How it all began – Rupert’s CFS Story

My very first job was working for a London bank in the late 1980s. As it was my first, I was initially keen and interested. However, as the weeks turned into months it felt like every cell in my body was starting to protest. I ignored this growing unease, dragging myself to the office with diminishing enthusiasm and energy, until one day I woke up and, quite simply, could not get out of bed. I had developed the kind of deep muscle fatigue one would expect to experience after running a marathon – except mine was not relieved by rest. It became my permanent state.

What is CFS?

In time, I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). This is a devastating multi-system disease that is characterised by a range of neurological problems, muscle pain with intense physical and mental exhaustion, relapses, and a range of cognitive problems. According to conventional medicine the cause of the illness is unknown and so there is no accepted medical treatment or cure.

My Remedy for CFS

In desperation, I turned to complementary therapies where I found many answers, not least the importance of good nutrition. By changing my diet and using a mix of vitamins, minerals, herbs and essential fatty acids, I experienced a significant boost in energy. I was hooked and started exploring other complementary therapies in my long journey of overcoming CFS.
The result of my experience was that I discovered that the gift of lifelong energy is a multi-faceted phenomenon requiring physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance. In addition to a wholesome diet this means getting sufficient exercise and sleep, making time for play and relaxation activities, developing good social connections, practicing mindfulness and finding meaning in your life. This is the best way to address all forms of both mental and physical fatigue and stress.

The Birth of McNab’s

I wanted to help other people overcome their tiredness so that they, too, could live their fullest life ever. With this mind, in 2000 I started McNab’s, a conscious brand providing natural energy products, including our bestselling McNab’s SuperCharge Energy Tabs which contain the very same nutrients that helped me overcome my chronic fatigue all those years ago.
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Rupert’s CFS Story summary

Starting out as an investment banker in the late 1980s I was soon experiencing job burnout which then developed into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I became virtually bedridden. Jobless, and with no conventional treatments available, I started looking for ways to restore my energy levels and zest for life. I began by adopting a healthy diet – no more takeouts or convenience snacks and meals. I then took various mixtures of nutritional supplements and herbs. My energy levels improved dramatically and with this came a desire for a new direction. I founded McNabs in 2000 in order to help other people overcome chronic tiredness as well as protect themselves from the harmful stresses of modern living.

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