The Clymer Healing and Research Center
Over the years, I've tried many, many things to heal my Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, CFIDS), but nothing was able to really help
me. Some things helped at first but only up to a point. Then, it
was like they hit a brick wall.
At first, like most people I tried conventional medicine, but the
anti-depressant medications and stimulants didn't help the core
issue. They just helped some of the symptoms a tiny bit, but not
enough, in my opinion, to warrant all the negative side-effects.
Stimulants, especially, seemed like the wrong approach. I mean,
I'm tired already, so artificially stimulating my system with a
drug is a short term fix that will eventually deplete my system
I also paid for many expensive medical tests, such as an MRI scan
of my brain, but they all came up "normal."
After all this, I concluded that conventional medicine simply cannot
help CFS. (To be fair, I must admit that I have not yet tried some
of the newer therapies such as the anti-viral therapy
, but since these therapies involve highly toxic substances, I would
only turn to them in desperation after all else has failed. I've
come to regard the entire approach of conventional medicine as skewed,
as it is rarely about healing anymore. Instead it's about symptom
relief, which is usually (some would say always) bought at a dear
I then tried many alternative approaches. See article: My
Healing Journey With CFS for details on the things I've tried.
The Clymer Healing and Research Center was founded by a man named
Dr. Gerald Poesnecker, and he dedicated his life to the treatment
of CFS. This is what I believe sets him apart from all the other
healers I've tried.
CFS is unlike any other disease that afflicts humankind, and so
it needs to be treated differently. If a healer isn't aware of its
unique needs, their standard approach will most likely fail and,
in fact, often have harmful results. (For more on how CFS is different
than other illnesses, see Dr. Poesnecker's book, Chronic Fatigue
This is a fantastic book that I highly recommend to anyone with
CFS. If you feel alone in the world, misunderstood, and think your
symptoms are bizarre, read this book! It explains the mechanism
behind all the strange symptoms that CFS produces. I nearly wept,
The Clymer Healing and
Research website has a lot of information on it, so I won't
repeat it all here. Suffice it to say that they have over forty
years of experience treating CFS and Fibromyalgia.
Basically, Dr. Poesnecker was a natural healer trained in classical
Naturopathy who decided to specialize in the treatment of CFS because
no one else would due to its difficulty. Clymer has since become
one of the leading authorities on CFS in the world. They keep abreast
of all the latest developments and actually test them for effectiveness,
only keeping things that actually work. It's this integrity that
impressed me about them.
If you do decide to work with them, they recommend coming to the
center in Pennsylvania, but you can also be treated by phone. Their
rates are very reasonable also, especially compared to modern medicine.
Be ready to be patient, however. Their approach is to truly heal
you, and this usually involves a long period where the adrenal gland
must be shut down to recouperate. Often this will make it feel like
there's no progress or that you feel even worse, and this can last
for many months or even longer.
At the time of this writing (April 2005) I have been working with
them for a little less than a year, and honestly, though there has
not been a miracle cure, I do feel a gradual change toward health.
I spent a year nearly bed-ridden after a particularly difficult
time of my life, but finally I feel a little more energy. (This
website had been on my to-do list for two years!)
It's important not to waste this energy, however, by immediately
making up for lost time and jumping back into life. That energy
must be used for healing. You must discipline yourself and learn
how to relax. People with CFS are commonly highly ambitious people
who fuel their drive with a deep sense of responsibility, even guilt.
I've come to see CFS as a gift, a great lesson that I could never
have learned otherwise. I was a very stubborn type, believing I
could bend the world to my will, and so the only way I could learn
was the hard way.
In addition to more energy, my appetite, which has been the scourge
of my existence since I came down with CFS, has improved. In the
beginning, I lived in a constant state of bloated nausea so that
every bite was an ordeal. The other treatments I tried before Clymer
helped, but still, eating was a grueling chore for me. When I read
in Dr. Poesnecker's book that sometimes his patients with this problem
eventually become so ravenous that he had to then work to curtail
the very appetite he'd had to work so hard to achieve, I could hardly
believe it. Now I feel it happening.
Better too are the nervous rushing thoughts that would keep me
awake at night and agitated during the day. Dr. Poesnecker says
that the root of CFS is a burned out adrenal gland. It reaches a
point where the only way it can provide the body with enough energy
to go on is to stay in a constant state of fight or flight, in other
words, using the body's "emergency mode" all the time.
This results in many of the CFS symptoms, including my uncontrollable
thoughts and constant nervousness.
I plan to provide updates on my healing progress with the Clymer
Center on this page. Dr. Neville (Dr. Poesnecker's protege and successor)
told me that a ballpark figure for how long their treatments take
is one month for every year you've been sick, but I think my case
may take longer since I'm doing the out-patient program and therefore
don't have access to all of their treatments. We'll see, won't we!