I think Dr. Teitelbaum does mean well. I agree Danny - he comes across as very warm and caring in person - he seems like a great guy. The fact that he's such a salesman as well shouldn't detract much from that. (His sales proclivities make him almost a picture of derision at times - that's just the way he is).
He seems to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of ME/CFS, though. He also has this computer program which is relatively inexpensive which anyone can use to get a treatment plan.
I think we just bump up against the wall with him the same we do with virtually everyone: they just don't know enough yet. I'll bet he helps alot of people to some degree.
It's unfortunate that this scatter shot approach to ME/CFS; testing everything and then adding on mounds and mounds of supplements - is so darn expensive.
I have a poor opinion of Dr. "T" - the smug abbreviation alone is infruriating.
I met Dr. "T" on my 35th birthday. Yes, he was warm, affable and willing to chat with anyone afterwards. I had suffered with CFS for about 6 months at that point and was really freaked out by the prospect of living with it for the rest of my life. When I began pushing Dr. "T" on specifics regarding cure rates, he told me in front of 2 other people that my problem was that I was very "driven". I basically told him "You're Goddamn right, I'm driven. Six months ago I was in a boxing ring and now I can barely get out of bed in the morning. I need some hard data." Basically, he blamed my personality for CFS (more than once in a very embarrassing/borderline accusatory manner) and encouraged me to continue the FFC route, which ultimately drained thousands upon thousands out of my bank account, and did nothing to for my condition. In fact, My FFC physician ended up leaving FFC, privately confiding in me that he "couldn't emotionally watch people not get better any longer."
I don't think the title of Teitelbaum's book can be justified by clever Marketing. I think it is willfull deception at the expense of desperate people, and he knows perfectly well what he is doing. I can remember the excitement I found when finding it and reading the first few pages. Finally an end to this nightmare, I thought. Just a series of disappointments I would later find.
Dr. "T" is a marketing machine, and his potential market is expanded to every person who feels a little run down living the natural rigors of life, which is the entire population. That's why he drops "Syndrome" from CFS. He knows there is a serious condition, that is characterized by severe illness, and he has no problem exploiting it for all its worth. Rather than admit his gross limitations, he spits out an encyclopedia of herbs in a Rain Main sort of delivery, which dazzles the masses, and leaves the sick falsely optimistic.
Dr "T" needs to put up or shut up. Cart out those you have cured, or sit back down and change the title of your book to "From Fatigued to Functional in an extreme minority of cases at a prohibitively expensive pricetag"