The End of Chronic Fatigue

How to Have Endless Energy & Feel Fantastic

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
122 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2019
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

The End of Chronic Fatigue: How to Have Endless Energy & Feel Fantastic by Zana Carver and Gina Heath is a non-fiction self-help book written by two authors who connected over a mutual understanding of a problem that seems to be universally misunderstood. Carver and Heath tackle the issue of chronic fatigue, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, a general feeling of “brain fog” and a number of other related symptoms. Where this book takes a unique turn in a direction few other guides venture is that it deals almost exclusively with un/misdiagnosed and improperly treated thyroid problems. The first stage in combating this comes with appropriate testing, which is thoroughly detailed to ensure, as a patient, that one is asking for (and receiving) the correct procedures. From there, Carver and Heath move forward in addressing the results, medication, science, nutrition (with recipes), and management of the diagnosis.

As someone who has long suffered from fatigue and always just chalked it up to not getting enough sleep or sheer emotional exhaustion,The End of Chronic Fatigue by Zana Carver and Gina Heath was something of a revelation to me. The science described is a little complex and required a second look, but everything really did make sense. The personal elements imparted by Carver and Heath, particularly Carver's cancer journey, made the book feel less like a medical guide and more like a friend explaining the what's-what about our bodies. The thyroid is a gland that is woefully overlooked and the perspective that there is more to our fatigue than the standard (and often misdiagnosed) issues was an absolute eye-opener. Easy to read and comprehend, I'd recommend this book to anyone who suffers from, or cares for someone who suffers from, chronic fatigue.

Gisela Dixon

The End of Chronic Fatigue: How to Have Endless Energy & Feel Fantastic by Zana Carver and Gina Heath is a non-fiction health book that discusses the common health issue of fatigue. In this book, after a brief introduction to the subject, the subject matter is organized into several chapters that deal with various aspects of this condition. This includes personal stories, background, and health problems faced by the authors themselves during this journey, the importance of getting the right tests and diagnosis, various causes of this including hormonal or thyroid dysfunction, finding the right medication that works for the individual which may include healing supplements, the role of restorative nutrition, the various environmental triggers that can worsen this condition, and more. There is a list of additional resources provided at the end of the book for further reading as well as a list of references.

The End of Chronic Fatigue by Zana Carver and Gina Heath can be a very useful book for people who suffer from the debilitating condition of chronic fatigue. It affects a lot of people all over the world but, unfortunately, the common misconception is that it is just tiredness or even hypochondria and not a real illness that needs to be treated. The book has been written in an empathetic manner and the personal stories make this feel like a memoir at times which I appreciated. I also completely agree with the importance of right tests and diagnosis, and hence the right doctor. I think this is a must-read book for people who suffer from this condition or know others who do.

Edith Wairimu

The End of Chronic Fatigue: How to Have Endless Energy & Feel Fantastic by Zana Carver and Gina Heath examines the common problem of chronic fatigue that is often misdiagnosed. Both authors share their stories regarding their battle with chronic fatigue including the misperceptions they encountered. The work emphasizes the importance of undergoing the right tests that reveal the heart of the issue and the right medication for the condition. It also contains crucial nutritional information including a number of recipes. Stress management is discussed extensively as well as environmental triggers that lead to immune and hormonal imbalances. Different thyroid disorders are explained in the work and their link to chronic fatigue.

The book explains complex terms and processes using uncomplicated language that can be understood by any reader. The work is also well organized with clearly marked chapters and sub-topics. The sub-topics are short and they explore one topic at a time. Diagrams are also incorporated in the work and they clarify the information in the text. The inclusion of the authors' own experiences provides a background for the work. Their experiences make the work relatable as Zana Carver and Gina Heath understand the effect chronic fatigue has on a patient and their relationship with other people in their lives. The End of Chronic Fatigue by Zana Carver and Gina Heath is an informative read especially for patients and people affected by chronic fatigue. It tackles a common problem that many people are unaware of, including patients who suffer from it. The work also explains why misconceptions related to the issue exist.

Peggy Jo Wipf

When your doctor says, “It’s all in your head,” you are now where this author stood when she hit rock bottom. Zana Carver had to become her own expert to get the help her body needed. Through four years of studying, interviews, and implementing what she learned, she has come up with answers as to why her doctor could not help her. Plus, how this could help you and your energy level. Gina Heath’s contribution to The End of Chronic Fatigue: How to Have Endless Energy & Feel Fantastic is her ability to explain how nourishment affects our bodies and energy level. Her insight on what to eat and recipes give this book a complete solution that could benefit someone who struggles with an over or underactive thyroid. The photos of the recipes are colorful and professional.
 
By recounting their experiences, Zana Carver and Gina Heath created The End of Chronic Fatigue: How to Have Endless Energy & Feel Fantastic. What I love about this book that centers on a malfunctioning thyroid is that the authors describe what they went through with and without their thyroids. Their data includes an encounter with and without medication. By no means do they expect you to override your physician, but aim to arm you with facts your doctor may have overlooked. Having the details about tests physicians often neglect gives you an insight into what to look for in a doctor and how to manage your health. This chronic fatigue book has a massive amount of information that covers multiple aspects of fatigue for the reader to implement or discuss with their doctor. Well documented with additional reading material included at the end of this book.

Liz Konkel

The End of Chronic Fatigue: How to Have Endless Energy and Feel Fantastic by Zana Carver and Gina Heath is a self-help guide aimed at helping people cope with fatigue, specifically addressing those dealing with thyroid complications. The authors explore various options to help people struggling to find a path to a more energized life. Fatigue is a common struggle for many people but often tends to be misdiagnosed. The authors explore how not to blame yourself for fatigue and include various ways to feel more energized, explanations for why you aren't alone in your struggles, and how to reach out for support. Plus much more!

Gina Heath and Zana Carver use their personal experiences for a discussion about fatigue with their specific individual struggles with hypothyroidism. They discuss when their energy lowered and even their struggles with having the condition taken seriously by the doctor. This openness will make you feel comfortable talking about your own struggles and seeking out help. Their personal experiences are told with honesty which will help others feel as if they aren't alone because they're reading about experiences that mirror their own struggles. The book shines a light on a problem that people may not know much about by showing that fatigue is a real problem and one that can be handled with help.

Carver and Heath take a scientific approach so that you understand on a deeper level what your symptoms are and why you're experiencing them. The concise and thorough amount of information provided can help people identify exactly what may be wrong by showing them common symptoms and how to diagnose them. They cover a wide array of advice and pointers to help deal with the condition while also being honest about how this won't be an easy fix. Heath and Carver incorporate well-known types of diets, healthy recipes, getting on the right medication, and steps to wellness. All this helps you to work towards a more energized life. The End of Chronic Fatigue will help those struggling with fatigue and don't know what their next step is while also being a great read for those who have a loved one with these symptoms by helping them first to understand it.