Irish doctor says chronic fatigue syndrome can be cured
An Irish doctor has come up with a successful treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) with an eye to eventually finding a cure for the condition that some doctors believe can be treated with anti-depressants.
Dr. Derek Enlander, born in Belfast and a resident of the U.S. since 1966, told the Irish Voice on Monday he is extremely concerned about the attitude many doctors have towards CFS, otherwise known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and sometimes referred to as the invisible disease.
“This is a very sad disease that is not recognized and treated,” said Enlander, who practices internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and serves as president of the Israel Medical Research Foundation.
Enlander, through his website, www.enlander.com, describes CFS as “a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity.”
Enlander said there is little recognition for the syndrome here in the U.S., and far less in Ireland.
“No one is treating this disease in Ireland,” he said.
“They (doctors) are saying basically that people are depressed and they imagine they are sick.”
Enlander, who graduated medical school at the age of 17, was offered a fellowship to Stanford University Medical School and came originally to the U.S. for one year. Stanford extended the fellowship for four years.
He came to New York as assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, and then associate director of nuclear medicine at New York University.
Due to popular demand, Enlander, who still holds British and Irish medical licenses, goes back to Northern Ireland at least once a year to see patients.
It was during a trip home several years ago that his interest in CFS developed.
Enlander, physician in waiting to the British royal family and to several members of the British government during their visits to New York, was asked by a childhood friend to help him deal with the then virtually unknown condition CFS. The disease had caused his friend to curtail his lucrative real estate practice.
Enlander’s interest was piqued at his friend’s unknown condition, and from there he took it upon himself to seek out the best possible answer and treatment for the disease.
The more he researched this illness, the more interested he became in it.
“I was completely intrigued by this illness due to its highly unusual effects on patients, its lack of consistency and seemingly affecting so many aspects of the body, and the lack of objective testing evidence when clearly these patients were so very ill,” said the doctor.
Now, 15 years later, Enlander is making a name for himself throughout the world for the research he has completed and treatments he has made available for patients suffering from CFS.
Enlander initially designed an injection that he has been treating patients with, and more recently he began supplementing the injection with a substance called immunoprop, an immune system adjuvant.
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