Vitalyte Helps with Chronic Fatigue and Hypertension

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Causes of dehydrationIn early 1997, some of the patients at the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (C.F.S.) studies in Bal- timore reported good results in becoming more functional using the electrolyte replacement drink known then as “Gookinaid E.R.G.”* Karen DeBusk, R.N., the director of the study at Johns Hopkins, requested a supply of GookinaidTM for use in evaluating its effectiveness in relieving the malaise, fatigue and lassitude that characterizes C.F.S. Results were so dramatic that Gookinaid was recommended as a supplement to drug therapy for the syndrome, as well as for other dehydration and electrolyte imbalance conditions, including: other neu- rological or hormonal induced electrolyte imbalance syndromes, and for patients who have had a portion of their digestive tract removed, limiting the return of fluids and electrolytes to the system.

Chronic fatigue syndrome is characterized by the gradual onset of extreme fatigue in otherwise healthy and active individuals to the ex- tent that they may become almost completely dysfunctional. When strenuous activity (or what becomes strenuous for these individuals) is attempted, the individual often experiences vertigo and dizziness in addition to the extreme fatigue, and may even “black out”. Subjects are found to have low electrolyte and fluid levels and accompanying hypotonicity (low blood pressure). Low electrolyte and fluid levels are the major factors in fatigue, often as much as 70% of normal, and the hypotonicity contributes to the vertigo and blacking out, just as one experiences when rising quickly to a standing position from lying or sitting down. In individuals with C.F.S., the autonomic nervous system is sending “mixed” signals to the endocrine system causing the body to lose more electrolytes, especially sodium and potassium, in the urine than normal. This causes greater fluid loss along with the electrolytes resulting in lowered blood volume and low blood pressure. Therapy with experimental drugs to readjust the hormonal signals to help maintain normal electrolyte levels and reduce diuresis supported by oral fluid and electrolyte replacement has been very effective in helping the C.F.S. individuals resume more normally functional lives. The only electrolyte replacement drink found to be really effective in maintaining electrolyte and fluid levels is Vitalyte.

(A synopsis of personal communications and preliminary reports on the Johns Hopkins University Medical Center Chronic Fatigue Syn- drome studies.) Vitalyte is so effective because it contains the same proportions of potassium and sodium and the same concentration of glucose as blood so that it’s absorbed directly from the stomach into circulation. It increases blood volume without diluting the blood; this means that there isn’t an excess of water for the kidneys to have to eliminate, and less water is lost in urine as happens when you are drinking plain water. Solutions with an excess of sodium, help to retain water but, in the tissues, not in circulation. Excess sodium has to be excreted, ultimately causing more fluid loss and the loss of your own potassium in keeping up with the sodium losses.


Among the several causes of chronic hypotension (low blood pressure), dehydration and the resultant low blood volume ranks as the most common and most treatable. In most cases, you can increase your blood volume and blood pressure by drinking more fluids during the day and before meals. However, drinking just water may result in serious losses of electrolytes unless they are replaced adequately in the diet, or by taking supplements. Another problem in drinking plain water is that the water in an empty or nearly empty stomach takes a long time to be absorbed. If the drinking was prompted by thirst, the thirst reflex which is activated in the hypothalamus in response to an increase in blood osmolality (the concentration of the blood) due to loss of the fluid component, will still be making you feel thirsty because the water hasn’t yet diluted the blood throughout the system enough. If you continue drinking water until you feel heavy or bloated, there will be enough hydrostatic pressure in the stomach to force the water into the blood, diluting the blood. Circulation next takes the blood to the kidneys where they remove the excess water and pass it on to the bladder. You are still thirsty and now you have to urinate, los- ing vital electrolytes in the urine. One solution is to have food in the stomach before drinking water; another is to drink diluted vegetable juices, or even diluted fruit juices and sports drinks. Diluting these drinks is recommended because at their usual concentrations, they will pull water from the blood into the stomach to dilute them until they are the right concentration (isotonic) for absorption. This pulls even more fluid from your circulation, further decreasing blood pressure; this is why you usually feel lethargic after a meal, and may feel more vertigo than usual when you stand up.

Researchers and medical staff at clinics for hypotension, including those for chronic fatigue syndrome and neurological mediated hy- potension at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center, The Cheney Clinic and the Universal Life Center, have found that the most ef- fective means of replacing circulatory fluid and electrolytes to increase blood volume and relieve hypotension is by drinking one to three quarts of Vitalyte each day. This electrolyte replacement drink contains just the right proportions of electrolytes, especially potas- sium, sodium, calcium and magnesium, and glucose at the correct concentration to very quickly and effectively increase blood volume to normal, and you won’t keep going to the bathroom to urinate! On the other hand, if you were dehydrated, once your blood volume is up to normal, and you are now sufficiently rehydrated, additional Vitalyte will reduce the concentration of the urine to normal. Drinking a quart of Vitalyte each day will make a great difference for you, but, don’t take my word for it; find out for yourself!

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