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                           CFS Treatments

This is a tentative FAQ for CFS treatments.  A fuller document is being 

   Treatments for CFS can be found in the following books:

"The Doctor's Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" by David S. Bell, MD.
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.

"Living With M.E.: the Chronic/Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome", new
edition for 1992, by Dr. Charles Shepherd, MD.

"Running On Empty: Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome"
by Katrina Berne, Ph.D.; 1992; 320 pages; softcover $13.95, hardcover
$21.95, add shipping cost: $2 USA, $3 Canada; make check payable to
Hunter House Inc., 2200 Central Ave., Alameda, CA 94501-4451, USA; or
use VISA or M/C; tel. 1-510-865-5282, fax 1-510-865-4295.

           References for diagnosis and treatment of CFS

   Conservative approaches

"Management of a Patient with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" by Nelson Gantz;
appears as Chapter 14 in the book "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" edited by
David Dawson and Thomas Sabin, 1993, Little, Brown & Co.

"Treatment of the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Review and Practical
Edith Blonde-Hill and Stephen D. Shafran, Drugs 46(4):639-651, October

"Psychotropic Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Related
Disorders", PJ Goodnick and R Sandoval; J Clin Psychiatry 54(1):13-20
January 1993

   Moderate/aggressive approaches

[The following are available by mail order from the CFIDS Association of
America, Inc., PO Box 220398, Charlotte, NC 28222-0398 USA.  Several of
these are also available on Internet by e-mail retrieval; see

"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a Real Disease", Charles Lapp; North
Family Physician, Winter 1992. $3.00

Series of articles in Sept. '92 "Diagnosis" edition of CFIDS Chronicle,
Drs. Bell, Calabrese et al., Cheney and Lapp, Jay Goldstein, Hickie and
Wakefield, Klimas, and other useful letters and reports.  $8.00

Series of articles in Fall 1993 "Treatment" edition of CFIDS Chronicle,
Drs. Cheney and Lapp, Dimitri Viza and Giancarlo Pizza, Perry Orens,
Edward Conley DO, Burke Cunha, James McCoy, Jay Goldstein and others.

Book, "Living With M.E.", Dr. Charles Shepherd, M.D., revised 1993. 


There are a series of medical articles regarding the diagnosis of CFS
are available on the SJUVM File Server.  Article titles and authors,
their filenames, are listed below, followed by instructions on how to
retrieve the files.

 FILENAME               Title of article
 --------           -------------------------------------------

CFSLAPP1 TXT   |    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a real disease.
                        Lapp, CW.  North Carolina Family Physician,
                        Winter 1992.

   Contents:  The CFIDS Chronicle Physicians Forum / CFIDS: The
              Diagnosis of a Distinct Illness.  September 1992.

                 Section I:  Descriptive Articles
CFIDS923 BELL      |    CFS: Recent Advances in Diagnosis and Treatment.
                        Bell DS.
CFIDS923 CALABRE#  |    Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Calabrese L, Danoa T,
                        Camara E, Wilke W.
CFIDS923 CHENEY#   |    The Diagnosis of CFS: An Assertive Approach.
                        Cheney PR, Lapp CW.
CFIDS923 GOLDSTEI  |    The Diagnosis of CFS as a Limbic Encephalopathy.
                        Goldstein JA.
CFIDS923 HICKIE#   |    Diagnosing CFS: Principles and Pitfalls for the
                        Physician, and Researcher.  Hickie I, Wakefield
CFIDS923 KLIMAS    |    Diagnosing CFIDS: An Immunologist's Approach.
                        Klimas NG.

CFIDS923 JONES#    | Section II:  Clinical Comments;
                        by Jones JF, Komaroff AL, Natelson BH, Peterson

                 Section III: Research Articles
CFIDS923 CDC       |    CFS Research at the Centers for Disease Control.
                        CDC CFS Research Group.
CFIDS923 YUNUS     |    CFS and Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Similarities and
                        Differences; Yunus MB
CFIDS923 SANDMAN#  |    Protocol for Cognitive Assessment of CFIDS.
                        Sandman CA, Moore S.
CFIDS923 IGER      |    The MMPI-2 CFS Profile.  Iger LM.
CFIDS923 HERST     |    2'-5' Oligo-Adenylate Synthetase and RNase-L:
                        Key Enzymes in the Antiviral Defense
                        Mechanism.  Herst CV.


The above articles and other files of interest are available from the
SJUVM LISTSERV at St. John's University.  To use the SJUVM file server,
send commands (described as follows) by e-mail to 

To get a list of current files available, send the command GET CFS-FILE
FILELIST to the LISTSERV address above.  To retrieve specific files,
the filenames on the FILELIST and then send the command GET <filename1>
<filename2> to the LISTSERV address (each file has a two-part name). 

If you have any difficulties with these procedures, please contact the

In addition to the articles listed above, there are other files of
interest at a different Listserv.  (In the future, all of these should
consolidated at the SJUVM Listserv.  "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:  A
Pamphlet for Physicians" published by NIH in May 1992, is filename CFS
NIH-DOC ; and also the CFS working case definition by Holmes, et al.
published in Annals of Internal Medicine, March 1988, is filename
CDC-DEFN .  Send GET <filename1> <filename2> to the address
LISTSERV%ALBNYDH2@ALBANY.EDU . Also, those who may want to get more
familiar with LISTSERV and networking may want to retrieve the file
CFS NET-HELP (available at either Listserv).

Thanks to the CFIDS Association and to Molly Holzschlag
for making these materials available in electronic form.

Moderator, CFS-L /

================ From: CFS-L@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU ================

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