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Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia – Is it your Fault?

Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia – Is it your Fault?

If you do not attempt to understand what it is I am about to share with you and, if you are not willing to takes steps to improve yourself, then yes,it is at least partially your fault. Ouch!

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue are siblings. In my Mesa AZ Chiropractic and Fibromyalgia Clinic, I have not found a person yet that has fibromyalgia but does not have chronic fatigue with it. Fatigue can be caused by many things. From a simple restless night to a more serious deadly infection, fatigue is a symptom of your body’s inability to return to homeostasis. If your body is functioning normally, rest gives the body a chance to restore itself at a cellular level.

Every cell of the body needs to do three things in order to provide optimum energy and total body restoration; assimilate nutrients, eliminate wastes and replicate properly. In theory, if your cells are doing all of this correctly, you would have no cancer, no fibromyalgia, no fatigue, no aging and no death. But, we know that this is an imperfect world with pollutions, chemicals, “non-food” foods, insects, bacteria, molds, fungi, viruses, trauma, stressors….. the list goes on and on. So, is there any way to fight all of these bad things and to support our body’s cells to function at their best? The answer is an absolute yes!

A body deprived of the vitamin B complex begins to show symptoms of poor health and cellular energy loss. Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are the result of this. The vitamin B complex from whole foods is responsible for a variety of functions in your body: cellular metabolism, transmission and health of nerve cell energy, heart pulse rate, muscular contraction, digestion, brain function, thought processes and energy production. Without an adequate amount of vitamin B complex from whole foods you will experience any one or more of one of these symptoms:

Soreness all over, mental problems, heart palpitations, heart arrhythmias or fibrillation, indigestion, chronic fatigue, chronic exhaustion, inability to sleep (insomnia), anxiety, fear that something dreadful is about to happen, nervousness, ADD (attention deficiency), inability to concentrate, irritability, feeling of uneasiness, thoughts of dying, easily agitated, frustration, restlessness, tingling in hands, tingling fingers and toes, rashes, crying spells, inability to cope and/or paranoia.

Does this not describe fibromyalgia!!!

Dr. Vic Shayne, PhD (Vic Shayne, PhD ©2005 Author, Man Cannot Live on Vitamins Alone) Wrote:

“Before delving into the problems of vitamin B complex deficiency and its symptoms, it is first important to understand the difference between vitamins that are in pill form versus vitamins that are contained within nature’s foods. There is a world of difference — a difference between sickness and health. Vitamins just do not work like foods, and foods are what our bodies were designed to use for healing, prevention and energy. There is no substitute, and no matter how you look at it, vitamin pills are an invention of scientists, so they are prone to cause side effects, be incomplete and lack what we need to overcome our health problems.

Vitamins have been sold and marketed as the “magic bullet” for all health problems, yet food science researchers are bringing out the truth about vitamins, minerals, multivitamins and antioxidants— and it’s not an easy pill to swallow. The problem is that vitamins, when not still contained in their original food (oranges, bananas, spinach, broccoli, etc.) are merely chemicals. Our bodies do not recognize vitamins as nutrients, because they don’t work the same way as whole foods for these simple reasons:

Foods contain not just vitamins, but the co-workers (synergists) and helper nutrients that allow vitamins to work.

Foods are never found in high potency, so you won’t suffer any toxic side effects that have been proven to exist with ALL vitamin pills. As one expert stated, “Foods never deliver toxic doses [of vitamins]. (Hamilton, p.205)

For these reasons, and more, vitamin pills, despite their use and overuse, are not turning people’s health around.”

To combat the evil forces of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue you must begin to feed your cells properly. This starts with a healthy digestive system and a healthy diet. Together with whole food supplements (including Vitamin B complex), stress control, exercise, rest, a positive mental and emotional attitude and a healthy reduction of life’s “poisons”, you too can begin to feel less chronic fatigue and better control of your fibromyalgia.

What will you do today to improve your body’s ability to help its cells perform at their optimum level and thereby improving your chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia?

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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 Chirofind.com “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 clinic@drmlee.com.

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What Vitamins Should I Take for Fibromyalgia?


Let’s stop right here for a brief moment and discuss an important point regarding healing fibromyalgia with vitamins. There are many companies, many people who are willing to tout their vitamin product as the means to the end for your fibromyalgia pain. But all of us should know by now that vitamins alone are not going to make your fibromyalgia go away, nor are they going to make you feel a whole lot better overnight. I am a clinical nutritionist, Professor of Nutrition and chiropractic physician and I really want to see a cure for Fibromyalgia discovered in my life time. A very good place to begin is with what you’re consuming. I know that your diet, what you eat and do not eat, can affect you for the good or for the bad. However, it takes a whole lot more than just vitamins to heal the body of anything, let alone fibromyalgia.

So, should you take vitamins for fibromyalgia? Yes, you should. As a chiropractic physician, I hope to help you discover an important truth about your health. It is that you are unique. There is no one just like you anywhere else in the world. Your needs, physical and emotional, are uniquely yours; and so are your nutritional needs! To use a cookie cutter approach to treating your fibromyalgia is sadly a waste of money and valuable energy. Preferably, having an expert in clinical nutrition is the best way to find out what it is that your body needs. Your chiropractic physician and/or your medical doctor may have some training in this, or perhaps they can refer you to a clinician that does. This way, you will know what is right for you personally and can avoid taking the “stuff” mentioned on television, the internet, from your well intentioned friends and especially the nutritional salespeople.

Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, enzymes, co enzymes, antioxidants, co factors, macro and micro nutrients are all vital to your health and well-being. So it stands to reason that if you are low on any one of these things it could adversely cause problems to your health; including possibly making your fibromyalgia worse. You may be wondering if you then should take a multivitamin that has most or all of these important nutrients. I like to tell my patients to use caution when buying multivitamins. Some are manufactured using synthetic materials or even coal tar! When using vitamin supplements you must use whole food nutrition!!! You should read more about this from another posting of mine regarding vitamins. Please do so as it is very important for your health and well-being.

If you have fibromyalgia you need to invest in the highest quality nutrition available. Cheap, synthetic and poorly manufactured products may make your fibromyalgia much worse. You also need to know what to take, how much to take and how often it should be taken. There are some basics that every fibromyalgia patient should consider like zinc, magnesium, and manganese. Calcium, vitamin B1, B2, B3, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene are needed. Vitamin B12 and Iron are important too but too much in your system may harm you. You will need enzymes and co enzymes, antioxidants and co factors as well to maintain healthy muscles, nerves and organs. Getting it right the first time can save you a lot of time, hassle and money. More importantly, it may help you begin to repair
your body from the negative effects of fibromyalgia and improve the quality of your life.

I do not want to discourage the reader from using nutrition for fibromyalgia. On the contrary, I hope that the reader will take the time to learn what is needed to help them to get better, faster; and fibromyalgia nutrition is a critical part of the equation. Take the time to learn and to do it right. If at all possible, consult someone that is versed in the use of nutrition and fibromyalgia for advice and counsel. Ask your chiropractic physician and/or medical doctor for assistance.

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Fibromyalgia Nutrition

A fibromyalgia friend asked me recently if I felt that having a healthy diet with less preservatives and eliminating processed foods would be helpful. She also asked if I felt that “ones attitude or outlook on life” would be important in managing fibromyalgia And she asked, “Do you think that exercise is a way to manage fibromyalgia? My answer to her was and is – absolutely! Today I wish to share a little about nutrition.

 As a Chiropractic physicianand professor of nutrition, I am asked frequently to comment of the relationship of nutrition, herbs, supplements, etc. to the treatment and management of fibromyalgia syndrome.

Renowned nutritional expert, Dr. Bruce West wrote “As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us get our whole grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereal. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. Americans are overfed and undernourished.

The foods we eat are not providing our bodies with the nutrition it needs to survive and be healthy. We are starving our bodies and we are sick. We suffer from diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, and the list goes on and on.”

For those who suffer the debilitating effects of fibromyalgia, the typical American diet plays a key role in contributing to its strength and duration. I personally believe that many of the flare ups that fibromyalgia sufferers have is due to, in part, the foods that that eat.

Dr. West continues “Given proper nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If properly fed and given the right nutrients, the human body is designed to repair itself. To do so, we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet, all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended, in a whole food form.”

Chiropractors and the chiropractic profession have long taught the value of quality nutrition; even before it was considered the right thing to do. Learning the value of eating “healthier” goes a long way towards minimizing your fibromyalgia symptoms. Do you eat too many processed and preservative enriched foods? There’s a good place to begin. By eliminating or even minimizing these “foods” you will start to notice a change for the better in your health.

 Here in my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic office I also counsel my patients to choose whole food supplements from Standard Process Labs when the need for supplementation is recommended. Now I know that there are many quality whole food supplements on the market but Standard Process is the granddaddy of them all. I have toured their facility and can attest to their superior quality and reliability. Whole food nutritional support is an important step in cellular repair and healing of the body.

Will eating healthier and supplementing with whole food nutrition help me with my fibromyalgia? I believe that it very well could. You and I know that there are no guarantees when it comes to fibromyalgia but I have seen many lives improve , including mine, with this important first step.

If you are wondering what supplements you should take for fibromyalgia, there are a few basics that I recommend; yet that is an article for the near future!

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Chiropractor explains the importance of Vitamin C

As a chiropractic nutritionist I am often asked about the many types of vitamins and minerals that are best for us to take. However, let’s talk about Vitamin C.

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble Vitamin. Unlike most mammals, humans do not have the ability to make their own vitamin C. Therefore, we must obtain vitamin C through our diet.

When I was in chiropractic school I learned of the studies performed by Linus Pauling. According to the Linus Pauling Institute:
“Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen, an important structural component of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments, and bone. Vitamin C also plays an important role in … brain function and … mood. In addition, vitamin C is required for … energy. Recent research also suggests that vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids, which may have implications for blood cholesterol levels and the incidence of gallstones.”
As a doctor of chiropractic, I practice the use of nutrition in my Mesa, Arizona office. To help my chiropractic patients I have shared this list of some of the potential diseases that may be prevented and / or helped by Vitamin C:
Cardiovascular Disease Coronary Heart Disease Stroke Cancer Cataracts Lead toxicity osteoporosis
Where do you find the best sources of Vitamin C? In the foods you eat of course! Unfortunately, large dosages of ascorbic acid (the FDA’s measurement of vitamin C) cannot be consumed in diet alone and may cause stomach distress. My recommendation is whole vitamin C supplements from quality vitamin producers. I personally recommend and use Standard Process Labs in my Mesa, AZ office.

Remember though, that vitamin therapy should be properly monitored by a knowledgeable practitioner in nutritional studies, like a chiropractor. When improperly used, high doses of synthetic, ascorbic acid will leach valuable calcium from your body! Whole vitamin C will not do this. Whole vitamin C verses synthetic (laboratory made) vitamin C is very important to understand.

Cheaper prices sometimes mean cheaper quality so be careful when you tempted to buy that “bottle” off the grocery store shelf! Instead, come see me in my Mesa, AZ Chiropractic clinic and receive a nutrition analysis.

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