Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQ's answer the most commonly asked questions we receive. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please visit our Question & Answer section, where we show additional questions that have been emailed to us and our answers to them.
Although most doctors try to be wonderful, caring people, a few of us have a bad habit. We think that if we don't know what's wrong with the patient, the patient must be crazy. To give these severely ill patients, their families and their employers this false impression based on our arrogance is both intellectually dishonest and cruel. That patients on the active treatment got much better and the placebo group did not, proves that these are real syndromes.
Although the illness significantly suppresses a central control area that regulates many key bodily functions (the Hypothalamus), this suppression may not decrease blood tests to the level of the lowest 2% of the population (two standard deviations), the level required to be considered "medically abnormal". Nonetheless, the suppression of many different systems is enough to leave people non-functional. By the same token, the large number of body areas affected by the disease creates a myriad of symptoms, which, to a doctor not trained in these syndromes, seem unrelated.
Although many people are tired and have poor sleep, the fatigue usually goes away with rest and is not associated with the other symptoms noted above. It is the mix of a common group of symptoms that define a syndrome. People who are tired, achy, "brain foggy", can't sleep, have increased thirst and poor libido -- even if these are not disabling -- often have a milder form of CFS/FMS.
In medicine, we're trained to look for a single treatment - the so called "magic bullet" that can eliminate the problem. Because CFS/FMS affects so many systems, and because the affected systems vary considerable from patient to patient, most patients need to have a combination of treatments tailored specifically to treat all their problems simultaneously. Our placebo controlled study dramatically shows that when you do this, people get much better.
As noted above, normal does not equal healthy. As an example, a recent study showed that most of the people who get better with thyroid hormone have normal thyroid blood tests!
I believe in using what is safe and effective. Although I prefer natural treatments, prescription medications are a wonderful and powerful part of out tool kit.
People start to get better in an average of 7 to 10 weeks, though the time can vary considerable from patient to patient.
Although our financially-driven system produces many wonderful new treatments, it results in largely ignoring anything that is not patentable (i.e., anything natural). It's time to apply the best of both worlds when treating people. Why use only a hammer when you have the whole tool kit available.
My website has a list of health care practitioners who are specially trained in treating CFS/FMS. Click here for our practitioner list.
I have a policy of not taking money from any company whose products I recommend - including the products I've designed for energy and sleep. I've asked the company to donate my share of the profits for these products to charity.