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Effective CFS/Fibromyalgia Therapies: A Clinically Focused Workshop on Pain & Fatigue

  [ 75 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ] • October 7, 2004

When: Thursday, October 7, 2004
Where: Luther's Blues, 1401 University Avenue, Madison, WI
Who: Ritchie C. Shoemaker, M.D.: "The Physiology and Neurotoxicology of Chronic Fatigue: From fungi, ticks and dinoflagellates to toxins, cytokines, genetics and hypothalamic hormone dysregulation." Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.: "Effective CFS/Fibromyalgia Therapies - How to Get Well NOW." Karen Vrchota, M.D.: "Practical Applications of an Integrative Treatment Protocol for CFIDS/FMS." Check in at 8:30 am.
Medical practitioners and students workshop schedule:
9-10:45 am: Dr. Vrchota
11-12:45 pm: Dr. Shoemaker
2-3:30 pm: Dr. Teitelbaum
Patients and family seminar schedule:
9-10:45 am: Dr. Shoemaker
11-12:45 pm: Dr. Teitelbaum
2-3:30 pm: Dr. Vrchota 12:45-2 pm lunch and VCS session (with Dr. Shoemaker) 4-5:30 pm: Q & A
Medical workshop objectives:
--To provide an intensive clinical session on an effective and comprehensive evaluation and treatment strategy for CFS and FM. --To teach methods and supply tools for effective patient management within the short amount of time available in a clinical setting.
Patient seminar objectives:
--To teach patients about the causes of and proven effective treatments for CFS and FM. --To provide information that will enable patients to make informed choices regarding their healthcare.
The following topics will be covered:
History of CFS and FM, symptoms often seen in these syndromes, diagnostic criteria, a working model, hypothalamic dysfunction, studies on effective treatment using a comprehensive approach, triggers for the syndromes - sudden and gradual onset, common underlying causes and perpetuating factors that need to be treated (nutritional deficiencies, hormonal deficiencies - despite normal blood tests), disordered sleep, the importance of Visual Contrast Sensitivity (VCS) testing and its role in chronic fatiguing illnesses, opportunistic infections and immune dysfunction, possible genetic associations with immune response genes, how to effectively assess the patients, tools to dramatically decrease the amount of time needed to effectively treat people, including questionnaires, handouts, and treatment checklists. Pre-registration encouraged because of limited space.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, call (608) 834-1001 or email:

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