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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Book on Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, December 27, 2007
This review is from: From Fatigued to Fantastic (Paperback)
From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum MD, Third Edition.

Most doctors are familiar with Dr. Teitelbaum featured as an eloquent keynote speaker on the medical lecture circuit, dazzling the audience with his encyclopedic knowledge of both conventional and natural medicine. Trained in internal medicine, Jacob Teitelbaum, is a gifted and brilliant medical researcher and clinician. He is also a model for ethical business conduct, because unlike other crass, commercially oriented docs who hide their knowledge or charge for it, Teitelbaum openly shares his medical knowledge with the public and other doctors. All of Teitelbaum's treatment protocols are listed in Appendix G of the book, and are posted on his web site. In addition, all profits from books and nutritional supplements are donated to charity.

The 400 page book is lengthy, and is actually four books in one. Where previous authors have written entire books on each of the four main topics, with the acronym SHIN for Sleep, Hormones, Infections and Nutrition, Teitelbaum combines them all into one large volume which can be used as desk reference on chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia.

In addition, the book can serve as an introductory text for the open minded MD interested in integrating natural medicine into a conventional medical practice, since sleep disorders, hormonal imbalance, chronic or hidden infections, and nutritional deficiencies are some of the more common reasons to seek medical attention.

This is the third edition of his book, and Teitelbaum has managed to make a great book even better. Those familiar with the work of the Connecticut cardiologist, Steven Sinatra MD, will recognize the triad of D-Ribose, L-carnitine and Co-Enzyme Q-10 mentioned by Teitelbaum to jump start energy in the chronicly fatigued.

Insomnia or poor quality sleep is a major issue for many chronic fatigue sufferers, creating a vicious cycle which perpetuates the disorder. Teitelbaum provides a long list of natural remedies such as L-theanine 5-HTP, L-Tryptophan, Melatonin, and Magnesium, as well as today's prescription drugs for sleep heavily advertised on television.

The Hormonal Support chapter is the meat of the book, with Teitelbaum crediting the landmark work, the Safe Use of Cortisol, by McK Jefferies, and Broda Barnes' work on natural thyroid. To these medical greats, Teitelbaum adds his own unique insights gleaned from years of clinical practice. For example, Teitelbaum finds that most patients need only 5 to 12.5 mg of cortisol, and recommends keeping cortisol dosage below 20 mg per day to avoid adrenal suppression.

Like many other natural medicine docs, Teitelbaum finds bio-identical hormone supplementation important for a successful outcome, and asserts that bio-identicals are safe, a conclusion based on his own clinical experience and medical literature reviews by Kent Holtorf, MD, posted on Teitelbaum's website.

Teitelbaum found that many of his patients had chronic infections of sinuses, urinary tract, prostate, and respiratory system, and had taken multiple courses of antibiotics leading to kill-off of the friendly bacteria in the colon, as well as fungal overgrowth, also called Candidiasis. Teitelbaum credits The Yeast Connection by William Crooks for much of this information which includes a lengthy discussion of anti-fungal drugs and natural remedies for Candidiasis.

The Nutrition chapter covers a detailed program with a complete vitamin, mineral program with recommended dosages, and discusses dietary avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, sugar, white flour and other practical considerations.

My hat is off in admiration and thanks to Jacob Teitelbaum MD, for this third edition of an important book, the definitive work on chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. No doubt, many have benefitted and will continue to benefit from the medical insights in this book. We expect and look forward to a continuing stream of valuable insights in future works as his medical career continues.

Other books recommended are Pain Free 1,2,3 by Jacob Teitelbaum MD, The Safe Use of Cortisol by McK Jefferies, and Adrenal Fatigue by Wilson.

Jeffrey Dach MD
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2008 11:05:01 AM PDT
Rhea Martin says:
Best Review, I have ever read on any product. Thank You!!!! soooooooooo much!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2009 1:49:27 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 22, 2010 9:26:04 PM PDT
Before you run out and buy this book based on Dr. Dach's glowing recommendation, a few caveats.
Dr. Dach spent most of his career as a radiologist. He has apparently now been board certified
by "the American Association of Anti-aging Medicine" (this from his own webpage). As someone
who has both had and recovered from what appeared to be a fairly severe case of CFIDS that
lasted about four years total, I can only tell you that I consider both Dr. Dach and Dr. Teitelbaum
to be of little or no help (and with the potential to do great harm) in the treatment of this disease.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 4:15:27 AM PDT
Michael, instead of being wholly negative, how about being helpful too? If you add a line or two-or more, if you wish- about how YOU beat CFIDS, that would be worth a whole lot more than your caveat.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 6:35:08 AM PDT
Look Ashok, if I could do that, I could make a buncha money. I did nothing except get
very lucky. It just gradually cleared up after about 4 and a half years. By then, other
than trying very hard not to shoot myself, i was doing nothing other than "aggressive
rest" (euphemism for can't stand up long enough to shower).

People do not want to hear that. I can't hardly blame them. What they want to hear
is the kind of stuff that this book is filled to the brim with.....try this, try that....maybe
this might help you.....Didn't work? Don't worry, you can try this instead.

Again, none of this is based on any hard scientific understanding of the disease. Sorry,
but that's the truth as I see it. And that's a hard thing to tell people and a very hard
thing for someone with this disease to hear and accept.

Mike Larmer
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