The following questions were submitted to Dr. Larry
Sharp by above named patient. The answers are direct quotes
from the doctor who practices in Ft. Worth,Texas.
Q. How long have you been treating patients with CFIDS/ME
"I became aware of CFS/ME in 1987 when my wife and
son became ill with (CFIDS). I started seeing patients
after that. In 2004, I closed my family practice to specifically
dedicate all my energies to CFS.
2. What discoveries have you learned about while treating
"Most patients have hormone imbalances, specifically
with reverse T3 syndrome and low adrenal function with
reactivation of previous viral infections and increased
allergies, sleep cycles interruption and also disruption
on the cellular level in that the mitochondria are affected.
New research is indicating diastolic heart failure may
3. What is the most frustrating aspect of being a doctor
who treats CFIDS/ME patients?
"Probably the lack of understanding how serious the
illness is by the public, by family members and by the
4. Do you make house calls for the most serious patients?
"Yes, I do make house calls for the most serious
patient. I just flew to North Carolina to see a patient."
5. Do you think CFIDS/ME is an epidemic?
"With over an estimated million cases in America,
it is certainly an important health issue that needs to
6. Currently, the CDC is advocating patients over 65
years of age who have had chickenpox as children get the
Shingles Vaccine. Do you advise patients with CFIDS/ME
to get the vaccine?
"I think vaccines, in general, need to be looked
at very carefully in patients with CFS. In fact, we recommend
the Flu Mist as opposed to the 'flu shot' because the
'flu shot' causes an imbalance in the TH1/TH2 System."
7. Have you enlisted the help of other CFIDS/ME doctors
to educate medical faculties and students on this disease?
"Last year, we had Dr. Paul Cheney come to Texas
to speak at a weekend seminar at University of North Texas
Health Science Center in Forth Worth. I also am an Associate
Clinical Professor at UNTHSC and teach students in my
8. In your practice, do you see a shift in the diagnosis
of FMS to CFIDS/ME?
"Yes. I think FMS is a much more prevalent diagnosis
and often the patient, in reality, has CFS/ME."
9. Contagious or non-contagious?
"It certainly does seem to have an infectious component,
which was certainly the case in my wife's and son's illness."
10. What can CFIDS/ME patients do in the event of a
national emergency to help patients survive in the event
of an attack by terrorists?
"Everyone with CFIDS/ME should keep accurate medical
records including copies of laboratory and x-ray tests
and medications. As a result of (hurricane) Katrina, we
saw people from New Orleans who were on pain medications
who had no records to document their illness and treatment,
making it very difficult to have continuation of care.
CFIDS patients are like a canary in a coal mine, since
they suffer from poor immune function. In the event of
a major nationwide biological or nuclear catastrophe,
it is doubtful that CFIDS patients would survive."