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CFS/FMS Solutions
Food allergies and sensitivities
with Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.


Dear Dr. T,
How effective is food sensitivity testing and a rotation diet for those with CFS/FMS? I just read how Yvonne Keeny eliminated her fibromyalgia in 6 weeks from a rotation diet and supplements. Here is her story. Is this something you use frequently in your practice? If not, why not? Thank you!!

Dr. Teitelbaum’s response:
Food allergies are a significant issue in CFS/Fibromyalgia and in many other illnesses. This is discussed in my newest edition of From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Oct 2007, Penguin/Avery). In fact, we find this issue to be so important that our foundation funded a study using a special allergy elimination and testing technique (see which uses a specialized form of acupressure and muscle testing to find and eliminate allergies.

In the study 30 autistic children were treated with the NAET. By the end of a year of weekly treatments, 23/30 autistic children were back in regular schools (vs 0/30 in the untreated control group). I have also seen CFS and Fibromyalgia go away with NAET. It takes 25-50 simple once a week treatments. I got interested in it when a single 20 minute treatment eliminated my life long hay fever and I have discussed this issue on Oprah and Friends with Dr Oz, CNN and many other national shows as well—so the info is getting out there.

Unfortunately, food allergy blood testing is horribly unreliable. One study showed that if 1 drew 3 tubes of blood from you and sent them to any single lab(except one which is now closed) labeled with different names, each would come back saying you were allergic to 30-50 foods—but which foods would vary dramatically from tube to tube (all drawn from the same person)! I tease doctors that if they going to do food allergy blood testing, don’t bother drawing the blood. Just take any result from the lab and write your patient’s name on it. Even with a random result though, you may get lucky and have the offending foods show up.

So how do I approach food allergies? I find that when I treat the low adrenal and bowel yeast and other infections many of the food allergies go away. If symptoms persist despite going through my treatment protocol, or earlier if symptoms and a total IgE blood level suggests a high allergy load, I recommend the person begin NAET and perhaps an allergy elimination diet.

Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.
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Dr. Teitelbaum's SHINE Approach to CFS/FM Treatment
In his 30 years of clinical experience, and in his landmark study on Effective Treatment of CFS/FM, Dr Teitelbaum has found that his SHINE approach to treating CFS/FM is successful in the vast majority of patients.

SHINE represents four areas of health issues that need to be addressed when creating a treatment program. These health issues and their roles in treating CFS/FM are as follows:

S = SLEEP: Get adequate sleep, preferably eight to nine hours a night. Sleep replenishes the body's energy and heals its muscles. Inadequate sleep will leave you exhausted and in pain.

H = HORMONES: Get tested for hormone deficiency and treated if needed. Hormone deficiencies can contribute to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

I = INFECTIONS: Get treatment when symptoms of infections occur. The lack of restorative sleep in CFS/FM leads to dysfunctional immune systems. Underlying viral, bacterial, bowel, sinus and yeast infections are common and can be a contributing cause or result of CFS/FM.

N = NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: Optimal nutritional supplementation is essential. Many nutrients can be depleted as a result of CFS/FM. B-12, magnesium, Acetyl L Carnitine and glutathione, as well as your basic A, B, C and D vitamins need to be supplemented at a level that your average over the counter multivitamin cannot provide.

E = EXERCISE: Exercise as able. After 10 weeks on the 4 steps above, you will be able to slowly increase your exercise—without being wiped out the next day!

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