- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Avery; 3 edition (October 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583332898
- ISBN-13: 978-1583332894
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 255 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., is a board-certified internist and leading researcher in the field of chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. He has a specialized practice for CFIDS/fibromyalgia patients in Annapolis, Maryland.
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Prior to following the program in this book I was probably living at 25-30% of my full capacity for several years. I was barely able to work, always exhausted and in pain, and constantly saying no to invitations from friends and family because of my fatigue and pain. Since reading the book and doing most of the F2F! program, I think I'm 80-85% of my former self. If that is as good as it gets, I still feel incredibly lucky. I have energy after work now. I can do stuff with friends. I don't feel guilty when my dog looks at me and I know he wants a long walk but I know I'm not up to it, because I *am* up to it most of the time now.
The F2F! program will work if you follow it. You don't have to follow it to the letter, but you should follow most of it to reap the most benefit. The biggest things that helped me were the D-Ribose, the CoQ10, and getting enough sleep.
In the end I switched to a liquid CoQ10 supplement from Costco, after months of taking a softgel CoQ10 and not really noticing any difference in my energy level, other than an initial small spike with the D-Ribose, which also gave me a slightly increased feeling of well being. The liquid supplement from Costco is, I was told, more bioavailable. While I don't know for certain if that is true, I do know that CoQ10 is fat-soluble, not water soluble, and the liquid CoQ10 is in MCTs (medium chain trigylcerides), which would explain why it's more bio-available and more readily absorbed. I don't like the fact that it has sucralose (Splenda) in it. But the MCTs are coconut oil derived.
Within 2 weeks of starting the liquid MCT CoQ10 supplement, I felt a spike in energy that has remained. An unexpected bonus was that I lost 16 lbs in three months of taking the liquid supplement, after not losing anything at all while on the softgel CoQ10 supplement for nearly a year. The gal who sold me the liquid CoQ10 told me she'd lost 30 lbs in 4 months of taking it, which I figured was a sales pitch lie, and I wasn't buying it for that, anyway; I just wanted to *feel* better and have less pain. So I was quite surprised to see that I'd lost weight with no effort. Just recently got full labs done (CBC, CMP, lipid panel) and everything was rock solid normal, so I guess it's all working. (It's also a little disheartening and depressing, because even when you're chronically in pain and tired, your labs are normal, so you seem to be perfectly healthy... except for the FM, etc.)
In the last few years before reading F2F!, I had given up dairy (due to acne and acid reflux -- cutting it out of my diet reduced the former and eliminated the latter) and had mostly given up wheat/gluten. I do occasionally eat pasta, but I never have bread in the house, rarely eat cookies, and only bake for the holidays. My ex was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, so before we split I had already stopped buying everything with white flour. I also greatly increased my intake of fruits and vegetables, try to minimize processed foods, and never drink soda. I am not perfect. I do not shop at Whole Paycheck because it's just way outside my budget. I buy organic/free range when I can, but I can't always. So that was half the battle. The rest was adding the supplements Teitelbaum suggested. If I bought his versions of them it would cost me a small fortune, so I don't. I get them wherever I can at the highest quality/most reasonable price.
One of the most important things in this book, after adding a high quality, bio-available CoQ10 supplement and the D-Ribose, to your diet, is to get enough sleep. He is right that most of us do not get enough sleep and it is because we do not "budget" sleep time into our lives. When you make sleep a priority, and get enough good quality sleep with the help of some sleep aids or herbs, it really does help A LOT. You may be used to living on 6 hours or so a night, but that doesn't mean it's good for you or your body.
One thing I haven't done yet is add the L-carnitine, but I'm looking at a new liquid CoQ10 supplement with no artificial ingredients that has the L-carnitine added. Maybe when my current CoQ10 runs out I'll buy that and see how I do.
To a certain extent, I think the commercialization of Teitelbaum's work via his selling supplements and products detracts from his stated (in the book, anyway) intention and effort to do/publish research about treatments that really work for fibromyalgia and CFS.
Then again, to be fair, it is merely a more low-brow, obvious and overt form of commercialization, whereas the researchers whose work is published in JAMA and NEJM tend to have more covert (and probably far more profitable) financial relationships with biotech and pharmaceutical companies...)
The main reason I don't buy Teitelbaum's supplements is because they're outrageously overpriced, and I've found much more reasonably priced alternatives through other venues (e.g. Amazon, Swanson Vitamins, my local health foods store).
All of that being said -- I feel better than I have in probably about 5 years.
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