All meetings were held on a Saturday at National Jewish Health (formerly National Jewish Medical and Research Center) unless otherwise noted.
Common degree indications are: MD (Medical Doctor), OD (Osteopathic Doctor), DC (Chiropractic Doctor), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy). Other degree/certifications are indicated with each event's listing.
Discussion/Support Group Meeting Series:
- Nov. 3, 2012 at Eloise May Library
- Sept. 15, 2012 at Arvada Library
- July 21, 2012 at Eloise May Library
- May 12, 2012 at Eloise May Library
- Mar. 31, 2012 at Arvada Library
- Jan. 21, 2012 at SouthGlenn Library
December 06, 2011 (Tuesday Evening)
ME/CFS Research1ST Update
A presentation by Suzanne, Ph.D., Scientific Director (see bio at this page; papers at this page) of The CFIDS Association of America (CAA). The CAA continues to steer a steady course in turbulent times for ME/CFS research. Come hear a leading expert in the field bring us up to date on recent events related to such research, including CAA's Research1st project.
- Video of the Presentaion, and some Q/A, is available on YouTube:
Discussion/Support Group Meeting Series:
- Nov. 5, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library
- Oct. 9, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library (a Sunday)
- Sept. 10, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library
- Aug. 20, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library
July 30, 2011 | Video Lecture, Anthony Komaroff, MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications, and an internal medicine primary care doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Since this lecture provides a "long-view," though it is differently titled, we're calling it ME/CFS Findings over the Last Decade.
Dr. Komaroff is a top tier physician who has long been involved in CFS matters, including as one of the leading authors of both the initial 1988 and the revised 1994 U.S. research case definitions of CFS. For example,
Thanks to RMCFA member Carron Taylor for obtaining a copy of this video presentation, and to the Massachusetts CFIDS/ME & FM Association for granting us permission to show this April 2010 lecture.
Discussion/Support Group Meeting Series:
- July 9, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library
- June 18, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library
- May 21, 2011 at SouthGlenn Library
- April 16, 2011 at Englewood Public LIbrary
- March 5, 2011 at Englewood Public LIbrary
February 5, 2011 | "Rise Above: an Interactive Music Event" featured
Denver Songwriter-Producer Dean Brantley Taylor, who facilitated discussion about his song's themes. Dean's CFS, started in 1993, led him to become a songwriter in 1999. Since then he has co-written and co-produced two CDs, written songs on six other CDs, and signed many of his songs to film and TV publishers.
Listen to Dean's Rise Above: Chronic Fatigue CD, at this bandcamp link, featuring songs of hope and understanding for those affected by CFS/ME and FM. See also a video with one of his songs, available at this youtube link. The songs cover many genres and styles, and aren't burdened by scientific or technical aspects of chronic illness. Most of his songs go beyond chronic illness to broader forms of adversity in life.
October 16, 2010 - Suzanne Vernon, Ph.D., the Scientific Director of the CFIDS Association of America (CAA), and earlier a 17-year veteran of the CDC, provided an Update on CFS Research, including XMRV/MLV. Dr. Vernon is nationally and internationally known for her extensive efforts toward Solving CFS. She brought a formal presentation, but took questions and comments throughout the presentation.
April 17, 2010 - a presentation by RMCFA member/volunteer Amy Garrity: Companions for Life: Exploring the Life-Changing Roles of Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, and Therapy Dogs. Amy introduced different types of assistance dogs, the roles of such dogs, and processes for selection and training of these special dogs.
January 16, 2010 - Paul Cheney, M.D., Ph.D. Video Lecture Title: CFS: Is Oxygen the Problem and Why? with a Four-Part Treatment Protocol. This lecture, also referred to as the Oxidative Stress lecture, was give in Fairfax, Virginia, in April 2009, to about 75 "lay people" and 5 medical professionals.
- Dr. Cheney is a legendary and long recognized leading CFS researcher. As both an M.D. and a Ph.D. Physicist, his unique perspective sometimes leads other CFS researchers to consider him a maverick. The lecture is fairly technical, and medical and mathematical terms are often used without being defined.
- See more information at: www.cfsnova.com/sp-Cheney.html.
- DVD Availability: Start at copyright holder www.dfwcfids.org or at DVD distributor www.kunaki.com/MSales.asp?PublisherId=119572 (be careful to order the correct two DVDs for your area -- purple for USA/Canada; blue for overseas).
- Thanks to the CFS/FM Support Group Dallas Ft. Worth, the copyright holder of the DVDs, for permission to show these DVDs at our RMCFA meeting!
October 17, 2009 - Jason Nupp, Psy.D., CBIS (Doctor of Psychology, Certified Brain Injury Specialist), of Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Lecture Title: Cognitive Function Challenges Associated with Fibromyalgia and CFS, including Coping and Compensatory Strategies.
Dr. Nupp is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a subspecialty in Health Psychology and Neuropsychology.
- Presentation: www.rmcfa.org/f/2009-10-17-Dr-Jason-Nupp-Cognitive-Challenges.ppt (1.8 MB; This can be "Saved" or "Opened"; requires MicroSoft Office with PowerPoint -- or any other software capable ot showing a PowerPoint presentation, such as Microsoft's free PowerPoint Viewer, easily found by a search, or similar software provided by others.)
August 15, 2009 - 1 pm - Annual Picnic. We enjoyed a Patio Potluck Picnic on the back patio at National Jewish Health. The group provides meats, water, ice, plastic ware, and paper goods. We ask attendees to bring a "potluck" side dish, and bring your own beverage if you want something other than water to drink.
July 11, 2009 - 1 pm - "Meet & Greet" Open House. This was a chance to meet our volunteers and discuss ideas for how RMCFA can better serve the CFIDS/FMS community.
Sunday May 3 and Tuesday May 26 - RMCFA Volunteers' meetings were held. Meetings had been suspended earlier in 2009 pending the recruitment of more volunteer help. These meetings were held with members who had responded to our March e-mail seeking help, and resulted in more involvement and resumption of meetings.
November 15, 2008 - 1 pm - Joe Swartz, MD, and Gary Clark, MD, of The Center for Healing Injury and Pain in Boulder. Lecture Title: Fibromyalgia Causes and Treatments, with special focus on Successful Treatment for Structural Instability, a leading cause of Fibromyalgia. The doctors will speak about five different causes of Fibromyalgia pain (structural instability, post traumatic stress disorder, gamma efferent hyperactivity, infectious issues, and autoimmune issues), treatment approaches, and how traditional treatment approaches differ from alternative treatment approaches.
October 18, 2008 - 1 pm - David Yates, DC, CHC, RMC (Corporate Health Coach, Risk Management Consultant), an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Doctor educated at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. Dr. Yates specializes in upper cervical care (caring for the top two vertebrae), and will speak about the importance to FM and CFS patients of proper alignment of the top of the spine at the brain stem area. He served as President of the Blair Upper Cervical Club for 3 years, during which he periodically taught doctorate students. The Blair Upper Cervical technique is one of many approaches to assessing and adjusting the top of the spine. See related web links:
September 20, 2008 - 1 pm - Jutta Worwag, MD, MPH (Master's in Public Health), a German born fifth generation physician, who was educated at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic, and has studied under Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum. Her practice has a special focus on CFS/FM and she uses an integrative approach that includes alternative procedures such as medical acupuncture, Meyers IV cocktail, vitamin C IV, B-12 injections, and a far infrared sauna. See related web links
June 28, 2008 - 1 PM - Lisa Corbin, MD, Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, UCHSC. CAM We Talk? Discussing Complementary and Alternative Medicine for CFS and FM. Dr. Corbin was recommended to us by Dr. Bateman of Salt Lake City, whose DVDs we’ve shown at our meetings. Dr. Corbin welcomes and enjoys working with Fibromyalgia and CFS patients, or any patient wanting CAM input. She models her care for CFS patients based on Dr. James Jones' recommendations (see Nov. 2007 below).
May 3, 2008 - 1 PM - Discussion Meeting "Attendees Open Support Forum"
Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 8 AM to 12 Noon - Invisible Burdens:Managing Pain and Depression in Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis - A joint meeting with the Colorado chapters of the Arthritis Foundation, the Lupus Foundation, and others, featuring: - Dr. David Collier, Chief of Rheumatology, Denver Health Medical Center, and Dr. Lee Smith, Pain Management Expert, Lifetree Pain Clinic, Salt Lake City, Utah.
February 16, 2008 - 1 PM - Discussion Meeting "Attendees Open Support Forum"
November 10, 2007 - 1 PM - James Jones, M.D. - in charge of the CFS group at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta since 2003 (formally a CFS researcher and clinician at National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver). CFS update - Dr. Jones will update attendees on the latest CFS information and his work at the CDC and the large population CFS study in Atlanta Georgia.
October 13, 2007 - 1 PM - CFIDS Association's "kNOw MORE Seminar" - Denver Sheraton Denver West Hotel -The conference will feature the following nationally recognized speakers: Suzanne D. Vernon, PhD, Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Steven Goodman, Internal Medicine/Rheumatology, Arthritis Associates of S. Florida, and Kimberly McCleary, President of the CFIDS Association of America
Event Archive before 2007