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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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What You Need to Know About Insulin Resistance

Why is it so hard to lose weight?  Why do I gain weight when I use nothing but stevia to sweeten my food?  Why is my cholesterol so high when I eat hardly any?  Why does everyone in my family get high blood pressure, strokes or heart attacks?  Why does my husband snore so badly when he’s not even overweight?  All these questions and more are easily answered when you understand insulin resistance.

Our ancestors faced starvation.  In ancient times, before we had cash to buy groceries; before we had canned or smoked or dried food; our “wealth” and indeed our insurance against famine was the nutrition we stored in our body fat.  In primitive societies into the present day, body fat is desirable. [Read more…]

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More Ideas for Highly Sensitive Patients

Question: How do you treat patients with highly sensitive bodies, I.E., people who develop impairment due to high or normal dosage of medication?

Treatment must be designed  according to the specific presentations of each person, but what we see most commonly is as follows.

1) Poor adrenal function – Sensitive people tend to have sensitive nervous systems. They tend to react more to their surroundings, have a lower threshold for stress, and therefore are more anxious, stressed  and  prone to insomnia in general. Over time, this takes a toll on their adrenals, which are the glands that deal with daily stress. Often this is present in childhood, and so by adulthood, the adrenal gland function is compromised, resulting in lower energy and little reserve. Gradually stressors require longer recovery time. Because adrenal glands contribute to production of progesterone, estrogen and testosterone, low adrenal function might also create other hormone deficiencies. We can test adrenal function by measuring your cortisol levels. [Read more…]

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Sex Hormones for You, Personally

Let’s take a look at the sensible replacement of an individual woman’s hormones at menopause.  Yes, this is a personal approach for one woman’s needs, not some “one size-fits all” protocol. We start by understanding normal physiology – “how it works” and apply modern science to find the best doses for you personally.  Our goals are success and safety.

To help you understand this better, let’s see what hormones do and what happens when we lose them.  I’ll explain why it is important to consider replacing them at menopause and why sooner is better.  We’ll see how that can – and should – be done.  If we’re going to do this, let’s do it the best way, one woman at a time!

Basics:  Puberty to Menopause

Hormones are little chemical messengers that change the way your body behaves.  [Read more…]

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Dysauntonomia, Biotoxins, and Lyme

Question:

I have a long term lyme patient who has recovered from most of her lyme symptoms with the exception of intermittent hypo tension 80/40 with  pulse in the 40’s known as autonomic insufficiency or pots or dysautonomia.  For years when she has a lyme flare she will experience strabismus.  I am convinced that ocular damage is from the lyme and is part of the etiology for her flares as well as the  dysautonomia. None the less researching this subject quickly makes one realize that it is complex with many suspected etiologies.  I have started her on florinef .1 mg for now.  So anyone have any other pearls of wisdom?  She has been on cortef for years low dose.  Her endocrinologist did not check with me and also put her on cortef so she got a 30 mg dose for a month or so, of course she felt great.   I have had her consult with a cardiologist, endocrinologist as well as neurologist.  They just kind of threw up their hands especially with a ” lyme dx” in the mixture.  I will consult next week again with her neurologist in an effort  to co-manage this case but may get left holding the bag as I usually do in  trying to treat lyme patients.   Anyway I would appreciate tips on treating this common problem with our lyme patients. [Read more…]

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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…]

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Conversation with Eric Gordon, M.D. on Transmission and Treatment Issues

Dr. Gordon spent some time in conversation to cover some of the remaining patient questions from the conference with Dr. Burrascano. The following is a transcript from that conversation. The second part of the talk will be posted later this week.

Initial questions:

Can Lyme or co-infections be transmitted thru sex or kissing?

 Please address whether Lyme is an STD?

 Can it be transmitted from an adult to young children during normal care giving?

 What do you think about the possibility of sexual transmission or other TBD? [Read more…]

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Treatment Fatigue

Answers from the Gordon Medical Staff

Question:

Please talk about treatment fatigue in general, in particular, what are your options if your body cannot tolerate antibiotics, maybe the liver function is limited?

By “treatment fatigue” I assume you mean that a specific patient cannot tolerate ongoing standard doses of antibiotics. I would like to address a broader view of this problem, since what it is really addressing is how capable the individual is of mobilizing their immune system (with the aid of antibiotics) to kill the infecting organisms (Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, Mycoplasma, etc.), and then how capable it is to remove those dead organisms and toxins from the body. This requires the coordinated workings of the organs of detoxification: the liver, intestines, lymphatic system, kidneys, skin, lungs, and spleen, along with the immune system, to do this properly. [Read more…]

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More On Highly Sensitive Patients

Question: What is your experience with hypersensitive patients who tend to react to many treatments both herbal and chemical?

Question: What kind of connection do you see, if any, with an individual’s belief system and the function or susceptibility of their immune system? 

Answers from GMA Staff:

We need first to understand the patient’s “total load.”  You remember hearing about the straw that broke the camel’s back?  If the camel weren’t already loaded to his maximum, that little straw would have done no harm whatsoever.  Like the proverbial camel, people in our society carry varying amounts of many types of stressful loads every day.  However, we should consider more than just their load.

The “camel’s” health is also an important factor.  Dromedaries that are hypothyroid, malnourished, have bad bones, muscle problems, suffer sleep deprivation or are otherwise ill can’t carry as much as healthy camels.  Buff, healthy adults handle health challenges far better than the physiologically weaker ones.

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