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The other day, a middle-aged woman who was seeing me for general fatigue and insomnia complaints, noted that she had been recently diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). This was now her identity. She had a "disease" and her "treatment" was a series of pharmaceutical drugs that aren't specifically made to "cure" or even treat CFS. The treatment protocol isn't specific either; some Doctors prescribe antibiotics, some suggest antidepressants, some say anti-anxiety meds, and some use anti-inflammatory drugs or blood-pressure meds.
I'm not saying that people shouldn't take medications they've been prescribed. But they will NEVER cure this or any other autoimmune disease. Here's a list of common autoimmune "diseases" with the percentage of increase of that disease since 2000 and the percentage of everyone with the disease that is female.

                                              Autoimmune Diseases
Disease———————increase in 10 years————————percent women
Lupus——————————30%——————————————-90%
Multiple Sclerosis—————-40%——————————————-75%
Sjogren’s Syndrome————-40%——————————————-90%
Rheumatoid Arthritis————50%——————————————-75%
Fibromyalgia——————-800%——————————————-90%
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome—1000%——————————————-90%

Look at these numbers!!! The numbers shown an overwhelming majority of women make up these diseases. Thousands of pages on the internet say the same thing; it's an autoimmune disease that is from someone's immune system being compromised. The immune systems are weak and susceptible. And billions of dollars are being spent trying to find the "magic pill" that reduces or takes away the symptoms but no company is trying to figure out what's causing all of these increases. Most of those diseases are only diagnosed if a number of different symptoms come together. It's often not "scientific" at all and a person could go to one Doctor and get the diagnosis while another one would tell her she doesn't have it. No one is lying here; it's just that the diagnosis of all of these "diseases" can be so subjective and arbitrary.  

More and more studies show that the systemic part of the diagnosis is the most important. You have to fix the system that is compromised. Which one is compromising the immune system? That could be the Adrenal-Hormone, the Gastrointestinal and/or the Liver-Detoxification Systems. Exhausted Adrenals, Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut), Toxic Livers from medications, environmental toxins and lifestyles can all be a part of it.

There are so many environmental and dietary toxins already but if you add synthetic hormones, birth-control pills, cosmetics and beauty products in, you've got a lot more specific to woman. Why aren't women demanding answers? Why aren't they angry that something like this could get so out of control? Why aren't people with these diseases being told to detox, change their diets, check their GI tracts? Unfortunately in the age of specialists, most Western medicine doesn't look at the entire system, just one thing at a time and then refers them out for someone else to look at a different one. Don't put up with it. You shouldn't stop what you're doing but you can add other things on until maybe you no longer need those previous suggestions. Take charge of it because no one else will.
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      Mzd3 wrote Aug 1, 2011
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      Vikki Hall wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • Dr M that is what I love about this site. It has opened my eyes to so many things I didn’t know that I didn’t know.

      I have felt better prepared going to the Dr office now because of the info I receive here. And even if it doesn’t apply at the time it at least lets my Dr know that I am questioning things pertaining to MY health.

      And really WHY are we demanding answers?



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      Mztracy wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • MS is more like 85% Women in comparison to men.

      I have PPMS dx in 1997 UCLA docs feel it has been with me since 1986.  

      I was on no medications for the first 3 mos and almost committed suicide due to the depression. I take an AD which keeps me from wanting to slit my wrists. I also take, when needed, pain meds due to degenerative disc disorder, cramping, shaking, etc. W/O these my life would be much worse.

      I tried the all natural routes and nothing helped.

      I detox and do a paleo diet specifically designed for MS. It helps me feel better mentally, less headaches, etc but will not change my MS.  

      MS is tough as no one really understand why we even get this disease. I’m the first ever in my family 6 gens back.  

      All things depend on the person who has the issue. I will try anything I first research. I have turned down more meds than my neuro would like, but it is MY life!

      My next step is Tysabri. I now people on it that have gotten 20 - 30 percent movement/strength back.  

      I do agree that WE need to do what is right for ourselves! 99 percent of the time I do not listen to my doctors until I research it myself.



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      Mztracy wrote Aug 1, 2011
    • No one is lying here; it's just that the diagnosis of all of these "diseases" can be so subjective and arbitrary.  

      For 11 years I waited for a dx of what was wrong. When my legs stopped working the tests were finally done. MRI, evoked potentials, spinal tap.  

      They never did these tests earlier as they saw me as a healthy women. I was 6’ tall, thin, worked full time, went to college, so they dx‘ed me with CFS. Then I was told I had bad ankles, knees, why I kept falling. It was a joke.

      For me the MS came out of nowhere!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • Waving my hand here, Dr Madden. I live with environmental toxin poisoning. I can’t tell every one to stop driving, stop wearing perfume, stop using fake scents in their personal hygiene and laundry products because their being around me makes me ill and could be compromising their own health.  

      Why aren’t I angier? Because there’s nothing I can do about it except protect my precarious grip on life.  

      Cathie



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • Cathie,
      You‘re right, you ARE bombarded daily with other people’s and place’s poisons and sometimes you can’t do much about it. But you CAN strengthen your immune system and clean out your liver/detox system to maximize your body’s ability to dilute and eliminate those toxins.



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      Gardenchic wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • wow, that is indeed interesting!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • Thank you for your response, Dr. Madden.  

      Yes, I can do temporary detoxing, but it’s not cheap and it’s not a cure. But as you’ve said, there isn’t a real cure once it’s a health problem with our auto immune system. Awareness of this subject can help and educate women to be more protective of their health Before toxins affect them and that is why I so appreciate this blog.  ;oD  

      Cathie



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • Cathie,
      Have you ever been checked for heavy metals? Not with a blood test but with a urine test after oral chelation? Also potentially an issue, “Leaky Gut” is what it was referred to a long time ago but now it’s called something much more anatomically correct, “Intestinal Permeability“. That condition can contribute to ongoing issues with toxicity. And it’s a condition that can be significantly improved in many cases.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 2, 2011
    • Cathie,
      There’s a strong research connection with CFS/Fibromyalgia with the presence of Candida and a D-Ribose deficiency. There are many tests that check for Candida but if someone has chronic sinusitis or spastic colon, it can indicate the need to treat Candida even without a test. With D-Ribose deficiencies, you can usually find out whether or not supplementation can be effective after just taking it for a month. Studies show a decrease in pain and an increase in energy, sleep and mental clarity if the D-Ribose increase was necessary.



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      Cathie Beck wrote Aug 3, 2011
    • Dr Madden, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your feedback.  

      My doctor didn’t feel heavy metals was the source of my health degeneration after I gave her a history of the progression of my degeneration, and I don’t have spastic colon or a few of the other gruesome symptoms that might indicate Candida, so we skipped testing on that too. Every thing is pointing to the loss of ability to survive environmental toxins.  

      I don’t know what D-Ribose is. I was on Vit D 3 for about a year and that helped me a lot.

      Cathie



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 3, 2011
    • So many chronically ill patients have Candida issues but don’t know it. Major causes of Candida are antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, poor diet, radiation, chemotherapy, heavy metals, alcohol and recreational drug overuse and stress. Most women fit into those categories.I believe that every autoimmune patient should do some work in this area. Candida can be one of the main causes of intestinal permeability which is very involved in autoimmune diseases. “The Candida Cure” by Ann Boroch CNC is an excellent source of information about this huge problem.
      D-Ribose is an extremely important part of energy production, especially in chronically fatigued people. Just adding Ribose in alone to diets, has been shown to considerably improve symptoms.



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      Cathie Beck wrote Aug 3, 2011
    • Hi Dr Madden,

      WOW... the Candida issue is pretty serious, and I mean more serious than we women will usually think about. So many of us have gone through at least one of underlying causes of it, without the alcohol and recreational drug use so many of us don’t have a history of. It’s usually associated with sexual contacts and if we only have one partner we don’t think we have a reason to worry about it  

      I love being informed and thanks, but what is the Ribose? My old computer will not do a search. I’m lucky to be here on this old, outdated software computer. ;oD  

      Cathie



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Aug 3, 2011
    • There are numerous medical studies showing how D-Ribose can help in certain cardiac conditions as well as helping with musculoskeletal and energy problems. Certain products are very effective if they are made with good quality ingredients. Products that are sold to the general public can sometimes be effective but are often much more generic and even diluted a bit so as to not hurt or injure anyone. The higher-end versions that are only distributed to healthcare practitioners are safer and usually more effective but anyone with Diabetes, Gout or that’s pregnant should first consult their physician before trying these. They‘re also typically going to be a little higher priced because of the better quality ingredients.
      And ANY kind of healthcare practitioner who tries to get the patient to change the lifestyle that got them ill in the first place is the right kind of person to be involved with your precious health. Otherwise, they‘re just a different kind of symptom-fixer.
      If you have any individual questions about how or where to get the D-Ribose contact me at [Link Removed]


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      Marya1961 wrote Aug 7, 2011
    • Very good info..and I will definitely investigate this further.heart



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