Fibromyalgia, like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which it is often associated with, is a poorly understood disease condition that can manifest in a variety of ways and which has many symptoms, making accurate diagnosis difficult. Also like CFS, the onset of fibromyalgia, which is sometimes called fibrositis, usually follows exposure to infectious microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, and/or viruses, or after times of trauma. The chief difference between CFS and fibromyalgia is that the dominant symptom of CFS is fatigue, while in fibromyalgia it is chronic muscle pain throughout the body. As a whole, conventional medicine has achieved limited success in treating fibromyalgia, and in many cases conventional physicians fail to detect it altogether, despite the fact that it is now known that as many as 6 million Americans are affected by it, the vast majority of whom are women and primarily between the ages of 34 and 56. Symptoms of fibromyalgia can be so severe that approximately one out of every four people who suffer from it are unable to go to work.
In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology created an official diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia, which stated that for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be given, a patient must first exhibit pain for at least three months in the majority of the following muscle sites: back part of the skull on either side, the lower vertebrae of the neck (C5-C7), the upper back (trapezius), the shoulder blades, the second rib, the femur (top of the thigh bone), the buttocks, and the knees.
Though often considered a new type of health condition, fibromyalgia was in fact first written about in 1816, and received official medical confirmation as being a separate and distinct disease in 1904. It was not until 1987, however, that the American Medical Association finally recognized it as a disabling disorder. Even today, however, many conventional physicians fail to realize that fibromyalgia is not due to physical inactivity, which can cause muscles to atrophy and weaken, but most commonly occurs in highly physically active people. In addition, many conventional doctors misdiagnose fibromyalgia patients, telling them that they are suffering from psychological conditions, such as depression, and that their symptoms are “all in their head.” By contrast, practitioners of alternative medicine take fibromyalgia very seriously, and employ comprehensive treatment programs specifically tailored to the needs of each of their patients so as to most effectively address fibromyalgia’s many underlying causes.
Practitioners of alternative medicine rely on both conventional and nonconventional diagnostic tests in treating fibromyalgia patients, to ensure that they are able to determine all of the causative factors involved in its onset. Conventional medical tests include blood, stool, and urine tests; stress tests; and testing of the thyroid gland. In addition, they will usually employ tests to determine their patients` nutritional profile, checking for imbalances and deficiencies; hair analysis, DMSA challenge test, functional liver detoxification profile, and other tests, to assess the toxicity of the body`s cells, glands, and tissues; and stress and hormone tests, to determine overall functioning of the endocrine system and possible hormonal imbalances.
Two other nonconventional tests that are often used are darkfield blood analysis and electrodermal screening (EDS), both of which are capable of revealing health issues that other diagnostic tests can miss. Darkfield microscopy involves the use of a darkfield microscope. Unlike traditional microscopes, a darkfield microscope is specially adapted to be able to examine live blood cells that are then magnified onto a video screen. This allows physicians trained in this diagnostic technique to detect evidence of illness via distortions in the walls of the blood cells, and to spot harmful microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the bloodstream, where they do not belong. Such microorganisms are commonly found in the bloodstream of fibromyalgia patients.
Electrodermal screening is a noninvasive diagnostic technique that measures the electrical output of specific points on the hands, face, or feet that correlate to acupuncture meridian points at the beginning or end of energy meridians. The electrical signals given off at these points provides information about the health status of the body`s organs and organ systems, and can also be used to detect the presence of toxins, energy and hormonal imbalances, and harmful microorganisms. In the hands of a highly skilled EDS practitioner, EDS can often detect hidden contributing factors for fibromyalgia, even when other sophisticated testing methods fail to do so because of the fact that both health and disease are first and foremost the results of balanced or imbalanced energy.
There is not one specific cause for primary fibromyalgia. Certain common features among fibromyalgia patients provide a better idea as to the primary factors that are involved in its onset, however. These include dental amalgam fillings, hormone imbalances, infection, neurotransmitter imbalances, sleep problems, problems with the thalamus gland, and physical trauma. Other factors that can play a role include chemical and food allergies and sensitivities, chronic stress, and dysfunctions in muscle metabolism. Breast implants can also contribute to fibromyalgia because the materials implants contain weaken the body`s immune system.
Dental Amalgam Fillings Dental amalgam fillings are composed of 50 percent mercury, a highly toxic compound. An abundant amount of scientific research, primarily conducted in Europe, where many countries have banned the use of mercury amalgams, proves that such fillings greatly increase the likelihood of heavy metal poisoning in the body`s glands and tissues due to how mercury vapors escape from the fillings each and every day to settle into various areas inside the body. Once in the body, mercury can cause a wide range of health problems, including fibromyalgia. If you have dental amalgams, consider having them replaced by a holistic (biological) dentist trained in their removal.
Hormone Imbalances Many people with fibromyalgia also exhibit diminished levels of human growth hormone (HGH) and cortisol. HGH, which is produced by the brain`s pituitary gland, is important for a wide range of health issues, including the health of the muscles. Although your body`s production of HGH started to decline at an average of 14 percent every ten years after age 20, people with fibromyalgia can also be experiencing imbalanced daily production of HGH, which primarily occurs during the first hours of sleep.
Cortisol which is produced by the adrenal glands, is sometimes referred to as the stress hormone because it is during times of stress that it is most frequently secreted. During times of chronic stress, excessive amounts of cortisol can be produced by the adrenal glands, leaving them exhausted and unable to sufficiently regulate your body`s energy supply. Cortisol imbalances can eventually cause chronic fatigue, muscle pain and stiffness, immune problems, and sleep disorders, as well as diminish HGH production. All of these symptoms are also common with fibromyalgia, with research now showing a correlation between imbalanced cortisol and fibromyalgia.
Infections Many cases of fibromyalgia occur after infections caused by harmful microorganisms. Two types of viruses that are often associated with fibromyalgia are influenza type A, which primarily affects the autonomic nervous system and the lungs, and hepatitis C. Other infectious agents include bacteria, fungal infections such as yeast, (Candidia albicans, which causes candidiasis), parasites, and bacterial infections caused by abscessed teeth and gastritis.
Neurotransmitter Imbalances Research has shown that people with fibromyalgia have higher than normal levels of Substance P, a neurotransmitter that helps mediate the body`s response to pain, and lower than normal levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural painkiller. On average, Substance P is 200-300 percent higher than normal in fibromyalgia patients, causing them to experience pain in situations where pain would not be experienced by normal, healthy people. The lack of serotonin further exacerbates this problem and also interferes with the ability of fibromyalgia patients to experience deep, restful sleep.
Sleep Disorders People who suffer from fibromyalgia often exhibit abnormal brain wave patterns during the deepest stage of dreamless (non-REM) sleep. This stage of sleep is essential for proper repair of your body`s tissues, as well as the production of antibodies to protect against infection, and the secretion of human growth hormone. The inability to enter into this deep, restful sleep stage is considered one of the most significant contributing factors for fibromyalgia.
Thalamus Dysfunctions People with fibromyalgia also often suffer from imbalanced functioning of the thalamus gland. Located in the brain, the thalamus gland regulates and integrates how your body senses internal and external stimuli. When it doesn`t function properly, it can result in normal feedback signals from the body to the brain to be falsely interpreted as pain.
Proper diet is essential for effectively dealing with fibromyalgia. This means eating only foods that support your immune system, and avoiding all foods that tax your energy and impair healthy digestion. Consider adopting an organic, vegetarian diet, which researchers have shown can help improve fibromyalgia symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, body stiffness, and sleeping problems. Emphasize fresh, organic vegetables and fruits, eating a large daily serving of dark leafy greens, and select servings of healthy vegetarian oriented protein such as organic, free-range eggs, small quantities of raw dairy products, tempeh, tofu, beans, quinoa and wild caught fish that are low in mercury. Avoid all farm-raised fish, as they are high in antibiotics and dyes, and avoid shellfish, which have a higher concentration of mercury and toxins. For sustained energy, also include complex carbohydrates in the form of whole grains, legumes, red potatoes, squash, and yams. Limit your overall carbohydrate intake to 30 percent of the foods you eat at each meal. This means increasing your vegetables and protein if necessary to balance out the complex carbohydrates. Also, be sure to consume adequate amounts of essential fatty acids in supplement form alternating between fish oil, evening primrose oil and healthy free flowing oils such as extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flaxseed, and coconut butter/oil. Additionally, drink at least half an ounce of pure, filtered water for every pound you weigh.
Avoid all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Common allergy-causing foods include milk and dairy products, chocolate, corn, and wheat and wheat products. In addition, eliminate all “junk” and commercially processed foods, sodas, commercially prepared juices, all sugars and simple, refined carbohydrates, and minimize your intake of alcohol and caffeine. If you also suffer from candidiasis, follow the dietary recommendations for candidiasis, including avoiding all fruits, except berries, green apples and grapefruit.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day www. for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here www.kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – www.ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Beat fibromyalgia naturally: www.naturalnews.com/035840_fibromyalgia_remedies_solutions.html
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing blogs.naturalcures.com/?s=traditional+chinese+ancient+healing
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body blogs.naturalcures.com/the-best-way-to-cleansing-and-purification-of-the-body/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong (from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective blogs.naturalcures.com/hypnotherapy-for-stress-management-why-it-is-so-effective/
Healing the body meditation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease
Ayurveda home remedies for fatigue: www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fatigue.html
Success of the raw foods diet: www.naturalnews.com/035843_raw_foods_fibromyalgia_healing.html
Aspartame and fibromyalgia: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/aspartame-fibromyalgia-preterm-birth.html
Conventional medicine ignores root cause of fibromyalgia: www.naturalnews.com/033874_fibromyalgia_causes.html
Science validates homeopathy in fibromyalgia: www.naturalnews.com/031353_fibromyalgia_homeopathy.html
Further Information (links and books)
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibromyalgia: The Revolutionary Treatment That Can Reverse the Disease by R. Paul St. Amand and Claudia Craig Marek; Coping with Fibromyalgia – it’s not in your head, it’s a disease (Boomer Health Book Series) by Othniel J. Seiden MD and Jane L. Bilett PhD
Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna
by Bernie S Siegel
The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Linda Cheek – healing diseases such as cancer, immune system disorders, autism, fibromyalgia
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.