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  • Writer's pictureGary Moller

Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(How CFS is typically seen on the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis)


"Hi Gary,

Here’s some of my latest results HbA1c -31 mol/mol. (TSH-5.41 mU/L) free thyroxine-16.9pmol/l. (Free T3 - 3.3pmol/l) iron binding47 unilateral/l. (Iron sat. 53). The interesting one was back in Feb. Plasma insulin 289 pmol/l. My doc said it’s not unusual for thyroid people to become type 2 diabetic but I’m hoping with my good diet I can prevent this happening. Also, I’ve just started intermittent fasting by extending overnight fast to 16 hrs. Not really sure if this is good with CFS. My current meds include thyroxine and T3. HRT. And Mestinon which is off label but has good results for CFS it calms my sympathetic system so my heart doesn’t race. Overall I’m functioning better but still completely unable to exert myself with payback. Foggy head being the main problem. Sorry, lots of info. "

(permission was obtained to reproduce this correspondence and to use the following HTMA )


(Note: this is an essay by Gary Moller, reflecting upon what he has observed when applying the HTMA in the Clinic, including the unique patterns on the HTMA that are often common to a specific health condition. This is not to diagnose a health problem, nor are there any treatment recommendations. The intention here is to help guide nutrition and lifestyle support).


A female patient walks into the surgery and sits before the doctor sitting at a large desk. The doctor has a parrot on his shoulder.

"Doc, I'm constantly tired," she says. "I'm so tired I must sleep after just a few hours of doing virtually nothing during the day. I can barely keep my head up because my muscles are so weak. What is the matter with me?

The parrot speaks, "I know what you have; you have CFS - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!"

The bird is parroting back to the patient exactly what she was saying to the doctor and his pet bird. CFS is not a diagnosis but merely a rewording of what this woman is saying. CFS is a ridiculous term because it says nothing about the possible root causes of what this poor woman is suffering from.

None of the medications that she has been prescribed will cure anything because they are targeting symptoms and not the underlying causes of her weakness and fatigue. One drug, the off-label Mestinon, is associated with Gulf War Syndrome, which is basically CFS! Mestinon is also known as pyridostigmine bromide. Bromide? The halides, bromine, chlorine and fluoride are potent blockers of thyroid function! I wonder why this is prescribed to a patient who has been diagnosed with a thyroid condition an on thyroid medication? It does not make sense to me.

How CFS usually presents on the HTMA

The following three HTMA show patterns which are present in about 80% of the NZ women we have tested. The same patterns are present in men but about 60%. Most adult Kiwis are tired whether they realise it or not, most will eventually suffer some degree of cardiovascular disease, including dementia, most will have weakening bones as they get old, most will develop some degree of osteoarthritis and most will have gradually increasing insulin resistance which may eventually lead to diabetes and all of the complications that go with it.

This may come across as depressing. It is only if we do nothing about it other than taking the drugs!

Here is her HTMA

HTMA of a patient suffering chronic fatigue
HTMA of a pati