For years people interested in my approach have asked to speak with patients of mine. Even though they felt confident about the approach and the information they had read or heard, they still haddoubts that are normal and natural as well as years of hopes and failed treatments. So people naturally wanted to speak with a live human being with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or whatever that person’s specific problem was. They wanted to speak directly with my patients. Due to confidentiality, I refuse to give out names or phone numbers of my patients. Confidentiality is central to establishing trust with patients. I will not contact a patient to ask them to speak with others about their treatment. When confidentiality is not understood as the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship, then trust, hope, and belief in the treatment process will never be firmly established.
Some of these commentaries are brief and others are quite lengthy. I wanted to give my patients the opportunity to share with you the depth and complexity of the work and the myriad of changes in their body, mind, and spirit . . . as well as in their work life, home life, and intimate relationships. I thank my patients for sharing this information with you.
Chronic illness is complex. Most of my patients who wanted to share their experience wanted to go into a lot of detail. They have had long, painful, expensive, arduous healing journeys and they did not feel that saying, “Thanks, Dr. G. I feel great because of our work together” conveyed the depth of their experience. — David Gersten, M.D.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Adrenal Burnout, Candida
Exceptional is how I would describe Doctor Gersten! He is an exceptional doctor and he is also an exceptional man. It's such a rarity in the medical profession to find a doctor who has the knowledge, experience, competence, honesty and high integrity that he has and at the same time kindness and so much humanity. As his patient I can say that this combination has been so priceless on my way to recovery. When I met Dr. Gersten I was very sick with CFS and was very frustrated and confused on what to do next after having tried several medical treatments, but nothing really addressed fully this complicated chronic illness. Dr Gersten was so specific in his diagnosis and recommendations while able to see the big picture. Finally I felt like I was not just running around patching holes in a leaking ceiling, but rather rebuilding the structure of the entire roof!
Thank you Dr Gersten! Thank you for your commitment to my health step by step, and my full recovery! — Dominique Sire. Oct. 2008, Santa Fe, New Mexico
67 year-old female
CFS, systemic candida, hypertension (high blood pressure)
I was a mental and physical basket case when my husband brought me into Dr. Gersten's office. I had extremely low energy and was practically bed-ridden with chronic fatigue syndrome and decades of severe systemic candida. "Brain Fog" had nearly wiped out my mental capabilities and I couldn't remember words well enough to carry on a decent conversation. So, I became socially isolated.
Dr. Gersten ordered comprehensive metabolic testing, clearly revealing the underlying causes of my frail state. He walked me through each step of treatment and has been a wonderful “doctor and guide,” clearly explaining what was going on, every step of the way, in terms I could easily understand. He systematically addressed each problem and each abnormal lab test - and recommended therapies that worked, which included amino acids and other nutritional supplements, the new Earthing technology, and traditional medications for parasites and candida.
I am now in my final stages of treatment. My energy level is almost back to normal. Brain Fog has disappeared. I can socialize again, because my brain is working. I have a FUTURE again! This has been a truly incredible healing journey of body, mind, and spirit.
Thank you, Dr. Gersten. I have a life again! — Joann B. August 2008, Mojave, California
50 year-old female
Hypothyroid, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Legionnaire’s Disease, Hypertension
Obesity, Chronic Fatigue, Depression, Hepatitis
Peptic Ulcer, Felte’s Syndrome (spleen disease)
Dr. Gersten saved my life. I had been planning to kill myself and had been thinking about it for years. I was so sick, so miserable, so hopeless . . . and just getting worse and worse year after year.
I had been taking the nutritional supplements Dr. Gersten recommended for a few months when just about everything started to get better. I had so much energy. I lost 50 pounds without dieting. I’m not depressed anymore. All of my stomach pain and problems are gone. My blood pressure is normal now. The pain from the rheumatoid arthritis is the only thing that is not completely better and it is about 50 percent better.
One day I was starting to open the door to my apartment and the woman in the next apartment asked me, “When did you move in here?” I was so shocked. I said, “This is me, Camille. I’ve been your neighbor for the last ten years.” I was just so different, so healthy, so energetic, and so vibrant that my neighbor did not even recognize me. I cannot begin to tell you what Dr. Gersten did for me. He changed my life. He saved my life. — Carol M., San Diego, CA
40 year-old female
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I had Candida for years that went undiagnosed even though I had been to around 20 doctors by the time I found Dr. Gersten. I was feeling desperate. I had a rash on my face, neck, and scalp. I had terrible chronic fatigue, severe allergies and hair loss. I had been ill for seven or eight years before I found Dr. Gersten.
After I began Dr. G’s program, amino acid therapy and other nutritional supplements, I noticed a big difference in my moods. I started feeling better almost immediately. I had much more energy and I just felt like a new person. I felt calmer and better able to handle stress. I felt happy.
You don’t realize how awful you really feel until you start feeling better. For a long time I thought it was normal to not feel good. I was thinking, “Well, I have so much on my plate. I’m getting older. Maybe this is just the way life is supposed to be.” Once I started to feel better, I realized that the way I had felt for so long is not the way life is supposed to be.
The mental fitness side of Dr. Gersten’s work also helped me tremendously. He incorporated mental fitness techniques to help me manage stress. I think it is very important to do the mental and emotional work along with the physical healing.
Before I found Dr. Gersten, I couldn’t find anybody to even believe there was something wrong other than to tell me I was under a lot of stress. So many people had turned me away. I was beginning to lose hope. Dr. G. believed me and understood me — maybe because he had endured a severe case of CFS himself, and beaten it. I had been to so many doctors who looked at me like I was crazy. They too thought that living under all this stress was normal, but Dr. Gersten took my suffering seriously and he helped me. He really helped me beyond what I can write in words.
Things changed for the better in my family life also. With my daughter, I was so tired all the time. Really, ever since she was born I have not felt well. I didn’t have much patience with her. I missed out on a lot. I would look at her some days and feel like, “She is growing up so fast.” Now, I am finally starting to enjoy having her. I can do things with her and I have the energy at night to do extra things with her.
My mind is engaged. That is probably what the big difference is because I feel like my mind had been freed up from the fatigue, not just my body, but I can focus. At work I used to go through my day exhausted. I wasn’t working up to my potential but now I have energy and I can think a lot more clearly. My memory and concentration are back.
Dr. G., thank you for everything. — Mart A, Michigan.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
I had severe chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia; bad muscle pain. My joints were hurting and I had really bad insomnia.
I had been quite ill for about 3 years but it all started about 10 years ago.
About 10 days after I started Dr. G’s program most of my muscle pain was gone. The pain in my knees was completely gone. My outlook became more positive. My fatigue improved a lot and my sleeping was better. I was amazed and happy, but not quite ready to give up my fear and doubt.
I had been an avid exerciser. Now I’m back to walking again and can go about my housework without constant pain.
I’ve been healthy for about six months now, and gladly accept that these positive changes are really real, and they are lasting. — Sharon K., Palm Springs, California
22 year-old male
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Leaky Gut Syndrome
I was having severe headaches and could feel my health slipping away from me. I’d had the headaches all my life but it was just a constant battle and it was starting to really get worse. It wasn’t just headaches anymore. My health and energy were deteriorating and so I was not able to function in life very well.
When I was a baby and just starting to crawl, I fell from the 2nd story right onto my head. That started a lifetime of pain, migraines, and all kinds of health problems.
About a month into starting the supplements that Dr. Gersten recommended, I started to see some positive changes. The headaches started becoming less frequent. That gave me hope. My energy is much better. So far I get spurts of getting better. Then it stabilizes for a while and then I resume another health/growth spurt. Step-by-step I’ve been getting better and better.
— Brad J., Carlsbad, California
56 year-old female
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Agitated Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)
I was in a lot of pain and suffering from constant fatigue. I was more than tired all the time and it had even been suggested that I might need to go on disability. I wondered how on earth I would ever get through another day, another week, another month.
I started to get sick around March of 1998. After I went through Dr. Gersten’s lab work and began taking the supplements he recommended, I got a lot more energy. I didn’t have the fatigue anymore. I had had problems with constipation and that was gone.
Dr. Gersten also helped me with his mental fitness techniques. I had a couple of mental fitness sessions with him that really helped me to get over the OCD — that whole obsessive-compulsive behavior involving germs and filth. I am now cured from that.
Feeling better physically, I automatically was feeling better emotionally. I was better able to handle the stresses and problems in my life and didn’t see things so dark and gloomy. I could see a light that things weren’t going to be like this forever. Before, I just felt kind of buried.
My response to treatment was pretty fast, even though he told me that it often takes a couple of months to see big improvement. I got rapid results. By the first follow-up visit I had with Dr. Gersten, I was already feeling so much better.
I was so fatigued when I went in to see Dr. Gersten that I had no energy to do anything. Just nothing. I would literally drag myself to work, drag around all day. I was in a brain fog. I couldn’t think clearly. I wondered how long I could keep it up. It was a scary situation. After getting my system detoxed and getting on the amino acids and following the program that Dr. Gersten had outlined for me, I was able to start taking yoga classes and going for walks in the afternoon. I didn’t feel like I was going to take my last breath with each step. It really made a tremendous difference for me.
It is a powerful program. Prior to working with Dr. Gersten, I hadn’t found anything that helped. If there is any way that a person who is suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia can get in to see Dr. Gersten, get started on a program, and get tuned in to the expertise that he has to offer — it will make a tremendous difference in their lives. It did for me.
— Geraldine R., San Diego, California
32 year-old female
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disorder)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
I was tired; my stomach hurt all the time. My throat was clamping down, I thought I was going to throw up at just about every moment. Shaking, anxiety, depressed and crying for no reason at all. I was miserable and incredibly exhausted. My stomach was a mess.
I still remember when I walked into Dr. Gersten's office the very first time. I said, ‘You’re going to tell me I’m nuts right?’ He said, ‘No. I’m going to tell you I think that you have a yeast infection.’ Which I thought was very funny. Who would have thought? It ended up being that that was in fact the case and yeast or candida was causing all of my symptoms.
Overall Dr. Gersten put me in a state where I am much more aware of what I eat. I think about what food does in my body and to my body. One of the things that I was never able to do was to be in tune with my body. I couldn’t even recognize PMS. Now, I’m so in tune, I can feel what is going on and figure out, “Oh, I ate that, or I drank this, and that is probably what is causing my symptoms.” And because I know what is going on, it changes my mental state, and I feel a whole lot less anxious.
I used to get sinus infections every two months. Now I don’t get the flu or colds. Any sinus infections I get, I haven’t needed to use prescriptions. If I just take a Sudafed, I’m fine the next day and I also don’t need antibiotics anymore. I used to require anywhere from 3 to 5 cycles of antibiotics a year because of sinus infections. I haven’t been on antibiotics since I’ve met Dr. Gersten at all. None. The only problem I come up with is every now and then my stomach feels really nasty and it’s because I’ve eaten something I shouldn’t have.
Dr. Gersten also helped me with stress and conflict through some deep mental imagery work and that not only helped me become more in tune, but also helped me deal with serious family issues that were contributing to my stress load. Now, when I’m stressed, I go into the meditation that he taught me, and that has worked better than just about any pills. I have a new appreciation for the power of the mind-body connection and I have the tools, the mental fitness techniques, to use my mind – to help my mind and body.
My mom immediately noticed the positive impact of Dr. Gersten’s imagery work. She said, “I don’t know what he is doing with you, but you’ve really resolved some issues that you just refused to deal with for a very long time.”
I grew up in a Christian family and I know that suicide is your fastest ticket to hell, but I’ll tell you I was close. I wanted for somebody to drug me and let me die. I was that depressed and that sick. I’m healthy now. I’m strong. I still can get pretty cranky, but in general I have a really good attitude. I don’t feel depressed and I am so much more relaxed in general. I’m so far better than when I started treatment with Dr. Gersten that it’s difficult to accurately remember how bad things were. It’s a long, long way from where I started. — Karen J. Oceanside, California.
I want to thank you for all that you do for me and have done for the world! Your depth of knowledge, expertise, wisdom, and kindness are a rare “treasure.” I'm grateful for our work together and look forward to more! — Elizabeth, San Diego, California