estimated that more than 5 million Americans ages 18 and older suffer
from fibromyalgia. While 80 to 90 percent of those diagnosed with fibromyalgia
are women, men and children can also have this disorder.
My goal with this special report is to give you the knowledge of what this
condition is all about, what the root causes are, and how to alleviate the symptoms
and treat the problem holistically! I am an Osteopathic Physician with training in
conventional and natural medicine. I have over 25 years of experience helping
patients with this condition.
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is the name given to chronic, widespread muscular pain that
has no obvious cause. The pain – usually described as aching, stiff, burning, or
throbbing – may appear in any location of the body, but for a diagnosis of
fibromyalgia to be made you must have pain in at least 11 of 18 specific “tender
points.” The pain from tender points and elsewhere in the body usually feels most
severe upon waking and gradually lessens as the day goes on.
The tender points for fibromyalgia exist in pairs (one on the right side of your body
and one of the left) at the following locations:
Base of the skull
Base of the neck
Upper chest, a little more than an inch below the collarbone
Along the top of the shoulder
Upper back, close to the spine and about an inch below the preceding set of the
Inside of the elbows
Lower back, close to the dimples above the buttocks
Upper outside edge of the thigh
Inside of the knees
Although the pain of fibromyalgia alone can be so severe as to render its
victims disabled, the disease can be complicated by any of several other problems.
Fibromyalgia is closely linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, and many of its
sufferers experience symptoms similar to CFS (see the symptom list below).
Irritable bowel syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, palpitations, and
temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ) may also be present.
As with CFS, there is currently no one agreed upon cause of this disease. In
most cases there are many factors that combine to produce the varied components
of fibromyalgia. Disordered sleep is a very common problem with this condition.
The length and quality of sleep must be improved for long-term success in most
cases of fibromyalgia.
Also, hormone imbalance is quite common. Particularly, low thyroid
function and imbalances in estrogen/progesterone as well as the stress hormones
DHEA and cortisol.
Digestive function and detoxification usually need improvement to help
those fibromyalgia. Along with this digestive weakness come leaky gut syndrome
and candida overgrowth as well as general dysbiosis.
Chronic infections that include viruses can be a factor. Food allergies area a
significant contributor for some people, especially wheat, sugar, and cow’s milk.
As well, nutritional deficiencies such as magnesium, B vitamins, Coenzyme
Q10, L-carnitine, and several others are very common. Our experience also has
found that many of these people have brain chemistry imbalance. Using natural
therapies to balance serotonin and other neurotransmitters not only results in better
mood but less muscular pain.
One must also be aware that toxic elements such as lead, mercury, arsenic,
and others can be one of the root contributors to fibromyalgia. These toxic
elements interfere with normal enzyme and cell function in the body. In addition,
blood sugar imbalances worsen pain and inflammation. Many people develop
symptoms of fibromyalgia after a car accident and thus structural abnormalities
must be addressed through physical therapies. Chiropractic, osteopathic,
craniosacral, physiotherapy, and sometimes massage are very helpful in reducing
In essence, all these potential imbalances lead to a defect in how the cells
produce energy. Normally, the “energy producing plant” of the cells known as the
mitochondria produces efficient energy for the cells of the body.
When a defect occurs in mitochondrial metabolism it can lead to a shortage
of energy for the muscle cells and other tissues of the body, resulting in fatigue and
pain. Mitochondria require organic acids that are intermediates in metabolic
pathways in the body that create energy.
Researchers have found that people with fibromyalgia often have imbalances
in these organic acids. To correct this problem one must address the root causes as
have been described. Fortunately, a comprehensive natural approach to
fibromyalgia is very effective in eliminating the pain or greatly improving it.
For a diagnosis of fibromyalgia to be made, two factors must be present:
Unexplained, widespread pain that lasts at least three months
Pain in at least 11 of the 18 tender points when gentle pressure is applied
Many other symptoms may exist alongside in the pain, including the following:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Tingling of the skin or other odd sensations
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
Heightened sensitivity to loud noises, bright lights, and changes in the weather
There are several possible root causes for fibromyalgia. I often find patients have
more than one occurring.
Structural abnormalities (spine and soft tissues)
Sleep disorder (including apnea)
Allergies or sensitivities to certain chemicals or food or environment
Chemical imbalance in the brain, especially of serotonin
Virus (especially Epstein-Barr, HHV-6)
Damage to cells by free radicals (oxidative stress)
Poor digestion and detoxification
Blood sugar imbalance
Candidiasis and Parasites
Nutritional deficiencies, especially of minerals
Buildup of phosphate or uric acid
While there are no lab tests used to diagnose fibromyalgia, there are tests that are
very helpful in diagnosing the root causes.
Besides a careful analysis of one’s cranial bones, spine, and soft tissues, I often
order one or more of the following tests:
Chronic infection (Human herpes virus type 6 (HHV-6), Cytomegalovirus
(CMV), Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), fungal overgrowth –blood and stool
Hormone testing (thyroid, DHEA, cortisol, testosterone, IGF-1, estrogen,
Vitamin and Mineral Analysis (especially magnesium, B1, B12, iron and
Digestive function and microbe/parasite/candida testing-stool analysis
Food and environmental allergies/sensitivities-blood
Blood sugar balance-blood
Toxic elements (such as mercury, arsenic, etc)-urine
Cellular energy (organic acids)-blood or urine
Detoxification profile-blood or urine
Genetic defects in cellular metabolism-blood or saliva
30 Days to Fibromyalgia Relief
Now that you have a background on what exactly fibromyalgia is and the
root causes, I want to provide you with a 30-day program to achieve relief of your
symptoms. Working with thousands of patients over 25 years I have found what
really works well from a holistic perspective.
By following the suggestions in this guide most people start to feel relief from their
fibromyalgia symptoms reasonable quickly. As with any health program it takes
discipline and commitment to get the results you desire.
I will check in with you each week on your journey to a pain free, fibromyalgia
If you are ready to get started on your journey to a pain free life…
Let’s get started…
Week 1: Nutrition that alleviates pain and inflammation
Specific nutritional guidelines will go a long way in reducing your
fibromyalgia symptoms. Although most doctors don’t address nutrition, it is a
critical step in your recovery.
The key to reducing pain and inflammation through your diet is to eat foods
that promote alkalinity in your blood and tissues. Most people with fibromyalgia
are too acidic which creates inflammation in their tissues. Foods such as simple
sugars, excess salt, grains, and red meat all promote acidity.
Most people are unaware of the amount of sugar they consume on a daily
basis. This is a tremendous problem for fibromyalgia as it not only contributes to
acidity but poor energy production.
Simple sugars, such as those found in white bread, candy, soda, white rice,
pasta, and crackers, wreak havoc with your hormone balance. And it’s a big
problem for menopausal women who consume an average of 125 pounds of sugar
I have found that many menopausal women experience less hot flashes and
mood issues when they reduce their simple sugar intake. And it will also help you
shed those extra unwanted pounds.
You should aim to consume less than 20 grams of sugar daily. This does not
include natural sugar as found in fruits. Make sure to read packages so that your
sugar consumption is not too high.
Alternative sweeteners that do not contain sugar and do not have health
detrimental effects include stevia, xylitol, and lo han. They are available at
supermarkets and health food stores.
The table below will guide you on what foods to focus on for alkalinity. As a
general rule of thumb: fresh veggies and fruits are alkaline forming; most
everything else is acid forming. Strive for a balance between the alkaline and acidforming
Coconut water, Dates*, Raisins*, Spinach and other leafy greens
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cauliflower,
Celery, Cherries, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kiwifruit, Lemon, Lime, Pears.
Peaches, Pineapple, Green peppers, Grapefruit, Green beans, Lettuce,
Mineral water, Mushrooms, Onions, Orange, Peaches, Strawberries,
Tomatoes, Watermelon, Zucchini
Neutral pH foods
Whole Wheat Bread, Chicken, Cod, Eggs, Cheese, Luncheon meat,
canned, Liver sausage, Herring Oats, rolled, Parmesan cheese,
Peanuts, Processed (soft) cheeses, Brown Rice, Salami, Trout, Walnuts
Beef, Rye & White Bread, Corn flakes, Whole Milk, Pork, Rice, white,
*Although dates and raisins have a strong alkaline-forming effect, they’re high in
sugars, so don’t eat too many of them.
**Legumes are only slightly acid-forming, so they’re essentially neutral.
Congratulations on completing week 1.
You now have the knowledge to greatly improve your fibromyalgia through diet.
Continue to focus on your diet throughout the remaining 30 days and beyond.
Next week I will provide you with the best nutritional supplements to get your
fibromyalgia under control.
Week 2: Fibromyalgia Specific Supplements
One of the fastest ways you can get your fibromyalgia under control is to use
very specific nutritional supplements.
Following are the supplements I recommend to patients that have the best
research in terms of relieving fibromyalgia symptoms safely. Of course, check with
a doctor knowledgeable in nutrition before starting them, especially if you are on
You can take one or more of supplements to alleviate a multitude of
symptoms. You should see improvement within two to four weeks, but give it two
to three months to experience the full benefits. These supplements are commonly
available in health food stores.
This is a natural type of sugar produced in your cells that helps with energy
production. Studies have shown that supplementation for people with fibromyalgia
and chronic fatigue show a significant improvement in energy, sleep, mental
clarity, pain intensity, and well-being.
Recommended dose: 5 grams two to three times daily
This natural amino acid like substance can help a variety of fibromyalgia
symptoms. For example, published research demonstrates that when used for six
weeks it significantly reduced pain, fatigue, and stiffness for those with
fibromyalgia. As well, it improved mood.
Recommended dose: 400 mg two times daily on empty stomach
Approximately 70% of the population is low in this important mineral. For people
with fibromyalgia it helps to reduce muscle pain, nerve pain, stiffness, and also
improves energy production.
Recommended dose: Take 250 mg two to three times daily. Magnesium glycinate
or magnesium aspartate is the preferred forms. Reduce your dose if loose stool
You have just learned the very best nutritional supplements alleviates
fibromyalgia. They are available at your local health food store. Start with one or
two of these supplements and you should notice an improvement in your
symptoms in a matter of weeks!
Coming up in week 3 I will address an important topic for fibromyalgia
relief, one that your family doctor or rheumatologist know little about. It centers on
the role of detoxification for cellular health. In a world of disrupting chemicals, it
is critical that you include a detoxification program to achieve fibromyalgia relief.
Week 3: Detoxify to Relieve Pain
In a world full of natural and human created toxins it is critical to detoxify. It
is concerning to know that every year United States chemical companies release
over 7.1 billion pounds of 650 different chemical pollutants into the atmosphere
When toxins get into the cells it makes it more difficult for your cells to do
their job. As well, the liver and kidneys have the role of ridding the body of toxins.
And the liver is a major processor of toxins. So, if your liver is overwhelmed with
environmental toxins it will be less effective in metabolizing and eliminating
toxins properly. The result is pain and inflammation.
The first step is to identify and avoid toxins as much as possible. One of the
most problematic are toxic metals. This includes one’s such as mercury, lead,
arsenic, and aluminum to name a few. I normally test the levels of these toxic
metals with my patients with fibromyalgia.
You can reduce your exposure to these by using filtered water (such as
reverse osmosis), avoiding high mercury fish such as tuna, and avoiding mercury
laden amalgam fillings.
I believe that one of the reasons that women are afflicted with fibromyalgia
more commonly than men is hormone imbalance. Women are more susceptible to
hormone imbalance than men. A lot of this has to do with chemicals from the
environment that mimic estrogen and disrupt hormones.
Examples of xenoestrogens would be pesticides and insecticides found in
our food supply and lawns, parabens found in skincare products, as well as
phthalates found in plastics.
Another common source of xenoestrogens are canned goods. They contain a
dangerous hormone-like chemical called bisphenol-A, or BPA, which has been
linked to obesity, diabetes, sexual dysfunction, and more.
One study in 2011 found that switching to fresh organic foods stored in glass
and stainless steel instead of plastics cut BPA levels by 60 percent and DHEP – an
endocrine-disrupting phthalate also used in plastics – by 50 percent within just
To reduce your exposure to these hormone disruptors I recommend:
*Eating organic food as much as possible, especially fruits, vegetables, and meats
*Peel non-organic fruits and vegetables
*Buy hormone free meats and milks
* Avoid or reduce your use of plastic wraps to cover food for storing, instead use
glass or ceramics
* Avoid water from plastic bottles, instead store purified water in glass or stainless
steel water bottles
*Use chemical free laundry and household cleaning agents
*Avoid creams and lotions that contain parabens
*Choose canned foods free of BPA
Regular exercise is critical for everyone, including menopausal women.
Research has shown that exercise reduces the intensity of hot flashes. It also
reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, insomnia, and
osteoporosis. As well, it has been shown to greatly improve depression, a common
symptom with the menopausal transition. It will also help you maintain a healthy
weight and reduces the effects of stress.
The best exercise is one that includes aerobic exercise (walking, jogging,
swimming, cycling) and resistance training (weights or bands). Combining these
two will help with cardiovascular health and maintain lean muscle and bone
It is often helpful to get an exercise program started with a friend or a
personal trainer. Consistency is the key. Through improved circulation and
sweating you will help your body eliminate toxins. This will lead to better
Besides eating a healthy diet, drinking purified water, and exercising, you
can achieve better detoxification through improved liver support
Your liver specifically is involved in a number of essential body functions—
including the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It stores glucose and
releases it when levels are low. It makes proteins and clotting factors, clears
bilirubin (breakdown of red blood cells), metabolizes hormones, converts harmful
ammonia to urea to be eliminated in the urine, and produces cholesterol. And so, it
follows that improving liver function can help a multitude of health problems.
A surprising way to support liver function and hormone balance is to
consume dandelion root!
Inefficient liver function will compromise estrogen elimination and
make a woman more susceptible to hormone imbalance—but dandelion helps this
issue by improving bile production and flow so that excess estrogen and toxic
estrogen metabolites are eliminated. In addition, it contains two unique compounds
known as taraxerol and taraxasterol that promote hormone balance.
I have most patients use the capsule form. A common dose is a 250 to 500
mg capsule taken with each meal. It can also be used in tincture(liquid) form, at a
dose of 20 drops in water with each meal.
You can eat dandelion raw or cooked, as the early settlers did… and you can
even drink it as dandelion wine or tea, made from dandelion flowers (and available
at your local health food store in organic form).
You have now learned why a detoxification program is so critically needed
for treating fibromyalgia. By incorporating what I have taught in this week you
will not only have substantially improved symptoms but a much higher quality of
life overall. As well, as you continue to include these detoxification techniques in
the weeks and months to come you are reducing your risk of serious chronic
Week 4: Structural imbalances
One of the most under-rated causes for fibromyalgia is structural problems.
By this I mean imbalances within your spine, connective tissue, joints, muscles,
and even cranial bones.
As a doctor with specialty training in analyzing the structural component of
the body, I almost always find imbalances with structure plays a major role in
It is not uncommon that one’s fibromyalgia begins after a fall, car accident,
concussion, or whiplash. When your brain and nervous system are affected it then
affects all the messages that go to the rest of the body. When nerve flow is
disrupted this affects circulation and pain signals to the brain which leads to such
symptoms as chronic fatigue, depression, increased pain response along with
impairment of memory and concentration.
As an Osteopathic Physician I am trained to evaluate how imbalances in the
musculoskeletal system affects imbalances of our overall body chemistry through
compromised blood and nerve circulation. Two things that often go unnoticed is
the compounding effects of multiple musculoskeletal injuries and the effect of long
term postural strains through such activities as computer & cell phone use.
Therefore, comprehensive treatment of Fibromyalgia consists treating both the
biochemical as well as the musculoskeletal imbalances.
I also find that the best success is when you as the patient is fully involved
with all the steps of health I have included in this program.
The “healing image” I like to leave people with is that of a “toddler.” In
other words- many little feedings, many little activities, & many little naps to give
your body an opportunity to heal