Fibromyalgia

She dragged her tired body into my office that day, the “F” word written all over her countenance.

“My medical doctor says I have fibromyalgia,” she muttered, as she lowered herself slowly into the chair next to my desk.

“Ah yes, fibro, “ I said, trying to sound both compassionate and reassuring, “folks who have developed that feel the very worst of any of my clients, even worse than folks fighting cancer.”

She nodded in appreciation for my concern about her level of pain and fatigue, tears welling up in her eyes.

“I’m so tired,” she said. “And I hurt all over. I have no libido. My brain doesn’t work right. I’m not sleeping well. I’m just plain miserable. My husband is miserable because I’m so miserable. I’m a mess. I go to my medical doctor and he prescribes pain relievers and anti-depressants. They help a little, but not much. I feel so hopeless. A friend said that you’d helped her with her issues. Is there anything you can do for fibro?”

She leaned back in her chair just then, shutting her eyes for just a bit.

“Oh boy, I know just how you feel,” I said. “Like an 8-cylinder car running on just 3. You can do life, but barely. And it’s like if I’m this tired now, how will I ever do life when I’m older?”

“No kiddin,” she agreed.

“The truth about fibromyalgia,” I explained, “is that underlying the label is a pattern of nutrition related compromises and accompanying toxic overloads, each bringing with it a blend of symptoms. Core to the pattern, and true of everyone I’ve ever helped who has been handed this label, are 3 things:

1) over-taxed adrenals
2) inadequate stomach acid production, and
3) yeast overgrowth.”

She was listening. I could see a glimmer of hope rising in her eyes. Maybe here was somebody who could help. Maybe what she was battling made sense after all.I continued.

“Commonly that core pattern will be accompanied by other related issues that also need to be addressed that contribute to the big picture—issues like low thyroid, unbalanced hormones, magnesium deficiency, and depleted serotonin.”

She was beginning to see that there were many issues in her system that needed attention in order to bring her body back into balance.

“That’s right,” I said. “In order to win back and maintain health you need to aim the right ammunition at the right targets.”

And so we spent the next hour formulating a nutrition plan. It was one based upon the information about her system gleaned from the use of a bio-feedback technique I employ with all my in-office clients. It’s called muscle response testing (MRT), and helps the practitioner identify what’s nutritionally weak and out of balance in the system, and what substances have the right bio-electric energy to strengthen the specific weaknesses.

Is MRT new to you? It is to many, although it’s a bio-feedback agenda that’s been around since the 1940’s or so. It actually flows out of acupuncture and chiropractic.

Anyhow, back to the story….We identified for my client that day the pattern of compromise that I’ve found always true with folks who’ve been handled the “fibro” label. And we identified specifically targeted supplements that tested well at addressing each compromise.

At her next appointment, just a month later….

“I’m so thankful my friend told me about you. My energy is returning. I’m no longer cold all the time. My whole system is on the upswing. It’s like life is worth the living once again. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

She was on the road to bringing balance back to her system. She was aiming the right ammunition at the right targets…..and that’s what it’s all about when you’re dealing with a chronic or degenerative trend in the body.

Do you need some help with your nutrition battle plan? Let me know via my e-mail: [email protected], and I can put you on my calendar for a phone consultation. Fee is $150.

Dave Frahm,
Naturopath/Nutritionist Ridin’ shotgun with the Lord

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