Do you want to win the fight against fibromyalgia? This mystery illness can be painful and exhausting, but Body Ecology principles can help you feel better naturally!
Fibromyalgia is a puzzle for the medical field and for those who suffer from it.
This chronic illness affects roughly 5% of the population1 (that’s 6 million Americans!), and women are at much greater risk than men. In fact, fibromyalgia occurs seven times more frequently in women than in men.2
Characterized by unbearable pain and severe fatigue, fibromyalgia is an illness of our modern world that continues to defy conventional treatments.
Fibromyalgia: A Medical Mystery Defined
Experts call fibromyalgia “the Great Imitator” because it is an illness whose symptoms often mimic other illnesses and diseases.
Generally, fibromyalgia is known for causing widespread pain in your body and debilitating fatigue that makes even the smallest tasks exhausting.
But fibromyalgia often comes with a host of other symptoms including:
- Numbness or tingling sensations in the hands and feet
- Difficulty concentrating
- Mood changes
- Chest pain
- Dry eyes, skin and mouth
- Painful menstrual periods
- Joint pain
- Difficulty sleeping
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
At present, no specific test exists to diagnose fibromyalgia. Doctors may administer a number of diagnostics to rule out other conditions like Multiple Sclerosis and Crohn’s disease, but fibromyalgia largely remains a medical mystery.
Who Is At Risk?
Women suffer from fibromyalgia much more so than men. No one is quite sure why, but besides gender, there are some other factors that put you more at risk for fibromyalgia.3
- Family history. If you have a relative with fibromyalgia, you may be more likely to develop the illness.
- Inflammation. People who have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, osteoporosis, tendonitis and other signs of chronic inflammation may be more likely to have fibromyalgia.
- Disturbed sleep patterns. Doctors do not know if a lack of restorative sleep causes fibromyalgia or if it’s one of the results of the illness, but it’s potentially a risk factor for developing the condition.
- Use of antibiotics – Antibiotics have their place in the world but most people who experience symptoms of fibromyalgia have a history of antibiotic use. These weaken the immune system and allow pathogens like viruses and yeast to develop in your body.
- Weak immune systems – This is where Body Ecology can really help prevent conditions like fibromyalgia from developing because we focus on building the immune system with our foods and principles. We feel very strongly that babies need to begin building their immunity from birth so that fibromyalgia never develops. But it is never too late…no matter what age you are…to create a stronger immune system. The suggestions below will help you do just that.
Living With Fibromyalgia
Some people describe feeling pain all over their body (inside and out) and experiencing exhaustion so severethat day-to-day functioning becomes difficult. On top of that, many sufferers of fibromyalgia cannot communicate the severity of their symptoms to doctors, friends or family. Whatever you do don’t accept a diagnosis of fibromyalgia as something you can’t overcome and resign yourself to “live with it”. At Body Ecology we have consistently helped many people move from this frustrating diagnosis to wellness. I happen to be one of those people who had fibromyalgia. But that was long ago. I want to help you get well too.
Other risk factors associated with fibromyalgia include:4
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Yeast infections
In the face of such serious symptoms and co-occurring illnesses, I remain convinced that the key to healing chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia is to understand the causes.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
Perhaps one of the most interesting and debated facets of this puzzling disease is what actually causes it.
Researchers don’t always agree, but some of their theories are particularly interesting. Scientists and doctors have implicated sleep disturbances, trauma or injury, changes in muscle metabolism and even abnormalities of your sympathetic nervous system in the development of fibromyalgia.5
But to me, the most fascinating theory links fibromyalgia to infection.
More than a few studies have linked fibromyalgia prevalence to various kinds of infections, from mycoplasma blood infection6 to the Hepatitis C virus.7
Doctors and researchers may not be sure of exactly what causes fibromyalgia, but studies point to viral, bacterial and fungal infections and chronic inflammation as key components to this syndrome.
It would make sense, then, to prevent and treat viral, bacterial and yeast infections and to follow a protocol that decreases inflammation in order to ease the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia and the conditions that occur alongside it.
Natural Solutions for Fibromyalgia
Healing is about bringing your body back into balance and there is no greater teacher for balance than Nature. Sometimes Nature is calm and peaceful and other times, it is stormy and blustery. If there is anything to learn from Nature, it is NOT that things are always perfect. It’s that we must make adjustments to bring about balance.
In any experience of chronic pain, like fibromyalgia, we can take our cue from Nature: including natural healing foods and lifestyle choices that focus on bringing our bodies back into balance.
Here are my top 8 tips for creating balance and health if you have fibromyalgia:
Fermented foods and drinks, like Body Ecology’s Dong Quai, are full of probiotics that can help bring your body back into balance. Just a small glass of probiotic liquids can help treat infections, reduce inflammation and even ease symptoms of IBS related to fibromyalgia. Learn more about the amazing benefits of Dong Quai and order yours today!
- Eat a healthy, Body Ecology diet – The foods on the Body Ecology system of health and healing are whole, natural and full of life force. The Body Ecology program is meant to nourish your body, heal your digestion and reduce or eliminate inflammation and infection. We are the premier diet for yeast or fungal infections and we have a protocol for viral infections that very effectively brings a viral infection under control while building the immune system so it is held in check. Viruses...like the herpes family...often remain in our body for a lifetime. So far they are difficult to eliminate but can be controlled. This should be chaning in the future with stem cells and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.I want to highlight a superfood with incredible benefits for your health: fermented foods and drinks.Fermented foods and drinks are ideal for fighting painful inflammation and create a healthy inner ecosystem full of good bacteria and good yeast that boost your immunity.
Cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids like our PassionFruit Biotic, Whole Grains Biotic, Cocobiotic, InnergyBiotic and Dong Quai, are supplying your body with very potent probiotics (good bacteria and good yeast) that you need to help your body fight the pathogenic viruses and bacteria that may be responsible for fibromyalgia.
- Encourage cleansing. Getting rid of toxins can ease symptoms of fibromyalgia. Body Ecology encourages gentle cleansing to rid your body of the toxins that keep you sick. At Body Ecology we highly recommend colon cleansing techniques like home enemas and visits to your professional colon therapists to speed up the removal of toxins in the colon and to help open your detoxification pathways. Read Why Your Body Needs to Cleanse (& the Surprising Signs That It Is Cleansing): Part I to learn more about this natural process.
- Consider purchasing a BioMat. This is a wonderful pad that you lie on -- ideally with headphones and beautiful relaxing music that increases brain cells. The BioMat combines far infrared negative ions and amethyst crystals and produces negative ions that increase the flow of oxygen to your brain having a positive effect on how serotonin is oxidized in your blood stream. Like a large, chamber-size and more expensive sauna the Bio Mat also helps with removal of toxins that interfere with brain health. I recommend the smaller size because it is more affordable and yet you can still do a “sauna-level” sweat on it.
- Reduce stress. Stress plays a large role in the symptoms of fibromyalgia, and a fibromyalgia diagnosis makes proper self care even more important. Learn the best ways to take care of yourself in How to De-Stress and Refocus on YOU After the Holidays.
- Rebound. You may not feel like you have the energy to exercise, but every cell in your body benefits from even the gentlest rebounding. Ideal for anyone who is suffering from chronic illness (and even elite athletes) rebounding on a trampoline detoxifies your body and encourages lymph drainage to promote healthy tissue and won’t exacerbate joint pain.
- Use aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is commonly used to reduce pain and digestive distress, to promote restorative sleep, and reducestress.
- Avoid drugs. Drugs (over-the-counter and prescription) can make your blood acidic, creating an environment in your body that promotes dis-ease, not healing.
- Reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a major issue for most people with fibromyalgia. You can reduce inflammation by getting enough sunlight, by eating foods that reduce inflammation like broccoli and salmon, and by taking a top-quality green mussel lipid oil like Pernax. Viruses and other pathogens cause inflammation which is why our Anti-Viral diet is so effective if you have fibromyalgia or any other viral infection including herpes, MS and AIDS.
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I believe that chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia are another sign that our world, our lives and our bodies are out of balance. BUT the good news is that we can prevent and treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia by listening to our bodies and giving them the nourishment they need to heal.
- Mark Fibromyalgia-Symptoms.org. http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_syndrome.html
- Fibromyalgia Statistics. http://content.nhiondemand.com/psv/HC2.asp?objID=100001&cType=hc
- Fibromyalgia: Causes, MayoClinic.com.
- Fibromyalgia-Symptoms.org. http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_ac.html
- Fibromyalgia: Causes, MayoClinic.com.
- Endresen, GK, “Mycoplasma blood infection in chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia syndromes,” Rheumatol Int. 2003 Sep, 23 (5):211-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12879275
- Rivera, et al., “Fibromyalgia-associated hepatitis C virus infection. Br J Rheumatol. 1997 Sep; 36(9):981-5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9376995
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