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Aching and Fatigue

Aching and Fatigue

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Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue

People with chronic pain describe a variety of patterns -generalized aching associated with tender "pressure points" are common complaints. Fibromyalgia sufferers often say:" I feel like I am 90 years old." Stiffness after sitting or lying down is common. The stiffness and pain will often improve with mild activities, but overly vigorous exertion makes it worse. There are many ideas about Fibromyalgia. Patients are often frustrated and confused. Physicians are not always helpful and insurance companies are reluctant to pay disability claims. Some people have strong opinions and beliefs about Fibromyalgia and some support groups champion one idea over all others.
The Problem
Generalized pain and stiffness
Associated fatigue, digestive disturbances, cognitive dysfunction and many other symptoms
The Solution
Comprehensive diet revision, using the Alpha Nutrition Program 
 Physical therapy, exercise
We believe that Fibromyalgia is one expression of non-specific hypersensitivity disease and should be treated with diet revision as the first and most essential form of therapy. Not everyone agrees with us. The recent marketing a drug directed at fibromyalgia pain has legitimized the diagnosis. If the drug has any benefit, it comes with a high price to purchase and then a cost to you as you endure the side effects.  Big Pharma has moved the marketing of Fibromyalgia into big-money TV advertising. The US FDA approved the drug, Lyrica (Pregabalin), for fibromyalgia and TV ads show happy patients enjoying a pain-free life.  This is  a serious anticonvulsant drug with alarming negative effects including suicide. Lyrica can cause life-threatening, allergic reactions.  Symptoms of an allergic reaction include swelling of the face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck. Lyrica may cause depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking.  Our questions are why would any physician prescribe and why would any patient take this potentially dangerous drug??
We have prepared an intelligent guide for people with FM who are motivated to experiment, modify their lifestyle and make a sustained effort to improve. Drugs  should not be the preferred remedy.
The Alpha Nutrition Program can help to resolve Fibromyalgia and related disorders. The program is both a  diagnostic and a treatment procedure. The first Phase of the program is an attempt to clear symptoms.
This is home science. You start with the hypothesis that your food intake is causing or contributing to your illness and you do an experiment to find out if it is true.
You want to accomplish important goals at the same time:

Remove all the problems in your existing food supply
Add all the nutrients your body needs
Reintroduce the best, nourishing foods available and establish a new healthier diet
Learn how to take better care of yourself
Begin gentle exercise and slowly regain physical fitness.


The Book Introduction

There is a growing population of people who are not well but who do not have the markers of specific disease. Physicians have been tempted in the past to dismiss these patients as hypochondriacs, attribute their symptoms to "stress" or try to include them in diagnoses such as depression or somatization disorder. In primary medical practice non-specific and in-between disease are more common than the nicely packaged diseases described in textbooks. Patients with in-between disease have some of the symptoms and signs that suggest the diagnosis of specific disease but not everything fits together. A patient may have joint pains and swelling, for example, but not show rheumatoid factor or have X-Ray signs of rheumatoid arthritis; she feels like a second-class citizen since she does not have a definitive diagnosis. Chronic diseases take many years to evolve so that many in-between patients are on their way to the final disease product.

 

More chronic in-between diseases are here to stay and may represent increasing problems in the food supply and general environment. The human body should be viewed as sensitive and reactive to the environment. It is appropriate for a patient to report sensitivity and reactivity to food, beverages, water, air and other features of the environment. Emotional, intellectual, and physical sensitivity-reactivity are different expressions of the same biological properties.

Body surface protection involves immune sensors act in concert with nervous systems sensors to respond to threats at the body-environment interfaces. All body surfaces continuously monitor the ambient environment and generate symptoms when activated. An interactive, often synergistic effect of molecular stressors in air, food, water, and drugs should be recognized.

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