Can someone please tell me....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by HeavenlyRN, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. HeavenlyRN

    HeavenlyRN New Member

    Who Dr. Cheney and Dr. Teitelbaum are? I keep coming across their names in various posts and being fairly new here I just don't know who or where they are!

    Thank you
  2. richvank

    richvank New Member

    Hi, HeavenlyRN.

    Drs. Cheney and Teitelbaum have both specialized in the treatment of CFS for many years.

    Dr. Cheney was one of the two physicians who were involved in treating the cluster or epidemic of CFS cases that occurred in Nevada in the mid 80s. He practiced in Incline Village with Dr. Dan Peterson. They were the ones who called in the CDC to investigate this cluster. They were not very happy with the CDC's response, and the CDC eventually put out a case definition and named the disorder chronic fatigue syndrome. This definition was modified a few years later, and is still very controversial. Dr. Cheney moved east, practiced in Charlotte, then on an island off the coast, and now in Ashville, NC. Dr. Cheney continues to be very innovative, doing research as he treats patients. He has a Ph.D. in physics, which he obtained before his M.D.

    He developed heart failure a few years ago after a dental procedure involving mercury removal, and eventually had a heart transplant. He has said that he actually "died" on the operating room table. Since his transplant, he has been in good health, and has resumed his practice and his research, focusing now on the heart in CFS, and also giving innovative treatments, including cell signalling factors derived from the organs of animals, as well as testing stem cell treatment in Central America. He also uses a number of nutritional supplements and other alternative treatments. He operates a website at He puts out a newsletter, for which he charges a fee. He gives free public lectures periodically, and the organizing groups sell recordings of his talks. He treats a relatively small number of patients, and appointments may take a couple of days.

    If you want to learn more about the history of CFS in the U.S. and how Dr. Cheney was involved in it, I suggest that you read Osler's Web, by Hillary Johnson.

    Dr. Teitelbaum developed CFS while he was in medical school in the 70s, and treated himself. He finished med school, became board certified in internal medicine, and developed a practice specializing in CFS in Annapolis, MD. He is the author of the book "From Fatigued to Fantastic!", which has been published in 3 editions so far. It describes a variety of treatments for CFS. A few years ago. Dr. Teitelbaum closed his practice in Maryland and became the medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers of America. Dr. Teitelbaum participates in radio and TV interviews and also gives talks to groups of physicians about CFS. His view is that CFS results from a problem with the hypothalamus, and his recommended treatment is multifaceted and mostly alternative, addressing sleep, hormones, infections, nutrition and exercise. He operates a website at

    Drs. Cheney and Teitelbaum have differing philosophies of treatment of CFS. Dr. Cheney tries to figure out what the root problem is in the biochemistry and physiology of CFS, and he uses very innovative approaches, which no other physicians have used. He prefers not to treat downstream manifestations or symptoms in CFS, believing that this may be counterproductive, because the body may be doing these things to compensate for the root problem, and treating only downstream issues may exacerbate the patient's problems.

    Dr. Teitelbaum recommends treating numerous aspects of CFS more or less simultaneously, in an effort to improve the patient's quality of life, and perhaps in the hope that if support is given in these areas, the body will be able to get the upper hand and recover. If you want to know more about Dr. Teitelbaum and his treatment approach, I suggest that you read his book.

    Best regards,