Defeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: You Don’t Have to Live with It — An Eight Step Protocol
An Eight Step Protocol – Developed by the author which enabled her to fully recover from CFS – When I was three months pregnant with my second child, I caught a flu virus that changed my life. For the next four years I lived in the clutches of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. When I realized that most of the medical profession considered my illness to be “in my head”, I felt so isolated, struggling to understand what was wrong with me knowing that it was a real physical illness. CFS shut down my life as I knew it and forced me to become a recluse spending most of my time in bed between short lived efforts to have a “normal” life. But slowly, through much trial and error, I began to understand the patterns and the cruelty of CFS. In the end, I defeated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and now live a full and healthy life – totally free of CFS. This book shares in detail the eight step protocol that I developed and followed as I slowly and steadily regained my health. It s written in a clear, concise format, understanding the struggle that CFS sufferers have with memory and concentration. By consistently following these steps, I hope that you too can defeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. You don t have to live with it! My motivation for writing this book is to bring a new voice to the Chronic Fatigue dialogue – contrary to the message of a permanently compromised lifestyle which is prevalent in the medical and patient communities, there are many former CFS patients who are fully recovered. I’m one of them! My message to patients, medical practitioners and care givers is that despite the unknowns of CFS, you CAN manage those aspects of CFS that you ARE in
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Defeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: You Don’t Have to Live with It — An Eight Step Protocol Reviews
Review by D. Menoyo:
This crisp, clear book gives excellent practical approaches to living with, and hopefully recovering from, our weird disease. I wish it was there when I first got sick. First, I would have known better that I was not alone, or nuts. And I would have had really good strategies to deal. If this woman could climb a mountain, maybe I’ll be swimming a mile a day again, as I used to do. She tells you not only what worked for her, but what didn’t. I could have skipped a few bad turns myself. I agree with her that getting sleep is critical and I used her strategy to do that. She doesn’t sugar coat her experiences which I feel is helpful. So when she describes her recovery, that is just the best. I highly recommend this book for helpful and hopeful information.
Review by Snowdonia:
This is the first book that I have read about CFIDS (I’ve read tons in hopes of finding the key to get better) that really lays out what you should do to start HEALING!
The seven step protocol in “Defeat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome- You Don’t Have To Live With It” explains exactly what you should do to give your body the best chance at healing itself. One of the steps that I really liked stated that you should “allow yourself to be sick.” This seems easy, but for someone with a disease that is looked down upon, if not outright disbelieved, allowing yourself to “be sick” is very difficult. But in order to GET WELL you MUST allow yourself to rest and sleep enough to give your immune system the ability to have the energy to heal itself. This is just one of the seven protocols laid out in the book, all steps are invaluable.
This book has been what I have been waiting for- a “how to” on how to get well. Don’t wait to buy it, your life is waiting on you.
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Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Step-by-step Program Proven to Help You Get Well! (Cgronic Fatigue Syndrome)
I understand. For most of the world, it’s a common little phrase. But for people who have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome (or both), it’s amazingly powerful, not to mention rare. Because you have an illness that’s hard to “prove,” loved ones may secretly accuse you of hypochondria or laziness. You may be told “it’s all in your head.” Phusicians can be even worse. If they believe that conditions exist at all – and some don’t – their first impulse is to mask the symptoms with prescription drugs. Patients often end up on a medical merry-go-round, seeing doctor after doctor after doctor. They end up more confused and disoriented than ever, often concluding, “Maybe I am crazy, after all.”
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Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Step-by-step Program Proven to Help You Get Well! (Cgronic Fatigue Syndrome) Reviews
Review by O. Funkhouser:
Dr Murphree and his team treated my wife’s fibromyalgia 8 years ago in Birmingham, Alabama. The same techniques that he developed those many years ago are still present in this book. My wife has been free from fibromyalgia by following his dietary and vitamin regime. Yes, the book pushes the vitamins he has developed. But I have also conducted my own independent research of his vitamins with other known brands (Shacklee, Centrum, GNC, and Amway). Dr Murphree has put forth the effort to develop vitamins that will be absorbed and utilized correctly by your body (not sit in your stomach and pass through like a rock). If you are tired of living with fibromyalgia, then pick up a copy of this book, “read” it, and “live” it.
Review by Chellebelly:
I’ve not finished reading this book yet, however I have found it to be very useful already. I’ve been living with Fibromyalgia for about 14 years now, and have tried all kinds of treatments, mostly those involving pharmaceutical drugs. I’ve been looking for information on treating my condition(s) holistically/naturally for some time, and came across this book at my local library. I found it to be so informative that I immediately purchased it on Amazon. Even if you’re content with your current treatment, it’s still chalked full of great information about Fibromyalgia & CFIDS.
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From Fatigued to Fantastic
The original, bestselling guide to treating chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia-now completely revised and updated. For the more than twenty-five million Americans who suffer from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other fatigue-related illnesses, there is only one bestselling guide-From Fatigued to Fantastic. This new, completely updated third edition incorporates the latest advances in science and technology to help alleviate the baffling, often dismissed symptoms associated with severe, almost unrelenting fatigue. Dr. Teitelbaum’s integrated treatment program is based on the clinically proven results of his landmark study and on his more than thirty years of experience in working with patients to overcome their illnesses. Using the most current information, Dr. Teitelbaum helps his readers evaluate their symptoms and develop an individualized program to eliminate them. Specific guidelines for diagnosis and care are clearly and concisely presented, along with supporting scientific studies and treatment recommendations that include the latest and best strategies for using prescription and over-the-counter medications, nutritional supplements, alternative therapies, and/or dietary and lifestyle modifications. In addition to providing cutting-edge research, up-to-date scientific information, and practical advice, Dr. Teitelbaum offers the compassionate understanding of one who has himself battled and overcome these disorders.
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Review by Jeffrey Dach MD:
From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum MD, Third Edition.
Most doctors are familiar with Dr. Teitelbaum featured as an eloquent keynote speaker on the medical lecture circuit, dazzling the audience with his encyclopedic knowledge of both conventional and natural medicine. Trained in internal medicine, Jacob Teitelbaum, is a gifted and brilliant medical researcher and clinician. He is also a model for ethical business conduct, because unlike other crass, commercially oriented docs who hide their knowledge or charge for it, Teitelbaum openly shares his medical knowledge with the public and other doctors. All of Teitelbaum’s treatment protocols are listed in Appendix G of the book, and are posted on his web site. In addition, all profits from books and nutritional supplements are donated to charity.
The 400 page book is lengthy, and is actually four books in one. Where previous authors have written entire books on each of the four main topics, with the acronym SHIN for Sleep, Hormones, Infections and Nutrition, Teitelbaum combines them all into one large volume which can be used as desk reference on chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.
In addition, the book can serve as an introductory text for the open minded MD interested in integrating natural medicine into a conventional medical practice, since sleep disorders, hormonal imbalance, chronic or hidden infections, and nutritional deficiencies are some of the more common reasons to seek medical attention.
This is the third edition of his book, and Teitelbaum has managed to make a great book even better. Those familiar with the work of the Connecticut cardiologist, Steven Sinatra MD, will recognize the triad of D-Ribose, L-carnitine and Co-Enzyme Q-10 mentioned by Teitelbaum to jump start energy in the chronicly fatigued.
Insomnia or poor quality sleep is a major issue for many chronic fatigue sufferers, creating a vicious cycle which perpetuates the disorder. Teitelbaum provides a long list of natural remedies such as L-theanine 5-HTP, L-Tryptophan, Melatonin, and Magnesium, as well as today’s prescription drugs for sleep heavily advertised on television.
The Hormonal Support chapter is the meat of the book, with Teitelbaum crediting the landmark work, the Safe Use of Cortisol, by McK Jefferies, and Broda Barnes’ work on natural thyroid. To these medical greats, Teitelbaum adds his own unique insights gleaned from years of clinical practice. For example, Teitelbaum finds that most patients need only 5 to 12.5 mg of cortisol, and recommends keeping cortisol dosage below 20 mg per day to avoid adrenal suppression.
Like many other natural medicine docs, Teitelbaum finds bio-identical hormone supplementation important for a successful outcome, and asserts that bio-identicals are safe, a conclusion based on his own clinical experience and medical literature reviews by Kent Holtorf, MD, posted on Teitelbaum’s website.
Teitelbaum found that many of his patients had chronic infections of sinuses, urinary tract, prostate, and respiratory system, and had taken multiple courses of antibiotics leading to kill-off of the friendly bacteria in the colon, as well as fungal overgrowth, also called Candidiasis. Teitelbaum credits The Yeast Connection by William Crooks for much of this information which includes a lengthy discussion of anti-fungal drugs and natural remedies for Candidiasis.
The Nutrition chapter covers a detailed program with a complete vitamin, mineral program with recommended dosages, and discusses dietary avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, white flour and other practical considerations.
My hat is off in admiration and thanks to Jacob Teitelbaum MD, for this third edition of an important book, the definitive work on chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. No doubt, many have benefitted and will continue to benefit from the medical insights in this book. We expect and look forward to a continuing stream of valuable insights in future works as his medical career continues.
Other books recommended are Pain Free 1,2,3 by Jacob Teitelbaum MD, The Safe Use of Cortisol by McK Jefferies, and Adrenal Fatigue by Wilson.
Jeffrey Dach MD
Review by Steven Sponaugle:
The second edition of From Fatigued to Fantastic was the best discussion of fibromyalgia treatment, until the current third edition was printed. Please read my review of the second edition of this book, in addition to this review.
Even if you have already read the second edition, you will find considerable new information in the latest edition. The third edition contains new sections discussing:
increasing energy with Ribose;
an enlightening discussion of the dangers of Premarin and progestins, in comparison to bioidentical hormone replacement;
new antiviral treatments, including Nexavir and Valcyte;
extensive information concerning sleep apnea and CPAP treatment;
information explaining how to win a disability claim;
a succinct, comprehensible, streamlined explanation of the Shoemaker protocols, for testing and treatment of Lymes Disease and other neurotoxic illnesses, which are often the cause of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Updated information concerning prevalence of Ambien triggered sleepwalking;
and using theanine and magnolia extracts to lower anxiety.
Some of the treatment protocols have been moved to an appendix, labled “for physicians,” which makes the remainder of the book more readable for nonphysicians, but the physician section, is comprehensible to well read laymen.
The infectious disease section deals with the causes of fibromyalgia and their treatment. Dr. Teitelbaum observes that Immunoglobin G titers for Epstein Barr Virus frequently decrease with antiviral treatment.
Teitelbaum provides an integrated, comprehensive nutritional, hormonal, herbal and pharmaceutical treatment approach to fibromyalgia. He is very aware of the costs of testing, nutrients, herbals, prescription and nonprescription drugs and often suggests less expensive diagnostic and treatment protocols, realizing many fibromyalgia patients have been bankrupted and lost health insurance coverage, due to this illness.
Dr. Teitelbaum is quick to credit or acknowlege the contributions and effective testing and treatment protocols of other leading researchers and practitioners, and this book contains contact information for some of them.
I have never seen a fibromyalgia patient who did not experience at least some improvement, with at least one of the treatments recommended in this book. Many of these fibromyalgia patients had consulted dozens of practitioners, in an agonizing, frustrating seven or eight year quest for treatment and experienced no improvement, prior to following treatments recommended in this book. Treatment of the thyroid, testosterone, estradiol, progesterone and DHEA hormonal deficiencies often produces rapid relief of some of the fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and pain.
Clinical testing of fibromyalgia patients, at Florida Detox, has confirmed many of the hormonal and nutritional deficiencies, hypercoagulopathies, allergies, and infections causing fibromyalgia, including viruses, fungal overgrowths, and Lymes Disease, which are discussed in this book.
The exceptions I would take to this book concern use of Xanax, Klonopin, Gabatril and Ultram. From our perspective treating chemical dependency, of patients thoughout the United States, it appears these addictions are more frequent than they may appear. Ultram, in particular, appears to be far more addictive than published literature indicates and Ultram withdrawal is severe. Xanax is one of most difficult addictions treated by Florida Detox. Klonopin is one of the three most difficult addictions treated by Florida Detox. With skilled use of Jacob Teitelbaum’s protocols, almost all insomnia should be treatable, without using Klonopin or Xanax. In patients with anxiety disorders, Xanax does not appear to offer any advantage over longer half life benzodiazepines, including Klonopin and Valium, while it does allow anxiety to peak, two to four times daily, due to the short half life.
Although Gabatril is very effective for anxiety and insomnia, the slight risk of seizures prevents us from prescribing Gabatril to anyone who operates a motor vehicle or is alone, for more than a few minutes.
Research Director, Florida Detox
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Recovery from CFS: 50 Personal Stories
Recovery from CFS – 50 Personal Stories is a simple collection of recovery stories from people who have recovered from CFS/ME. Men, women and children from six different countries who were all diagnosed with CFS/ME and who were ill for between 2 and 25 years, have written their own individual and very different accounts of their return to good health and a normal life. At the end of each account they have offered advice, suggested helpful books and websites, and many have even given contact details for readers needing support.The foreword is written by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, Medical Director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, Inc. USA. Dr Teitelbaum had CFS himself as a medical student and is one of the world’s foremost experts in CFS. Two of the stories are written by doctors, including that of Dr Clare Fleming who edited two reports from the UK National Task Force and who contributed to the Action for ME rehabilitation courses. There is also the miraculous story of canoeist Anna Hemmings who returned to win the world championship Gold medal nine months after recovering from CFS. 20% of the book proceeds go to CFS/ME research
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Review by Georgina A. Oldfield:
Alexandra Barton, who has herself recovered from ME, realised just how important it is for people living with ME to realise that there is a way out. Too often people with ME are told there is no cure, so to be able to read not just 1 recovery story, but 50, and all in each individual’s own words, provides hope and inspiration to those who desperately need it.
Well done Alexandra for providing an invaluable book, which not only contains the recovery stories themselves, but also includes a number of resources for ME sufferers to choose from to help them in their own recovery from ME.
Review by Michael:
I highly recommend this book for anyone suffering with CFS/ME or has a loved who is. I related with nearly all the stories in the book -even felt some could just as well been written by me. It is filled with all kinds of practical help but, more importantly, it is filled with hope. The causes of this illness and the path to recovery can be quite varied. The reader will, however, find many common threads among the 50 stories in this book. On the really difficult days when hope and energy would ebb and frustration and despair flow, I could curl up in my bed, open this book and feel the rejuvenating power of relating to others who had successfully navigated out of the clutches of what can sometimes seem to be an implacable and elusive affliction. I have made some very tangible progress towards my health in the last 6 months and consider reading this book to be a key turning point. I have complete confidence that I will soon be able to contribute my own story to what I hope will be another addition to this wonderful book.
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Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (Second Edition) (Hope & Help for)
It has been said that chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (CFS/FM) are like the old Indian story of the blind men and the elephant. As the men felt various parts of the elephant, they described it as a snake, a brush, a tree, or a wall, depending on which part they had touched. Each thought of the elephant in terms of his own experience, mistaking part of the elephant for all of it. Likewise, everybody working with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia has a piece of the puzzle, but much work remains to be done before a complete picture emerges. Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia is designed to educate patients suffering from CFS/FM about their illnesses and to teach them coping skills that will improve their quality of life. And while the good news is that people who suffer from CFS/FM aren’t dying, they bad news is that it’s going to take a lot of time and effort to get better since there is no one specific treatment that works for everyone. Some of the issues covered are: Understanding the symptoms and how diagnoses are made Causes of CFS/FM and common psychological consequences, including anxiety and depression The role of stress and how to manage it The connection between the mind and the body in coping with CFS/FM The potential of medications, nutrition, and lifestyle changes The role of complementary medications and dietary supplements in pain management The value and limitations of alternative or complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage, homeopathy, and aromatherapy Legal issues about how to deal with medical and legal problems that may arise if insurance benefits have been stopped
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Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia (Second Edition) (Hope & Help for) Reviews
Review by Marjorie van de Sande:
A MUST READ! In a personal, informal manner, the authors explain these complex illnesses in layman’s language. They offer patients -
HOPE through knowledge and understanding:
* Learn about the exciting advances in research.
* Understand how the mechanisms of multi-system abnormalities cause the array of seemingly unrelated symptoms and how diagnoses are made.
* Learn about the potential benefits and limitations of various mainstream medical and complementary treatments.
HELP through awareness and guidance:
* Become aware of what you can do to help yourself.
* Learn how to improve your quality of life through various life-style changes and Self-Help-Strategies such as pacing and energy conservation, sleep hygiene, pain management and nutritional/dietary support.
* Learn mind-body techniques to lessen stress.
* Become aware of how to deal with disability and associated legal issues.
Authors are experts in their field:
Dr. Alison Bested, a hematological pathologist, is a clinician and medical lecturer specializing in chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivities. She was a member of the Expert Medical Consensus Panel, selected by Health Canada, which developed the Canadian Consensus Document for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She played a key role in the implementation of a billing code and time-based billing for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia by the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Alan Logan is a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine and Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has published numerous papers and is the Nutrition Editor of the International Journal of Naturopathic Medicine. Mr. Russell Howe is a well-known attorney who specializes in medical disability cases.
Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia is a valuable and uplifting patients’ resource, which we are pleased to advertise on our website!
Marjorie van de Sande, B Ed, Grad Dip Ed
Consensus Coordinator for Canadian Consensus Documents for ME/CFS and FMS
National ME/FM Action Network, Advisor & Webmaster
Review by Susan Cohoon:
Good overview of available treatment options for FMS and CFS. Since they often strike together, it’s nice to have information on both in one book. Buyer should remember that not all treatment modalities work for everyone. If read and shared with an open mind this book can be a good way to encourage those who haven’t found the right treatment/medication regimen yet to press on until they do.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Invisible Illnesses
Revised and expanded, this edition offers the latest findings on chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and overlapping diseases such as Gulf War Syndrome. It includes new information on the interaction of the brain, emotions, and immune system as well.
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Review by Mary M. Schweitzer:
As a fan of Dr. Berne’s first book, Running on Empty, I was delighted to find the same clear, accurate, scientific, and common sense approach to the disease the U.S. CDC has chosen to name “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” (but has been called Myalgic Encephalytis, or M.E, for 50 years outside the U.S.) and the condition that is all too often its companion, fibromyalgia. Someone not familiar with the disease may find the complexity described herein difficult to believe — but it is absolutely accurate, based on good research and Dr. Berne’s relationship with many patients with the diseases. This book of lists includes the full array of symptoms most patients have, along with currently suggested treatments, theories of its cause and nature, and above all compassion for those of us who suffer from it. It might frighten your relatives a bit, but they should see it. The same goes for any general practitioner who thinks this disease is just about “fatigue,” which is comparable to looking at congestive heart failure as being mainly characterized by “fatigue.” Buy it, send it to friends, relatives, TV stations, reporters, and of course, keep a copy for yourself. It’s written in a style that you can read bit by bit — which is, sad to say, how most of our minds work when afflicted by the illness. As Berne notes, the CDC admits that over half a milllion Americans suffer from this illness (a more recent demographic study states 800,000 victims) and only 10 percent have been diagnosed. Read this book, and then imagine how those people can possibly be living. Maybe with this book, someone in the media or in government will finally pay attention. Bravo again to Katrina Berne for a job well done.
Review by Cheryl Repko:
This is the fibromyalgia/cfs book that not only “tells it like it is,” but also demonstrates how to live gracefully and positively with the uncertainty and pain of chronic illness. Read every word not only for comprehensive information on causal theories, symptoms, and research, but also for the author’s insights as one who has been fighting the good fight for many years.
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome For Dummies
You’ve been repeatedly poked, prodded, tested and scanned, yet, despite how awful you feel, your doctor, like many of your friends, co-workers, and family members have begun dropping subtle (and some not-so-subtle) hints that they think it’s “all in your head.” Maybe you’re one of the lucky few CFS sufferers who’ve received an accurate diagnosis but nothing your health care provider does seems to help. Well, you’re not alone. According to recent estimates, of the approximately 800,000 Americans with CFS, more than 90% have been misdiagnosed, dismissed, or are not receiving proper treatment. Don’t despair, help has arrived. Written by a national expert who has successfully treated scores of CFS patients in her own practice, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for Dummies gives you the knowledge and tools you need to beat CFS and get back to living a normal life. In plain English Doctor Susan Lisman fills you in on: What CFS is, how you get it, and how it effects your body Its major symptoms and warning signs Getting an accurate diagnosis Avoiding situations that might be making you sicker Teaming up with the right doctor and crafting a treatment plan The most effective drugs, therapies and alternative approaches Coping with CFS in your personal and professional lives Packed with checklists, self-tests, questionnaires, and other powerful tools, and featuring many inspiring real-life stories of patients who’ve licked CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for Dummies puts you on the road to
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Review by Dan:
This book is so bad, so full of misinformation, I don’t know where to start. I’m tempted to say it was written by Dummies, but that would be stooping to their level. It was certainly written by two people who have NO EXPERTISE w/CFIDS or knowledge of the latest research. Dr. Lisman is an anethesiologist! What is she doing writing a book on Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction? This is like reading a book on heart valve replacement surgery if it were written by a dentist. Ironically, one section is entitled “Gauging Your Doctor’s CFS Knowledge”.
In all fairness, I estimate that approximately 25-30% of the information in this book is accurate. But the rest is not only not accurate, but potentially harmful and even dangerous to patients clinically diagnosed with CFIDS or CFS. The chapter on drug therapy is full of misstatements. Clonazepam (Klonopin) is mentioned as a potential sleep aid, but no mention is made of the fact that it is habituating and needs to be tapered very slowly when coming off of it. No mention is made of the fact that it may lower white blood cell count (not a good thing when one is trying to improve immune function). Most of the other sleep medications she lists are in fact ‘potentially habit forming’ or can cause a ‘drug dependence”. She lists these troublesome drugs, yet makes no mention of natural and proven sleep aids like melatonin, l-theanine, gaba, etc..
22 pages are spent on pharmaceutical drugs, while only 2 deal with natural remedies. 15 pages are spent on Cognative Behavioral Therapy, yet only 2 on chemical and toxin exposure. In this 362 page book, there is not one mention of fungal infections or parasite infections, and no mention of potentially harmful food additives/chemicals like MSG, artificial flavorings or colors…all of which can have a significant impact on this illness.
The author mentions nausea and other intestinal problems, but makes no connection between these and their potential relation to CFIDS. (Hint: 70% of one’s immune system is in the gut.)
She spends 3 sentences early on in the book on ‘food allergies‘, while completely missing the CFS connection (although she does later discuss an ‘elimination diet’ to find out if one is sensitive to certain foods). Her primary solution however is more drugs to suppress instestinal symptoms, rather than test for bacterial or fungal infections or intestinal permeability which may be contributing big time to one’s illness.
Thirty pages are spent on EXERCISE for CFS, despite multiple studies that have shown that in almost every case, ‘normal’ exercise can make the vast majority of CFS patients much worse. While Dr. Lisman does advise patients to pace themselves and start off slowly, she loses all credibility when she suggests the following exercises ‘to work up to’: BACKPACKING, RUGBY, SOCCER, and TEACHING AN AEROBIC DANCE CLASS!
Another insulting section is entitled: “Weighing the Pros and Cons of Disability.”
NEWSFLASH: One chooses disability only as an absolute last resort. To suggest otherwise is just bizarre, and reflects again a complete lack of understanding of the seriousness and devastation of this illness.
I could go on and on — there’s ignorance on practically every other page. Just a review of some of the subchapter titles will give you an idea how pathetic this book is:
“Cranking up your energy level with Stimulants”
“Mesmerizing CFS symptoms with Hypnosis” !
“Finding the Right Personal Trainer for You” (do they accept Medicaid?)
“Ow! My Aching Muscles”
“Singling out seniors: Cranky Old Fart of CFS Sufferer?”
Yes, these are the actual subchapter headlines in this dreadful book. Save your money, steer clear of it in the library, and burn it if you see it lying in the street.
Instead buy or reserve ” Hope and Help for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia by Alison C. Bested M.D.”, a Canadian doctor who actually treats CFS/CFIDS patients, and helped write the comprehensive Canadian Criteria (definition) for CFIDS.
Review by K. Boissy:
I’ve had cfids for 3 years. I have read many books and wasted many hours on the net for information. This book is the best I’ve encountered yet. It has so much information and is all right on the money. She is very practical and down to earth as well as diving into the scientific stuff. Since CFS is so complex she covers all kinds of aspects and suggests things to help cope. As far as excercise, yes it can make you feel worse if you overdo it, of course you aren’t going to do what normal people do or do it on a ‘bad’ day but on decent days most can do stretching and walking. It doesn’t help to just let yourself go. I’m surprised at the other review here that gave one star. I say check it out for yourself so you don’t miss out on this awsome book as a result of one bad review.
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Madhava Agave Nectar, Natural Sweetener, Amber, 11.75-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12)
Mild & delicious. Natural sweetener. Certified USDA organic. 100% Pure agave nectar. Agave Nectar is an exciting new natural sweetener made from the juice of the agave plant. Its delicious mild succulent flavor and satisfying sweetness are perfectly suited for all of your sweetening needs. Madhava’s Agave Nectar has many fine qualities that make it ideal for all around use. Among them are its certified purity, consistent flavor, a high fructose content and a lengthy shelf life (won’t crystallize). And, importantly, agave nectar has a low glycemic index that is beneficial for many. Plus, it is so easy to use because it pours and dissolves quickly even in cold food or drinks. But, best of all, it simply tastes great, and enhances the flavors of any food it sweetens. Enjoy! Product of Mexico.
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- Organic; natural maple-like flavor perfect for all sweetening uses
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Madhava Agave Nectar, Natural Sweetener, Amber, 11.75-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 12) Reviews
Review by Dianne Baltramaitis:
I just got this sweetener yesterday and am thrilled that it is so good that I can eat it straight of the bottle.
Though I don’t have any serious medical problems that require me to avoid a lot of sugar I am excited to have an alternative. Being that this is sweeter than regular processed sugar AND has a low glycemic level is a big plus. I am hoping this stuff gets into the soft drink and candy industries—wouldn’t that be exciting??
Review by J. L. Buettner:
I’ve been suffering with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (a.k.a. Myalgic Encephalomyalitis, CFIDS, CFS and ME) for 21 years and one trigger I’ve found is sugar. After too much I find myself crashing hard. This is not the case with Agave Nectar. I love this stuff, it lets me enjoy sweets without some of the horrible effects.
Agave Nectar has a very low glycemic index. This causes the sugars to be absorbed into the body much slower. I have found that this prevents me from ‘crashing’ after a sugar rush.
Glycemic index is a system that ranks foods by the speeds at which their carbohydrates are converted into glucose in the body.
I use this just about everywhere I would use sugar, including my coffee. I also make chocolate bars using it with bittersweet chocolate.
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