Excellent book on FMS/CFS, and more!

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by klutzo, Jun 21, 2003.

  1. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    I just finished reading "Overcoming Thyroid Disorders" by David Brownstein, M.D.,which was recommended by someone here.
    This book clearly shows how all hormones interact with one another and must be in balance. There is a whole chapter on FMS/CFS. My only criticism of this book is that he repeats some of the same info over and over.
    Here are some examples of intriguing quotes and paraphrases from the book:

    "hypothyroidism predisposes one to have elevated cholesterol levels. When the hormonal system is appropriately balanced, often times the cholesterol level lowers dramatically".

    "Poor protein intake will diminish the production of thyroid hormone".

    "Any orally prescribed estrogen will decrease the amount of thyroid hormone that is available for the body to use".

    "Hypothyroidism can also cause growth hormone deficiency. Growth hormone levels will frequently rise after a hypothyroid condition is properly treated".

    "Daily soy consumption resulted in symptoms of hypothyroidism in 50% of the test subjects".

    "Mycoplasma was first associated with the arthritic disorders in the 1800's".

    "50% to 70% of individuals suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are found to have mycoplasma infections".

    "I have also seen an association between sensitivity to gluten containing products and autoimmune thyroid problems."

    "I believe that over 80% of fibromyalgia patients have hypothyroidism".

    "In 1914, it was reported that a patient who suffered from fatigue as well as stiff, hard and painful muscles improved with thyroid treatment".

    "As time progressed those individuals with untreated hypothyroidism begain to develop signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia."

    "If the adrenal glands are unable to increase their production of adrenal hormones, increasing the metabolism of the body with thyroid hormone can overload the poorly functioning adrenal glands and precipitate a failure of the adrenal glands. The consequences of this failure can be severe, as adrenal failure is incompatible with life".

    "Women generally need from 2-5 mg. per day of DHEA". Note: This is a LOT less than in OTC formulas.

    "I have yet to see a patient ill from autoimmune thyroid disase or another autoimmune disease that does not have significantly depressed testosterone and DHEA levels. Furthermore, these patients often have lowered thyroid and ovarian function."

    "we are living in a world of estrogen dominance, this may partly explain why there is so much hypothyroidism present in the western countries."

    "Gammanol Forte (mfg. by Biotics Research: 1-800-437-1298) was shown to raise growth hormone levels by over 45% in women."

    "Bottled water contains chemicals leached from the plastic known as phthalates, which are known to be hormone-disrupting chemicals."

    "Aspartame is made up of three items: aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol. Too much aspartic acid in the brain kills brain neurons. Methanol is a major component of anti-freeze. One of the by-products of methanol in the body is formaldehyde. Mehtanol posisoning causes peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy and cerebral infarction."

    "The Standard American Diet contains too many carbohydrates and has made Americans the most obese people on the planet".

    "In the case of autoimmune disorders, nearly 100% of my patients have signs of heavy metal toxicity."

    "Gum chewing can increase the release of mercury in the form of mercury vapor by 1,560%."

    "92% of individuals suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia had signs of a hypercoagulable state."

    "When the body becomes infected with a pathogen, one way the body can protect itself is to activate the coagulation system, thus depriving the pathogen of a blood supply and preventing its dispersal throughout the body. However, you also prevent the immune system from properly attacking the agent and destroying it."

    "As blood viscosity increases and blood flow is reduced throughout the body, the patient becomes hypo-this and hypo-that, such as hypothyroid....".

    "The improvement of thyroid problems significantly helps coagulation disorders."

    This is a great book to take to your doctor to try to convince him/her to try things, provided they are willing to look at it.


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  2. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    All our problems are so interconnected that it I do not believe we will ever find the "silver bullet" until our genetic problems are unraveled. In the meantime, though, each thing we do to heal has a positive effect on our other problems. Taking just the smallest dose of Synthroid has helped me tremendously even though my tests were in the "normal" range. I had symptoms of hypothyroidism and that was good enough for my doc.

    Nothing helps everything, but everything we do helps a little and each works synergystically with everything else.

    Thanks again for this info, and BTW, I am assuming when chewing gum is mentioned, it is assumed that the person has amalgam fillings. Chewing gum is very good for brain activity and helps us keep more alert. It also keeps saliva active in the mouth. I had my amalgam fillings removed.

    Love, Mikie
  3. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Yes, Mikie, I forgot that some folks, esp. the younger ones, don't have any amalgam in their mouths! Chewing gum is only bad if you have amalgams like I do.

    Betsy - a conventional Endocrinologist did nothing for me but waste my time and give me the wrong stuff and delay my treatment for 4 yrs. by convincing me (temporarily) that adrenal fatigue is bunk. I wish I had never seen her, and she was voted one of the best doctors in Florida!
    Most of the time, you need a holistic doctor to get proper treatment of this. He/she does not need to be a specialist.

  4. lynnkat

    lynnkat New Member

    Klutzo--I thanked you on my post that you so graciously answered but wanted to make sure you saw it so here it is again---THANKS!
  5. DonnaG

    DonnaG New Member

    Klutzo you said something about the best Dr. in FLorida, I didn't realize you are from here. Whereabouts and what Dr. do you see? I HAD a ral good one and she decided to go do the Drs. without Boarders program and I had to find another one.Of which I like,(he has a nice bedside manner) but he really isn't interested in finding a "cure" per say, he just really keeps filling my scripts, and does my blood work to make sure nothing is hurting my organs.
    Thanks in advance,
  6. sofy

    sofy New Member

    Thank you so much for listing the importat factors. For those of us who have trouble taking in info and than not being able to do much of anything with it afterwords this thumbnail sketch of the important factors is more than helpful. I will take it to my holistic endo guy next visit. He still thinks I just have to heal spiritually but the therapist he sent me to want to know what she can do for me. Im a ping pong ball.
  7. klutzo

    klutzo New Member

    Donna - I live in Clearwater and am presently seeing a holistic doctor in Brandon, Dr. Erica Bradshaw of Wellness Works. People come from all over the state to that clinic. It takes a whole day without pay for my husband to take me over there and back. It is exhausting. I am going to try Dr. John DeCosma in Pinellas Park, on the recommendation of a friend of mine. I have a PCP who fills my scripts, but that is all she's good for.

    Betsy - Look in your Yellow Pages under "holistic". If nobody is there, you can go to the website for Great Smokies Laboratory and send them an e-mail requesting a list of the doctors in your area that use them. They do most of the alternative lab testing in the east. If you live in the West, contact Diagnos-Techs, Inc. in Tukwila, Washington.
    Also, you can put "holistic doctors" into a search engine and get one of their associations. You can go to the website and request a listing of members. Some of them charge a small fee and send you a big book,divided by specialties.
    Here are some hints to websites to find physicians who treat endocrine problems holistically.....the brodabarnes organization, and the American College for the Advancement in Medicine organization (they go by their initials).

    Sofy - I am glad you have found a good doctor. I think the idea that you must heal spiritually is true for ALL of us, and I hate to see it used as a cop-out for not doing physical treatment....just my opinion. I am esp. prickly about this, since my religion teaches that all illness is spiritual in basis, and I don't agree with that.

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  8. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    Check out the website for Herndon Family Medicine. The first doc mentioned may be able to help you. I've switched to that practice and so has my mom and we have had very good results. I haven't seen him, but he does sound like a possibility.

    I know there was a holistic practitioner in the same complex, but I'll have to look through my files to find out his name. I'll do that after my nap. My bed is calling my name!!

  9. teach6

    teach6 New Member

    I see Dr. P. who left my previous practice (and had been the only good doc in that one), so I finally followed after the others proved they had no clue about what was wron gwith me and really didn't weant to hear from me when I tried to give them info. He is nationally known.

    As for the other doc (initials SS), I would suggest that you call his office and ask about the testing. When my retirement attorney sent me to see Paul H. Levine, who is a doc who has done research on CFS since 1986, he asked me if SS had done any viral testing.

    They know each other and I believe that Levine has served as a bit of a mentor to SS. Anyway, they are both associate profs at GWU. I know they were going to discuss my case and I'll be putting that on my list of things to ask about at my appointment this week.