“When I was in school in England, did you ever wonder about me? Whether I liked my school, which subjects I liked, whether I was sick or well, if sick did I know what to do, when my school holidays were, whether I had a place to stay?”
“It never occurred to me,” my mother replied. She was visiting me for the first (and last) time in California.
You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life? Continue reading →
Do you think I should send this letter to “Addison“? Please tell me by selecting yes or no at the end of this post!
Dear Dr. Addison,
I thought you might like to know what has happened with my health since we last spoke in 2006. You may remember that at the beginning of that year, I complained of fatigue that prevented me from working or leading the life I knew in any way; unquenchable thirst; feeling like I had been hit by a truck after I tried to push through my fatigue and go for a small walk; insomnia; various kinds of digestive distress; and pain in my joints, particularly my wrist. It turns out that I’m suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Syndrome (CFS/FMS).
Because of problems defining chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, I prefer to use the following definition: Continue reading →
I first made a comment about the XMRV virus and it’s connection to CFS/FMS when it hit the news in October 2009. Then in January 2010, I ended up in the hospital (too tired, sharp knife, lots of blood, firemen, ambulance) and between stitches the doctor told me that the XMRV-CFS link had been debunked.
Not so fast. A few friends have written asking me about the latest news on XMRV so I thought I’d add a post on the subject. Major news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported two days ago that researchers from the FDA and NIH have confirmed the class of viruses in which XMRV belongs, in 86.5% of a sample of CFS/FMS patients. The key here is that the MLV-related viruses, as they’re called, were found in only 6.8% of healthy people. Continue reading →
Dr. Teitelbaum, who was first to conduct clinical research on effective treatment of CFS/FMS, has added this blog to his list of Helpful Links. If you have landed here from his website, I think you’ll find that Realitynibs.com nicely supplements what you’ve already learned from Dr. Teitelbaum. The information here is easily digestible and it can help with your successful execution of the SHINE protocol. For example, I will expand on dietary details for the Nutrition aspect that I have found effective. Continue reading →
Polio, Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis are all examples of conditions that were dismissed by most physicians before definitive tests were developed. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome currently suffers from the same lack of understanding as those diseases once did.
Dr. Osias, an OB/GYN whom I had consulted for help with the hormonal aspect of my condition, told me she felt the current medical system is “excellent at treating a single organ or system in crisis”. She went on to talk about standard medical practice being bad at resolving conditions which span multiple systems and trigger crisis for the entire body. I was brought to tears when she lauded me for how far I had come on my own. Continue reading →