by Mark Collins, Staff Reporter
4 December, 2010
Noted author, lecturer, and physician Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker delivered the latest lecture in the Hopkinton Drug Lecture Series last Wednesday December 1st at the Hopkinton Senior Center. Dr. Shoemaker’s topic for the evening was the cause, detection, and treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and other medical conditions related to exposure to common biotoxins like mold.
Shoemaker started the nearly hour long lecture on a cautionary note. He said many sufferers of CFS and Fibromyalgia fall into a too common regiment of standardized treatment that does not address the condition; they simply treat the symptoms. Anti-depressants are prescribed and the patient is told to exercise more and lose weight. Shoemaker’s response to this treatment method is “stop guessing”.
Mixing country humor with his presentation, Shoemaker explained that the treatment roadmap he advocates should seek to establish objective parameters as the first diagnostic step. Get a complete blood test from a reliable source first, and then consider the symptoms in the context of the blood test results.
“I want you to know that what I see about symptoms in illnesses like these is that there are a lot of them” said Shoemaker, “and not a single one is diagnostic in itself. We look at groups and clusters of symptoms”.