Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Laughing and crying, you know it's the same release. Joni Mitchell

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lumper or Splitter: Dr. Natelson to Lecture on CFS

For those in the New England area, Dr. Benjamin Natelson will be speaking about his "splitter" approach to research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome on Sat. April 28 in a lecture co-sponsored by the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME and FM Association. If you're not close by, I will be covering the event for Mass CFIDS and will post my article on their website. I'll be sure to post a link to the article on my blog as well. Let me know if you'll be attending so we can meet face-to-face!

Here is the information from the Mass CFIDS e-newsletter:

  Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association
Education, Support and Advocacy since 1985

 Registration - 12:30 P.M. - 1:00 P.M
Conference - 1:00 P.M. - 3:30 P M.

Keynote speaker: Benjamin H. Natelson, MD
Director, Pain & Fatigue Study Center, Beth Israel Medical Center, NY
Professor of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY
"CFS Diagnosis: Lumper or Splitter"

Dr. Natelson is a neurologist, with a long history of research expertise in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. He is specifically looking at the brain as one of the causes of these illnesses and will challenge the practice of frequently "lumping" these patients into one illness category due to psychological factors. He will present over a decade of research proving that CFS and FM are likely separate and discrete illnesses. In contrast to the "lumpers," he takes the "splitters" approach to identify patient subgroups each with its own discrete cause. Based on studies of the brain, he is working to identify a subgroup of CFS patients with brain dysfunction as the cause of their illness.
Dr. Natelson has recently won a federally funded grant from NIH to move this work ahead. Come hear Dr. Natelson speak about these findings and future plans for collaborative research on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. There will be an expanded Q & A session.

This lecture will NOT be videotaped.

Lecture co-sponsored by the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

Register now at
Become a member! Members enter free! 
$10 donation for non-members requested 

Location: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
U. Mass. Hinton State Laboratory Institute Auditorium
305 South Street, Jamaica Plain/Boston, MA 02130 

Free parking/accessible by MBTA.
For directions visit 
Please have a government issued picture ID for entrance to the building.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Tips and Tricks for the HCG Diet

English: Jadever Body Fat Scale. Old version o...Image via WikipediaToday is my last day of homeopathic hCG drops. The 55ml bottle lasted 38 days. I'll do two days on the VLCD (very low calorie diet) without hCG and then start maintenance. I lost a total of 18.5 pounds in 38 days and went down two jeans sizes. I've gathered some interesting tips and tricks to make the diet easier and more successful. I'm not sure why some of them work (like why you lose more weight eating beef) but I'm passing them along anyway.

  • Have a mentor, support group or buddy who has done this diet before. It's much harder to get through, especially the first time, on your own.
  • Don't eat garbage on the loading days. Stick to healthy fats.
  • Not all hCG is created equal, so use good quality hCG drops. Mine were from Cell Harmonics.
  • Tap the homeopathic hCG bottle on your palm ten times before taking the drops each time to get your essence/energy into the drops. Keep your drops away from cell phones, computers or anything electronic.
  • Take your measurements before starting the diet so  you can track inches as well as pounds.
  • Stay away from mint - even in your toothpaste.
  • Make lemonade with water, a wedge of lemon and stevia to taste. Helps get down all that water - remember you must drink half your weight in ounces of water!
  • Good Earth Original Blend herbal tea is a great treat when you're hungry.
  • Dessert ideas:
    • frozen organic strawberries, water and stevia in a blender - tastes like sorbet!
    • sliced apple, a little water, cinnamon and stevia - cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes - tastes like apple pie. You can also put cooked apple in the blender for some applesauce.
    • Coconut Cocoa tea from The Republic of Tea - use some chocolate flavored stevia and it tastes like a sinful treat!
    • broil half a grapefruit - use stevia to sweeten.
  • Yummy recipes in The Promise of hCG by Dr. Sherrill Sellman and Frankie Boyer. The curried shrimp and the fish stew are both delicious! 
  •  Support your system with a good B-complex, sub-lingual B-12, balanced minerals and adrenal support.
  • Get a good food scale and body scale - weight yourself everyday and weigh your protein before eating.
  • Use only organic foods and grass-fed beef.
  • The juice of one lemon or one lime is allowed per day.
  • Avoid oil, even in your beauty care products, and no massages with oil. A great oil-free moisturizer is called Na-PCA with Aloe. Glycerine based soaps or Ivory soap do not have oil. Use only mineral based cosmetics.
  • Vegetarians can use protein powder as a substitute for the meat. Also eggs (one whole egg plus three egg whites) is a good protein substitute. But omnivores will lose more weight, more quickly than vegetarians.
  • Eating beef every day will increase weight loss!
  • If really hungry: drink cup of vegetable broth; eat some veggies; take 5 extra drops hCG. 
  • A piece of fruit for breakfast and for dessert helps to keep blood sugar levels even throughout the day.
  • Late spring is the best time to lose weight and keep it off.
  • Don't eat shrimp or oranges every day - too much shrimp or oranges can slow down weight loss.
  • Grapefruit every day will increase weight loss
  • For chocolate lovers - phase 3 only: Coco Polo dark chocolate bars sweetened with stevia

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