On this week’s show:
- An interview with Murray Susser on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. As we move into winter and ‘flu’ season I thought it would be worth looking into something that affects peoples’ health but is not well understood: Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is 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. Symptoms affect several body systems and may include weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, and insomnia, which can result in reduced participation in daily activities.
- An interview with Robert Dreyfuss on the U.S. connection with the Muslim Brotherhood. Bob wrote Devil’s Game in 2005 and was on the show back then to talk about it. Given the events in Egypt over the last few years this seemed like a good time to have him back on to discuss the history and remind us of the connection.
More about this week’s guests:
Murray Susser, MD has extensive expertise in Personal & Individual Care and specializes in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Stem Cell Therapy, Broad Based General Medicine.
Quote: “Every choice in Medicine involves balancing risks. The question I always ask myself is, “What is the risk of following one course of treatment versus the risk of not following it?” I have found that in conventional medicine, the risk of doing it can be greater. Sometimes this is called, “ The cure being worse that the disease”. In alternative medicine, the reverse is often true. For example, in conventional medicine, the risk of taking often-prescribed blood pressure drugs can be greater than finding ways to avoid them or even doing nothing. On the other hand, the risk of not taking certain supplemental vitamins and minerals can be dangerous, while taking them is safe and effective. My book, Solving the Puzzle of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, provides examples of answers I have found through this approach. I deal with Mixed Infection Syndrome, illnesses that give symptoms and signs that debilitate and even cripple and kill. Be it cancer, Lyme Disease, chronic fatigue, or any of a host of other ailments, including those which have plagued a patient for many years through many treatments, I tenaciously devote my energies, my expertise, and all my senses to the pursuit of your good health.”
Robert Dreyfuss has worked as an independent journalist specializing in magazine features, profiles, and investigative stories in the areas of politics and national security since 1992. He has been a regular contributor to Rolling Stone, and currently covers national security for its National Affairs section. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, a contributing writer at Mother Jones, and a senior correspondent forThe American Prospect. His articles have also appeared in numerous other newspapers and magazines, including Washington Monthly, The New Republic, Newsday, The Guardian, San Jose Mercury News, The American Conservative, Jane’s Defense Review, California Lawyer, and The Huffington Post. His popular blog, The Dreyfuss Report, appears at TheNation.com.
In recent years, Dreyfuss has reported from Iran, China, and Vietnam. He is best known for a series of groundbreaking stories about the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism, and post-9/11 U.S. foreign policy. He wrote the first significant profile of Ahmed Chalabi, the first comprehensive analysis of the war between the Pentagon and the CIA over policy toward Iraq, and many other timely stories. Before 9/11, he wrote extensively about intelligence issues, including pieces about post-Cold War excursions into economic espionage, the CIA’s nonofficial cover (NOC) program, and lobbying by U.S. defense and intelligence contractors over the annual secret intelligence budget.
Based in Alexandria, Virginia, Dreyfuss is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. His book, Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam, was published in 2005.