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Fibromyalgia -Roger Mason
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very painful inflammatory, rheumatic condition that is characterized by joint pain, muscle stiffness and fatigue. The condition is so bad, it actually shortens your life due to suicide and accidents. This can only be diagnosed by symptoms, as there are really no lab tests to verify the condition. Population studies show that about 5% of adults in most countries (1 in 20) have fibromyalgia. This affects females twice as much (2:1) than males. The major symptoms are:
There is no medical cure for it. Toxic drugs, like Enbrel, Cymbalta, and anticonvulsants like Lyrica, are the usual treatment in 2016. Yes, you can cure this naturally with diet and lifestyle. Due to the pain, opiates are given such as morphine, oxycodeine, and hydrocodeine. Read the article Pain Medication. Opiates are only for the TEMPORARY relief of pain while you are getting well. It is estimated to affect about 15 million Americans (about 5%) currently and 85% are women. Worldwide, you find about the same rates, but not as high for women. Some clinicians feel this is much more prevalent, as the condition is underdiagnosed.
Digestive issues are a big part of this. Food allergies are major as well. Read the articles Food Allergies and Good Health Begins with Good Digestion. Do the Good Health program for a year. Also read Colon Health. A study in the Scandanavian Journal of Gastroenterology (v 8-9, 2012) showed food allergies and IBS to be central to FM. Eat only macrobiotic food, two meals a day, don't eat out, and take your lunch to work. Diet is everything. Don't eat Nightshade vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, and peppers. Other studies have shown (Rheumatology International v 30, 2010) that better food choices are the most important factor in FM. Diet cures disease. Read my book Macrobiotics for Everyone.
Obesity is an important factor, and you must lose weight to get better. You lose weight with diet, exercise, and lifestyle, not Magic Supplements. Studies in Arthritis Care and Research (v 62, 2010) and Journal of Pain (v 11, 2010) showed obesity is a major cause in FM. You must lose weight by making better food choices. Eat a whole grain based diet, and avoid meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, refined foods, and desserts of all types. Fat makes you fat, not food per se.
If you are over 40 take the Supplements for Over 40 package. Read the article Serious Supplement Program. If you are under 40, you can take the Supplements for Younger People. Read the article by the same name. Read my booklet The Supplements You Need. You need all 20 supplements if you over 40. CoQ10 has been shown to be especially important, so take 200 mg for the first year only, and then the usual 100 mg. A study in Clinical Biochemistry (v 45, 2012) demonstrated this.
Minerals are one of the basic causes of every disease and medical condition known. Take All Your Minerals® with 20 elements. Mineral deficiencies are one cause of FM. A study in Rheumatology International (v33, 2013) showed magnesium supplements to be effective. A Korean study (Journal of Korean Medical Science v 26, 2011) showed lower levels of calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese in women with fibromyalgia. No matter how well you eat, you will never be mineral sufficient.
Vitamin D is very important, but do not take more than 1,200 IU total if you are not out in the sun. If you are out in the sun, just take the 400 IU in All Your Vitamins®. At the Karachi Civil Hospital, 80% of people with fibromyalgia were found to be seriously deficient in vitamin D. Women with fibromyalgia in Saudi Arabia (Pain Medicine v 13, 2012) were found to be universally low in vitamin D. "Treatment with high dose vitamin D resulted in clinical improvement in all patients." The evidence is overwhelming. Read Vitamin D is Amazing.
You can also take 500 to 1,000 mg of GABA daily. A study in Arthritis and Rheumatism (v 64, 2012) showed low levels in both male and female patients. Do this only for one year. GABA is not normally needed.
Omega-3 fatty acids are important here. The best source of all is refrigerated flax oil, not fish or krill oil. Read the article Flax Oil is Amazing. You can take a 1,000 mg softgel a day, but it is better to buy bulk refrigerated high lignan flax oil in 12 or 16 ounce bottles. Take 1/2 teaspoon a day (2.5 grams). There is no doubt that omega-3-fatty acids are vital here (Journal of Complimentary Medicine v 7, 2010)
Balance your hormones without a doctor. Read Balance Your Hormones. An article in the Journal of Pineal Research (v 50, 2011) showed, "administration of melatonin (to humans) was effective in the treatment of FM." A study in Pain (v153, 2012) showed that growth hormone administration was very effective. You want to balance your DHEA, testosterone, pregnenolone, GH, melatonin, progesterone, T3 and T4. Women need to balance their three estrogens as well, especially estriol. Studies in the future will prove the value of overall hormone balance. All your hormones work together in concert as a team in harmony.
You must exercise gently without causing more damage to your muscles and joints. The problem here is exercise intolerance. Walking is good, as is swimming. Here, aerobic is better than resistance due to the muscle and joint pain. You may not be able to do resistance exercise or other strenuous programs at first. Be careful, and err on the side of caution. Do "soft" exercise, so you do not aggravate your condition. As you improve, you will be able to do more and more all the time. In the American Journal of Physical Medicine (v 91, 2012) the doctors found safe exercise to have dramatic effects on FM. Exercise also reduces pain, so less opiates are needed. A meta-review of the literature in Rheumatology International (v 30, 2010) showed the dramatic benefits of gentle aerobic exercise. Fast every week for one day dinner to dinner. Fast for two days every month with our Young Again International Fast (read Fast with Us and Fasting is Powerful). You must stop any bad habits like coffee, alcohol, tobacco, desserts, etc. Bad habits will simply aggravate your condition.
The psychological implications here are major. Depression and anxiety are foremost. People with FM have very different personality profiles than healthy people. A study in Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology (v 28, 2010) showed they differ specifically in such traits as novelty seeking, harm avoidance, reward dependence, and persistance. Most patients end up on psychiatic drugs like Elavil, Cymbalta, Effexor, and Paxil. This just makes them worse in the end. A study at Gentoffe University Hospital in Denmark (Arthritis and Rheumatism v 62, 2010) proved FM depression causes greatly increased suicide rates. Sleep (and restless leg syndrome) is generally so poor that sleep drugs such as Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata are prescribed. This is the Royal Road to Hell.
Read the article Seven Steps to Natural Health, print it out, and tape it to your refrigerator. Do all seven steps with no excuses. Women can read my book Natural Health for Women. Instead of drugging yourself up and getting worse every month, you can cure FM with a total program of diet and lifestyle.