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Chronic Viral Infections: Yes, we have treatments now!

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Friday, May 8, at 2 PM Pacific

Chronic Viral Infections: Yes, we have treatments now!

Today I have the pleasure of talking with Marty Ross, MD, who has extensive experience working with chronic illness. The role of chronic viral infections in these illnesses has long been discussed, and today we will share what we have learned about how to diagnose and treat them. (Yes, we have a variety of effective treatments now!)
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Lipkin Study – No Association Found Between CFS/ME and either XMRV or PMLV Retroviruses

The full study is available online:

A multi-center blinded analysis indicates no association between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and either Xenotropic Murine Leukemia Virus-related virus or Polytropic Murine Leukemia Virus

While Dr. Lipkin stated that no evidence of these retroviruses was found, but the research into the cause of CFS/ME WILL NOT BE ABANDONED. Dr. Harvey Alter emphasized that he feels it is essential to [Read more…]

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Antiinflammatories, Antibiotics Boost Treatment of Depression

treament imageInternational Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) 2011.

June 30, 2011 (Brighton, United Kingdom) — Adding an anti-inflammatory medication to an antidepressant may augment efficacy and enhance depression treatment, researchers said here at the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2011.

Carmine Pariante, MD, PhD, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London, United Kingdom, told delegates attending the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2011 that a series of studies published during the last 5 years offers clear evidence to support the combination therapy with anti-inflammatory drugs and antidepressant medication.

“Inflammation is a key element in the pathogenesis of depression, and using anti-inflammatory drugs is a novel strategy that uses a completely new antidepressant approach, finally, after 20 years of me-too drugs,” Dr. Pariante told Medscape Medical News.

Speaking on behalf of the Psychiatric Research into Inflammation, Immunity and Mood Effects (PRIME), a consortium of UK researchers in biological psychiatry, Dr. Pariante said that it is well known that long-term illness is a trigger for depression and that people with chronic disorders also have high levels of inflammatory markers or cytokines. [Read more…]

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The Making of a Physician

By Eric Gordon MD

Eric Gordon MD listening to a patient. "I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them."

Eric Gordon MD listening to a patient. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them.”

I began my search for the perfect diet at an early age. My family’s deification of doctors made health a natural focus for me. Perhaps it all started as a rebellious thought, a way to avoid the conventional route laid out by family,  my believing “Food is medicine.”  I read everything I could get my hands on. In the 1960’s, that was mostly Paavo Airola  and other Naturopaths,  books like How to Get Well and Are You Confused? I found a magnitude of conflicting theories, so many I couldn’t find my way through the confusion.  Eventually this lead to my decision to go to medical school, the hallowed center of scientific knowledge.  Maybe they did have the answers after all?

There, however, I quickly learned that conventional medicine knew nothing about optimal diets, and very little about health.  The nutrition I was taught was strongly colored by the schools of diet funded by General Mills and the like. An Ensure liquid diet is still the standard medical answer for those who need easily absorbed nutrition. [Read more…]

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Mold and Lyme Together?

This brief clip is from the October Biotoxin Illness Conference in Santa Rosa. In the clip, Dr. Eric Gordon talks about issues with chronic Lyme, and how it might relate to biotoxin illness issues. Please forgive the movement in the video, the doctors were switching speakers, and the focus is not very good when the camera person is moving. The longer video this comes from doesn’t have this problem when a speaker is talking.

Dr. Eric Gordon is the founder of  Gordon Medical Associates. What Dr. Gordon emphasizes is listening to his patients. “I believe my patients. Their description of what is going on in their body is the most accurate way we have to assess what is going on with them. I interpret the information they present, and blend it with laboratory results and imaging and other tests to determine a protocol that is customized to their condition.”

If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Shoemaker’s work on mold illness, we have copies available of the DVD recordings from the October Biotoxin Illness conference held in Santa Rosa in October 2011. This 5 DVD set includes over 9 hours of talks with Dr. Shoemaker and the Gordon Medical physicians, as well as Power Point presentations and supporting evidence for the treatments presented. For more information, links to clips, or to order, look at Biotoxin Illness on the DVDs and Books page.

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Exercise and Reconditioning During CFS/Fibromyalgia (and Lyme!) Treatment

Exercise and Reconditioning During CFS/Fibromyalgia Treatment
By Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

Dr. Teitelbaum has us given permission to reprint information from his website. While that website is focused on treating CFS and Fibromyalgia, Dr. Teitelbaum considers Lyme disease to be a factor in both illnesses, and the information he gives is often useful in treating Lyme disease as well.

Dear Readers,

When being treated for any debilitating illness, reconditioning is a critical part of getting well. Because of the body wide “energy crisis” seen in CFS/Fibromyalgia, most of you have found that you were unable to condition beyond a certain point (it takes energy to store energy in muscles—which is what conditioning is). Instead, the doctor would push you to exercise, and you would spend the next 2 days in bed feeling like you had been hit by a truck!

The good news is that as you do our proven effective “SHINE Protocol” (Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise AS ABLE—discussed at length in my book “From Fatigued to Fantastic!”), you will find that your body starts making the energy needed to condition. You will then be able to exercise more and more—and it will actually leave you feeling better and stronger. [Read more…]

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GcMAF Immunotherapy Treatment for CFS

The CFS Patient Advocate Blog has covered the recent conference at the new Mt sinai ME/CFS Research and treatment center.he is posting written content, as well as video taken during the conference. Chronic Lyme patients may find the information helpful.

Read : Mt. Sinai ME/CFS conference report – Sunday November 20, 2011

Mt. Sinai ME/CFS conference – De Meirleir lecture

 Dr. Kenny De MeirleirSix presentations were given at the Mt. Sinai ME/CFS Research and Treatment Center conference on Sunday November 20, 2011. Here is a lecture delivered by Dr. Kenny De Meirleir, who practices medicine in Brussels. Dr. De Meirleir has worked with ME/CFS patients for many years and is seen as one of the foremost ME/CFS Clinician/Researchers. Dr. De Meirleir spoke for a half-hour on the compassionate use of GcMAF in this patient population. Dr. De Meirleir will be associated with this new ME/CFS Center at Mt. Sinai- as a clinical consultant.
 The video and audio was made by Peter and Nicholas Cairns.
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Report on the Biotoxin Conference by Scott Forsgren

Scott Forsgren, of BetterHealthGuy.com, posted an excellent blog on his site regarding the Biotoxin Illness Conference hosted by Gordon Medical Associates in Santa Rosa, CA.  Thank you Scott for your hard work in educating patients and doctors regarding this most important health issue.bhg

Biotoxin Illness Conference 2011 – by Scott ForsgrenGordon Medical Associates hosted the “Biotoxin Illness: The Science Behind Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment” October 22-23, 2011 in Santa Rosa, CA.

While this blog post will not cover all of the details of the event, further information can be learned from either the recordings of this event available through Gordon Medical Associates or via several learning opportunities at SurvivingMold.com.

I continue to spend time learning more about Dr. Shoemaker’s work as I have not yet entirely addressed all of the biotoxin illness markers, especially C4a, and am interested in Dr. Shoemaker’s work as I think he’s a rare genius in the field. [Read more…]

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Red Tide and Neurotoxins

Eric Gordon MDBy  Dr. Eric Gordon, MD

This article was originally published in the October issue of the Sonoma County Gazette.

 The consumption of larger fish from tropical waters can impact the quality of our health if those fish consumed smaller fish that grew in red tide (algal bloom) areas. The recent red tide that wreaked havoc on local abalone is an example of this. People can get sick when an algal bloom occurs in tropical waters or eastern shore estuaries. Ciguatera is the name of one neurotoxin that Dinoflagellate (algae) produces. The neurotoxins, concentrated in the food chain, are not destroyed by heating, so cooking is no protection. Most people affected by this illness develop acute gastro-intestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. These toxins are fat soluble and in some cases not recognized by the immune system. The toxins can recycle and affect the nervous system for years.

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Treat Your Thyroid Right: Straight Talk for Regular People

Everyone has heard about thyroid trouble.  Low-thyroid is so common that thyroid hormone pills are the second most-frequently filled prescription in the US.  At this moment, about 15% of all Americans have diseased thyroid glands.  Many of them are not being treated.  Sadly, many people who are treated for thyroid trouble are not fully restored to normal and they are often quite dissatisfied with their results.  Since our thyroid glands are so much at risk and so often a persistent problem, it is good to learn more about what they do and how best to deal with their problems.

The thyroid gland releases hormones into our blood, on “orders” from the brain [Read more…]