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Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum's Column

...expert advice on CFS, Fibromyalgia and other Health Topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Jacob Teitelbaum MD is Medical Director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers
(www.fibroandfatigue.com). Senior author of the landmark studies "Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia -- a Placebo-controlled Study" & “Effective Treatment of CFS & Fibromyalgia with D-Ribose”. Author of the best-selling book” From Fatigued to Fantastic!”(3rd ed-Penguin/Avery Oct 4, 2007) , " Three Steps to Happiness! Healing through Joy", and “Pain Free 1-2-3- A Proven Program to Get YOU Pain Free! “(McGraw Hill, 2006). He does numerous media appearances, including CNN and FOX National News and is a frequent guest on Oprah and Friends with Dr. Oz.. He lives in Kona, Hawaii. Visit his web site at www.Vitality101.com

 

You can benefit from Dr. Teitelbaum's wisdom and experience by visiting us at The Environmental Illness Resource regularly to read articles from his latest newsletter!

 

 

 

Monday, June 13th, 2011:

 

Brain Fog in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and FibromyalgiaBrain Fog in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

 

by Jacob Teitelbaum MD

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

Brain fog is a classic part of CFS and fibromyalgia, presenting as:
 
  1. Difficulty with word finding (e.g., remembering someone's name),
  2. Word substitution (e.g., calling your husband by the wrong name!), and
  3. Loss of short-term memory.

It can be very severe and even frightening, leaving people with CFS concerned that they are developing Alzheimer's. But they're not. CFS brain fog is when you keep forgetting where you left the keys — Alzheimer's is when you forget how to use the keys!
 
The good news? Brain fog responds very well to treatment with the SHINE Protocol. Especially helpful are the following nutrients:
 
  1. B vitamins, magnesium amino acids and zinc — All in the Energy Revitalization System vitamin powder.
  2. Fish oil — Only 1-2 tabs a day needed with Vectomega (instead of 10-20 capsules of most fish oils).
  3. RiboseCorvalen (D-Ribose) 1 scoop 3 times a day for 3 weeks, then twice a day, not only increased energy an average of 61% in a study of 257 CFS/FMS patients, but also improved mental clarity an average 30% and overall well being 37%.

Optimizing sleep and thyroid support and eliminating Candida also dramatically helps brain function.
 
So you CAN get your brain back!
 
Meanwhile, the "you're crazy, it's all in your mind" school of thought on CFS continues to recede into ancient history. There were those who attributed the brain fog (and all of CFS) to depression — which was, well, crazy! Here is another new study showing that the brain fog of CFS and depression are NOT related.
 
Study: The role of depression in cognitive impairment in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome
 
In the test, 57 women with CFS were evaluated for cognitive function using neuropsychological tests that measure mental acuity in areas such as ability to pay attention, to count forward and backward, auditory-verbal learning skills, executive functions, and psychomotor skills.
 
Participants were divided into two groups, with one group including those CFS patients who suffered depression (based on clinical assessment to determine scores on the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) and the other including those CFS patients who were not determined to be depressed.
 
The results showed no difference between the two groups in their levels of cognitive deficit in performing attention and executive functions. Researchers therefore concluded that there was no link between depression and the cognitive impairments exhibited by patients with CFS.
 
Reference:
 
The role of depression in cognitive impairment in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Santamarina-Pérez P, Freniche V, Eiroa-Orosa FJ, Llobet G, Sáez N, Alegre J, Jacas C. PubMed.gov. 2011 Mar 12;136(6):239-243. Epub 2010 Dec 9.

 

 

 

 


 

Used with permission from Dr Jacob Teitelbaum's free newsletters-available at www.Vitality101.com

 

 

Learn more from Dr. Teitelbaum's books:

 

 

From Fatigued To Fantastic

 

From Fatigued to Fantastic!: A Proven Program to Regain Vibrant Health, Based on a New Scientific Study Showing Effective Treatment for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia


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Pain Free 1-2-3

 

Pain Free 1-2-3: A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now!


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