May 2005 Message from Dr. Murphree

Many of you sent or emailed cards congratulating my family on the birth of our son, Ridgeway (Ridge) Harris Murphree. Ok, before you ask, Ridgeway? The name comes from one of our favorite wineries, Ridge, located in California, which makes mouth watering Zinfandels. Actually, Ridgeway is a family name with deep southern roots. It does sound rather southern doesn’t? What a big aristocratic name for such a little fellow.

I’m happy to report that mom and baby are doing great. Dad is still trying to adjust to very little “down time,” baby paraphernalia scattered throughout the house, colic cries that could wake the dead, and the added responsibilities of becoming a Sherpa (loading and unloading car seats, strollers, diaper bags, burp clothes, blankets, extra clothes, and other assorted “necessities” for each outing).

Thanks to everyone who wrote. We are very happy to have such a healthy baby boy and appreciate your kind thoughts.

Upcoming Talks

Now that Ridge has arrived, my schedule is a little more flexible. Juno is hard at work coordinating all the talk arrangements. Several doctors and Fibro support groups have contacted us about speaking. I’m trying to honor pledges to come to certain cities to speak. Of course these plans are conditional on my wife allowing me to abandon her for several days at a time. She thinks I sit around the pool sipping tropical fruit drinks while working on my tan. This of course is not true. I really do work when I’m away. Just ask Juno who accompanied me on my California trip. She nearly starved from working through so many meal times. Of course I don’t advertise this, but I am looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep while away.

Schedule for August

For the week of August 6-14 - I’ll be traveling and speaking in Texas.

Saturday August 6th - Dallas, Texas 9-12 - Workshop on beating cardiovascular disorders, including heart disease and high blood pressure. Open to the public and healthcare professionals. More information to follow.

Saturday August 6th - Dallas, Texas (same location) 2-5 - Workshop on beating Fibromyalgia and CFS. Open to the public and healthcare professionals. More information to follow.

Other talks are being firmed up for Austin, Lake Charles, LA, and Houston, including an August 13-14 continuing education seminar on Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - for healthcare professionals only.


We are trying to firm up dates and times for a public speaking tour through Tennessee, including Chattanooga, Nashville, and Memphis (including a doctors only workshop) for September. More to follow.

Canada. Not yet final. Stay tuned.


A 3-hour doctors only workshop in Oklahoma City. We’ll most likely be doing a public talk in Oklahoma City as well. Please stay tuned as we firm up the remaining dates and times of our speaking schedule.

My new book, A Patient’s Self-Help Manual, has arrived!

Finally, my new book, A Patient’s Self-Help Manual for Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has arrived and all preordered sales have been shipped out. If you have not received your prepaid preordered book, please email Juno at the following address...

The new book is still available for $39.95 and includes the bonus addition of my first book, Treating and Beating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, plus a one-hour talk on cassette tape about how to beat fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Click on the links below to read two free chapters from my new book.

Free Chapter 3 in PDF form

Chapter 5 is in this newsletter

Click on the link below for more information about ordering A Patient’s Self-Help Manual.

Here's my special offer which ends one the 31st of May

NOTE: This new book is not in book stores and can only be ordered through my office by calling toll free 1-888-884-9577 or by ordering online with the link above.

In the News

Valerian: A Safe and Effective Alternative to Benzodiazepine Sleep Medications

I’ve written a great deal about the how the lack of sleep contributes to poor health.

Read more about sleep here

A double-blind placebo controlled trial comparing Serax (Oxazepam), a benzodiazepine (Klonopin, Xanax, Ativan, Librium, Prosom, Restoril, Doral, and Dalmane) to Valerian (a herbal extract) showed that valerian extract was as effective as the prescription medication without the inherent side effects so often associated with benzodiazepine medications (next-day fatigue or sluggishness). Most patients in the study assessed their treatment as very good (82.8% for the valerian treated group and 73.4% in those using Serax).*

Comments - This study has a little dust on it (first reported in 2002) but demonstrates that valerian root at a dose of 600 - 1,000mgs at night is as effective as the common tranquilizers mentioned above for promoting a good night's sleep.

I’ve written a great deal about the potential side effects associated with benzodiazepine medications. It appears that valerian root extract is a safe alternative. Standardized Valerian root extract is available at any health food store.

Zieglar, G, Ploch M., Miettinen-Baumann A. Efficacy and tolerability of valerian extract LI 156 compared to oxazepam in the treatment of non-organic insomnia. European Journal of Medicine Research 2002; 7(11): 480-486

Childhood Smoke Exposure Increases Risk Of Lung Cancer

Frequent exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood increases the risk of developing lung cancer by a whopping 363%.* Wow! If you’re like most people age 35-65, one or both of your parents smoked while you were growing up. Thankfully, the number of people who smoke in the U.S. is decreasing. Both of my parents died from smoking-related illnesses; lung cancer; and chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder. I’ve had asthma ever since I was born so this study elicits alarm bells for yours truly. One thousand people die every day from cigarette smoke.

Please, if you smoke, make a commitment to quit. Smoking is a destructive habit that not only reduces your life span (by an average of 7.5 years) but also those around you.

Vineis P. Airoldi L., Veglia P. et al. Environmental Tobacco smoke and risk of respiratory cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in former smokers and never users in the EPIC prospective study. BMJ 2005 Feb. 5:330(7486):277

Garlic Reduces Atherosclerotic Plaque

Research continues to show the health benefits of garlic. Researchers have recently reported that garlic slows the progression of coronary artery calcification (arteriosclerosis).1 This study showed that those who took a standardized aged garlic extract had a 7.5% increase in calcification while those taking placebo had a 22.2% increase.

Garlic reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The American Journal of Natural Medicine reported that individuals taking 4,000mg of fresh garlic (standardized allicin content of 4000mcg) were able to reduce their total cholesterol 10-12%, triglycerides by 15%, and LDL (the bad cholesterol) by 15 percent. HDL (the good cholesterol) levels typically went up 10 percent.2 Garlic acts as a natural blood thinner. This helps prevent the clotting associated with excess fibrinogen levels.3

Fibrinogen is a protein that is involved in regulating blood clotting and platelet clumping. Fibrinogen is increased by inflammation, oxidative damage, smoking, stress, oral contraceptives, and aging.4

Elevated fibrinogen levels have also been shown to increase the incidence of stroke.5

Recommended dose is 4,000 mcgs a day. If you are worried about smelling like you’ve been bathing in spaghetti sauce, odorless garlic extracts are available.

1.Budoff MJ, Takasu J, Flores FR, et al. Inhibiting progression of coronary calcification using Aged Garlic Extract in patients receiving satin therapy: a preliminary study. Preventative Medicine 2004 Nov:(39(5):985-91.
2.Murray M. Cardiovascular effects of commercial garlic preparations. Am J Nat Med. 1995;(2):5.
3.Chutani SK, Bordia A. The effect of fried versus raw garlic on fibrinolytic activity in man. Atherosclerosis 1981; 38: 417-421.
4.Ernst E, Resch KL. Therapeutic interventions to lower plasma fibrinogen concentration. Eur Heart J 1995;47-52 (Suppl A):52-3.
5.Suarez C, Castillio J, Suarez P, Naveiro J, Lema M. The prognostic value of analytical hemorheological factors in stroke. Rev Neurol 1996:24(126):190-2.

Next month I’ll be sharing information from another new book I’m working on. It's due to be finished this summer. It's entitled, What Your Conventional Medical Doctor Definitely Won’t Tell You About Heart Disease and Hypertension.

Here is a sample from it...

Cardiovascular Disorders

Sixty-eight million Americans suffer from some form of heart disease. Over one million Americans have a heart attack each year. And, almost one million Americans die each year from cardiovascular related illnesses. This number accounts for forty-one percent of all deaths in the United States each year.
Cardiovascular disease claims as many lives as the next 8 leading causes of death combined, including cancer, accidents and AIDS. In fact, one person dies every 33 seconds from heart disease. This adds up to 2,600 deaths a day! Heart disease is responsible for fifty percent of all deaths world wide!

Risk Factors

Bald Headedness

The Department of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted an eleven-year study involving over 22,000 male physicians. The study showed that doctors who were bald on top of their heads (as opposed to frontal balding or loss of hair) were more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease, especially when combined with other risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Earlobe Creases

At least 30 different studies have shown that a diagonal crease in the earlobe was a sign of increased risk for heart attack. The presence of a unilateral earlobe crease was associated with a 33% increase in the risk of heart attack and 77% if both earlobes were creased. Chronic circulatory problems cause the blood vessels in the earlobe to collapse. This then creates a crease in the earlobe. A diagonal earlobe crease is a better indicator of sudden death from heart attack then age, smoking, weight, high cholesterol, or sedentary lifestyle. For some reason a creased earlobe doesn’t increase the risk of heart attack in Asians and Native Americans.


Smoking increases the risk of dying from a heart attack by three to five times the normal rate. This is also true of chronic exposure to second-hand smoke. One cigarette can increase the heart rate by 20-25 beats per minute. It takes 6 hours for the circulation to return to normal after one cigarette. Smoking increases fibrinogen. One thousand people die every day from smoking cigarettes. Increased levels of fibrinogen can cause blood clots. There are 4000 poisons in tobacco. Some of these toxins deplete B6 levels. Vitamin B6 is essential in reducing homocysteine levels. Elevated homocysteine levels increase the risk of heart disease.

Stay tuned for more about this subject.

For an interesting outline on how cardio disorders are related to chronic fatigue syndrome click on the link below. Dr. Paul Cheney. who is a pioneer in researching and treating CFS reports on the link between heart failure and CFS.

This is interesting reading about the link between CFS and Heart Failure

Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medications Receive Black Box Warnings

I’m sure all of you have been following the Vioxx, Bextra, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication news. There are alternatives to NSAIDs and this month I’m offering a special on the alternative I suggest - Arthro Formula.

To learn more about pain and inflammation you can click on the link below:

Pain and Inflammation information

Dr. Murphree’s Arthro Formula

Reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis,
fibromyalgia and other chronic pain disorders

If taken separately these supplements would cost well over $60

All of these potent pain blocking and inflammation reducing
supplements are contained in Dr. Murphree’s Arthro Formula.

Glucosamine Sulfate

Glucosamine sulfate is an excellent approach to eliminating the destruction of osteoarthritis. A growing body of research supports the use of this natural supplement. Studies in Italy showed that glucosamine reduced arthritis symptoms by one half in 73% of the group, and 20% enjoyed total symptom relief. 17

A study of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee, performed at the National Orthopedic Hospital in Manila, Philippines, showed that patients who were administered glucosamine had an 80% reduction in pain.19 Other studies have demonstrated that glucosamine is more effective than ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, or Nuprin) in relieving the symptoms of osteoarthritis.20

Glucosamine is not only superior to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen it is also free of the side effects of most arthritic medications. 21

Chondroiten Sulfate

Chondroiten sulfate is composed of a large number of sugar molecules. It attracts fluid into the proteoglygan molecules, and this fluid acts as a shock absorber. Chondroiten inhibits certain enzymes that can damage cartilage, while stimulating the production of proteoglycans and other molecules needed for healthy new cartilage growth.
A study conducted in France, showed patients who received three months of chondroiten therapy had actually repaired a significant portion of their degenerated joint tissues.22


Boswelia: one of the oldest herbs in Indian ayurvedic medicine. Studies show it to be a potent pain-relieving anti-inflammatory. Boswellia helps shrink inflamed tissue, build cartilage, increase blood supply, and repair damaged blood vessels.23


Bromelain: a protein-digesting enzyme derived from pineapple. There is considerable research (over 200 medical journal articles) on its effectiveness in treating such conditions as inflammation, pancreatic insufficiency, and respiratory diseases. It blocks inflammatory chemicals called kinins. It also digests excess fibren, a chemical implicated in osteoarthritis, sciatica, ankylosing spondylitis, and scleroderma. As an anti-inflammatory, bromelain needs to be taken on an empty stomach. If taken with food, it acts as a digestive enzyme.24

Curcumin or Tumeric

Curcumin: a perennial plant found in eastern Asia and parts of India. It is a popular arthritis remedy in India and a powerful pain-relieving anti-inflammatory agent. It is as strong as hydrocortisone without the side effects.25

Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw: a perennial vine native to South Africa. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Studies in Germany have shown this herbal medication to be very effective in relieving lower back pain and associated sciatica.26

My Arthro Formula is on sale until the end of May 2005!

Regular Price $39.00, on sale through May for only $29.95!

Purchase here - Arthritis/Arthro Formula

17. The Arthritis Cure by Jason Theodosakis et al, 1997
18. Tapadinhas MJ, Rivera JC, Bignamini AA et al. Oral glucosamine sulfate in the management of arthrosis. Report on a multi-centre open investigation in Portugal. Pharmatherapeutica 1982;3: 157-168.
19. J. Carper, Miracle Cures, Harper Collins, p. 95-6.
20. The Arthritis Cure
21. Vaz, A.L., Double-Blind Clinical Evaluation Of The Relative Efficacy Of Ibuprofen And Glucosamine Sulfate In The Management Of Osteoarthritis Of The Knee In Out Patients. Current Medical Research And Opinion, 8: 145-9, 1982.
22. The Arthritis Cure
23. See Singh GB, AtaL CK. Pharmacology of ab extract of salai guggal ex-Boswellia serrate, a new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent. Agents Action 1986; 407–412. and Reddy CK, Chandrakasan G, Dhar SC. Studies on the metabolism of glycosaminoglycans under the influence of new herbal anti-inflammatory agents. Biochemical Pharm 1989; 20: 3527–3534.
24. Cohen A, Goldman J. Bromelain therapy in rheumatoid arthritis. Penn Med J 1964; 67: 27–30.
25. Scimal R and Dhawan B. Pharmacology of diferuloyl methane (curcumin), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent. J Pharm Pharmac 25:447-52, 1973.
26. Brady LR, Tyler VE, Robbers JE. Pharmacognosy. 8th edn.

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