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What Physicians Won't Tell You About Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue

Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder for which mainstream medicine has no solution other than heavy, and often ineffective, use of painkillers. Perhaps you have been told by a well-meaning but uniformed doctor that you will just have to learn to live with it. Actually, Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and environmental illness can be permanently reversed using safe, nontoxic remedies.

Fibromyalgia, the Misunderstood Disease

These are a growing army of walking wounded, the ‘vertically ill’ people with fibromyalgia who are too sick to function adequately but are commonly not quite sick enough to become ‘horizontally ill’, actually bed bound, although this is all too often an outcome in severe examples.

Fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood condition that causes widespread pain and fatigue. If you've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are trying to learn all you can about the condition, you may come across some myths and misconceptions about this condition.

Chronic illness like the Fibromyalgia syndrome produces an excess of free radical cells that damage healthy cells. Fibromyalgia has symptoms that resemble those of rheumatic illnesses and lupus. These are autoimmune diseases in which a defective immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own healthy tissue, producing systemic inflammation and pain.

Most modern maladies such as Fibromyalgia are caused by prolonged exposure to a combination of negative lifestyles and toxic environmental factors, including junk food and malnutrition, pesticides, antibiotics, microwaves, chemical pollution of food, water and air, lack of exercise, and chronic stress. These factors are further aggravated by the failure of modern medicine to recognize them as agents of dis-"ease" and death and the consequent failure to take preventative measures against them. By rebuilding immunity, health is naturally restored and disease disappears. If health and immunity are thereafter conscientiously maintained, the individual is no longer vulnerable to disease

The sort of health care required to restore health and prevent fibromyalgia disease begins at home, not in the clinic, by eliminating factors which impair immunity and by providing the body with vital nutrients that are missing in our Western diet. Though it requires individual effort, self-discipline and personal responsibility, preventative health care is always a good investment, in time as well as money, because once you fall ill, it takes a lot more time and costs a lot more money to acquire vibrant health again.

Ten Causes and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Unless there is an underlying awareness of the true nature and causes of such conditions, and until there is a real understanding of the ways in which it is possible to offer encouragement for an abused and over-stretched immune system to begin to restore health, many forms of proffered help (orthodox or alternative) will succeed only in either masking or, at best, moderating the patient’s symptoms." Leon Chaitow N.D., D.O., M.R.O. Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Therapeutic Bodywork; Senior lecturer, University of Westminster, London

Immune System Overload - Chronic inflammation and immune system overload known as autoimmune disorder. One of the most significant developments in reducing chronic pain by modulating the immune system. This effectiveness has been well documented.

Joe Elrod, Ph.D.- Unique immune molecules are remarkable because the recovery process has been expedited greatly. We are getting better results, especially with the more chronic stages and conditions of the Fibromyalgia syndrome."

"I've had chronic fatigue and Fibromyalgia since August 1991. I've also had shingles five times in that period. This winter I had shingles very bad from the end of September until the end of February and still have them somewhat. I'm able to get up and get dressed at this time. I started taking immune modulating supplement about six weeks ago, and I am now sleeping through the night with no sluggishness the next day. I have energy, and every morning I am able to get up at 7:30. My husband will verify that it has been many years since I've done that. I've been packing to move for 12 days straight and I have energy every single day. I was not able to cook a meal and do the dishes in the same evening; I would cook a meal and do the dishes the next day, or possibly even the next, because I could not stand on my feet. So I'm extremely excited about this immune modulating supplement and I want to tell everybody that has fibromyalgia to please take this and get yourself well." B.F. Oregon

Nutrient Deficiency Repairing and rebuilding the body suffering from Fibromyalgia requires extra nutrients. Your food alone is not enough.The one thing that all Fibromyalgia sufferers have in common is a low intracellular magnesium level. A normal serum blood test doesn't measure this. It takes a special test to determine the level within the cells themselves. If this test is run, the magnesium will always be low. It is important to address this deficiency since magnesium is essential in every energy and repair function. Edible clay is a good source for vital minerals and trace elements. Other nutritional deficiencies include the omega 3 healthy fats.

Fatigue - Malic acid is an essential ingredient needed to produce the energy cycle for ATP. ATP is the energy source to move and think. This energy cycle is another vital area that must be restored in order to overcome the fatigue that accompanies the Fibromyalgia syndrome.

Pain -The pain, soreness, and inflammation are other areas that must be addressed. MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), a source of dietary sulfur, has been used successfully to help these problems. Stiffness and muscle wasting, which can also cause pain, can be helped with Boswellia Serrata also known as Frankincense. N-acetyl cysteine is another ingredient that also helps with muscle wasting and pain. Joint stress, which is common in FM, can result from the muscles compressing the joints. Glucosamine and bovine cartilage help keep the joints moving freely. Boswellia Serrata and MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) are excellent natural pain relievers. It can be purchased at any health food store. This could be very useful in your recovery to help alleviate pain until the program starts to take full effect. Use 500 mg, 4 to 6 times a day.

Digestive Aids - There is often a high incidence of digestive disorders associated with Fibromyalgia. These can include Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Leaky Gut Syndrome (LGS), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), and Disruption of Intestinal Flora. Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics with EnzyGuard-D has proven to be effective in repairing the digestive tract and restoring the proper balance of intestinal flora in people with Fibromyalgia. This could be one of the most important factors in reversing Fibromyalgia, and restoring optimum health.

Home base business opportunity Hormone Balancing - For those women who may have need for hormone balancing in addition to the Female Blend that is included in the Fibromyalgia Formula for Women, there are two products that may be incorporated safely into the program.

Note: You may consider staying away from all MSG and Aspartame. MSG is a preservative and flavor enhancer common in many processed foods. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener. These two substances have been shown to cause pain in Fibromyalgia sufferers.

Sleep "The only time your body heals is when you are in deep sleep. A study concerning sleep problems was recently conducted on a group of normal, healthy people. The test included sleep patterns of Fibromyalgia sufferers. After three days they all started showing symptoms of Fibromyalgia." Dr. Cynthia Olson

"I was actually confined to a wheel-chair. The pain was so excruciating that I feared I'd never walk normally again. I thought that after struggling with Fibromyalgia for years, it had finally won. Then I was introduced to the Fibromyalgia Recovery Program. I now lead a totally normal life and am determined to tell everyone I can reach that, despite what I'd been told, "You don't have to learn to live with it." - Linda Baker

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Matrix of Underlying Contributing Factors

"There are no simple answers to conditions where causes lie in a mix of nutritional deficiencies, acquired toxicities, bowel dysbiosis, inadequate stress coping abilities, sensitivities and allergies, inappropriate or excessive medication, inadequate sugar control mechanisms, hormonal imbalances, poor posture and breathing dysfunction, current or past viral, parasitic, yeast or bacterial infections, impaired organs of digestion and elimination, and chronic stress. There are certainly no magic bullets which can remedy a situation which may have taken many years to evolve.

Perhaps you have been told by a well-meaning but uniformed doctor that you will "just have to learn to live with it." Well guess what... you do have options. The good news is, your symptoms can be diminished or reduced by using natural, nutritional products that address these symptoms.

Our World Today is a Toxic Minefield

Basic body detox There is a large proportion of ME/CFS patients who complain of everyday amounts of volatile chemicals triggering or worsening symptoms, i.e. multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). This has led some researchers to look down this path for answers to the CFS puzzle. One study quotes the rate of severe chemical sensitivity amongst ME/CFS patients at 20%-47%

The same study provides compelling evidence that the limbic system (the emotional center of the brain) of susceptible individuals can become sensitized by chemical, biological and psychological mechanisms and that subsequent exposure to stimuli can cause dis-regulation of multiple body systems including behavioral, autonomic, endocrine, and immune system functions. Animal models have shown that sensitization can occur as a result of chronic exposure to everyday amounts of volatile organic chemicals (VOC's).

In addition to these findings there is also strong evidence of abnormalities of detoxification in ME/CFS. Glutathione, the body's most powerful antioxidant, is consistently found to be low (14, 15). Glutathione may become depleted due to chronic exposure to high levels of toxins. This could potentially be as a result of exposure to toxins in the air or from chemicals of gut origin in the presence of gut dysbiosis. Over activation of the immune system also depletes glutathione so this may come as a knock on effect from immune system abnormalities. What is certain is that low glutathione leads to fatigue and muscle weakness and pain due to its role in energy metabolism. Low glutathione also results in oxidative stress, meaning that highly reactive oxygen molecules are not neutralized and are thus free to roam the body damaging cells and interfering with potentially any body system.

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Fibromyalgia and Raw Food Research Study

Foods that fight Fibro Malnutrition is the basis of all disease: "Man's body is a living organism, made of living cells, which require raw living food in order to be properly nourished and function well. When we put cooked food into our body, loaded with contaminants, the body starts to break down. It begins in the very young with colic, rashes, colds, earaches, upset stomachs, swollen glands and tonsils. As the child grows older, their may be tooth decay, pimples, the need for eye glasses, etc. Then as we enter adult life there is arthritis, hypoglycemia, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cancers.

Lena - "My name is Lena Buhr and I've just turned raw...I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and a possible melanoma a while ago, and since so many family members of mine, keep dying and get sick in cancers, arthritis and thyroid, I decided to do what many people don't think is possible; I became 100% raw. No coffee or tea, or any cooked food whatsoever, no white bread or sprayed vegetables, nothing!! I only eat raw vegetables, berries, nuts, sprouted seeds and a lots of fruit everyday. I didn't believe in this at first and it scared me a little bit but I thought I had nothing to lose. Today, I am almost free of my symptoms and besides I feel so much better! I only wish You would tell Mr. Fox about this... It would help him a great! So many people around the world who is know free and cured from even severe cancer, with only months left to live...Please do some research on how food effects us, especially the kind of diet You eat in America--the Standard American Diet--SAD! It would save so many from fear and agony about diseases and pain! Yours Sincerely Lena Buhr."

Chronically Fatigued? Reading my testimonial might help!

"I was sick, and tired of being sick, and tired. Like many people today, I was working too hard. Having gained weight, I felt like I was dragging a ball, and chain around all day. My battery was dead, dead, dead! At the same time I was trying to save my 19-year-old kitty's life, who had been diagnosed with advanced stages of terminal renal failure, (she experienced an amazing recovery!). To get me started on my journey into health, the first thing I did was to remove all empty carbohydrates and processed food from my diet. I drank alkaline water and ate alkaline foods; I also drank 12 ounce of diluted wheatgrass juice 2 to 3 times a day and I boosted my glutathione level with Immunocal. I also drank a delicious revolutionary nutritional beverage in a base blend of marine phytoplankton. I also started breathing in the fresh air deeply while walking out in nature daily. Each day, I added 5 minutes more to my Nature Walk and gradually picked up my pace. WOOSH! The life force ignited in my body and, I felt my energy soaring so high, it was unbelievable!"

The Road To Better Health may begin with a Healing Crisis

The Healing Crisis Chalford, Ph.D- "The body has an inherent desire for perfect health. We have the ability to earn our way back to that state, no matter how "normal" or bad our health is now. But in the meantime, the body must go through an elimination process to achieve good health. The elimination process is often referred to as the " healing crisis." Once the healing crisis starts, reactions may be mild or severe. Expect ups and downs as it takes awhile to get good health back. In a healing crisis, every body system works together to eliminate waste products and set the stage for regeneration. Old tissues are replaced with new."

As you move toward better health with natural healing programs and better nutrition, healing begins to occur. As part of the healing process the body will begin to discard toxic residues which have built up in your body over the years.

Magnesium Deficiency's Role in Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue

Magnesium deficiency is very common in the general US population. Not only is our daily intake low, but we eat a diet which increases the demand for magnesium. And unfortunately, urinary magnesium loss can be increased by many factors, both physical and emotional. Magnesium loss increases in the presence of certain hormones. Stress can greatly increase magnesium loss. Even loud noises can extra magnesium loss. One article on the web goes so far as to say that almost everyone is the United States is at least marginally deficient in magnesium. So there is an excellent chance that a person with fibromyalgia has a magnesium deficiency. But since people with fibromyalgia often have high levels of stress, and a disrupted hormonal system, they are more likely to be candidates for magnesium deficiency. Magnesium utilization is also increased by the presence of estrogen, and this might explain why many women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia after menopause, when estrogen levels would decrease. Additionally, the sleep disruption which occurs in fibromyalgia might also affect magnesium utilization, as sleep deprivation has been shown to cause lower magnesium levels.

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CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME: THE HIDDEN POLIO EPIDEMIC
Dr. William Campbell Douglas

Dr. Richard Bruno, New Jersey Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine, pointed out, in the New York Academy report, that of more than a dozen outbreaks of CFS before the introduction of the Salk vaccine, nine occurred during or immediately after polio outbreaks and several of the victims of CFS had been taking care of polio patients. As the polio vaccination program opened the door for these opportunistic relatives of polio, the CFS epidemic gathered steam and the new polio was upon us. One of the forerunners in this research is Dr. Elizabeth Dowsett, a microbiologist from Britain. Dr. Dowsett states unequivocally what you don't hear in this country: True CFS (as differentiated from other fatigue states) "strikes one clinically as being polio-like and it has often been diagnosed as 'nonparalytic polio.'

Sugar Free Products Alert!

Epidemic of fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus related to aspartame
(Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure.)

According to researchers and physicians studying the adverse effects of aspartame, the following chronic illnesses can be triggered or worsened by ingesting of aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson's disease, alzheimer's, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

Complex Role of Toxic Exposures in Chronic Illnesses Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encepthalomyelitis (CFS/ME) and Gulf War Illnesses (GWI) are characterized by similar chronic signs and symptoms. This is why we proposed that GWI is a CFS/ME illness. Other chronic illnesses, such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, among others, also show many of these same signs and symptoms, suggesting that there may be some overlap in the underlying causes of these conditions or at least in the factors that may result in sickness (morbidity) or illness progression. The treatments of chronic illnesses that are due to toxic exposures from chemical or radiological agents are quite different from the treatment of chronic infections. The treatment of chemically exposed patients usually involves removal of offending chemicals from the patient's environment, depletion of chemicals from the patient's system and treatment of the signs and symptoms caused by chemical exposure(s). Chemically exposed patients are often extremely sensitive to a variety of commonly encountered chemicals, including perfumes and air fresheners, petrochemical fumes, chlorine, cleaning solutions and solvents, among others. They are also very sensitive to certain foods, and special diets are often necessary, and in some cases direct skin contact with certain substances can cause strong cutaneous reactions. Therefore, an important part of treatment for chemical exposures requires limiting exposures to a variety of common chemicals and gradual removal of the toxic chemical.

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Homeopathic Remedies for Fibromyalgia

Homeopathy can often provide relief from the unpredictable, sometimes debilitating, aches and pains of fibromyalgia. Nutritional supplements, dietary monitoring, special types of exercise, and other natural approaches are also helpful and may be used along with remedies.

Filled with practical advise on detecting unsuspected causes of our sicknesses, building resistance to disease, and harnessing our own bodies’ natural desire to heal, Dr. Galland's innovative book represents mind/body medicine at its best. For those whose illnesses haven't responded to treatment or resist diagnoses, or for anyone who craves a high level of health, Power Healing is essential reading.

"The best of all medicines are rest and fasting." ---Benjamin Franklin

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