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Many studies have reported that a majority of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients have allergies to foods, pollen, metals (such as nickel or mercury), or other substances. One theory is that allergens, like viral infections, may trigger a cascade of immune abnormalities leading to CFS. (Most allergic people, in any case, do not have CFS.)

 Some research indicates that people with both allergies and emotional disorders, such as anxiety or depression, may be more vulnerable to the effects of the inflammatory response, a harmful overreaction of the immune system that can cause fatigue, joint aches, and fever as well as hormone and brain chemical disturbances.

One theory that may help tie in some of the various factors common to CFS suggests that allergies, stress, and infections may deplete a chemical in the body called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). This chemical stores energy in cells, and studies have reported a deficiency in many CFS patients. 

Supporting this theory was a study in which patients reported reduced CFS symptoms after they took a vitamin-like supplement called NADH, which increases ATP levels.

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