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Positive IgG
with Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.


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Dear Dr. T,
Can you explain to me what positive IgG means in a blood test? I was tested for food allergies and came up IgG positive to every food except meat, citrus, rice and potatoes. I tried an elimination diet and found it impossible to stick to. I read on your site that you said to ignore IgG readings in blood tests – does this mean these are not significant?

I am suffering from numerous unexplained symptoms and am starting to wonder if I have a mild case of chronic fatigue. I was diagnosed with gastroparesis earlier this year and my stomach was my main problem but I also suffer from fatigue, unexplained illness and feeling feverish, achy muscles all through my back (no joint pain), inability to exercise without feeling drained for days afterwards, heat intolerance and intolerance to sun exposure (makes me feel very sick), extreme motion sickness and I catch every single cold and virus going around. I don’t know if I have some unexplained autoimmune condition or possibly CFS? Thank you so much if you are able to respond. I feel like I am going crazy not knowing what is going on in my body.


Dr. Teitelbaum’s response:
A positive IgG means that you had that infection sometime in the past when checking for infection. When checking for food I don’t think it means much of anything, and food allergy blood tests are largely unreliable. I recommend instead using an acupressure technique to test for and eliminate food allergies. This technique is called NAET and information and a practitioner near you can be found at NAET.com. To give you an idea, this eliminated my lifelong hay fever in 20 minutes.

This certainly sounds like you have a chronic fatigue syndrome related process, especially if you also have difficulty sleeping. The blood tests are simply not reliable for diagnosing hypothyroidism in this condition (and I believe in general). I recommend that you see a physician at the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. They have clinics throughout the US and see patients from all over the world (FibroAndFatigue.com).

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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