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Improving Mitochondrial Function for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue

January 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Improving Mitochondrial Function for the Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue

Speaker: Jon D. Kaiser, M.D.


Individuals with fibromyalgia (FM) struggle with body pain, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, difficulty concentrating and poor digestion.

FM is a multisystem disease affecting the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, as they are all linked together in a neuro/endocrine/immune axis.

Currently approved medications to treat FM can be somewhat effective for treating pain but they do not address the underlying causes of this condition.

These causes can include mitochondrial dysfunction, hormone imbalances, chronic stress, intestinal dysbiosis, environmental toxins and others.

You can’t address a chronic, multisystem condition like FM with only drugs meant to suppress symptoms. You need to put together a comprehensive healing program that supports all the systems of your body.

Mitochondrial dysfunction is a mechanism that can explain many symptoms experienced by patients with FM and chronic fatigue. In 2010, a study of patients with fibromyalgia demonstrated that patients with fibromyalgia had:

  1. Reduced levels of coenzyme Q-10,
  2. Decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, and
  3. Increased levels of lipid peroxidation, a marker of elevated levels of oxidative stress.
  4. Decreased numbers of mitochondria in each cell were also observed in the fibromyalgia patients.
The two major goals of a mitochondrial support program are:
  1. To decrease oxidative stress in the mitochondria, thereby preventing any further damage from occurring
  2. And to encourage the restoration of normal mitochondrial functioning.
A key combination of micronutrients that that has been shown to improve symptoms related to mitochondrial dysfunction are:

• Alpha lipoic acid
• N-acetyl-cysteine
• Acetyl-L-carnitine
• Coenzyme Q-10

These four micronutrients are not commonly found in most multivitamins. If they are in your daily multivitamin, they are almost certainly not present at the dosages necessary to exert a therapeutic effect on improving your mitochondrial function.

If mitochondrial function is properly supported, all other therapies and interventions will work better because all the cells of the body will have more energy to perform their function.dd

Jon Kaiser M.D. Bio

  • Jon D. Kaiser, M.D. has been treating people with chronic medical conditions for over thirty years with a combination of natural and conventional medicine. The majority of his patients have had fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, HIV/AIDS and cancer. In the majority of cases, Dr. Kaiser’s patients have stabilized, improved, and frequently
    restored themselves back to excellent health.
  • Dr. Kaiser is a specialist in Mitochondrial Medicine and has published several research studies on mitochondrial dysfunction’s link to degenerative diseases.
  • He is also on the faculty of the University of California Medical School in San Francisco
  • And is the author of several books on healing from chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Kaiser currently offers in-person and telemedicine consultations with patients nationwide. More information is available at www.JonKaiser.com.


January 14, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Functional Medicine University


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