New This Week: August 26, 2009
Recovering From CFS & FMS — Treating Low Blood Volume
In this newsletter we will discuss a critical but usually overlooked part of treating CFS and fibromyalgia effectively. It can be relatively easy to treat, but is not very glamorous, and is therefore often forgotten. We will focus on new research by Dr. Barry Hurwitz and a team of University of Miami researchers, including Dr. Nancy Klimas, who is wonderful and one of my favorite people in the CFS community (though I sometimes disagree with her, I've always had enormous appreciation and respect for her).
Their recent study shows that patients with CFS have:
|A lower blood volume (basically are dehydrated),|
|Fewer red blood cells to carry oxygen and nutrients (basically anemia, despite normal blood tests).|
The study also discusses that although the heart may be smaller in CFS and beats less efficiently, this is likely caused by the dehydration and low blood volume, as opposed to primarily being a heart problem.
The good news is that all of these issues can be effectively treated and optimized naturally — which can leave you feeling much better!
Dr. Oz Discusses CFS/FM in O, the Oprah Magazine
Dr. Teitelbaum's Approach Recommended by Dr. Oz
We appreciate that Dr. Oz and Oprah are now starting to address the hidden epidemics of CFS and fibromyalgia, bringing hope to the approximately 12 million suffering and often disabled Americans (mostly women), who till now have been rendered invisible by our healthcare industry.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is wonderful, begins his column by addressing this issue head on in his brand new September 2009 O, the Oprah Magazine column. It says volumes that this is the first topic he chose to cover, and that he began by interviewing 4 key researchers in the field who have very different perspectives, in order to give readers an overview. We are also very honored that of the 4, he noted: "I'm more impressed by Teitelbaum's supplement regimen, and not only because he has tested his theories: I've put patients on this program with very good results."
Let's encourage Dr. Oz and Oprah to continue covering CFS/FMS. You can help by reading the article at the link above, then leaving a note thanking them for covering this topic. Ask friends who have or care about CFS/FMS to do the same. Oprah's website measures responses to articles, and an outpouring of positive response will encourage Oprah's team to increase coverage of CFS/FMS. Let's see if we can move this to their "Top Read" articles section!
Thyroid Hormone Shortage Update
There may be a continuing shortage for several months. See the following article by Mary Shomon, my favorite patient advocate for thyroid disorders, on how to stay supplied:
I highly recommend this book. Stay tuned for my formal book review in an upcoming newsletter.
Iron Helps Fatigue — Even with Normal Iron Levels and No Anemia
Acetyl L-Carnitine More Effective than Placebo for FMS
A study showed that acetyl L-carnitine 500 mg 2-3 times a day was more effective than placebo in treating fibromyalgia. Read more »
B12 Shots for Nerve Pain
Vitamin B12 shots were more effective than medication (nortriptyline) for diabetic nerve pain. Read more »
New Research Shows Energy Crisis in CFS/FM Patients
CFS & fibromyalgia represent an energy crisis in our bodies. New research shows that antibodies against the energy producing mitochondria (anti-cardiolipin antibodies) are present in 95% of CFS patients. Read more »
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Ever wish you had just the right comeback in an argument?
There was a time when words were used beautifully. These glorious insults are from an era when cleverness with words was still valued, before a great portion of the English language was boiled down to four-letter words!
The exchange between Churchill and Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband, I'd give you poison," and he said, "If you were my wife, I'd take it."
Gladstone, a member of Parliament, to Benjamin Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, sir," said Disraeli, "On whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
"He had delusions of adequacy."
— Walter Kerr
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
— Winston Churchill
"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."
— Winston Churchill
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
— Clarence Darrow
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
— William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"
— Ernest Hemingway (about William Faulkner)
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
— Moses Hadas
"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."
— Abraham Lincoln
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
— Mark Twain
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
— Oscar Wilde
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play. Bring a friend, if you have one."
— George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second — if there is one!"
— Winston Churchill, in response
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
— Stephen Bishop
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
— John Bright
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
— Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others."
— Samuel Johnson
"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."
— Jack E. Leonard
"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."
— Robert Redford
"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge."
— Thomas Brackett Reed
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
— Charles, Count Talleyrand
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
— Forrest Tucker
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
— Mark Twain
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
— Mae West
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
— Oscar Wilde
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts — for support, rather than illumination."
— Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
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