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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and Other Waste-Basket Diagnoses

Many people who suffer chronic pain and fatigue find little to no relief from conventional medicine. At best, they are given what we refer to as a “waste-basket diagnosis,” such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, or depression. Worse yet, the doctor runs numerous tests and explains that all the results came back normal — the implication being that the symptoms are all in the patient’s head.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The problem with these waste-basket diagnoses is that they are unscientific. Conventional medicine has no test for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or depression. Doctors arrive at these diagnoses in one of two ways:

  • They look at a cluster of symptoms and assign it a label. If the patient complains primarily of pain, he or she is likely to be diagnosed as having fibromyalgia. If fatigue is the primary complaint, the patient is diagnosed as having chronic fatigue syndrome. If the symptoms are mood-related, the patient is diagnosed as suffering from depression.
  • They rule out other possible diagnoses and choose from among the remaining waste-basket diagnoses. For example, they may test for common infections, run an electrocardiogram, test blood sugar and iron levels, and when all the tests come back negative, conclude that the patient must have chronic fatigue syndrome or depression.

Comparing Symptoms

Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and depression have common symptoms, including the following: continue reading

Depression and Mold

Understanding the Link Between Depression and Mold

Living and working in Tampa, Florida, as we do, we witness on a weekly basis at least one patient who displays signs of mold sickness and depression. We can put much of the blame for this malady on water-damaged buildings, which are found in abundance in our humid, damp, tropical southern climate.

Depression and Mold

Because of these climate-specific surroundings, we almost always ask our patients about their living and working environment, because we are strong believers in the notion that there isa direct link between water-damaged buildings that can cause mold sickness and associated depression.

Mold-related Signs of Depression

Some signs of depression — no matter the cause — often include the following: continue reading

Florida Conference Focuses on Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

“Mold Sickness” is an immunologic disease that is brought about by exposure to the interior environment of a water-damaged building that becomes a haven for toxic microbes and harmful chemicals. These “dangerous buildings” promote the growth of bacteria, microbes, fragments of microbes, and fungi, and residents or people working in these buildings who are harmed by these conditions often suffer a systemic inflammatory response syndrome known as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Physicians, researchers, medical providers and indoor environmental experts have been studying CIRS for years, and much progress has been made. And late last month, during a four-day conference convened in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., current breakthroughs and updates about the mold epidemic facing this country were presented.

Meeting of the Minds

Called Meeting of the Minds, the conference was attended by BioDesign Wellness Center’s own functionally medicine-trained Dr. Matt Lewis, DC, DACBN, CFMP®; and BioDesign medical director Dr. Winston Cope, M.D. During the conference, Dr. Lewis passed his certification test for the Shoemaker Protocol and is currently completing that certification. The protocol features the most recent advances in the understanding and treatment of CIRS.

One of the more dismaying effects of this debilitating condition are the number of symptoms that can arise as a result of the sufferer residing or working in a water-damaged building. According to Dr. Richie Shoemaker of the Center for continue reading

10 Do’s & Don’ts When Choosing a Mold Remediation Inspection in Tampa

If you visit our functional medicine office in Tampa and we determine you might have a health issue related to exposure to mold, we believe a physical checkup of your residence and/or workplace is every bit as important as the medical checkup and treatment you sought through us in the first place.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a report claiming 50 percent of all buildings in the United States are water damaged. And here in Tampa, we believe that percentage to be much higher. We also believe that finding a professional to conduct a home or office mold inspection should be taken as seriously as it was for you to discover that BioDesign Wellness Center had the expertise and track record to help you regain your health through the proper treatment of mold-related disorders.

Worker replaces ceiling panel during mold inspection

Unfortunately, we have seen too many patients ignore our advice about a home or workplace “mold checkup” and, as a result, their mold issue remains unresolved. By taking such inspections as seriously as you would your treatment, you will go a long way toward securing the clinical results you desire.

The Mold-Genetics Connection

A quarter of the population possesses genetics that don’t allow their bodies to fight certain mold toxins and other biotoxins that are often present in a water-damaged home or office. For these patients, making certain that the environments they live and work in are safe is an continue reading

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