New This Week: September 21, 2011
30 Top Tips for Treating CFS & Fibromyalgia When All Else Fails
Part 3 of 3: Hidden Infections
In my previous two newsletters, I presented part 1 and part 2 my 3-part series on how to treat stubborn cases of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. This week I conclude the series with a discussion about one of the most difficult parts of treating these illnesses — going after hidden infections. I also give you the final 10 of my top 30 tips for treatment.
If you have strep throat or a bladder infection, it's easy for a doctor to collect the bacteria, put it in a culture dish, and figure out the type of bacteria that's causing the problem — and treat it. But if you have one or more of the infections that are commonly seen in CFS and fibromyalgia — antibiotic-sensitive, viral, parasite, and Candida infections — there aren't any accurate tests for detection. That means these infections often need to be treated empirically without lab confirmation, based solely on symptoms and their response to treatment.
In earlier newsletter articles, I have discussed when to treat for hidden antibiotic-sensitive infections and when to consider a trial of antivirals. In addition (and most importantly) aggressively treating Candida is a crucial part of treatment for virtually everyone with CFS and fibromyalgia. Those three articles supply the basis for treating infections directly, and are worth reading if you have persistent CFS/FMS. The question is what to do when you suspect hidden infections that you can't get rid of. This is the focus of today's article.
Love & blessings,
P.S. — In next week's newsletter, I'll begin a 5-part series on a review of the SHINE protocol. I'll not only remind you of the basics, but I'll also update you on new elements in the protocol and recent advances that make it even more effective. Stay tuned!
Zinc Lozenges Can Cut Length of Colds by Half!
There have been a lot of studies on using zinc lozenges to reduce the length and severity of colds. Some have been positive and some have been negative. A researcher from the University of Helsinki in Finland analyzed all the studies — and found some very reassuring results for this winter's cold season.
Natural Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy
We've known for years that the burning, tingling pain of diabetic neuropathy can be effectively prevented and treated with natural therapies — and a big, four-year study shows that the antioxidant alpha lipoic acid is uniquely effective.
Narcotics Can Hamper Hormones
Though opiates are sometimes needed for pain control, they can cause a myriad of problems, including hormonal dysfunction.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Dr. T's Free Lecture in Virginia
If you plan to be in Richmond, Virginia on Tuesday, September 27, I invite you to stop by Good Foods Grocery at 7:00 p.m. to hear my free lecture. I'll be discussing my new book Real Cause, Real Cure.
For Cat Lovers
A true story told in pictures of tigers living among monks.
This Week's Joke
A Police Stop at 1 A.M.
An elderly man is stopped by the police around 1 a.m. and is asked where he is going at this time of night.
The man replies, "I am going to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body."
The officer then asks, "Really? Who is giving that lecture at this time of night?"
The man replies, "That would be my wife."
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