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Fibromyalgia:  Self-Treatment Tips

What is Happening:

Fibromyalgia is almost impossible to definitively diagnose, as the condition leaves no definitive traces detectable by current diagnostic tests. This chronic pain syndrome strikes an estimated 1 in 70 Americans, most of them women. It is often triggered by head trauma, a neurological infection, or severe emotional stress and is characterized mainly by widespread musculoskeletal pain, chronic fatigue, memory loss and mood swings.

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Approaches to dealing with Fibromyalgia

If you have widespread muscle pain, a sensible course of action is to optimize your health via exercise, diet, toxin avoidance, stress reduction, quality sleep and social engagement. Identify which of these factors can use the most improvement in your life, and take action.

Focus on your gut health, as well.  Research continues to support the connection between your gut flora (microbiome–bacterial strains in your intestinal tract) and brain health.  These important bacteria produce neurotransmitters and vitamins needed for proper nerve function.   If your microbiome is low in the “good” bacterial strains it allows pathogenic colonies to dominate, increasing the gut’s permeability (leaky gut syndrome) where larger, incompletely digested food particles pass through and trigger systemic inflammation.  Inflammation is a hallmark of Alzheimers’ disease, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic degenerative disorders.

Supplement with “good bacteria” containing fermented foods; reduce sugar, grain and starch in your diet as carbs tend to encourage the growth of less beneficial gut bacteria.

Sit in an infrared sauna. Infrared light energizes cells, including nerve cells associated your fibromyalgia pain. The deep-penetrating infrared heat forces toxins out your tissues via sweat and increases oxygen delivery to muscles making them feel better.

Epsom salt baths, followed by rubbing essential oils of boswellia, lavendar or peppermint on your body has helped some patients of mine with FM.

Hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy may reduce fibromyalgia pain.

Exercise can be beneficial for fibromyalgia pain. It increases circulation to muscles and joints, oxygenates the brain and produces endorphins which are natural sedatives.

Speed walk outdoors with your arms, torso and legs exposed to the sun. It’s best to do this in a park or forested area where there are a lot of trees and bushes, since plants emit oxygen and generate negative ions. Then, work up to a light jog. Do for 40 minutes daily, or at least 3-4 days a week. Breathe through your nose to better oxygenate your brain. Rehydrate with water or coconut water.

The following products can be helpful in managing your fibromyalgia:

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Naturo Sciences Green Food

Fibromyalagia symptoms may be improved by an anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense, alkaline diet. Naturo Sciences Green Food packs a potent supply of nutrients to do the job. Each serving includes:

Super-antioxidant blend: acai berry, goji berry, carrot, beet, raspberry, rose hips, pineapple, green tea and acerola cherry for a huge supply of the most important antioxidants including beta carotene, Vitamin C, folic acid, B-12 and many others.

Green food blend: wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, spinach, chlorella and broccoli.

EFA fiber blend: flax seed powder and apple pectin fiber for optimal digestion and detox/cleansing of digestive system.

Digestive enzyme blend: live cultures of lactobacillus, acidophilus, protease, amylase, lipase, lactase, cellulase and fructo-oligosaccharide (from chicory root) to restore the essential balance of good bacteria and boost the immune system.

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Two Person Far Infrared Sauna

Red light has long been known to have therapeutic effects on human cells; primarily increasing cellular ATP (energy) production and initiating signaling pathways for cell repair. Studies demonstrate that far infrared light enhances circulation in the skin, modulates sleep, eases pain, protects against oxidative stress, and relieves inflammation. Since far Infrared (FIR) has a longer wavelength than red light, it can penetrate deeper into tissues.

This sauna is a good investment in your health as it can help you recover from musculoskeletal injuries, reduce pain in bones and joints, and even help you sleep better. It contains seven carbon fiber FIR heaters and is comprised of Canadian Hemlock wood, with no chemicals added.

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Portable Personal Infrared Sauna

If you can’t afford a two person sauna, this is the next best thing. The infrared light and heat from this portable sauna penetrates deep into muscles. Infrared light enhances cellular energy production, thereby improving tissue healing and reducing inflammation.

Use infrared sauna therapy in conjunction with a detox diet for maximum benefit.

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Bacterial Culture Starter for Gut Health

Beneficial gut bacteria help you digest starches and sugars; protect your intestinal lining and guard against leaky gut syndrome. They even manufacture the mood-influencing neurochemicals dopamine and serotonin, along with vitamins that are important for brain health. They also play a role in mediating your immune system’s reaction to common allergens like pollen.

Whenever your microbiome (intestinal bacterial population) is low in the beneficial strains, pathogenic bacteria are able to proliferate and cause gastrointestinal problems. Since you are continually shedding bacteria when you eliminate it is important to ensure your beneficial strains repopulate accordingly.

Use this starter kit to culture your own vegetables, and watch your health improve in just a matter of weeks.

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NatureWise Ubiquinol (active form of CoQ10)

Coenzyme Q10 is used for energy production by every cell in your body, and also helps protect against cellular damage from free radicals. CoQ10 is especially important if you’re taking a statin drug as statins deplete your body of CoQ10, thereby speeding up progression of heart disease.

Studies have demonstrated that ubiquinol has a beneficial effect on: inflammatory processes, septic shock (which is also associated with mitochondrial dysfunction), cardiac arrest and stroke recovery, and periodontal disease (including gingivitis and dry mouth).

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BOTTOM LINE:  Fibromyalgia is difficult to manage using traditional medical approaches because the cause is not well-known.   So, focus on optimizing your health by sweating out toxins; improving your gut health since your gut influences your brain (which therefore influences pain perception) and is where nutrient absorption occurs; doing mild exercise regularly and getting adequate sunshine to your skin.

These are some of the products I recommend for Fibromyalgia.  They are generally safe to use, but check with your doctor. ~Dr. Perez

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