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.

Candida. Does Everyone Have It?

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Perhaps the inquiry I get the most at my office is about Candida. About 1 out of every 3 phone calls I receive is a person suspecting that they are suffering from Candida.

Actually there are 14 known strains of Candida, with Albicans and Tropicalis being the most common. So what is Candida? How do you get it? Most importantly how do you get rid of it?

Candida is actually a yeast found normally in small amounts in your gut. When the helpful bacteria are there, and doing their job properly, the yeast actually doesn't cause any health issues.

If something changes that balance like: taking antibiotics, being on birth control pills or hormone replacement, being sexually active and sharing body fluids with another person, and even sharing food and drinks with others (who have Candida already), you will most likely end up with systemic yeast (Candida) in time.

What actually happens is that the environment of the gut becomes unfriendly to the helpful bacteria and so they die. Unfortunately it becomes an environment that is extremely friendly to yeast, and so they multiply at an amazing rate. This change in environment also changes the actual lining of the gut. They end up with tiny little holes, allowing the yeast and its byproduct (a toxin similar to an opiate) to leak out of the gut (leaky gut syndrome) going all over the body, eventually laying down a layer around the brain itself.

There are many symptoms associated with systemic Candida. All types of digestive problems, like heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, IBS and more. Many people complain of muscle and joint pain, headaches, increases in allergies, susceptibility to viruses and colds, fatigue, depression, anxiety, hormonal issues, brain fog and more. Everyone’s symptoms are different.

The good news is that I have treated over 800 patients who have come to me with Candida, and have been able to help the majority of them get better and stay Candida free. How is this done? It is a combination of testing hundreds of foods and chemicals, finding individual sensitivities and having that patient stay away from them for a period of time. 

Then I correct structural imbalances on multiple levels, as well as reestablishing normal brain function and communication with the body. Lastly, you are tested on many nutrients and then put on the ones your body needs, along with an individualized three week diet. Everything is noninvasive and specifically designed for your body’s particular health needs.

Yes, most people do have Candida—both children and adults, but everyone can get better if they want to.