Natural fibromyalgia treatment: The SHINE protocol, HBOT, LDN, nattokinase and supplements. Alternative therapies and pain relief for fibromyalgia.
In a placebo-controlled study, 91% of fibromyalgia patients improved, with an average increase in quality of life of 90 percent, by following the SHINE protocol developed by Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., an expert on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Described as a way to “eliminate fibromyalgia” in his lengthy article in the March 2011 issue of Natural Solutions magazine, SHINE is an acronym for Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition and Exercise. It's too long to describe here, so see this article: Dr. Teitelbaum on the Basics of Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The article covers the SHINE protocol and a lot more.
Dr. Teitelbaum believes that fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalitis and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are all related in that they may be the result of people creating body wide energy crises by using up more energy than their bodies can stand. So, these conditions can be triggered by anything that pulls large amounts of energy from you or decreases the amount of energy you produce. “Most often,” he says, “people have a mixture of excess situational stress, then they get pushed over the edge by some major physical stress.”
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As an example of the kind of “over the edge” stresses one can carry before it’s just too much, Dr. Teitelbaum contracted ME/CFs while taking a very heavy course load in medical school. At the same time, he was trying to help his family solve their emotional problems. His nutrition was poor, and he contracted a severe viral infection. He was out of school for a year, homeless, sleeping in parks. Get the picture? As a doctor, he has devoted his career to finding ways to recover from these conditions.
Dr. Teitelbaum says people under stress will actually “blow a fuse,” and that fuse is the hypothalamus, which controls sleep, the hormonal system, temperature regulation, sweating, bowel function and blood pressure. He also says that more energy is needed to relax muscles than to contract them, and that if you are really short of energy, your muscles can get stuck in the contracted position, causing some of the widespread pain so characteristic of fibromyalgia.
Dr. Teitelbaum’s site, endfatigue.com is well worth a look if you have any of these three conditions. He covers in detail the common triggers for fibromyalgia, diagnostic quizzes and recommended treatments.
Researchers studied 60 women who had suffered with fibromyalgia for at least two years. Prior to HBOT, they had pain in an average of 17 out of 18 possible tender points. After 40 sessions of HBOT over eight weeks, the average number of tender points dropped to 7.5. (Source: Health & Healing newsletter, 5/14, by Julian Whitaker, M.D.)
Here's a study from Rice University, titled "Hyperbaric hope for fibromyalgia sufferers."
Naltrexone is a prescription drug, but in very low doses, such as 4.5 milligrams daily, it is is an effective therapy for an astounding variety of health problems, including fibromyalgia. In his May 2014 issue of Health and Healing newsletter, Julian Whitaker, M.D. tells the story of a nurse who had symptoms so severe that some days she couldn't get out of bed. She read about LDN from Dr. Whitaker, who is one of the leading practitioners of alternative medicine in the U.S. and got a prescription from her doctor. Within a week, her pain had subsided, and after several months her energy increased. She told her story to the support group she had been attending, and about 40 of them tried LDN, all with positive results.
In addition, says Dr. Whitaker, a study presented at the American College of rheumatology annual meeting, 2013, researchers reported that fibromyalgia patients who took LDN at bedtime for three months had an average improvement of 19.5 percent on the FIQR questionnaire, a standard tool for evaluating pain, energy, mood, memory, activity level and quality of life for fibromyalgia patients.
LDN is also recommended for fibromyalgia by Mark Stengler, N.D. in his Health Revelations newsletter, 12/15.
This article on natural fibromyalgia treatment is titled "Low-dose naltrexone for the treatment of fibromyalgia." It's from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
It has been discovered that many people suffering with the full body muscle pains of fibromyalgia can be helped with anticoagulant therapy for fibromyalgia pain relief. In fact, these people may benefit almost immediately upon taking anticoagulant drugs. But before you rush to your doctor to get a prescription for Coumadin or other blood thinner, read the following to understand what is behind this problem and how you can use a natural substance to eliminate the problem rather than just treat the symptoms.
Regarding natural fibromyalgia treatment, to make a long, complex story shorter and simpler, if you are suffering
from the pain of fibromyalgia, you may have a circulation problem. See,
your body produces substances that cause your blood to clot, when you
are cut, to stop the bleeding. Injury triggers the production of a
clotting agent called thrombin, but so do bacteria, viruses and toxins,
and sometimes your body just overdoes the thrombin. When thrombin is
produced, that is the first step in the making of sticky protein fibers
called fibrin. Fibrin makes your blood circulate slower and it forms a
structure on which blood clots can form. When your blood slows down, the
fibrin strands can stick to the walls of your arteries and make things
even worse. In addition, bacteria can find a protected home under the
Now here comes your body to the rescue with an enzyme called plasmin, designed to bust up fibrin and blood clots. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't produce enough plasmin to solve their circulation/coagulation problems. A number of situations contribute to underproduction of clot-busting enzymes such as plasmin, including aging, sedentary lifestyle, toxins (agricultural and garden sprays, cleaners, contaminated food, air, water), low antioxidant consumption (Antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, or supplements.), poor diet, genetic factors, etc.
So in the problem situation, we have bacteria (or other invaders) protected from your immune system under a coating of fibrin. If these fibrin/bacteria deposits locate in your muscles, that can cause the constant pain of fibromyalgia.
Now, although blood thinners like Coumadin will temporarily let the blood flow better through these problem areas, what we really want is a natural fibromyalgia treatment to remove those deposits, right? (Say "Right!")
There are drugs that will dissolve clots and fibrin, but they are extremely expensive, and their effect lasts only a short time. There is a natural product, however, that lasts four to eight hours. It is an active enzyme called nattokinase, and it is a derivative of a traditional Japanese food called "natto," which is a fermented combination of soybeans and beneficial bacteria.
Those taking prescription blood thinners should not eat natto or take nattokinase.
Instead of taking this natural fibromyalgia treatment, you may want to take the whole food, natto, which contains the enzyme nattokinase. If you are willing to go through the process to make it yourself, you can find the recipe in the newsletter mentioned below.
Whew! You should have seen the much longer, more detailed version! The source for this natural fibromyalgia treatment info is Alternatives newsletter, written by Dr. David Williams. If you want all the details, call 800-718-8293 and ask for Volume 9, Number 17 of the newsletter on "Strong Circulation: Cure for a Thousand Ills." In addition to natural fibromyalgia treatment, it also goes into how anticoagulation therapy can help people with other serious diseases, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and, of course, cardiovascular and circulation problems.
Dr. Williams, a medical researcher, says that if you are at risk for stroke or heart attack, it would be a good idea to keep natto or a bottle of nattokinase on hand and take it at bedtime, since that gives you the greatest protection against strokes and heart attacks, which tend to happen within a few hours of getting up in the morning.
There is a great deal of interest and many searches for information on the use of guaifenesin for fibromyalgia. Perhaps the best way to find out more is through this book:
Fibromyalgia is associated with low levels of vitamin D, magnesium, L-carnitine, and coenzyme Q10, and research shows that increasing levels of these supplements often improves symptoms.
D-ribose, a natural fibromyalgia treatment, has also been shown to improve symptoms in those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. (Source: Health & Healing newsletter, 5/14, by Julian Whitaker, M.D.)
Taking lecithin as a natural fibromyalgia treatment can also help prevent arterial blockages by lowering the melting point of cholesterol.
According to Michael Holick, M.D. of Boston University Medical Center, up to 60 percent of fibromyalgia patients are diagnosed incorrectly. Holick says they may actually have osteomalacia, bones softened by a loss of calcium due to a deficiency of vitamin D. People with osteomalacia have symptoms similar to fibromyalgia--all-over pain with tenderness in certain areas. If you have chronic pain in many different areas of your body, you may want to talk to your doctor about a blood test to rule out a deficiency of vitamin D.
By the way, it is hard to overdose on vitamin D, according to Julian Whittaker, M.D. of the renowned Whittaker Wellness Clinic in Newport Beach, Calfornia. A random sample of patients in the Boston area showed vitamin D deficiencies in more than 50 percent of those tested, including 43 percent of those who were consuming the RDA of vitamin D.
"The human body is able to handle very high amounts of vitamin D without toxicity," says Whittaker. "According to the Washington-based Council for Responsible Nutrition, regular doses of 2000 IU have no known risk, and much higher does would have to be taken daily to produce toxicity. The safety concerns regarding vitamin D are supported less by science than by knee-jerk biases against nutritional supplements."
My M.D. resources all say that the vitamin D3 is the form of vitamin D that is most beneficial. Ask your doctor, and check that the label indicates D3.
Check out the other Benefits of Vitamin D.
My brother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia by an M.D. He had it for years. I saw this about vitamin D, and he started taking 2000 IU per day as a fibromyalgia treatment. His pain is gone. However, he is also taking another supplement that could also be responsible for his improvement. See below.
My brother also started taking a special, patented form of calcium called EZorb, which claims to help fibromyalgia, as a natural fibromyalgia treatment. I am taking it as a pinched nerve treatment, which it claims to help also, and I do seem to be better. I will take it for six months, since one testimonial said it took that long, and then I will report my results on the pinched nerve treatment page. Find more about EZorb.
Magnesium for fibromyalgia: Usually, you need to take magnesium with calcium to help your body absorb the calcium, but the EZorb people claim that's not necessary with their product. Your body does need magnesium, though. Check out the Health Benefits Of Magnesium.
Anyway, my brother is taking both EZorb, which is expensive, and vitamin D, which is cheap as dirt, for fibromyalgia treatments and his pain is gone. When he stops taking one or the other, I'll let you know which one it is that worked.
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"Dear Lord, please hear me now as I pray for your help with (name your problem). I pray you’ll cleanse my body and heal me completely. In Jesus’ name I pray; Amen."
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