Fibromyalgia. A Misunderstood Condition.

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Fibromyalgia is one of the most misunderstood health conditions to-date. It is not caused by a bacteria, virus, parasite, candida, heavy metal accumulation, food sensitivities, chemical sensitivities, Lyme Disease, an auto-immune disorder, hormonal imbalances or musculoskeletal pain and conditions. Rather, it is caused by all of these and by none of these.

Fibromyalgia is a generalized term used to explain why a patient has severe nerve pain and trigger point pain in the muscles. It is often accompanied by fatigue and malaise, depression and much more. It is a symptom, not a cause, of multiple possibilities. Figuring out a patient's history and health status are key to determining the right course of action necessary for treatment.

Who gets Fibromyalgia? Usually, women in their thirties and older are affected. Men can also get diagnosed with Fibromyalgia as well, but not as often as women. It is not contagious, and most importantly, it can be minimized to become asymptomatic with the appropriate treatment.

Lyme Disease. Why Now?

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Why has Lyme Disease become such a serious health problem in today’s world? Why are so many people becoming so ill from contracting Lyme Disease? Why is Lyme Disease so misunderstood and so often mismanaged?

Lyme Disease is a very complicated illness. It often expresses itself completely different in each person who contracts it. Some people suffer from debilitating headaches, while others experience burning nerve pain. Some people can barely get out of bed. Many times severe digestive issues arise like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), GERD (heartburn) and colitis. Many people complain of exhaustion and depression, night sweats and other hormonal issues.

Does this sound familiar? All of these symptoms can be caused by many other things besides the Lyme tick. Most people who have been diagnosed with Lyme also suffer from several other conditions. Many have Candida, SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), parasites, viruses, bacteria, heavy metals, food and chemical sensitivities and much more.

In other words: most people who are very sick from Lyme Disease are also very sick from a combination of multiple conditions. The key to helping people recover and get well from Lyme Disease is to figure out all of the other contributing factors. Oftentimes, these other factors are microbial (yeast ,fungus  virus, bacteria, parasites), heavy metals, EMFs (Electromagnetic Field Imbalances) and environmental factors that have not been addressed. By looking at all of these together, the outcome of helping a person recover from Lyme Disease increases tremendously with a much better long term outcome.

Food Sensitivities. How Did This Happen?

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Have you ever thought, I used to be able to eat everthing and now it seems like a lot of the things I try to eat make me sick. How did this happen and what is wrong with me?

Becoming sensitive to foods does not occur over night. It actually takes a long time to develop unless someone is actually born with a food allergen i.e., peanuts, lactose, etc. When you become sensitive to foods you previously were able to eat it’s a warning sign that your immune system is not functioning properly. 

This can be caused by many things. One of the most common causes is the overgrowth of Candida or “Systemic Yeast.” The ph of the large intestine or “gut” changes, allowing chemicals and undigested food particles to leak back out into the body, which disrupts function on many levels. It particually affects digestion and the immune system, creating new food sensitivies. 

Another cause of food sensitivies and its components are SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), heavy metal accumulation, toxicity, parasites, Lyme Disease, chemical and environmental sensitivities, structural imbalances, cranial faults, and emotional issues, whether conscious or subconscious.

In all of the protocols I do with my patients, I look at all these issues and others as the factors in creating food sensitivities and additional health issues. The good news is that 99% of food sensitivies can be corrected, and the body can once again go back to being a healthy and cooperative environment.