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Doctors disagree over future of chronic fatigue treatment

Steven Walton
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Dr Corin Storkey (left) and Sally Huapaya (right) in their Seleno Health store selling Peruvian Maca.  Seleno Health

A scientific insight into unexplored aspects of healthcare may help New Zealander's with chronic fatigue syndrome, according to one doctor.

Subconscious reprogramming, behavioural changes, and the Peruvian root vegetable Maca were some of the factors that helped New Zealand's Dr Corin Storkey overcome chronic fatigue after traditional medicine had "little to offer".

New Zealand's society for people with chronic fatigue estimates there could be at least 20,000 New Zealander's with the syndrome.

Storkey is now trying to help others with the syndrome by running seminars and workshops about unexplored natural methods for dealing with chronic fatigue, but not everyone is convinced.

Dr Rosamund Vallings, who has more than three decades of experience in the field of Fatigue Syndrome, said she would not recommend anyone straying from "standard western medicine".

Storkey's healthcare business, Seleno Health, specialises in natural health and self-health management.

There is currently no dedicated treatment centre for chronic fatigue syndrome in New Zealand.

"Health is a holistic never-ending journey that is as much physical, chemical and biological as it is spiritual and energetic," Storkey said.

Ultimately, he would like to "find a balance" between proven western medicine and unexplored methods of healthcare.

"I prefer to stick to things that have been properly researched," Vallings said.