Fibromyalgia is a condition which causes extreme tiredness and pain all over the body (especially in the muscles and tissues surrounding the joints). It is also associated with depression. People with fibromyalgia may also experience difficulty sleeping, muscle stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), etc.
There are certain changes and factors which are associated with fibromyalgia, including especially magnesium and vitamin D deficiency, high levels of toxins, fluoride, candida overgrowth, hormonal imbalance (especially low levels of serotonin and other hormones) and disturbed pain messages.
The fact according to which 9 in 10 fibromyalgia patients are female inspires me to conclude that anxiety, depression and hormonal imbalance must be one of the key factors contributing to this condition.
It is believed that the exact cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown, but the following factors are suspected to be involved in contributing to this disease:
– According to Dr. Carolyn Dean one of the key cause of fibromyalgia is a huge Magnesium deficiency: “Magnesium deficiency is known to exacerbate all the symptoms of CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and fibromyalgia, and increased magnesium intake has been effective in helping to restore health to many sufferers… In fact, a major breakthrough occurred in CFS research when low magnesium levels were discovered in most sufferers. Of the many enzyme systems that require magnesium, the most important ones are responsible for energy production and storage. As noted above, the root causes of fibromyalgia and CFS are magnesium deficiency and yeast overgrowth” (>).
– The same physician suggests that, “Fibromyalgia is the latest label for an accumulation of toxins and infections from both environment and lifestyle. Twenty-six doctors who present their cases in a book on chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia agree. Our exposure to toxins, chemicals, and prescription drugs begins at birth. Substances we think are safe can break down our immune systems and deplete our nutrient reserves. I and many other doctors believe they lead to CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), fibromyalgia, and environmental illness in a growing list of sufferers” (>).
– Abnormal pain messages carried by the central nervous system caused by changes to neurotransmitters. It leads to extreme sensitivity to pain. There is an evidence of abnormal levels of pain transmitters causing nerve receptors to communicate to the brain that there is pain when there is no apparent reason for it.
– Researchers has found fibromyalgia sufferers have very low levels of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline in their brains. Low levels of these extremely important hormones and neurotransmitters could be regarded as the main physiological cause of fibromyalgia, because apart from regulating mood, sleep and response to stress these hormones are also involved in processing pain messages. Since serotonin deficiency is one of the causes of fibromyalgia it is important to know what leads to the low levels of this important neurotransmitter and antidepressant hormone. In the book Natural Way to Overcome Depression, Obesity, and Insomnia, Dr. Michael Murray says that serotonin deficiency should also be blamed for causing fatigue: “Bad diet, lack of exercise, use of harmful substances such as caffeine or alcohol can rob your brain of the ability to make enough serotonin. This produces a range of significant complications: depression, obesity, insomnia, migraine headache, chronic fatigue.”
– Fibromyalgia (like endometriosis) is believed to be potential side effect of yeast (Candida albicans) overgrowth, which can be caused by diet low in raw vegetables and high in refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates, use of birth control pills (BCPs) and antibiotics. Yeast overgrowth in the intestines can diminish the production of serotonin in the gut and low serotonin is strongly associated with fibromyalgia.
– Some researches maintain that fibromyalgia is directly related to high levels of toxins (especially mercury, lead and fluoride) which can lead to negative chemical changes.
– Disturbed sleep patterns may also contribute to the development of fibromyalgia.
– Also depression and anxiety greatly contribute to the development of this condition.
– Fibromyalgia can be triggered by a stressful events and inability to control stress. “Acute episodes of CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and fibromyalgia can be brought on by exposure to stress, whether emotional or physical. The consequent increase in adrenaline and stress chemicals hastens magnesium loss and can be a factor in both conditions. Low levels of magnesium intensify the secretion of the stress chemicals, thus increasing the risk of adverse effects of stress and creating another vicious cycle. The overproduction of adrenaline due to stress leads to magnesium deficiency and therefore puts a strain on the magnesium-dependent energy system of the body, causing energy depletion that leads to fatigue. Fatigue is often reduced with magnesium supplementation. In fact, a major breakthrough occurred in CFS research when low magnesium levels were discovered in most sufferers. Of the many enzyme systems that require magnesium, the most important ones are responsible for energy production and storage” (>).
– Lack of good probiotic bacteria in the gut leading to the Leaky gut syndrome – a condition linked to autoimmune diseases is also associated with fibromyalgia.
– Nutritional deficiencies (especially lack of Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B12, Folate, B6, and Tryptophan) caused by unhealthy refined diet high in sugar and bad fats.
– Vitamin D deficiency (insufficient exposure to the sun). A growing body of research suggests that low vitamin D levels may be linked to multiple symptoms of fibromyalgia as well as CFS and that raising levels may ease these symptoms.
– Diet high in animal foods (meat, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs).
– Food allergies have also been linked to fibromyalgia especially allergy to milk, shellfish, gluten, citrus fruits, corn, and tomatoes.
– Some autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, are often associated with fibromyalgia.
– Another factor which may contribute to fibromyalgia is increased blood flow and congestion in the brain especially in the region responsible for regulation of pain intensity.
– Deficiency of antioxidants.
– Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can contribute to fibromyalgia (watch the VIDEO >) >
– Fatigue or tiredness.
– Pain involving especially muscles and joints.
– Depression and anxiety.
– Sleep disorders.
– Cognitive difficulties.
– Lower back pain, etc.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia are often confused with those of arthritis. Arthritis, however, leads to swelling and disfigurement of joints which cannot be caused by fibromyalgia alone.
Learn how to treat CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) >
THERE IS NO FIBROMYALGIA OR CFS DRUG
“The complex nature of CFS and fibromyalgia is formidable. Even though more doctors understand and accept the existence of CFS, the focus of CFS research seems to be on finding one cause. And the treatments offered are only symptomatic: rheumatologists and psychiatrists treat sleeplessness with sleeping pills; pain with anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and muscle relaxants; and anxiety and depression with antianxiety drugs and antidepressants. None of these medications seem to work and certainly don’t cure the problem, in fact, people with CFS seem to be very sensitive to drugs and can develop many side effects including magnesium deficiency. No attention is paid to diet or nutrient deficiencies. Doctors ignore the possibility that there could be a nutrient imbalance, such as a magnesium deficiency, or coexisting conditions, such as a yeast infection, low thyroid, adrenal exhaustion, or allergies, that cause a complex of symptoms. They also tend to overlook possible toxicities, which allow common infections to appear more virulent as they take advantage of a weakened host. Yet magnesium deficiency is known to exacerbate all the symptoms of CFS and fibromyalgia, and increased magnesium intake has been effective in helping to restore health to many sufferers. Magnesium is also one of the best ways to strengthen the immune system and boost resistance against germs” – Dr. Carolyn Dean (>).
HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN
In order to recover from fibromyalgia try first to find the underlying causes such as depression, serotonin and dopamine deficiency, candidiasis, etc. Find the description of the problem in the DISEASES section and implement the recommendations. In addition, read carefully and do your best to implement all the principles and recommendations included in the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN >
ADDRESS THE EMOTIONAL FACTOR
Fibromyalgia should be also regarded as a condition caused by a physical response to a poor mental health (depression and anxiety) and emotional stress. Not everyone with fibromyalgia will experience complete relief of symptoms even after following diet perfectly. This is because in nearly every case of fibromyalgia there is an underlying emotional factor which plays as important role as diet and must be addressed or otherwise one of key causes of the fibromyalgia won’t be eliminated. In order to effectively implement this aspect of treatment carefully read the MIND CURE >
Go on Hallelujah diet for 6 months. According to Dr Michael Greger, “When a study was reviewed in the journal Current Rheumatology Reports, the editor noted that The vegan Hallelujah Diet had the most impressive results of any recent fibromyalgia treatment study—three times the improvement that the Mayo Clinic was reporting for their fibromyalgia program!” In the Conclusions of the study Prof Donaldson wrote: “In summary, a diet intervention using a mostly raw, pure vegetarian diet (Hallelujah Diet) produced dramatic improvements in fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) symptoms. 19 of 30 participants responded very favourably to the intervention, seeing marked improvement in all FMS symptoms. This dietary intervention shows that many fibromyalgia subjects can be helped even without understanding the full cause of their symptoms.” (Source >) The same study demonstrated that when fourteen fibromyalgia patients were put on a mostly vegetarian Mediterranean diet for two weeks they did not experience significant improvement.
Apart from Hallelujah Diet, in case of fibromyalgia, almost always the combination of Magnesium, 5-HTP Tryptophan, Vitamin D3, D-ribose, Vitamin K2, Omega-3, Chlorella, Methylcobalamin (B12), anxiety & stress control, daily exercise, exposure to sunlight or strong light imitating sunlight, etc. give excellent results.
I have recommended it to many people suffering from fibromyalgia and it effectively increased their serotonin and dopamine levels, boosted energy, detoxified their bodies from heavy metals, improved cognitive functions and quality of sleep.
Patients with fibromyalgia also have chronically low levels of serotonin, which greatly exaggerates their pain.
Help your body to increase levels of serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline by regular exercise, exposures to sunlight, taking supplements of Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium and Zinc, diet high in Tryptophan. The following foods are regarded as highest in tryptophan: Tofu, cooked soya beans and other palsies (legumes), sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds. You can also use tryptophan in the form of supplements such as 5HTP. It is scientifically proved that 5HTP helps in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Serotonin deficiency can be caused by sedentary lifestyle (lack of physical activity), insufficient light during the day, refined and low in nutrients diet, use of stimulants (alcohol, nicotine, coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate and other caffeine products), or insufficient amount of sleep.
We know that serotonin is very important in fighting fibromyalgia. Serotonin is the “feel good” hormone and neurotransmitter which helps us regulate moods and use good judgement. Unfortunately, the older we get the less serotonin we tend to produce. Dr. Carolyn Meltzer’s research has demonstrated that with age serotonin receptors decrease by over 50%. People who struggle with overweight, obesity, and depression, those who commit serious crime as well as people who commit suicide have very low level of this extremely important hormone. Unfortunately, if you don’t have enough of serotonin or when the number of serotonin receptors is low then it leads to depression and greatly contributes to fibromyalgia.
Light therapy (sunlight and in autumn and winter lamps imitating sunlight).
Complex carbohydrates (dried fruits, bananas) increase the ability of tryptophan to cross blood-brain barrier and be converted in the brain to serotonin.
Also Vitamin B6, B1, B3 (Niacin), Magnesium, Zinc, Folate, Vitamin D are all necessary for the production of serotonin in the brain.
As mentioned previously, magnesium is a necessary building block for both the production and uptake of serotonin by brain cells. Since one of the key causes of fibromyalgia is severe magnesium deficiency you must address this issue accordingly by taking good quality magnesium supplements such as magnesium malate, magnesium bisglycinate chelate, magnesium citrate. Magnesium malate increases energy production inside body cells and helps reduce symptoms of fibromyalgia. Taking Malic acid > and magnesium supplements separately or magnesium malate is beneficial for coping with fibromyalgia. In one study researchers tested the effectiveness of 1,200mg of malic acid plus 300mg of magnesium a day on women with fibromyalgia. As a result, all patients treated with malic acid and magnesium experienced reduced muscle stiffness and pain (>). In addition, they also noticed improved mental attitude. At the same time the treatment with malic acid and magnesium didn’t cause any side effects. Millions suffer also from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it. Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests as only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood. According to Dr. Norman Shealy, “Every known illness (including fibromyalgia) is associated with a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.” Dosage: Try to use a good quality magnesium of high bioavailability such as Magnesium citrate (such as MagCitra by HealthAid): 2 x 400mg 60 min before breakfast and about 1 – 3 hours before bed. If you take high doses of vitamin D3 you need 2 x 800mg. Make sure you take magnesium with Vitamin B6 as it supports magnesium absorption.
Vitamin D deficiency (insufficient exposure to the sun) is associated with chronic pain. One study found that the control group that received the vitamin D supplementation experienced a marked reduction in pain (>). A growing body of research suggests that low vitamin D levels may be linked to multiple symptoms of fibromyalgia as well as CFS and that raising levels may ease these symptoms. There are some studies that seem to suggest vitamin D does not help in fibromyalgia but it is so because it was administered without Magnesium as even mega doses of this vitamin proved to be useless in case of magnesium deficiency which is very common! Almost every person in England is deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D is important for human nervous system. Even in India 80% of people are deficient in vitamin D because they do not expose their bodies to the sun. While taking vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 or even 50,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium (50,000 IU shouldn’t be taken longer than 2 months). Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day.
Success Story: “My fibromyalgia had brought my life to a stand-still. My life consisted of work only, no evening or weekend plans. That time was reserved for recuperation. My life is moving forward again! My pain and stiffness are down significantly and my energy is up. The vitamin D supplements along with the dietary changes are 100 percent responsible for my regained life. Its a miracle! Im back to life in the evenings and on the weekends. My life consisted of work only, no evening or weekend plans. That time was reserved for recuperation. My life is moving forward again! My pain and stiffness are down significantly and my energy is up. The vitamin D supplements along with the dietary changes are 100 percent responsible for my regained life. Its a miracle! I’m back to life in the evenings and on the weekends.” Virginia, Mount Morris, MI (source >)
OTHER SUPPLEMENTS AND REMEDIES
– D-ribose supplements are reported to be helpful in coping with fatigue and muscle pain. “Research in ribose and CFS/FMS began with a case study that was published in the prestigious journal Pharmacotherapy in 2004. This case study told the story of a veterinary surgeon diagnosed with fibromyalgia. For months, this dedicated doctor found herself becoming more and more fatigued, with pain becoming so profound she was finally unable to stand during surgery. As a result, she was forced to all but give up the practice she loved. Upon hearing that a clinical study on ribose in congestive heart failure was underway in the university where she worked, she asked if she could try the ribose to see if it might help her overcome the mind-numbing fatigue she experienced from her disease. After three weeks of ribose therapy she was back in the operating room, practising normally with no muscle pain or stiffness, and without the fatigue that had kept her bedridden for many months. Being a doctor, she was sceptical, not believing that a simple sugar could have such a dramatic effect on her condition. Within two weeks of stopping the ribose therapy, however, she was out of the operating room and back in bed. So, to again test the theory, she began ribose therapy a second time. The result was similar to her first experience, and she was back doing surgery in days. After yet a third round of stopping (with the return of symptoms) and starting (with the reduction of symptoms) the ribose therapy, she was convinced, and has been on ribose therapy since that time.” (SOURCE >)
– Chlorella. Some research give evidence of the potential of chlorella to relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia (>,>). I personally believe Chlorella is currently the best natural super food and natural remedy in the world. And you should agree with me after reading the article about Chlorella. Since Chlorella is a powerful detoxifier and energy booster it is better if you start with a smaller dose such as 1 teaspoon or 3 tablets 30 minutes before breakfast and the same amount 30 minutes before lunch with 2 glasses of water, vegetable juice or smoothie. Then gradually increase the intake every day (by approximately 1 tablet) until reaching the maximum dose of 2 heaped tablespoons or 10 – 20 tablets (500mg) 30 min before breakfast and the same amount 30 min before lunch. Altogether you can take 2-6 round tablespoons or about 20-40 tablets (500mg per tablet) of chlorella a day. The more you take the better results you will see. It is better and more beneficial to take chlorella alternately with moringa, barley grass, alfalfa, Clean Greens (Pukka), Vital (Pukka), Bee pollen or other super foods or formulas as in this way you will avoid possible overdosing of iodine or other Chlorella’s ingredients (although I never found any reliable evidence that taking large doses of Chlorella may be harmful). The dose depends also on age and body weight. While taking chlorella remember to increase your water intake to 3 times a day 2-3 glasses between meals. READ MORE >
– Serrapeptase (Natures aid): Start from 60.000 IU – 1 caps a day on an empty stomach. If it doesn’t work increase to 3 times 60’000 a day or more. The Miracle Enzyme – Most effective natural pain-killer (without side effects), also removes dead tissue and inflammation (inflammation is a major player in many chronic pain conditions).
– Ashwagandha (500-1200mg/day) is exceptionally good for balancing stress hormones. There are people who maintain that after few weeks of taking high enough doses of Ashwagandha (or Ashwagandha combined with Rhodiola) they managed to increase energy, improve mental health and sleep quality. Ashwagandha increases athletic endurance, cognitive function of the brain, focus and response time. In one controlled study, healthy men on a daily dose of 500mg of standardized Ashwagandha extract experienced significant improvement in their reaction time and task performance (>).
– Acetyl L-carnitine (1500 mg/day) is an excellent antioxidant which according to one study may also improve depression, pain and the overall quality of life in fibromyalgia patients (>).
– CBD (Cannabis) Oil: According to certain large trial, cannabinoids strongly and safely reduced various types of chronic pain (neuropathic, arthritis, fibromyalgia, HIV and multiple sclerosis pain). In another study involving almost 2000 participants, the benefits of using cannabis-based medicines to combat pain outweighed any risks (>, >).
– Sublingual Methylcobalamin (best form of vitamin B12) is another very important remedy which helps protect nerves and even reverse neurological damage. It also helped many people to get rid of chronic fatigue as deficiency of this vitamin is regarded as “rampant” today. >
– Multivitamin-mineral formula: 1-2 tablets after breakfast. Please do not buy cheap formulas as their potency is very low and they contain only short list of inorganic ingredients. It must be a good quality formula. The best by far is Daily Essentials (by Phoenix Nutrition). You can also take Healthy mega (HealthAid), Earth Source or VM75 (Solgar) or Special Two (NOW Foods). Take no more than 2 tablets, preferably with meals. If your diet is very healthy and you stay away from refined foods, sugar and stimulants, take only 1 after breakfast.
– One tablespoon of raw Sauerkraut twice daily or good Probiotic formula: with meals (2-3 x higher doses than recommended, for first month).
– Some studies have found that supplementing with CoQ10 and Ginkgo together improved quality of life for people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a disorder of the nervous system. (>) Fibromyalgia is a widespread muscle pain typically accompanied by fatigue; headaches; and difficulty with sleep, anxiety and depression. Ginkgo biloba can be used as a natural fibromyalgia treatment.
– Studies have found that Cayenne pepper relieves pain after surgery, such as a mastectomy or an amputation. It also alleviates pain from nerve damage in the feet or legs from diabetes, lower back injuries, neuropathy, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as fibromyalgia symptoms like joint or muscle pain.
– Alpha lipoic acid: 2 times a day 300-600mg. Alpha lipoic acid has proven its ability to prevent oxidative stress caused by radicals and other factors in nerve tissue. It helps to maintain high glutathione levels. Current research also reveals protective effects of alpha lipoic acid in neuropathy, excitotoxic amino acid brain injury, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other causes of damage to neural or brain tissue.
– Replenishing Glutathione (king of all antioxidants) is completely necessary for anyone suffering from fibromyalgia and CFS. The best ways to increase glutathione is by going on a mostly raw vegan unrefined diet and taking supplements and herbal remedies: NAC, Alpha Lipoic acid, Turmeric, Chlorella, Methylcobalamin, Milk thistle, etc.
– According to Verywell Health and University of Michigan Health Benfotiamine (S-acyl derivative of Thiamine, Vitamin B1)) can help in the following health problems: diabetes & diabetic neuropathy, thyroid & Hashimoto’s disease, back pain, anxiety, depression, sciatica, & fibromyalgia (>, >).
– Boron (3mg twice daily): According to a post I have found online, “Seven years ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, the next year adrenal fatigue, then early menopause, the following year uterine prolapse followed by hysterectomy – the following year fibromyalgia and neuropathy. Early Childhood was fluorinated water along with fluoride tablets. Fall of 2008 I was looking at total disability. I could barely walk and couldn’t sleep because of the pain and was throwing up daily from the pain in my back… After reading about fluoride I came to understand where all of my problems originated… I began the borax detox of 1/8 tsp in a litre of water and within 3 days my symptoms were almost gone.” Borax contains boron but for safety reasons some suggest to use good quality boron supplements instead.
– Vitamin B6: 10-25mg two times daily with meals.
– Get Folate (Folic acid) by consuming green leafy vegetables every day. Enough folate is included in the listed above multivitamins. Methylfolate is much better supplemental option than folic acid.
– Zinc: 15-30mg a day after meal. In addition eat 1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seed (soaked in water overnight) every day.
– Vitamin K2 MK-7 (derived from natural Natto): 200 mcg a day.
– Omega 3 fats have been suggested by research to have a calming and anti-depressive effect on the nervous system enhancing brain health and mental well-being. Rich sources of Omega-3 are: flax oil, flax seeds (must be ground), walnuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds. Chia seeds are very helpful too as it is regarded as the best source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Mix 1-2 tablespoons with fruit juice or plant-based milk every morning and eat it after at least 30 minutes with your breakfast.
Regular exercise helps to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. According to Harvard researchers, women with fibromyalgia who exercised experienced reduced pain, stiffness, depression and fatigue.
Exercise in the morning outside is the best way to boost serotonin and other hormones which are very important in the attempt to recover from fibromyalgia. In the beautiful book „Ministry of Healing” Ellen G. White wrote that, “The sick, shut within four walls, look out on houses and pavements, with perhaps not even a glimpse of blue sky or sunshine, of grass or flower or tree. Shut up in this way, they brood over their suffering and sorrow, and become a prey to their own sad thoughts. The pure air, the glad sunshine, the flowers and trees, and outdoor exercise amid these surroundings, are health- and life-giving. Outdoor life is the only remedy that many need. It has a wonderful power to heal diseases caused by the excitements and excesses of fashionable life, a life that weakens and destroys the powers of body, mind, and soul. How glad would they be to sit in the open air, rejoice in the sunshine, and breathe the fragrance of tree and flower! There are life-giving properties in the balsam of the pine, in the fragrance of the cedar and the fir, and other trees also have properties that are health restoring. In nature may always be found something to divert the attention of the sick from themselves and direct their thoughts to God. The beauty of nature leads them to think of the heavenly home, where there will be nothing to mar the loveliness, nothing to taint or destroy, nothing to cause disease or death.”
Exercise every day for at least one hour trying to induce some perspiration and reduce tiredness. Fast walk outside is the best type of exercise. One of the key causes of fatigue is insufficient amount of mitochondria (energy producing power stations) in your cells. And the key cause of this shortage is lack of physical activity. Regular energetic exercise, therefore, is the best way to stimulate the body to make more mitochondria. No wonder marathon runners have the highest number of mitochondria in their cells!
In order to be able to exercise you need good quality Magnesium supplements. According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, “Even the mildest aerobic exercise is exhausting to people with CFS or fibromyalgia, who have no energy because their magnesium-driven energy system is bankrupt. Without magnesium to power the Krebs Cycle, ATP is depleted. Exercise creates lactic acid build-up, which leads to more pain when it is not cleared by a particular enzyme that requires magnesium. Even the work of metabolizing pain medications depletes magnesium. This explains why chronic fatigue patients do not do well on most medications. A build-up of lactic acid in the muscles causes pain and can be treated with 300 mg of elemental magnesium twice a day” (>).
– Hot Foot Bath. Keeping your feet for about 30 minutes in hot water before going to bed can be very helpful in reducing pain and other symptoms as too much blood or congestion in the brain is believed to be one of the causes of fibromyalgia because blood congestion in the brain may overstimulate pain receptors elevating symptoms.
The very important benefit of water treatments such as hot foot bath is its ability to move blood from different parts of the body such as from brain which is very helpful when the blood in the brain is congested and often overloaded with toxins and impurities. It might be very beneficial in case of sinusitis, headaches or fibromyalgia which is believed to be caused by too much blood in the brain which overstimulates the nervous system leading to increased sensitivity to pain. In this case the hot foot bath helps because high temperature of water dilates blood vessels in feet. As a result the congested blood moves from the brain to the lower parts of the body and brings great relief. At the same time you need to put a cloth wrung out in ice water on your forehead and neck, as it will constrict the blood vessels in the head, which also helps to ease the congestion.
It is very important to drink a lot of (possibly distilled or at least filtered) water before and during water treatments, especially when they cause sweating. And don’t forget to pray before any treatment, asking the Great Physician to bless your efforts to cope with the disease.
Watch two following VIDEOS to learn more details about hot foot bath:
– In the morning and evening take the alternative (contrast) hot and cold shower as it will give a tremendous boost to the blood circulation (including in your ears), improve metabolism, the elimination of toxins, and stimulate both the nervous and the immune system. Always start with hot shower and after about 3 – 5 minutes when your body is warm enough take a 3 – 5 min cold shower slowly reducing the temperature until it is really cold. After that, repeat this procedure alternating the flow of water from hot to cold, back and forth 3-5 times in a row. You can also start the whole treatment with hot shower followed by prolonged cold bath.
Cold water stimulates blood to flow toward the internal organs whereas the hot water directs blood toward the skin. Hot water enlarges blood vessels while cold water causes them to shrink. Therefore, the alternating hot and cold makes the circulation move in and out like an accordion. This has the effect of increasing the rate of detoxification and moving nutrients more readily to various parts of the body. Hot and cold showers can be taken 1 to 2 times a day.
The cold shower or bath, which is even more beneficial than hot, will not harm you if you precede it with good hot shower. Cold water by cooling our body forces it to burn more calories by activating the brown fat which boosts fat burning. Brown fat can play a very important role in controlling body weight because it is a heat-generating type of fat which burns energy instead of storing it. Although it is called “fat” it actually works more like a muscle than fat.
Apart from cold also hot treatments such as sauna can be beneficial in treating inflammations, infectious diseases, skin problems, poor blood circulation, obesity, etc. as it boosts immune system and helps in eliminating toxins from our body. In addition it is also effective in removing excess fat which can be explained by the fact that fats become water-soluble when they are exposed to the temperature higher than 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) thus forcing the body to eliminate the excess fat together with water during the process of sweating triggered by sauna or another prolonged hot treatment such as hot foot bath, hot shower, etc.
Sauna is recommend especially after exercising.
Also remember that although sauna or other hot treatments can be beneficial it must be frequently interrupted with cold showers. Apart from that, during any prolonged hot treatment a cold compress on the forehead and neck should be applied constantly.
If you experience any health problems please consult the use of sauna and other prolonged hot or cold treatments with your physician.
– The only fat to use is raw coconut oil.
– Avoid products with refined sugar, dairy, cheese, glucose, fructose, pizza, white flour products, and anything that weakens immunity.
– Eat more raw vegetables, cabbage family vegetables, carrots, etc.
– You can use magnesium spray on painful muscles!
– Go to sleep as early as possible. Try to sleep at least seven or eight hours a day.
– Avoid eating foods rich in refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates such as refined rice, white flour products (body turn white flour into blood sugar).
– Don’t use stimulants such as caffeine products, black and green tea or alcohol.
– Learn to control stress, enjoy life and think positive. Read: What Is Stress and How to Cope with It? >
– If you are on a prescribed medication check whether bad mood is one of its side effects.
– Also make sure you don’t have symptoms of hypoglycaemia, candidiasis, allergy, hypothyroidism or other conditions that may contribute to fibromyalgia.
– Eliminate any possible allergens. In one study corn, wheat, dairy, citrus fruits, and sugar were eliminated from diet. After 2 weeks without eating any of the potential food allergens, nearly half of the participants with fibromyalgia reported significant reduction of pain, and 76% reported a reduction in other symptoms such as fatigue, headache, bloating, heartburn or breathing difficulties. The most common problem-causing foods or ingredients for the patients in this study were dairy, sugar, corn, gluten, and citrus fruits.
– Never use refined salt but only Celtic salt (regarded as most healthy), Himalayan (pink, rock) salt or sea salt.
– Avoid stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine (in coffee, chocolate, green tea, cola drinks, etc.), theophylline (in tea) or and theobromine (in cacao and chocolate) because although they appear to give you a short time energy boost yet it is only a borrowed energy, which means sooner or later you will have to pay for it with the loss of energy. And, as soon as you feel exhausted you it will force you to use stimulants again and again thus causing a vicious circle and addiction. Apart from that stimulants also weaken your immune system and lead to nutritional deficiencies and may contribute to depression and other health problems. Dr. John Minton of Ohio State University discovered that the primary causes of breast cancer in women are coffee, tea, colas and other caffeinated foods and drinks. Dr. Minton eliminated caffeine and theobromine (chocolate, cocoa) from the diet of women with breast lumps and gave them a diet that consisted primarily of organically-grown plant foods. As a result, pain, swelling and lumps disappeared within two to six months.
– Every day include in your diet the 5 CRITICAL and MOST POWERFUL SUPER FOODS:
- Fresh raw sprouts;
- Freshwater algae (chlorella);
- Super grasses (barley grass, alfalfa, wheat grass);
- Fresh cold pressed vegetable juices;
- Fresh raw organic turmeric powder.
– Drink 1 or 2 glasses of fresh raw and possibly cold-pressed (using slow juicer) vegetable juices (carrots, beets, broccoli, kale or spinach, etc.) 2 to 3 times a day before meals or instead. It is even better to have them with chlorella or spirulina, alfalfa, turmeric and barley grass.
– Symptoms will be reduced by avoiding all animal fats, bad pro-inflammatory refined commercial plant oils and margarine. Try to use only raw organic coconut oil. “I have had very good results in dealing with my fibromyalgia symptoms by following a non-fat vegan diet,” says the testimonial of one fibromyalgia patient.
– Avoid refined sugar and high glucose/fructose corn syrup as they greatly contribute to magnesium deficiency, candida overgrowth, tiredness, inflammation, and fibromyalgia.
– Drink 3 times a day 2 or 3 glasses of distilled (or at least filtered) water about 30 to 60 minutes before each meal or about 2 hours after. During hot days you need even more. Your urine should be transparent, if it is yellow it means you don’t drink enough water.
– Please read MOTIVATION and EMPOWERMENT very carefully as it reveals the secret of finding true source inward peace and also strength necessary to control negative emotions and to overcome bad habits and will help you to gain a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.
DR AGATHA THRASH ON FIBROMYALGIA (FIBROSITIS)
Fibromyalgia (Fibrositis) – Inflammatory hyperplasia of the white fibrous tissue of the body, especially of the muscle sheaths and facial layers of the locomotor system. It is marked by pain and stiffness.
- Controlled trials have demonstrated improvement in fibromyalgia patients who underwent cardiovascular fitness training. Low-impact exercises such as fast-walking, biking, swimming, or water aerobics with stretching techniques have been the most helpful.
- Ice seems to help some patients while heat may make things worse. Put a heating pad on high until it gets hot. Turn it off and lie down with your back on it, then put the ice packs on the hips and thighs. It can take several hours of ice on and off to bring the pain down. For joint pain it can be a toss-up between heat and ice, whichever feels best.
- Regularize your sleep cycle. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day- weekends or weekdays.
- Find out where your muscle knots (trigger points) are and do stretching, starting with these painful muscles first. Hot packs will help relax them, and then massage and stretching will make them go away (for a while). Getting rid of the knots eliminates a lot of pain.
- Try a three-month course of oral magnesium chloride. The pharmacist can make it up in a 25 per cent solution. The usual dose is 1 to 2 teaspoons a day. However, it should be diluted in water or another liquid so as to make it palatable. Fibromyalgia patients are nearly always deficient in magnesium. If calcium, magnesium and potassium are available in one dose, try it.
- Some patients note improvements in pain and fatigue when they take vitamin supplements of B-1 (100 mg.) daily, B-6, B-12, folic acid and vitamin C. Try a three month course.
- Try using one tablespoon of flaxseed twice a day; Boswellia Plus, two capsules, four times a day; St. John’s wort, 1 cup three times a day of the tea. or 2 capsules three times a day; and white willow bark tea, 2 to 4 capsules every 4 hours while awake.
- Research by Dr. James Penland revealed that those on low copper diets requested pain medications more often than those on diets containing normal levels of copper. Find foods high in copper from a library.
- Symptoms are often relieved by warm and dry weather, a hot shower or bath, local heat, restful sleep, general relaxation, moderate activity, massage, stretching exercises, and swimming.
- The patient may worsen the condition by anxiety, stress, or consumption of coffee or tea.11. Many who treat the fibromyalgia type of pain recommend taking baths in water as hot as can be tolerated for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This may be fatiguing, and is recommended before bedtime.
- Some have suggested a relationship between systemic candidiasis and fibromyalgia.
- Garlic also helps. Use 1 to 5 fresh cloves sliced thinly at each meal for a 4 week trial, or use 3 Kyolic capsules, 3 to 4 times a day.
- In addition to routine, daily stretching, I would suggest doing stretches in a hot tub once or twice a week. The only time some patients have been able to achieve a remission they had had a hot tub for the previous year. Stretching exercises in a hot tub 4 to 10 times a week, temperature about 103o or whatever is comfortable, for 20 to 30 minutes. Remission for one patient on this routine for one year built up gradually, starting after the first month and continued at about 80 per cent after the hot tub was discontinued.
- Try to stay warm and flexible through whatever means. Try not to stand or sit too long, and wear support stockings and good shoes with arch supports.
- You may wish to try lymphatic drainage massage if you have it available in your area. Alternating hot and cold packs can be most helpful, 3 to 5 minutes of hot, 30 to 60 seconds of cold.
- Manual vibration (not mechanical) as well as ice massage, ice wrap or ice pack as tolerated.
- “I have had very good results in dealing with my fibromyalgia symptoms by following a non-fat vegan diet,” so goes the testimonial of one fibromyalgia patient.
- Magnesium peroxide formula called Superoxide-Plus has been used with success by some to reduce pain and increase energy.
- Herb mix: 2 parts wild yam, 1 part licorice root. To one quart of water add one heaping tablespoon of the herb mixture and simmer gently 20 minutes. Strain and drink the quart in one day. Make fresh daily.
- There are certain nutrients involved in making sugar metabolism in muscles more abundant, and in correcting biochemical abnormalities in sugar metabolism in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients. These nutrients are vitamins B-1, B-6, C, and the mineral magnesium, and the substance called carnitine. There are foods high in each of these, but it is also possible to take them in pill form.
B-1 should be taken at 50 to 300 milligrams a day, B-6 at 60 to 200, C at 50 to 500 milligrams per day, magnesium citrate or aspartate can be taken at 200 to 500 milligrams per day, and carnitine at 250 to 1,000 per day.
B-1: Oranges, tangerines, melons, figs, raisins, whole grains, nuts, spinach, dry beans, limas, peas, lentils, soybeans, smaller amounts widely distributed in natural foods.
B-6: Whole grains, legumes, potatoes, bananas, and oatmeal. Small amounts in vegetables and fruits.
C: Raw fruits and vegetables, salads, cooked potatoes and cabbage, etc.
Magnesium: Nuts, well cooked whole grains, legumes and peanuts, carrots, spinach and other greens.
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