(Health Secrets Newsletter) Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood and frequently misdiagnosed condition. It is characterized by widespread chronic pain involving multiple “tender points” in the upper neck, back, shoulders, and hips. Treatments, such as painkillers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and the injections of anesthetics are rarely effective. However, many may find relief from nature and alternatives as opposed to mainstream drugs and treatments.
A natural alternative which may end fibromyalgia is to take plenty of colloidal silver (start off with 2-4 ounces per day and maintain at least an ounce a day until you achieve satisfactory results). Also use plenty of proteolytic/digestive enzymes to dissolve fibrin (take up to 5 or more capsules two to three times daily on an empty stomach).
Here are some additional options:
Curcumin, magnesium, blackseed oil (Nigella sativa) and herbal oleander extract are all powerful immune modulators which may help. Magnesium deficiency has been associated with Fibromyalgia and it is estimated that as many as 80 to 95% of us are deficient in magnesium.
Consume apples and/or apple juice. They contain “malic acid”, a substance that appears to ease pain and inflammation. Consume at least 2 apples, or two 8-ounce glasses of juice daily.
Other good dietary practices that may help are:
* Eat plenty of essential fatty acids and omega 3’s.
* Cut back on consumption of whole grain foods.
* Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and foods containing bleached flour.
* Eat yogurt which contains active yeast cultures.
Try acupuncture. The National Institutes of Health has deemed acupuncture to be an acceptable alternative, or part of a comprehensive treatment program, for several types of pain. Acupuncture is a 2,500 year-old practice, and the Chinese believe it works by affecting the energy pathways called meridians that run through the body. These meridians are thought to carry “qi” (pronounced chee), an energy force that must be in precise balance for good health. Poor health habits, such as getting too little sleep, eating the wrong foods, etc. cause qi to become unbalanced. Acupuncture rebalances qi by stimulating specific points along these meridians with extremely fine needles.
Fibromyalgia has also been associated with heavy metal contamination. Parsley, chlorella and cilantro are all good for removing heavy metals.
Consider niacin and niacinamide. Niacinamide slows down phase 1 of the body’s natural detoxification process while niacin speeds up phase 2. Niacin is also known as inositol hexanicotinate, vitamin B3 and nicotinic acid. The body’s natural liver detoxification process involves two steps: phase 1 and phase 2. In phase 1, toxins are reduced to smaller fragments. These fragments then progress to phase 2, where they are bound to glutathione, glycine, sulfate and other molecules. In the process, new non-toxic molecules are created that are eliminated via the bile duct, urine or stool. In effect, phase 1 either directly neutralizes a toxin or modifies it to form intermediates which are then neutralized by one or more of the several phase 2 enzyme systems.
One or both detoxification phases can be overloaded and/or inefficient. A particularly damaging combination for someone who is ill is an excessive overload of toxins coming into phase 1 and an finding an inefficient phase 2. Such a combination is believed in many instances to be the cause of marked environmental sensitivities and drug intolerances, and are interactions that characterize many fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue sufferers.
Do not give up on exercise. People with fibromyalgia often stop exercising because it is painful. However, inactivity weakens muscles and makes them more sensitive to pain. Low impact aerobics, conditioning exercises, such as swimming, stationary bicycling or stretching, are often helpful for people with fibromyalgia.
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