by Dr. Linda T. Nelson
Conventional medical treatments for fibromyalgia symptoms generally include drug intervention and surgery. While both treatments temporarily relieve a symptom, neither addresses the source of the problem; they only mask it while the condition continues to get worse. Fortunately, there is another option.
Fibromyalgia is a mysteriously debilitating condition characterized by chronic pain in the muscles. Two major complaints of people suffering from fibromyalgia are pain and fatigue. The pain is usually described as throbbing, burning, shooting or stabbing. It may become so severe that a person can feel unable to function or cope. Fibromyalgia is frequently misdiagnosed and under-recognized, which is why fibromyalgia is often called “The Invisible Disease.”
Understanding Our Immune System
To understand how fibromyalgia and other illness can take hold of the body, it is important to have a basic knowledge of how the body can get sick. The immune system generally keeps us well; however there are several immune suppressors foundin the foods we eat on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, foods that we consume daily as part of the “traditional American diet” are enemies to our immune systems. These include sugar, aspartame, MSG, caffeine, hydrogenated vegetable oils, antibiotics and steroids found in our meats.
These foods make our bodies less able to handle an enemy invasion because our body’s defense system is busy addressing the inflammation and other issues that these foods cause. I believe that all degenerative disease is the result of a progression that begins with a virus, bacteria or toxin that enters the body, causes a symptom and either gets stuffed back into the tissues with suppressant drugs or it runs its breakout course but never eradicates from the body.
Without proper elimination of toxic buildup, the body begins its progression toward disease. Fibromyalgia seems to be triggered by a major immune system crash, which is why I consider it an autoimmune disease.
A synopsis of the conventional approach to medical care and treatment usually involves the patient placing full responsibility for his or her health into the hands of a traditional medical provider. Symptoms are assessed, a condition is diagnosed, and treatment usually includes taking some form of prescribed medication.
The patient often continues his or her bad habits while taking the prescribed medication(s). Pharmaceutical drugs may solve a single symptom but can ultimately cause more symptoms. Drugs are generally suppressive by nature and have undesirable toxic side effects; they tend to interfere with normal body processes and inhibit restorative and healing efforts of the body.
In the holistic approach to health, practitioners believe that the body has three parts: the physical body, the mind and the spirit. Holistic health therapies are lifestyle programs, not symptom reduction treatments. Special attention is given to things that help the body regenerate and to lifestyle choices that are destructive.
Holistic health practitioners can educate and give direction on programs that give the body the very best chance to respond and begin a progression back to true health. They also provide patients the skills and tools to continue living in a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Holistic health supports reaching higher levels of wellness, as well as illness prevention. Lifestyle change programs are aimed at changing health-destroying conditions, assisting the body’s own natural healing forces, cleansing the body of toxic wastes, and rebuilding and strengthening the immune system.
Fibromyalgia and Lifestyle Change
As I said before, I believe that fibromyalgia is an auto-immune disease. I also believe you can be symptom free within three to six months of starting a lifestyle change program, without prescription painkillers or sleeping pills. It may be easier to take a pill than to change your lifestyle, as it is often easier to be sick than to be well. However, the rewards of a lifestyle change – the rewards of a healthy mind, body and spirit – are well worth it.
Dr. Linda T. Nelson, Ph.D., R.N.D, is a naturopathic specialist who has devoted more than 25 years of research to fibromyalgia. She is the founder of the M’lis Company and has developed lifestyle change programs that are used in thousands of wellness centers, both domestically and abroad. Her programs have helped thousands of sufferers become symptom free, naturally, and achieve a happy, healthy, and stress-free life. Learn more about Dr. Nelson at www.mlis.com.
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FREE Seminars Oct. 28 & 29
Dr. Linda Nelson will be in San Antonio Oct. 28, 29 at the invitation of Miriam Figueroa, “The Dynamic Detox Queen” and owner of Dynamic Detox (formerly Spatini). Dr. Nelson plans to share her story and her expertise during several free seminars. Location and times are TBD, so be sure to pick up the October issue of Natural Awakenings for the details. For more information about Dynamic Detox, visit www.dynamicdetoxqueen.com or call 210-549-4088.