandra Goodman, Editor of Positive Health Magazine

‘Those who wish to try Professor Puri’s approach will find a wealth of detail in this interesting book…There is a sound theoretical basis for anticipating that this approach may produce positive results.’
Dr Derek Pheby, Positive Health Magazine

‘Thanks to Professor Puri’s advice I’ve become far more disciplined and practical about dealing with my ME. More sensible forms of exercise and a renewed emphasis on the best possible EPA supplements.’
David Puttnam

‘Dr Puri maintains that with depleted levels of HUFAs the immune system is unable to combat the original virus and its subsequent spin offs, thus creating the downward spiral so often seen in CFS/ME…His suggestion is that by feeding the patient those HUFAs in a pure form…one provides the body with the ‘fuel’ that it needs to rebuild its own defences and, in due course, repel and reject both the original virus and any subsequent spin off viral or bacterial infections. A compelling argument.’
Foods Matter

‘Professor Puri writes very well. He explains scientific ideas in a way that makes it possible for the general reader to understand and includes interesting asides and personal comments. It is such a relief to be able to read that a consultant in one of our local hospitals thinks ME is a real physical disease.’
OutReach – the newsletter of Network MEsh

‘Thank you, thank you, thank you. I took your advice, bought the book, ordered the VegEPA, came to listen to your talk at Alternatives in Piccadilly, and waited for the results. Within 3 months I felt calmer, within 6 months I was sleeping better, now 15 months on I have so much energy I feel 20 years younger!!!’
Letter to the author

‘For Basant Puri there are four key points describing the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome…The biochemist in me enjoyed his theory…His style is gentle and, refreshingly, he is happy to present a potted only history…[His] name is associated with the publication of nine papers in 2004 and 17 in 2002 so, in his specialist areas (MRI and Neuroscience), he is well and truly peer reviewed… As someone who has chronic fatigue, reading about the latest “cure” always has me wondering “have they got it right this time?”…While I’ll be spitting tacks if a single enzyme is responsible for 10 years of tiredness, it would be lovely, finally knowing, why.’
New Zealand Doctor

About the author

Dr Basant Puri is Professor and Consultant at the MRI Unit, Imaging Sciences Department, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK, and Head of the Neuroscience Group, Imperial College, London, UK. Since the start of the new millennium, Professor Puri has been using natural fatty acids to treat patients with a variety of conditions, including depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with and without dyspraxia, and Huntington’s disease. He has also been actively researching these disorders with colleagues at Imperial College, London, using state-of-the-art electrophysiological and brain scanning techniques. His treatment approach and research findings have been described in authoritative medical journals and in lectures at international conferences. For a full list of publications (journal articles and books) go to

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