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Jacob E Teitelbaum, MD

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and Medical Director of the national Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers and Chronicity. He is author of the popular free iPhone application "Cures A-Z," and author of the best-selling books

Dr. Teitelbaum knows CFS/fibromyalgia as an insider — he contracted CFS when he was in medical school and had to drop out for a year to recover. In the ensuing 25 years, he has dedicated his career to finding effective treatments.


About 2.4 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and more are being diagnosed every day. Among people 65 and older, the rate of Alzheimer’s has gone up tenfold in the past few decades—and 24-fold among those under 65!

But here’s an even more disturbing fact. According to a new study, most people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s don’t even have it! Instead, they have other problems that were missed—and could have been treated if simply looked...

Pelvic pain is common in the public in general, but especially common in those with CFS and fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, many patients are embarrassed to bring these up at their doctor visits and even when they do, physicians are often unfamiliar with these problems. In this article, we’ll focus on prostatitis and prostadynia.

STAY FREE OF ALLERGIES FOR LIFE! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read those words. They were my introduction to Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques, or “NAET” — a dramatic new treatment for the cure of allergies (and sensitivities).

I am one of the 35 million Americans who know they have allergies and who want and pray for relief. The discovery of NAET treatment came as incredible, welcomed news. For the 50 percent of Americans (128 million people)...

Inflammatory bowel disease, most commonly manifesting as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, affects approximately 1 million Americans. It is one of over a hundred autoimmune Illnesses, in which the body’s defense forces (immune system) mistakenly attacks the body—in this case the small or large intestines.

Although standard medical therapies consist largely of steroids (prednisone), immune suppressants and modifiers (e.g., Remicade), salicylates (Asacol—a good...

I consider the benefits of most medications used to lower cholesterol (called “statin medications”) to be modest at best in those without known heart disease (called “primary prevention”). These medications lower heart attack death risk by less than two percent. To put this in perspective, having optimal thyroid levels, even when normal, is associated with a 69 percent lower risk of heart attack death. Even owning a cat is associated with a 30 percent lower risk. Despite these...

A recent British Medical Journal (BMJ) review1 of studies including over 100,000 patients showed that arthritis medications called NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) dramatically increased heart attack death risk. Now another study, called the INVEST study,2 with over 22,000 patients has confirmed this problem.

The good news? Natural herbal remedies can be far more effective than medications—without the safety risks and...

The Cochrane Library is a widely respected scientific organization that analyzes previous studies (a so-called meta-analysis) on a topic and reaches “evidence-based” conclusions about what’s likely to work and not work in medical practice. In May 2012, they published a meta-analysis that looked at seven studies on salt and health involving more than 6,000 people. Their conclusion? “We didn’t see big benefits” from salt restriction, said the lead author of the study,...

I’m being sarcastic, right? The official health wisdom — the wisdom everybody knows is right (because all the top health officials repeat it over and over again) — is that if you “restrict” the salt in your diet, you’ll live longer.

That’s because (once again, according to those official pronouncements) your blood pressure will be lower, putting you at less risk for a heart attack or stroke, the #1 and #3 causes of death in the U.S.

There’s only one...

“TOP 5 Commandments” For Holiday Eating

I. Enjoy yourself! Holidays are meant for fun and celebration.

II. No guilt! I guarantee you that feeling guilty will not leave you eating less or being healthier. It will simply keep you from enjoying what you do eat.

III. Use smaller plates. Smaller plates translate to smaller servings—and still give pretty much the same satisfaction when you’ve cleaned off your plate. Just give yourself this simple...

Some of you are finding that despite proper eating and exercise you simply cannot lose the extra weight.

Our research has shown there are a number of metabolic processes contributing to this and when you treat them, the weight will often begin to disappear. This is discussed at length in my book From Fatigued to Fantastic! which teaches people how to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and goes into great detail about how to effectively treat the problems...

Do you have times where it’s like a light switch goes off, and your friends know they have three minutes to feed you or you will kill them? Do you crave sugar? These are symptoms suggesting that your body’s adrenal gland stress handling system is getting exhausted. Here’s how you can support your adrenal “stress handler,” so you can feel better.

Type 1 Sugar Addiction

To beat sugar addiction, first you’ll need to figure out what type of sugar addict you are. Let’s begin with Type 1:

Exhausted and hooked on “Loan Shark” energy drinks
( full of caffeine and sugar)

Many of you are simply exhausted by the pace of modern life, and have found that sugar and caffeine give you a quick energy boost. What you’ve likely missed is these are also “energy loan sharks,”...

Having had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FMS), with the medical system having no idea how to help, I understand what you are going through. I also know you can get well!

I came down with what I call the “Drop Dead Flu” in 1975 while in medical school, which triggered my CFS/FMS. As I was working to pay my own way through school, the illness left me homeless and sleeping in parks in Oklahoma. It is exciting, though, to see how life magically brings us...

Are you a sugar addict? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. Food processors add 140 to 150 pounds of sugar per person to our diets each year. Another 18 percent of our calories come from white flour (which acts a lot like sugar in our bodies). Itfs not surprising that we have become a nation of sugar addicts. Like many other addictive substances, sugar may leave you feeling a bit better for a few hours, but then wreaks havoc on your body.

The truth? Do the things that feel good, and you may live longer!

When making the choices needed to optimize health, it is critical to have accurate information. Otherwise, our diet and lifestyle sacrifices, for which we sometimes give up things we enjoy, may kill us instead of helping.

Because of this, I would like to look at common, and simply wrong, medical myths about things we avoid for our health, and then let’s look at what the science really shows. Along the...

If you’re received a serious medical diagnosis, you should consider seeing another physician for a second opinion. Not because you shouldn’t trust your first doctor, but because you need to become as informed on your illness as possible and different points of view can help you in considering your options for treatment.

The following are seven considerations you should always keep in mind when getting a second medical opinion:

Have chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or even sinusitis or spastic colon? You probably have overgrowth of yeast or Candida. Though poorly understood by most physicians, treating this underlying infection can have profound health benefits!

There are no definitive tests for yeast overgrowth that will distinguish yeast overgrowth from normal yeast growth in the body. However, if you have ANY of the following conditions you should be treated with anti-fungals:

Pelvic pain is common in the public in general, but especially common in those with CFS and fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, many patients are embarrassed to bring these up at their doctor visits and even when they do, physicians are often unfamiliar with these problems.

In this article, we’ll focus on prostatitis and prostadynia.

Prostatitis and Prostadynia
Even in the absence of a full blown attack of prostatitis, which is usually not subtle and is...

In the November Total Health Online I talked about how to beat sugar addiction. I summarized the four types of sugar addicts and discussed the importance of identifying which type you are before beginning a treatment program, so that the approach addresses the specific addiction type. (This is the subject of my new book, Beat Sugar Addiction Now.) I also covered the Type 1 addict, “Exhausted and hooked on Loan Shark energy drinks.” Today I’ll talk about Type 2.