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This may be a reason for fibromyalgia pain – Oxygen (Or the lack thereof!)

Out of BreathThis may be a reason for fibromyalgia pain – Oxygen (Or the lack thereof!)

Recently, I was asked to talk about a condition called Hypoxia and the possible cause of muscle pain and weakness as it relate to fibromyalgia. Sometimes, as an adjunct professor of a nationally acclaimed nursing college and Fibromyalgia chiropractic physician, I get “scientific” and “wordy” with my explanations’ of things. But|I will endeavor to keep it simple to and to the point in this article.

It is important to start with a simple understanding of how oxygen is used by the muscles and the body as a whole.  When we breathe in air, our lungs absorb the microscopic molecules found in the atmosphere. Oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and nitrogen are the main ones but there are other molecules as well. When we exhale, mostly carbon dioxide is released back into the air. Our body’s muscles need oxygen in a constant, balanced amount to be used as energy in muscle contraction. For those with fibromyalgia, this is where problems can begin!

There are a number of things that can keep those with fibromyalgia from getting enough oxygen into the muscles. The lack of iron (anemia) in the diet is a common cause. For example, if you are a woman with fibromyalgia you may have notice that you fibromyalgia is worse during or right after your menses. If you smoke or live or work with a smoker you may be inhaling a heavy metal called cadmium that can block iron from carrying oxygen to the muscles. If you have fibromyalgia, find a way to quit smoking now. If you don’t have fibromyalgia, find a way to quit smoking now. Asthma, COPD, severe allergies, a bad cold or pneumonia can decrease the amount of oxygen that your body needs.

Is your house making you sick?

Poor circulation is another cause for fibromyalgia pain in muscles. Whether it is due to age, obesity, injury or related diseases, circulation of oxygen can become reduced to the muscles; especially if you have fibromyalgia. A research article written by Ratchakrit Srikuea; et al. entitled: Association of fibromyalgia with altered skeletal muscle characteristics which may contribute to postexertional fatigue in postmenopausal women( shares insights to how circulation is a factor in women with fibromyalgia.

Lastly, much of the latest research has suggested that oxygenation to the muscles of patients with fibromyalgia may not be the primary factor at all but that it may be the lack of oxygen to the nerves and or the hormonal glands.

Breathing article for fibromyalgia and low back pain

So what can you do about oxygenation and fibromyalgia? The simple answer is to breathe and breathe often. Simple breathing exercises can help. Exercise can help. CPAP machines (for sleep apnea patients) can help. Stop smoking can help. Iron, calcium and magnesium supplementation might help (be sure to have blood work done before and after supplementation).

Here is the good news. No more are scientists and doctors dismissing fibromyalgia as a non entity! There are many research studies being conducted to support the validity of fibromyalgia and perhaps someday, there just might be a solution to everyone’s favorite nightmare: fibromyalgia.

Dr. Mark E. Lee is a chiropractic doctor, Adjunct professor of Pathophysiology, community leader, family man and a fibromyalgia sufferer.  He has helped hundreds of fibromyalgia sufferers overcome the daily misery often associated with fibromyalgia syndrome. He owns and operates a fibromyalgia clinic in Mesa, Arizona and a fibromyalgia support group on Facebook. You may visit his website at or email him at





What is Chiropractic? Will it Help Fibromyalgia?

As a doctor of chiropractic and a clinical nutritionist with a practice in Mesa, Arizona, I have shared important information to friends, family, patients and students for years. Perhaps one of the most important pieces of the healthcare puzzle is to know: What is Chiropractic? And, for those with fibromyalgia, Will it help fibromyalgia?

To first answer this important question regarding chiropractic one needs to understand what a chiropractor is and does. According to “Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “effective treatment by hand.” Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body’s inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.”

“The health conditions doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient’s condition and arrive at a course of treatment. (In my Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic this is what I do; and more.) Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.”

The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures and providers. This is where those suffering from fibromyalgia are often shorted. If you have fibromyalgia and your doctor fails to properly examine the spine, your fibromyalgia treatment may be incomplete.

Chirofind continues “Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body. Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.”

My Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic also places an emphasis on nutrition and exercise, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. My fibromyalgia patients are given a customized treatment plan that incorporates these things.

As a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist I do not use drugs or surgery. However, I do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. I also will work directly with medical doctors, physical therapists and others as partners in health.

So, can chiropractic help fibromyalgia? Absolutely! It can help fibromyalgia as well as many other problems too. If you live in the Mesa, AZ area and would like to see a Mesa, AZ chiropractor please call at 480-644-0644 or email us at


Stop Drinking Soda Pop

Helpful hint  – Cut back, or even better, eliminate your consumption of soda pop.

It has been estimated that you and I drink on average 1.6 cans of soda every day or 597 cans of soda pop a year. At 150 calories per serving that is the same as adding more than 25 pounds per year to your weight! Well, I know that I don’t drink a can a day but I know many of my chiropractic patients do and many of them drink much more than that! Remember that one can is equally to only 12 ounces! Do you consume a 44 ounce’er every day? Think about it.

As a chiropractor I understood the importance of avoiding soda pop so I chose to significantly reduced my soda intake along time ago. I feel much better for doing so and now I can confidently tell my chiropractic patients as their Mesa AZ Chiropractor to cut back or even better, eliminate their consumption of soda pop.

Here are ten reasons to quit drinking soda pop that I found at

Dehydration – Drinking soda with caffeine and sugar causes your body to become dehydrated. Caffeine is a diuretic and causes an increase in urine volume. When you drink a caffeinated soda to quench your thirst, you will actually become thirstier.”

High Calorie – Regular soda pop is high in calories. A can of Coke contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is 100% of the daily recommended value for adults. An 8 ounce can of soda has around 100-200 calories. Not only are the calories from soda pop empty of any nutritional value, they also deplete your body of vital minerals.”

Caffeine Addiction – Caffeine addiction and withdrawal has been recognized as a medical disorder. A study at Johns Hopkins University revealed a few interesting facts about caffeine. “Caffeine is the world’s most commonly used stimulant, and it’s cheap and readily available so people can maintain their use of caffeine quite easily,” says Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. “The latest research demonstrates, however, that when people don’t get their usual dose they can suffer a range of withdrawal symptoms, including headache, fatigue, difficulty concentrating. They may even feel like they have the flu with nausea and muscle pain.”

Acid – Whether you drink diet or regular soda, the amount of acid in these drinks is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth over time. Teeth with weakened enamel are more sensitive and more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, soda was found to have a pH of 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH level of 7.”

Save Money – Soda may be pretty inexpensive when compared with fruit juice and milk. You can purchase 12, 8 ounce cans for around $4. However, a person who drinks just 2 cans of soda a day, will pay $206 over the course of a year to keep her soda habit going. If there is more than one soda drinker in the house, or she drinks more than 2 cans a day, that yearly total could quickly double or triple!”

Lose Weight – Of course “regular” sodas would not help you reach your weight loss goals, but certainly diet soda can be a useful tool in weight management, right? The word “Diet” is right there in the name, after all. Wrong! Researches at the University of Texas Health Science Center found that diet sodas put a person at a higher risk of becoming overweight. According to their research, ‘artificial sweeteners can interfere with the body’s natural ability to regulate calorie intake. This could mean people who consume artificially sweetened items are more likely to overindulge.’”

Artificial Sweetener Issues – Often the subject of urban legend, artificial sweeteners have been accused of everything from causing headaches to multiple sclerosis and even death. Most artificial sweeteners have over 20 years of research behind them, proving their safety for most individuals. However, consumption of artificial sweeteners may make some people crave more sweet things which will in turn create more cravings for people who are trying to avoid sweet foods for health reasons.”

Mineral Depletion – You may have heard of a recent study that showed women who drink cola everyday have a lower bone mineral density. One of the reasons for this could be that most colas contain phosphoric acid and caffeine is a diuretic and increases urine volume, more minerals are leaving the body before having a chance to be absorbed and put to use.

Less Chance for Diabetes – While no research has definitively shown that soda pop causes diabetes, the daily consumption of soda pop does create other problems that could lead to diabetes: specifically weight gain. However, according to a researcher from Children’s Hospital Boston, the fact remains ‘when sugar enters the bloodstream quickly, the pancreas has to secrete large amounts of insulin for the body to process it. Some scientists believe that the unceasing demands that a soda habit places on the pancreas may ultimately leave it unable to keep up with the body’s need for insulin. Also, insulin itself becomes less effective at processing sugar; both conditions contribute to the risk of developing diabetes.’”

Soda Replaces Healthier Drinks – In the 1950’s, children drank 3 cups of milk for every cup of sweet drink. Today that statistic is flipped: children drink 3 cups of sweet drink for every cup of milk. One of the biggest problems with soda is it acts as a replacement drink for healthier options. Less amounts of milk in the average diet could account for the lower bone density and higher occurrence of osteoporosis in men, women and children.”


A Chiropractor, Why?

Chiropractic, Chiropractors, Chiropractic medicine, Doctors of Chiropractic – what is a chiropractor and why would you visit one? This is an important question that deserves a factual reply.

According to the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, car ownership costs are the second largest household expense in the U.S.  In fact, the average household spends almost as much on their cars as they do on food and health care combined for their entire family.

We all agree that your health is truly the most valuable asset you have. But, is your spine an important part of your health? Talking about your spine may sound pretty boring but the importance of this structure cannot be ignored!

According to the Princeton Review the answer is quite compelling.

“Chiropractic, although many times misunderstood, is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. While typically thought of as “bone doctors”, chiropractors actually focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column in order to affect the nervous system.”

According to Gray’s Anatomy, “the nervous system is the master system in the body and controls and coordinates all other systems such as respiratory, digestive, muscular, immune and so forth. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, the spinal nerves that exit the vertebral column through openings on the sides of each vertebra, and all the peripheral nerves that branch off to serve organs, tissues, blood vessels, muscles etc. Information from the environment, both external and internal, goes through the spine to get to the brain. In the same manner, information and decisions made in the brain go through the spine to affect certain outcomes. It is a two-way flow of information.”

“The intention of the chiropractic adjustment is to remove any disruptions or distortions of this energy flow that may be caused by slight vertebral misalignments that we call subluxations. Chiropractors are trained to locate these subluxations and then to remove them, thereby restoring the normal flow of nerve energy in terms of both quality and quantity. The idea is that if the master system, which is the nervous system, is healthy and functioning well, then the other systems under its control will also function in a more optimal fashion.”

Chiropractic is based on the belief that the same innate intelligence that can grow a single cell into a complex human being, made of billions of cells, can also heal the body if it is free of disturbance to the nervous system. For example, if the area of spine that supplies nerve flow to the stomach is subluxated then information going to the brain regarding that organ and its function, digestion, will be distorted and the brain will not be receiving accurate data on its condition. Likewise, decisions made in the brain and conveyed along the nervous pathways will be disrupted and the correct responses will be unable to be made. It is essentially the same scenario for all other organs, muscles, blood vessels and so forth. When a chiropractor removes this interference, then the nervous system functions more optimally and the body is able to heal itself via the two-way communication system.”

“The philosophy of chiropractic is that health, not merely the absence of symptoms, comes from within the body, not from the outside. It is the innate, or inborn intelligence of our bodies, that does the healing. It is not the drugs, the surgeries or the physician/chiropractor that does the healing, but the body itself. It is the job and the great honor of the chiropractor to remove subluxations so that the power that made the body may heal the body.”


Arthritis and Chiropractic

Chiropractors all across the world as well as your Mesa AZ Chiropractors, Dr.s Lee, Ramsdell and Qiu, have treated chiropractic patients suffering with arthritis pain. Using chiropractic techniques, acupuncture and nutrition, chiropractors everywhere are helping helping their chiropractic patients get relief from arthritis pain.

What is arthritis? Arthritis is a common word describing  conditions involving  pain and inflammation of the joints. One of the most common forms of arthritis chiropractors and acupuncture specialists see is osteoarthritis . Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is  a joint condition involved bone, muscle and ligament around a joint. In an osteoarthritis chiropractic patient, the cartilage separating bone (a joint) wears away due to injury, stress, aging or infectious diseases. In a healthy chiropractic patient, cartilage and bone work together allowing us to enjoy our daily activities. When the cartilage wears away, bones begin rubbing against each other causing pain, swelling and stiffness.

We in our Mesa AZ Chiropractic Clinic (as you would expect) see many chiropractic patients suffering with arthritis. Arthritis can be found in the spine, hip, and knee. It may affect finger, hand and shoulder joints too.

How do your Mesa AZ Chiropractic team of doctors help chiropractic patients with arthritis pain?

The goal of chiropractic and acupuncture care is to remove abnormal stress and pressure to your nerves, reduce swelling in painful joints and improve the motion and flexibility of the joints for long term success. By utilizing chiropractic and acupuncture care, improved wellness and your body’s self healing ability can begin.

Please contact your Mesa AZ chiropractors – Dr. Mark Lee, Dr. Taylor Ramsdell and Dr. Jack Qiu (acupuncture) – to start feeling better from arthritis pain today!

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